Elected superintendents face tough times across Florida
Being local, Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino got the bulk of our attention in her Aug. 14 election defeat. But she was far from the only one to face voter discontent in this election season.
In fact, nine other elected superintendents lost their reelection bids in their primaries. They served in Clay, Hamilton, Jackson, Lafayette, Liberty, Martin, Okaloosa, Putnam and Washington counties. Another six chose not to seek new terms, in Columbia, Gilchrist, Glades, Holmes, Madison and Marion counties.
A handful of others still face general election opposition, while just one -- Tim Wyrosdick of Santa Rosa County -- won his reelection bid outright.
Explain it any way: tough budget cycles leading to unpopular decisions, better opponents or even personality issues could be reasons for so many ousters. Should the voters be making this decision?
Fiorentino thinks so, even despite her crushing loss. "The people should have the choice," she said.