Chadwick Hardee and Sara Au both qualified to be on the ballot for the Orange County School Board District 2 race.

Hardee and Au, both of Orlando, became the second and third candidates to qualify in that contest, following Johanna Lopez of Orlando, who got onto the August 28 ballot last month.

Like Lopez, Hardee and Au both qualified by petition. Hardee’s campaign reported he turned in 1,226 verified petition signatures.

“It humbling to know so many people believe in what we are doing. I know the people in our District appreciate the hard work it takes to get this done by good old fashioned door knocking,” Hardee, who has the endorsement of Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke, and Orlando City Commissioner Jim Gray, stated in a news release issued by his campaign.

The trio are not the only potential candidates. Eric Martin, David Grimm and Jacqueline Centeno all have filed to run, though none of them has made the ballot yet.

If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote in August, the top two finishers will go on to the general election in November.

They all seek to succeed Daryl Flynn, who is not running for re-election. District 2 covers much of the same territory as Clarke’s and Gray’s districts, including the Azalea Park, Conway, Belle Isle, Lake Nona and Lee Vista communities.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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