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2012 School Board candidates qualify

Friday marked the end of the qualifying period for candidates running for a slew of state and local offices, including the Duval County School Board. There is a full slate of candidates for school board, and all of the seats are competitive - meaning that the August 14 primary election is one of the most important in many years.
This year, four of seven districts are up for election. Three of the four seats are open; W.C. Gentry, Tommy Hazouri and Betty Burney are not running for re-election. In the fourth, incumbent Martha Barrett is running against competitor - and former school board member - Cheryl Grymes. (Full disclosure: Cheryl Grymes ran the Alliance for World Class Education, which was the precursor to JPEF.)
With a superintendent search under way, this election is vitally important. With the goal of informing as many people as possible and increasing voter turnout, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the Duval County Council of PTAs, Save Duval Schools, the Jacksonville Urban League and the Jacksonville Kids Coalition have partnered on an outreach campaign.
This will include a slate of candidate forums, a candidate questionnaire and other information. Look for more information coming your way this week!
In the meantime, here's the rundown on who's running:
 
School Board, Dist. 1
Martha Barrett
Cheryl Grymes
   
School Board, Dist. 3
Andrew Cordek
Jack Daniels
Suzanne Jenkins
Ashley Smith Juarez
   
School Board, Dist. 5
Pervalia Gaines-McIntosh
Chris Guerrieri
Constance Connie" Sands Hall
 
School Board, Dist. 7
Coree Cuff
Jason Fischer
Lori Harrell Hershey
Jon Heymann
Frank Swanson
John Turner