Pinellas School Board 3: Nicole Carr trumps incumbent Peggy O’Shea

Carr's victory puts three new faces on the seven-member board, a significant change.
Published Nov. 7, 2018|Updated Nov. 7, 2018

The latest:

  • With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Nicole Carr booted incumbent Peggy O’Shea from her District 3 seat of Pinellas County School Board.
  • Of three Pinellas School Board races in tonight’s general election, this was the only one with an incumbent. Carr’s victory puts three new faces on the seven-member board, a significant change.
  • These preliminary results include early votes and some Election Day precincts votes. For more election results, check the Tampa Bay Times results page.

Nicole Carr took about 54 percent of the vote for the District 3 seat of Pinellas County School Board, unseating incumbent Peggy O'Shea.

Carr, 47, has said her priorities are recruiting and retaining quality teachers and eliminating wasteful district spending.

She raised about $93,000, far more than any other School Board candidate, including O'Shea, who raised about $19,900.

Carr worked for Pinellas schools for 13 years as an assistant principal at Lakewood Elementary, a senior coordinator for accountability, a research specialist and a school counselor. Before that, she was an assessment coordinator at St. Petersburg College, a research assistant at the University of Florida, and taught English on the Zuni Indian Reservation in New Mexico.

O'Shea, 68, was elected to the board in 2006 and won re-election in 2010 and 2014.  She serves on several area boards and said through her campaign that she would focus on closing the achievement gap between the county's black students and their peers.

Carr will serve a four-year term and be paid $44,163.

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