Field shrinks for Pasco School Board District 4
The pool of candidates hoping to replace Kathryn Starkey on the Pasco School Board is officially down to four.
Christopher Cooley, a businessman and homeowners association activist who announced his bid in October, ended it this month with a letter to the Supervisor of Elections office. He wrote:
"At this point in time I am unable to effectively dedicate what I presume to be the time requirements to responsibly represent the children and parents of Pasco County as a School Board member.
"My personal demands with building a new business require a tremendous amount of my time and I do not believe I can give both needs 110 percent. The children of our county deserve only the best and my goal is to find alternative ways to serve my county until such a time that I can be freed up enough to potentially run for an elected position."
The hopefuls still include parent activist Alison Crumbley, psychologist Steven Kanakis, retired court reporter Billie Kaleel and pastor John Tracy. Starkey plans to resign her seat to run for Florida House District 45, where Rep. Tom Anderson is retiring.