Sweeney files papers to keep school seat
The last Hernando School Board incumbent has made it official. John Sweeney, nearing the end of his first four-year term in the District 1 seat, filed papers Friday for his re-election bid.
The Times reported last week that the 47-year-old Sweeney, who owns a wine store and bar in Spring Hill, had decided to run again. Nilsa Colon Toro, a receptionist at Springstead High School, filed to run for the seat last November.
Board member Sandra Nicholson filed last July to seek a fifth term in the District 5 seat and so far has two challengers: Michael Bainum and Cynthia Moore.
Board member Dianne Bonfield, ending her first term in District 3, filed this week. One challenger, Vi Coogler, dropped out to support Bonfield. The other, Keane Chapman, says he is committed to the race.
The qualifying period for School Board races is June 14 to 18. Candidates must collect 1,230 signatures from registered Hernando voters or pay a fee of $1,316.48.