Another hopeful announces for Pasco School Board seat
A third hopeful has cast his name into the ring to seek election to Kathryn Starkey's seat on the Pasco County School Board.
Christopher Cooley, co-owner and vice-president of Webco Dental and Medical Supplies in Hudson, filed papers with the Elections Office late Thursday. He joins pastor John Tracy and retired court reporter Billie Kaleel in the race for District 4, which will come open two years early as Starkey resigns to run for State House District 45.
“Obviously, the school board is facing a number of tough decisions with reduced funding," Cooley said in a news release. "I believe that if we remain tightly focused on the improvements and services that directly impact students and instructional staff, the quality of our schools can improve despite shrinking budgets."
Cooley is past president of the Suncoast Lakes Homeowners Association, which is fighting the school district over a proposed rezoning of students from River Ridge to Hudson High. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marines, and has made the news for helping his brother, a wounded Iraq War veteran.
Cooley is married with four children.