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Joe Robinson is running again for school board in Hillsborough



And now there are eight:

Joseph Robinson, an engineer with a long list of grievances about the Hillsborough County school district, is running for school board against longtime incumbent Carol Kurdell.

Robinson joins seven others in a pool that includes a bus driver, a car dealer, a philosophy professor, a math teacher who has issues with Empowering Effective Teachers, and a conservative activist who doesn't want the Council on American-Islamic Relations allowed in the schools.

Candidates have until early June to qualify, either with signatures on a petition or a $1,480 fee.

This isn't Robinson's first bid for office. He ran in 2004 to represent District 5 in central Tampa, but was defeated by Doretha Edgecomb. She's running unopposed for re-election. The seat Robinson now seeks is at-large.

This also isn't the first time we've written about Robinson  --  this week. On Tuesday night he was tossed out of the school board meeting for chanting "vote 'em out" -- which chairwoman Candy Olson considered a political speech -- and then arguing with her, prompting her to invoke the board's civility issue.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:00am]


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