Count Ray Gadd out in Pasco superintendent's race
Kurt Browning's announcement that he would challenge Heather Fiorentino for the Pasco schools superintendency didn't satisfy everyone. Some readers still held out hope for another (possibly non-Republican) alternative, with former assistant superintendent Ray Gadd's name popping up most frequently.
Well, forget about Gadd.
"I have no intention of running," Gadd told the Gradebook this morning. "I am glad to see Kurt is in the race. ... I think he's the right man for the job."
Gadd, a registered Independent, said he planned to continue at his job with Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services while supporting Browning's candidacy.
"I think it's time for change in the district, and I think it's time for a person who has a broader vision and someone who knows how to motivate people," he said.
Asked if he intended to bring forth any details from his time in Fiorentino's administration, Gadd indicated he had no plan to be antagonistic. The problems, he explained, are already obvious. "The FADSS study made them crystal clear."
If there are any other possible candidates for the post, they haven't emerged, although most everyone is expecting someone to announce if for no other reason than to close off the Republican primary.
No Democrats have sounded out the United School Employees of Pasco for ideas or input, president Lynne Webb told the Gradebook. And the USEP isn't actively fielding its own challenger.
"I hope whoever runs lays out a very clear vision for what this district needs to do," Webb said. "Just a slogan isn't going to get it."