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Hillsborough School Board race gets partisan too

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Carolkurdell_2Speaking of non-partisan School Board races and politically charged affairs ...

Blue and red politics are starting to bleed all over the race between Carol Kurdell and Stephen Gorham. Over the weekend, the Republican Party of Florida sent out a mailer noting that "your Republican leadership team needs you." Inside, Kurdell's name is on the list of GOP-approved local candidates.

Kurdell, who is seeking a fifth term in office, said she was not aware of the mailer until a reporter showed it to her. She declined to speak about her party affiliation, saying: "You know I can't talk about that."

Gorham_2Meanwhile, local Democrats are drumming up the beat for Gorham. His name appears among the candidates recommended by the Hillsborough Democratic Black Caucus, which is passing out its list to early voters.

Gorham's politics are no secret. He's widely known as the Democrat who did surprisingly well against conservative Ronda Storms in a state Senate race two years ago.

Will partisan politics shape the outcome of a School Board contest that's supposed to be anything but? Stay tuned...

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:02am]

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