GULFPORT CANDIDATESÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ FORUM, Stan Davis08/29/06
GULFPORT CANDIDATESÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ FORUM
MONDAY, 28 AUGUST 2006
40 or so candidates gathered in Gulfport Monday evening to give the voters one more look-see. The most sparks were generated by the contest for Pinellas Board of Education.
Stan Davis was there and filed this report.
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Some 150 people turned out Monday night to hear 40 or so politicals running for a myriad of seats in Pinellas County.
Although there were lots of men in the audience and amongst the contenders, it still seemed very much like Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ladies Night.Ã¢â‚¬?
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because the night was set afire by a group of passionate women, each championing causes and issues that resonated throughout the gathering at the historic Gulfport Casino & Ballroom.
Sparks flew between two incumbents battling each for an At-Large seat in District 2 of the Pinellas County Board of Education, Mary Russell and two-time Board Chair, Nancy Bostock.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s moderator Mary Berglund of the League of Women VotersÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 1- Harmony- Ã¢â‚¬Å“What do you think isÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ vote for meÃ¢â‚¬?]
Bostock declared her candidacy 18 months ago, and just canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand why Russell, who was not up for re-election, decided to challenge herÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 2- Bostock 1- Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ four years agoÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and to win the seatÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬?]
Russell says sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only trying to make the Board more effective and productiveÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 3- Russell 1- Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ we just had members of the school boardÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ to elect a Board that could work togetherÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬?]
Bostock says there ARE issues that separate the two women. One of those issues is Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Clayton WilcoxÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 4- Bostock 2- Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ one of the most important thingsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a very key vote that she and I have differed onÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬?]
But Russell says it isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just about WilcoxÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 5- Russell 2- Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I wanted to have a school board campaign about issuesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ based upon her personal ideas and preferencesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬?]
Another line in the sandÃ¢â‚¬â€at least for Bostock Ã¢â‚¬â€œis the FCATÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 6- Bostock 3- Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ we have to have very clearly defined standardsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ in fact, kept her kids from taking that testÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬?]
But for Russell itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about tolerance, and not acting without authorityÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 7- Russell 3- Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ my opponent, as the chairman of the BoardÃ¢â‚¬Â¦consensusÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬?]
Another woman to light up the Casino was the lone Democrat opposing 18-term incumbent, Congressman Bill Young in the 10th Congressional DistrictÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 8- Samm 1- Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ it was 2006, in JanuaryÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ every person countsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬?]
Simpson sets herself apart from Young primarily on his solid support of President Bush and his wars in Iraq and AfghanistanÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 8 Samm- Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ the defining issue]
The evening was brought to the voters by a coalition of organizations, including the League of Women Voters and Gulfport Progressives. For more information, visit www dot pinellas progressives dot org.
For WMNF, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m Stan Davis