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The mom and legal assistant will run for the at-large District 1 post.
By THOMAS C. TOBIN, Times Staff Writer
Published January 5, 2008
Jennifer S. Crockett, a candidate for Pinellas School Board in 2006, announced Friday she would run for the office again this year.
Crockett, 35, filed as a candidate for the at-large District 1 seat now held by Janet Clark. In an interview Friday, Clark said she is leaning toward running for re-election but has not made a final decision.
Crockett was one of four candidates who challenged School Board member Mary Brown in 2006. She emerged from the September primary with enough votes to compete in the general election, but lost to Brown. Since then, she has remained active in school issues and was a fixture at the board's recent meetings on the new student assignment plan.
"I've had people continuously urge me to run again," Crockett said.
She is a legal assistant who lives in St. Petersburg. Her children - ages 5, 8 and 10 - attend Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary. As part of the new student assignment plan, Jamerson will become a full-fledged magnet school with a focus in math and engineering. Crockett pushed district officials to enact the same rules for Jamerson as its other, more established magnets.
She said her campaign would emphasize that she has children in the system and a legal and business background.
"I think we're at the point where the number of (School Board) members who actually have children in the system is dwindling," Crockett said.
Three School Board seats will be decided in 2008. Besides Clark, who represents the whole county, board members Carol Cook and Jane Gallucci are up for re-election. Gallucci has yet to announce her intentions.
Cook picked up a candidate packet from the Supervisor of Elections Office on Thursday but has not formally announced her candidacy.
Crockett is the first to announce a campaign for School Board.
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