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Retiree seeks seat on School Board

By BARBARA BEHRENDT

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 20, 2000


INVERNESS -- Retired pharmacist Rich Hoffmann on Monday became the third candidate seeking the District 1 School Board seat being vacated by Mark Stone, who has resigned in mid-term to run for tax collector.

Hoffmann, 52, worked in various management and teaching roles at hospital pharmacies and universities in Michigan. He and his wife, Meg, who teaches at Citrus High School, moved to the county from Michigan in 1994.

Her involvement in the school system is what got Hoffmann interested in running for the School Board seat, he said.

"To have a good school system is extremely important to the area," Hoffmann said. "I just thought that the School Board would be the appropriate place to be and that I have good and appropriate qualifications for that job."

Since his retirement, Hoffmann has done a variety of activities, including consulting, professional speaking, medical writing and volunteer work. He participates in the American Association of Retired Persons volunteer tax-aid program and he maintains a portion of the Withlacoochee State Trail.

He graduated with honors from the Cass Technical School in Detroit and received degrees in pharmacy from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Hoffmann said he wants to do his part to improve the community and he thinks that he can do that as a board member.

"Since I'm retired, I do have the time to devote to the School Board. I think I'd be a good school board member," he said.

Also running for the non-partisan seat are Jane Fricano and Joe Kinley. The winner of the race will complete the two remaining years of Stone's term.

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