Pasco races shape up
Though the date to officially qualify for the August ballot remains a month away, most of the announced candidates for Pasco County School Board and superintendent already have surpassed the key hurdle to getting their names before voters - convincing 2,632 voters to sign petitions for them.
All three hopefuls to replace retiring Marge Whaley for School Board District 2 have had their petitions certified, as have the two major party candidates for superintendent.
So far, here's who will appear on the ballot (in alphabetical order), if they complete all the remaining required paperwork:
- School Board District 2 - hospital spokesman Kurt Conover, Wesley Chapel activist Peter Hanzel, Florida Turnpike authority spokeswoman Joann Hurley (non-partisan race)
- Superintendent - Gulf High teacher Steve Donaldson, Democrat; incumbent Heather Fiorentino, Republican
School Board District 4 incumbent Kathryn Starkey did not submit petitions. Starkey, who has no known opposition, has said she will pay to have her name appear on the ballot. Starkey has reported receiving $15,800 in contributions. An independent candidate for superintendent, Michelle Rehm, has not collected signatures and said she also would pay the filing fee. Rehm has reported that she has collected no campaign contributions.