On the campaign trail in Hillsborough
Joseph Caetano, a onetime Tampa City Council member from New Tampa, has filed to replace Carol Kurdell on the Hillsborough County School Board.
This isn't the first school board run for Caetano. In 1996 he ran in a field that included Sharon Danaher and Susan Valdes. Danaher won.
Caetano, a hair salon owner and longtime political activist in New Tampa, served on the city council between 2007 and 2011.
His filing this month for school board is one of several recent changes in the lineup for 2016.
It now looks like this:
In District 1, which starts in the Town 'N Country area and extends north to Odessa, former teacher and running coach Lynn Gray is challenging incumbent Susan Valdes. Alix Toulme has withdrawn from the race.
In District 3, which covers northern Hillsborough communities from Carrollwood and Lutz to Thonotasassa, incumbent Cindy Stuart faces Seffner mother Alicia Toler. Stuart is the best-funded candidate so far with $8,275, but it's still early.
District 5 in central and east Tampa, now represented by Doretha Edgecomb, lost candidate Sean Dickerson, who withdrew. Tarance Delento LeNoir is the only official candidate; Edgecomb, who is scheduled to take over in November as board chair, has not yet filed.
Neither has Carol Kurdell, the incumbent in countywide District 7. That field is already getting crowded, with Caetano, Stanley Gray, Norene Miller, Mitchell Smithey and frequent political candidate Randy Toler.