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Hernando School Board candidate Van Gorden addresses his past



Former Pasco County principal Steve Van Gorden's bid for Hernando County School Board has shadows of his past hampering his effort.

A web site, the Hernando Phoenix, has noted Van Gorden has his share of supporters, but also detractors who suggest his actions leading to his teaching license being revoked should disqualify him for the board.

Van Gorden aimed to answer his critics with a statement he posted on Facebook over the weekend. He said he's trying to start over in the field of education, which he cares about deeply:

"I did make a mistake in judgment, a mistake I have acknowledged, apologized for, and worked very hard to correct in my life. While there is no excuse for what happened, I can only say this happened during a troubling and dark period, right after I divorced a woman I had spent practically my entire adult life with. What I did was wrong, but I can say that the media portrayed a lot of it much different than the situation eventually played out during the academic investigation."

Read Van Gorden's full statement here. See the state hearing officer's recommended order for more details about the events.

Three other candidates also are seeking the seat, which incumbent Matt Foreman is leaving in the fall.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2:33pm]


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