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Superintendent politics heat up in Marion County



If you think things have gotten nasty in Pasco's race for schools superintendent, check out what's been going on in Marion County.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports how a supporter of the deputy superintendent who's seeking the top spot created a nasty fake Facebook page and website to blast the School Board member who's also running for the GOP nomination for the job.

The School Board member then called the Sheriff's Office to report the supporter — who also is the district's director of human resources — to ask for an investigation into identity theft. Prosecutors investigated, but found the activity didn't rise to the level of a crime.

According to the Star-Banner

HR director Philip Leppert told the Star-Banner that the website was "something I felt we needed to do in order to address the false statements that Mrs. Porter has been spreading" as a School Board member and superintendent candidate.

He said a private person has the right to create a website that refutes false statements. Leppert said the short-lived Facebook page was intended to lead Facebook users to the site so they could learn the truth.

Read the full account here. If they're even paying attention to all this, bet Keys residents are liking the idea of their new appointed superintendent job more and more.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 11:20am]


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