Democrats endorse in non-partisan Pinellas board races
Careful observers of Pinellas politics have pointed out to the Gradebook that the Pinellas County Democratic Party has chosen to endorse candidates in two of three nonpartisan School Board races, in addition to the usual partisan contests.
The party has endorsed Janet Clark (left) over Jennifer Crockett in the countywide District 1 race. Clark is a registered Democrat who recently changed her status from "No party affiliation." Crockett is a registered Republican.
In the District 2 countywide race, the party selected Nina Hayden (right) over Sean O'Flannery. Hayden is a registered Democrat and was elected Democratic precinct committeewoman in the Aug. 26 primary. O'Flannery is, you guessed it, a Republican.
Conspicuously absent on the party's official list of endorsements is a candidate in the North Pinellas District 4 School Board race. Wonder what gives? Both candidates in that race – Ken Peluso and Robin Wikle – are registered Republicans.
- Donna Winchester, education reporter