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Will there be three in Pasco superintendent's race?



All the attention in Pasco County's upcoming election for superintendent of schools has gone to the high-profile candidates -- incumbent Heather Fiorentino and former secretary of state Kurt Browning.

But the person who is leading the effort to make the August ballot via petition signatures is neither Fiorentino nor Browning.

It's Moon Lake construction worker Ken Benson, who has told the Gradebook that if he can't get enough signatures, he can't afford the $7,217 filing fee to enter the Republican primary race.

As of the Monday morning, the county supervisor of elections had recorded Benson having 2,226 certified signatures with another 325 submitted but unverified. Browning had 1,377 certified, and Fiorentino had 672. The total needed is 2,980. 

Benson has been handing out cards that read, "Kenneth W. Benson for superintendent of schools. Our Holy Bible is the foundation," as he seeks support. Wonder if that message is making a difference.

The deadline for petitions is noon on May 7. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Monday, April 9, 2012 11:55am]


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