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Former member to run for school board again

Former Pinellas School Board member Ron Walker is back.

The 60-year-old Safety Harbor businessman announced Friday he is entering the District 2 School Board race to replace Nancy Bostock, who is running for a County Commission seat.

Walker was elected to the board in 1984 and 1988. He was the board's chairman in 1987.

"My interest in the education process in Pinellas County never diminished," Walker said in news release. "Up to now, I thought others could and would do the heavy lifting required to keep the quality of our schools at a high level. Today, I believe I am uniquely qualified among the announced candidates for this seat to lead during a very difficult time."

Since 1992, when he left the board, Walker said, he has worked in the property management business.

The other candidates in the race are former Tarpon Springs City Commissioner David O. Archie; Nina Hayden, a lawyer in the Public Defender's Office; Minetha Morris, a former Pinellas elementary school teacher who teaches at Hillsborough Community College; and Sean O'Flannery, a teacher and coach at Lakewood High.

District 2 is an at-large seat representing the entire county.

The filing deadline for School Board races is June 20. The primary election, when most School Board races typically are settled, is Aug. 26. If no candidate gets more than half the vote, the top two vote-getters would compete in the general election on Nov. 4.

Thomas C. Tobin can be reached at tobin@sptimes.com or

(727) 893-8923.

Former member to run for school board again 06/06/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2008 3:11pm]
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