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More candidates for Pasco County School Board



The list of hopefuls to replace Pasco County's retiring School Board members continues to grow.

The latest to enter the races are Laura Semer for District 5, which Frank Parker is leaving after one term, and Mike Ryan for District 3, which Cathi Martin is retiring from after three terms. With these announced candidates, the field for four seats on the ballot has reached 12 people. (Who said no one wants to perform public service?)

Semer, who has a daughter in International Baccalaureate and a son on a McKay Scholarship, said she would use her knowledge of schools plus her business background (she used to work on Wall Street before owning an ice cream shop and then a consulting firm) to help improve the school district. "I want to be able to help the kids like Jonathan, the kids like my daughter Iris, and all the children in between," she said.

Ryan, owner of Samuelsen Builders Realty, said he had worked to develop the Trinity area over several years and now felt the time was right to "step forward and go into public service." He noted his own business knowledge, his passion for working with young people, and his past experience working on the Dayspring Academy charter school board of directors as a strong foundation to help the district make it through tough financial times. "I really don't have any political experience," he added, "which can be a good thing."

Other candidates for District 5 include Karen King and Donna Munsen. Other candidates for District 3 are Sallie Skipper and Cynthia Armstrong. Official qualifying for the positions takes place in mid June.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:52am]


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