Clark, Hayden win School Board bids
With only 20 precincts outstanding, it appears that incumbent Janet Clark (right) has earned a second term on the Pinellas School Board. Newcomer Nina Hayden (left) won her bid as well, ending a campaign that began 10 months ago with 13 candidates.
Clark maintained a lead of about 7 percentage points throughout the night in the District 1 at-large race, overshadowing Jennifer Crockett’s second try for a School Board seat. Hayden, an attorney in the public defender’s office, beat out high school teacher Sean O’Flannery in the District 2 at-large race by a similar 7 percentage point margin.
The winner of a third race was harder to call, with Realtor Robin Wikle finishing just ahead of Palm Harbor chiropractor Ken Peluso in North County District 4.
Clark, Hayden and Wikle all were top vote-getters in their primary elections but failed to secure a majority, forcing runoffs Tuesday.
Donna Winchester, higher education reporter