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Earl Lennard throws his hat in the ring for supervisor of elections,

TAMPA — Earl Lennard, the former superintendent of Hills­borough County schools, has applied to be supervisor of elections.

Lennard, 67, is a Republican who served as superintendent from 1996 to 2005. He lists his current job as an energy conservation consultant for a company based in Dallas. At least 19 other people have applied for the office, which was left vacant when Phyllis Busansky died of natural causes two weeks ago.

"Phyllis Busansky did a great job in moving that office in the right direction," Lennard said. "I thought I could continue moving the office in that direction, and it would be a service to the community."

Five other people recently sent applications to the Governor's Office.

They are William Burda, 51, independent, a business consultant; Deborah Cope, 48, Democrat, a business consultant; Lamont Guthrie, 75, Republican, an Army retiree; Arthur Richardson, 30, Republican, a bail bond owner; and Shawn Woodin, 36, Democrat, an assistant national director for Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Gov. Charlie Crist will choose a replacement, who will serve as interim supervisor of elections until the 2010 general election in November.

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