Field of candidates starts to shrink for Pasco School Board
After not a single person qualified by petition to run for the Pasco County School Board, observers speculated it would just be a matter of time before the list of 16 announced candidates for four seats would dwindle.
The fallout began today, with college student Harold Hedrick announcing his departure from the race for District 4, currently held by Kathryn Starkey. Here's how he explained his decision, in a letter to the county Elections Office:
"People have asked me how I planned to qualify for this office. I told them that since I am just a poor college student, that I certainly would not be able to buy myself on. It would have to be earned by hard work and dedication in my attempt to gather enough petitions.
"Even though I was able to gather a little over 2,000 petitions I was not able to achieve the 2,944 minimum needed to qualify. However, even though with the support of friends and neighbors I would be able to come up with enough money to pay the qualifying fee, I feel it would be a disservice to those I have talked with over the past 4 months."
Candidates have until noon Friday to pay the qualifying fee for the August ballot.