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School Board incumbent embarrassed by misspelled signs

TAMPA — Longtime Hillsborough County School Board member Candy Olson is learning a hard lesson: Always double-check your spelling — down to the "t."

Olson, who is running for a fifth term in November, put up nearly 150 campaign signs last month. The problem? The word "District" is missing the middle "t," reading "Disrict."

"Five different people looked at it," Olson, 62, said of the sign on Thursday.

One of them was her.

"Since I'm the queen of 'Let's not have any typographical errors,' it's really embarrassing and kind of funny," she said.

Olson said she will try to replace as many of the signs as possible.

She is running for the School Board seat representing District 2, which encompasses an area of southern Hillsborough from South Tampa to Ruskin. Her opponent is Frank Hernandez.

Olson, who earned her MBA from the University of South Florida in 1976, spent about eight years working as a freelance writer before running for the School Board in 1994.

Still, she said, typos are common and can happen to anyone.

"I looked at it. My daughter, who is as finicky as I am, looked at it," Olson said. "I'm sure there's a psychological explanation. We all saw what we expected to see."

Nandini Jayakrishna can be reached at (813) 226-3383 or njayakrishna@sptimes.com.

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