Campaign season heating up, cooling off
For now, Jack Lamb (left) is the only unchallenged incumbent. The two-term official had drawn what appeared to be a serious opponent, high school teacher Fred Burns. But Burns has ended his bid, announcing over the weekend that he couldn't campaign due to "pressing personal issues." He wrote on his blog, since disabled, "by withdrawing now, I hope another candidate will emerge to challenge the current incumbent."
Edgecomb faces a bid from Steve Shuler, who describes himself on his website as a Hillsborough County parent and future teacher.
Kurdell's opponent, Stephen Gorham, is not a novice to the political scene. He's the Democrat who challenged Ronda Storms for a state Senate seat. She won, but only based on her strong support in eastern Hillsborough. Gorham outperformed Storms in Polk and Pasco, but it remains to be seen whether his pitch outweigh's Kurdell's familiarity to voters after 16 years on the Board.
Another race is heating up in the northwest county, where Susan Valdes is seeking a second term in office. She will have to square off with Dave Schmidt, who already has drawn endorsements from two of his former opponents in his previous bid for the Board.
Any early election season predictions? Stay tuned to the Gradebook for more coverage.