Education races shape up for August ballot
The filing deadline to qualify for the Aug. 14 ballot passed at noon, setting up some heated election battles while giving some free passes to reelection.
Those winning for lack of competition are Pinellas School Board incumbents Robin Wikle and Carol Cook, and Pasco School Board incumbent Alison Crumbley.
The area incumbent facing the biggest challenge is longtime Hillsborough School Board member Carol Kurdell, who faces five opponents for her at-large seat. Just one local School Board seat, Hernando's District 4, has no incumbent. Four candidates will face off for that position.
Here's how the races shape up:
Pinellas School Board
District 1 (at-large): Janet R. Clark [I]; Jim Jackson; Shelly Ladd-Gilbert; Elliott Stern
District 4: Robin L. Wikle [I]
District 5: Carol J. Cook [I]
District 7: Keisha Bell; Rene Flowers; Glenton "Glen" Gilzean [I]; Corey Givens, Jr.; Cassandra Jackson
Hernando School Board
District 2: Matthew A. Foreman [I]; William Kingeter
District 4: Michael Angelo Gordon; Gustave "Gus" Guadagnino; Robert Neuhausen; Helen Villafane
Superintendent of Schools: Kenneth W. Benson [R]; Kurt S. Browning [R]; Edward P. Collins (Write-in); Heather Fiorentino [R-I]; Kathy "Kat" Lambert (write-in)
School Board Member District 2: Joanne B. Hurley [I]; Don Stephenson
School Board Member District 4: Alison Crumbley [I]
Hillsborough County School Board
District 1: Eduardo ''Eddy'' Calcines; Susan Valdes [I]
District 3: Jack Lamb [I]; Cynthia ''Cindy'' L. Stuart
District 5: Henry J. Ballard Jr.; Doretha Edgecomb [I]
District 7 (at-large): Joseph W. Jordan-Robinson Jr.; Terry Kemple; Carl Francis ''Captain Carl'' Kosierowski; Carol Kurdell [I]; Robert McElheny; Michael Weston
[Note: All School Board races are non-partisan. This information is as listed on the county election office websites as of noon. If anything changes we will update this post.]