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HERNANDO SCHOOL BOARD // Runoff appears likely in GOP race

Hernando County School Board candidates Jerry Milby and Anna Calleri appeared headed for an October runoff for the District 2 Republican nomination.

Early results from Tuesday's primary election showed Milby, 48, leading Calleri, 50, and Allan Thompson, 53. But Milby's lead was not sufficient to avoid a runoff. The three Republicans are attempting to replace Board Chairwoman Gail Coleman, who did not seek re-election.

The winner of the Oct. 1 battle will face Democrat Dominick Ruggiero Jr., who did not have opposition in his primary.

Milby is a real estate salesman. Since moving to Spring Hill in 1990, the retired Army helicopter pilot and adjunct professor has served as a substitute teacher and has volunteered in the county's public schools.

Thompson, like Milby, is a real estate agent and has been active in the school system. He has worked with the School Advisory Council at J.D. Floyd Elementary and the Parent-Teacher Association at Powell Middle School, where his stepdaughter is a pupil.

This was Calleri's third try for a School Board post. Her first bid in 1988 ended in a resounding defeat at the hands of Leland McKeown, and she lost in 1992 to Jim Malcolm by a mere two votes.

The other board seat to be decided in November is Malcolm's District 4 seat. Malcolm, a Republican, faces opposition from Mary Jo Artura, a non-affiliated candidate and Democrat Lester Nichols.