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Whaley backs challenger in Pasco school superintendent's race

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school chief's challenger gets whaley's nod

Retiring Pasco School Board member Marge Whaley, who long has expressed discontent with superintendent Heather Fiorentino, has cast her support behind Democrat Stephen Donaldson, a Gulf High teacher, in the November superintendent's election. "I firmly believe there is a single candidate who has the graduate-level education, leadership skills and business experience necessary to lead our schools to success. That candidate is Steve Donaldson," Whaley wrote in a letter that the Donaldson campaign circulated late Thursday. Whaley said she wanted to wait until after the primary election had ended before revealing her position, but added that she felt compelled to speak out for the future of the district. Fiorentino, a Republican, is seeking reelection to a second term. She does not have an advanced degree.

Sheriff's ex-rival backs Democrat

Robert Sullivan, a Republican who challenged his former boss in the Pasco County sheriff's primary, threw his support Friday to Democrat Kim Bogart. Sullivan, a former vice and narcotics commander, said he's still a "committed Republican who holds dear the values set forth by Ronald Reagan." But he's so disenchanted by Sheriff Bob White's leadership, he couldn't back him. "Partisan politics cannot trump public safety," Sullivan said. Sullivan's move evens things out following Tuesday's primary. Democrat Jeff Deremer, who lost in the primary to Bogart, this week pledged his support for White. Bogart said he's thrilled to have the support of Sullivan, who collected more than 9,000 votes and lost by 10 points Tuesday against a far better-funded incumbent. "He's had tremendous support, and to know that he is personally endorsing me lends even more value to my campaign," Bogart said. "We share the same values. Public safety is our mission."

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