Eighteen candidates made it onto the ballot to run for Orange County School board across five different district races.
Those contests do not include the sixth school board race, for the county-wide chair’s position, which drew another four candidates by the time the election qualifying period ended Friday at noon.
Consequently, the Orange County School Board is going to be vastly redrawn by this year’s elections. In the six contests, which includes two special elections, only one incumbent, District 3 Member Linda Kobert, is running for re-election to her old position. District 6 Member Nancy Robbinson is running for the open chair’s position. Come November there will be at least four and perhaps as many as six new members sworn in for the eight-person school board.
In District 1, representing far-east and northeast Orange County, Angie Gallo of Orlando, Terry Rooth of Winter Park, and Heather Traynham of Winter Park all qualified for the ballot. They’re seeking to succeed outgoing Member Joie Cadle.
In District 2, reepresenting part of southeast Orange County, Sara Au, Jacqueline Centeno, David Grimm, Chadwick Hardee, Johanna Lopez, and Eric Martin all qualified for the ballot. All are of Orlando. Incumbent Member Daryl Flynn is not seeking re-election.
In District 3 representing south-central Orange County, Kobert, of Orlando, will be competing with Michael Daniels of Orlando. Two other candidates had filed to run but neither of them qualified for the ballot Friday.
In District 6, representing north-central Orange County, former state Rep. Karen Castor Dentel of Maitland, Patricia Fox of Maitland, and Charlene Roberts Norato of Orlando all qualified for the ballot. All are of Orlando. That’s Robbinson’s district now.
In District 7, representing northwest Orange County, Chan-Denise Raquel Budhoo of Plymouth, Melissa Byrd of Apopka, Jeff Richardson of Ocoee, and Eric Schwalbach of Winter Garden all qualifred for the ballot. The incumbent there, Member Christine Moore, is running for the Orange County Commission.
The elections for Districts 6 and 7 are special elections because the incumbents are leaving office early. Therefore the winners will be taking two-year terms, and if they seek re-elections, those would come in 2020, for standard four-year terms.
In any of the school board contests, if no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote on August 28, then the top two vote-getters will advance to a November 6 runoff election.