But the most hotly contested race will be in District 4 — incumbent board member Jennifer Prior Brown will not run, leaving four candidates vying for her seat.
Qualifying to run are Erica Whitfield, 36, of Lake Worth, who has worked in child health, Justin Katz, 30, of Boynton Beach, a social studies teacher at Park Vista High, west of Boca Raton; Larry Rosensweig, 63, of Delray Beach, the founding director of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens; and Tom Sutterfield, 48, an information technology specialist who serves on Imagine Charter School's governing board.
Whitfield has the largest campaign war chest, with about $22,600 in monetary and in-kind contributions and $1,350 in loans. She describes herself as a native Floridian "with a passion for our community, and the health, achievement and success of our children."
Katz has $4,790 in contributions and $15,000 in loans. He said he's "the only candidate in the District 4 race with district classroom experience." Sutterfield has mostly self-financed his $6,800 campaign account. "I will bring over a decade of school budgetary experience, knowledge of school operations and expansion, and a proven track record," he said.
Rosensweig, whose wife Nora is a retired principal, said his goal is "to elevate the performance and standing of our schools to make them the first and best choice for our children's education."
Karen Brill*, John Michael Hartman; David Benoit Mech
District 4 (runs from east Boca Raton to West Palm Beach)
Justin Katz, Larry F. Rosensweig, Tom Sutterfield, Erica Whitfield
District 6 (includes the Glades area, Wellington and Royal Palm Beach)
Marcia Andrews*, Carla Donaldson, Joe Moore
District 7 (includes parts of West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Lantana)
Debra L. Robinson *, Piaget "Peppi" Hendrix
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