Fiorentino to seek second term
This would be bigger news if Heather Fiorentino were announcing that she won't run for reelection. But here it goes anyway. Heather Fiorentino, Pasco County's first-term superintendent, wants to serve another four years. So she's officially filed papers to seek the office in the 2008 election.
"I am blessed to have this job. I love it," Fiorentino, a Republican, tells the Gradebook. "It's a very exciting time for our district. There are many initiatives under way that are improving student learning. Also, it's a time when our district is facing some challenges. ... It's during times like this, that are so uncertain, that the staff and community deserve to be certain they have somebody who is a strong leader and who is committed to the long-term vision and success of our district."
Fiorentino, 49, faced a bruising primary in the campaign to replace John Long, who retired after two terms in 2004. If she doesn't get an opponent in this race - and so far none has surfaced - it would be the first time in her political career, which has included stints as a state representative and a city council member.
Pasco is the largest county in Florida to still have an elected, rather than an appointed superintendent. Voters consistently have rejected a change.