Pasco School Board candidate gets some high-profile help
Colleen Beaudoin, the only announced candidate for Pasco County School Board District 2, has found support in high places: Deputy superintendent Ray Gadd and his wife, Cathy Peckett, are hosting a fundraiser for the first-time office seeker.
Both Beaudoin and Gadd said the connection is not political.
"She's a friend, someone my wife and I have known a long time, so I'm supporting her," said Gadd, who also actively supported District 2 incumbent Joanne Hurley, who is not seeking another term.
His backing does not mean he's opposing anyone else, particularly as no one has publicly shown interest in the post.
"If somebody was running against Colleen and beat her, I wouldn't have any problem with that at all," he said.
Beaudoin said she decided to run for the seat after fighting last summer to change curriculum and scheduling plans at Pine View Middle School, where her son attends. She is not a candidate of the administration, she said, though acknowledging her friendship especially with Peckett.
Beaudoin sent her children to the preschool that Peckett ran.
"They didn't approach me about this (candidacy)," she said. "I think people that know me know I'm not afraid to speak my mind. I will still represent what I believe in."
Beaudoin is not collecting petition signatures to access the ballot, and instead plans to pay the filing fee. She said she's been meeting with groups all over the county to get to know people and their issues.