Pasco school district leaders, contractors fill superintendent's reelection coffers
Pasco County schools superintendent Kurt Browning, who took office in 2012, appears to be cruising to a second term as the leader of the largest school district in the nation with an elected superintendent.
No one has acted, either officially or informally, to oppose Browning in the fall. No potential challenger names have surfaced, not even within the teachers union that has frequently battled with Browning.
Still, Browning, is raising money as if he's got a race to run. And his primary backers are staff who work for him, and companies that work for the district (or might want to).
Donors contributing the maximum $1,000 to his campaign in the past month include Pelican Electrical of Oldsmar, TransPro Consulting of Tampa (strategic planning firm), and Peter Hepner of the Holmes-Hepner Architect firm.
Among the many district staffers giving between $100 and $500 to the election effort were assistant superintendents Todd Cluff, Ray Bonti and Vanessa Hilton; department directors Terry Aunchman, Melissa Musselwhite, Mark Fox, Christine Pejot, and John Petrashek; school principals Hope Schooler, Chris Dunning, Shae Davis, LeeAnne Yerkey, Aimee Boltze, Tom Barker, Teresa Love, LaToya Jordan, Adam Kennedy, Jason Joens, Courtney Gantt, Nicole Reynolds, Susan Seibert, Nena Green and Allison Hoskins; and several other district employees.
See his March financial report for all the details.
Overall, Browning's campaign haul is just over $25,000 -- a drop in the bucket compared to other countywide elected officials such as Sheriff Chris Nocco ($104,520), County Commissioner Jack Mariano ($71,043) and property appraiser hopeful Ted Schrader ($78,000). But combined with his high profile and widespread support, it should be enough to stave off a challenge, and provide enough to pay his filing fee.
The deadline for qualifying comes at noon June 24.