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Carol Cook says she's running for re-election



carol_cook.jpgShe hasn't filed any official election paperwork yet, but Pinellas County School Board member Carol Cook says she will be running this year for a fourth term.

"A few months ago, I would have said absolutely not. I didn't even want to finish the term," Cook told The Gradebook today. "I got on the board because in my mind I wanted to take a good school system and make it better ... And I wasn't seeing that happen. And it was, 'Maybe I'm the one who needs to step out of the way and let it move forward.' "

"But since then, I can see again where I am making a difference in the district," she continued. "We are back on track. We are moving forward. ... I'm excited about doing my job again."

Cook was one of the strongest supporters of former Superintendent Julie Janssen, but also strongly backed the hiring of Superintendent John Stewart. She said her institutional knowledge can help the board choose a new superintendent once Stewart leaves.

Cook, who represents District 5, is one of four board members whose seats are up for grabs this year. The District 4 seat represented by board Chairwoman Robin Wikle and District 1 seat represented by Janet Clark are up. So is the District 7 seat once held by Lew Williams, who passed away in December, and now held by Glen Gilzean, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott.

Like Cook, Clark has not filed any paperwork but says she will run for re-election. We have not asked Wikle or Gilzean about their plans.

[Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2012 11:59am]


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