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Endorsements begin arriving before candidacies become official



The formal time period for school board candidates to qualify for the ballot begins Monday. That hasn't stopped groups from endorsing hopefuls anyway.

The latest comes from the United School Employees of Pasco Tiger Pride PAC, which has cast its lot with incumbent board member Steve Luikart. A retired assistant principal and former USEP member, whose wife is a teacher, Luikart so far faces the only known challenger among three seats coming open.

USEP president Kenny Blankenship said in a press release that the union PAC supported Luikart after interviewing him and reviewing his written responses to several questions on education issues. “The members of the TIGER Pride Executive Board pointed to Mr. Luikart's lifelong experience as a public school educator as the basis of their decision. The board believes experience, commitment, and knowledge count. That’s why TIGER Pride has endorsed Steve Luikart,” he said.

He also mentioned Luikart's willingness to challenge the proposals of the district's elected superintendent.

The primary election is set for Aug. 26. Watch for more endorsements.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2014 2:06pm]


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