TAMPA — Michelle Popp Shimberg, a longtime member of an advisory committee for the Hillsborough County School District, announced her candidacy Monday for a seat on the School Board.
Shimberg, 50, is the 14th candidate to file for three open seats in an election that will take place November 2014.
She's running for the South Tampa seat that will be vacated by Candy Olson, who is serving her 20th year. That field also includes Michael Weston, Stacy Hahn and Sally Harris.
Also leaving the board next year are Stacy White in East Hillsborough and April Griffin, who holds an at-large seat. Both are running for Hillsborough County Commission.
Candidates for White's seat so far are Terry Kemple, Jereme Monette, Dee Prether and Melissa Snively.
For the at-large seat John G. Evon, Alison McGillivray Fernandez, Kim Miller, Russ Patterson, Dipa Shah and Randy Toler have filed to run.
Snively, an insurance agent and former chairwoman of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, has raised the most money, $21,980.
Shimberg is a longtime member and vice chair of the school district's Citizen Advisory Committee. She's also an active volunteer and mentor.
"I care deeply about our public school system and have a longstanding commitment to public schools in Hillsborough County," said Shimberg, who has held leadership position in the PTA at Mitchell Elementary School, Wilson Middle School and Plant High School.
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