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Partisan division in Pinellas School Board race

Endorsements show the partisan divide in an at-large race.
Parent activist Laura Hine will face private school teacher Stephanie Meyer in the November general election for Pinellas School Board District 1.
Parent activist Laura Hine will face private school teacher Stephanie Meyer in the November general election for Pinellas School Board District 1. [ Courtesy of the candidates ]
Published Oct. 9, 2020

Partisan alignment is continuing — with big names getting involved — in the Pinellas County at-large school board race between Laura Hine and Stephanie Meyer.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, and county Commissioner Ken Welch have endorsed Hine, a no-party registrant who’s attracting Democratic support in the race.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, and state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, endorsed Meyer, who is backed by many Republicans.

In the nonpartisan race, the candidates are not allowed to run representing parties or advertise party affiliation.

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