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Superintendent candidate gets blogging



Sdonaldsonjpg Stephen Donaldson doesn't have a household name the way that current Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino does. She's been in the public eye more than a decade. He announced his candidacy to upend her bid for a second term in office less than a month ago.

To start spreading the word, the Gulf High teacher and coach has launched a web site that includes lots of family pictures along with his platform. The very first thing he mentions is the need to create a better "spirit of cooperation" between the administration and employees.

"In my administration, unilateral decision making will be the exception not the rule when implementing programs and establishing policies," Donaldson writes. He also talks about the need to improve morale, calling the district a "house divided."

Along with the regular fare, Donaldson also kicks off a blog where he hopes to connect with readers. It's not a new idea - Hillsborough School Board candidates and members, for instance, regularly blog. But it's pretty out there for Pasco. (School Board candidate Kurt Conover does have an "I'm Listening" section on his web site, but that's about it.)

Donaldson's first posting is an admission that it's not easy to run for superintendent: "So far it's been quite a challenge running a campaign, having to get petitions signed, trying to raise money, building a website, getting folks to remember my name etc...  Did I mention that I teach all day, coach tennis and, with a very heavy heart, had to put down our best buddy cat (Simba) this week?  I suppose it builds character."

The deadline to file petition signatures to make the ballot is May 19. We'll see if there's a real election battle brewing by then.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:36am]


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