Charles Brink moves from backing Hillsborough School Board candidates to being one
Long a backer of reform-minded school board candidates, Charles R. Brink is now a declared candidate for the Hillsborough County board.
Brink, 60, filed his papers July 23, joining 14 others vying for three open seats in 2014. Brink seldom speaks publicly about his concerns on education, but Jose Colindres, the chief operating officer of his charitable foundation, delivers an address at almost every School Board meeting about the need for more transparency and accountability in the district.
Meanwhile, Brink and members of his family have given $5,000 since 2010 to candidates who were critical of the administration of superintendent MaryEllen Elia. That list includes board members April Griffin and Cindy Stuart, as well as Henry Ballard, a former district manager who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Doretha Edgecomb in 2012.
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