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Pasco School Board chairwoman plans to seek another term



Cynthia Armstrong, first elected to the Pasco County School Board in 2010, told the Gradebook she intends to seek another term in the District 4 seat that represents the south-central portion of the county.

"I'll probably file in October," she said.

Armstrong, a real estate agent and former teacher, has fought some key battles for the district in her first stint, leading the charge in 2011, for instance, to keep the County Commission from cutting school impact fees in half. She stayed out of the 2012 political battle for the superintendent's chair, but since has backed many of the new initiatives put forth by winner Kurt Browning, such as the reformatting of school media centers.

Armstrong faced a crowded field in her first run, taking the seat in a general election by about 10,000 votes. No challengers have yet emerged for a 2016 race.

The seats of District 1 board member Allen Altman and District 5 member Steve Luikart also expire in 2014. Altman said he had not yet decided whether to seek a third term. Luikart said he probably would run for a second term, but did not want to make a final decision until early in the new year.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:30am]


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