Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Pinellas School Board 2: Lisa Cane defeats Jeff Larsen

The latest:

  • With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Lisa Cane beat out Jeff Larsen for the District 2 spot on Pinellas County School Board
  • This race was one of three for seats on the board, which oversees Florida’s eighth-largest school district.
  • These preliminary results include early votes and some Election Day precincts votes. For more election results, check the Tampa Bay Times results page.

Lisa Cane took the District 2 seat on Pinellas County School Board over Jeff Larsen with about 51 percent the vote.

Cane, 31, is founder and creative director of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy. Her campaign has centered on boosting arts and humanities in Pinellas schools.

She said she chose to run for the board after growing frustrated with the lack of arts curriculum offered in her children's schools.

The countywide District 2 seat is vacated by incumbent Terry Krassner, 66, who finished third to Larsen and Cane in the primary election with only 16.4 percent of the vote.

Larsen, 41, is a longtime reading teacher and basketball coach at New Port Richey's Gulf Middle School. He also served as a Tarpon Springs commissioner from 2010 to 2016.

Through his campaign, Larsen said he wanted to improve working conditions for teachers in an effort to lower teacher turnover, particularly in the county's most troubled schools.

To do that, he wanted to implement a mentoring program between new and seasoned teachers, offer better training and use climate surveys and exit interviews to gain insight on educators' needs.

Larsen raised about $48,300 in campaign contributions, compared to Cane's total of $13,600.

Cane will serve a four-year term and earn a salary of $44,163.

Follow @mareevs for the latest on Pinellas School Board races.

For national and statewide election results check The Buzz

For local election results check Bay Buzz

For school board election results check The Gradebook.

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