TAMPA — Cindy Stuart, the longest-serving member of the Hillsborough County School Board, has signed up to serve another four-year term.
Stuart, 52, joined the board in 2012, unseating long-time board member Jack Lamb. Two and a half years later, she was one of four members who voted to fire Superintendent MaryEllen Elia and replace her with Jeff Eakins.
Stuart also was the first School Board member to represent the organization on the Metropolitan Planning Organization, where she collaborates with other local government officials on transportation matters.
The nonpartisan election will take place on Aug. 18 with a runoff, if necessary, on Nov. 3.
Stuart is elected in the Northern Hillsborough suburbs in a district that extends through Dover.
She is the third incumbent to announce her candidacy, joining Steve Cona III in the Northwest suburbs and Town N Country; and Lynn Gray, who serves districtwide.
Cona’s only opponent so far is social work student Victoria Anne Gudbranson. Stuart is being challenged by teacher Jessica Vaughn. Gray’s race is the most crowded, with counselor and activist Josephine Amato and former School Board member Sally Harris in the mix.
No one has filed yet in District 5, which covers central Hillsborough and includes many of the city’s urban schools. But Tamara Shamburger, who holds that seat and is the board chair, said on Tuesday, “I am running for re-election.”