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Florida legislator seeks partisan school board elections

The state Constitution currently requires school board members to be elected in nonpartisan races.
A vehicle is seen leaving the parking lot of the Bellair Beach City Hall Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
A vehicle is seen leaving the parking lot of the Bellair Beach City Hall Tuesday, March 9, 2021. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Aug. 12, 2021

A House Republican on Thursday filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would lead to partisan school board elections across the state.

Rep. Spencer Roach, R-North Fort Myers, filed the proposal (HJR 35) for consideration during the 2022 legislative session, which will start in January.

The Florida Constitution requires county school board members to be elected in nonpartisan races. But Roach’s proposal would change that so candidates would run with party affiliations starting in 2024.

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If approved by the Legislature, the proposal would go before voters in November 2022.

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