Union endorses three in Hillsborough School Board races
The Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association is backing an incumbent, a political leader and a retired administrator in this year's Hillsborough County School Board races.
The union, representing nearly 20,000 district employees including teachers, teaching assistants and school counselors, is endorsing Cindy Stuart, who is running for re-election in north Hillsborough's District 3.
In District 1, which covers west Hillsborough and Town 'N Country, the union is backing Bill Person, a retired administrator who hopes to unseat incumbent Susan Valdes.
In the at-large District 7 race, Alan Clendenin has the union's nod. Clendenin, a former air traffic controller, is a leader in the state Democratic party.
In Central Tampa's District 5, where incumbent Doretha Edgecomb has chosen not to compete, there is no endorsement yet. "We are going to hold additional meetings to get to know District 5 candidates better," said Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, the union's executive director.
In addition to money and prestige, the CTA blessing can lead to more money from organized labor. The West Central Florida Federation of Labor will consider these endorsements in June. Seventeen candidates have filed to run so far.
Election Day is Aug. 30.