High-level Democrat plans to run for Hillsborough School Board seat
Alan Clendenin, a high-level Democratic Party official and retired air traffic controller and manager from South Tampa, said that next week he will file for the open District 7 countywide seat on the Hillsborough County School Board.
Clendenin, 57, is vice-chairman of the state Democratic Party and one of the state's delegates to the Democratic National Committee, as well as an active fundraiser for state and local Democratic candidates.
He was active in the National Air Traffic Controller's Union, including serving as national chairman, before going into management.
He joins a crowded race to replace Carol Kurdell, the board's longest-serving member, who announced in March that she won't run for re-election.
Clendenin said when he retired in 2012, he intended to go into public service and the school board is the right path for him.
"Education has always been one of my hot buttons my entire life," he said. "The fiscal issues and interpersonal dynamics are kind of in my wheelhouse with my background in the union and as a manager. I'll be able to listen to the board members, the teachers, the parents and all those who have an interest in the school system, including business leaders, and come to the right decision."
Born in Sanford, Clendenin spent most of his career in central Florida. He's divorced and reared two children, now grown, who he said graduated from Hillsborough public schools. Clendenin said he attended four years of college but accepted a job as an air traffic controller without completing his degree.
The other candidates who have filed to run for that seat are Joseph Caetano, Lynn Gray, Stanley Gray, Norene Miller, Matt Swanson and Randy Toler.