Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hillsborough School Board 6: Shake Washington, Karen Perez head for a Nov. 6 runoff

Henry "Shake" Washington and Karen Perez emerged from a crowded field of Hillsborough County School Board candidates and will continue on to the general election on Nov. 6, where they will compete for a districtwide seat.

The winner will replace April Griffin, who is stepping down after 12 years in office.

Six candidates entered the District 6 race including two teachers, a carpet installer and the manager of a high school cafeteria.

The teachers – Scott Hottenstein, 47; and Robert Pechacek, 37 – promised to bring a classroom perspective to the board. Mitchell Smithey, 45, is the student nutrition manager at Steinbrenner High School.

Middle school teacher Robert Pechacek, a candidate for Hillsborough County School Board, waves to motorists Tuesday at the Jan Platt Library on S. Manhattan Ave. in Tampa. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
Middle school teacher Robert Pechacek, a candidate for Hillsborough County School Board, waves to motorists Tuesday at the Jan Platt Library on S. Manhattan Ave. in Tampa. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
Kelso Tanner, 43, is a political consultant in addition to his work at Stanley Steemer.

Washington, 69, retired last year after a long career as an athletic coach, high school principal and area superintendent. Perez, 54, declined requests to be interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times and has not revealed her positions on the issues.

The seven members of the Hillsborough County School Board serve four-year terms overseeing the nation's eighth largest public school district. The positions are nonpartisan and pay$44,423 a year

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