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Trubia again in School Board race

After losing a primary election for a seat on the Pasco County School Board four years ago, Len Trubia vowed to run again.

He's back, campaigning against Cathi Martin for the board's District 3 seat.

Trubia, 66, is president of Coldwell Banker Action Reality in New Port Richey and is vice chairman of the Pasco County Housing Authority. He was born in Italy but moved to New York as a boy. He and his wife, Eileen, have lived in Pasco since 1973.

Much of Trubia's platform is similar to that of his last run: a return to schools like the old Richey Fundamental, a crackdown on "social promotion" and more vigilance when it comes to the budget. Trubia said he thinks teachers are too focused on the state's FCAT exams and are giving short shrift to the basics, such as reading, writing and public speaking.

"We ought to look at what worked (in the past) and make it work again," Trubia said. "I believe there are no complicated problems. It is people who complicate problems."

Trubia said he will also bring a father's perspective to the all-female board. He said he will openly question district policies.

"We need people who are willing to stand up," Trubia said. "I just feel like (the board) needs somebody who will speak up. You're not there to get along. Board meetings should be working meetings to discuss ideas and problems."

Trubia once owned and operated La Fantana, an Italian restaurant on U.S. 19 in New Port Richey and is retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He is a member of the Holiday Kiwanis, the Holiday Rotary and the New Port Richey Chamber of Commerce.

This year, School Board races statewide are nonpartisan. Trubia, however, is a Republican.