Orange County School Board Member Nancy Robbinson has filed to run for the board’s chair, a powerful countywide position being vacated by the only person who’s ever held it, Bill Sublette, who’s running for mayor.

Robbinson, 53, of Orlando, filed for the opening on Nov. 17. She has represented the school board’s District 6 in north-central Orange County since 2008.

She describes herself as a consensus builder.

“I think I’m best known for being able to resolve issues and see all sides of an issue and be a consensus builder,” Robbinson said. “I’ve worked with my District 6 constituents that way, including parents, teachers, and students, and throughout that time with the business community, building a much better partnership.”

Robbinson is the first in for one of the more powerful positions in Orange County. She’s engaging In Touch Strategies of Orlando as her campaign consultant. The election is non-partisan. Robbinson is a registered Democrat.

Robbinson was not the only recent school board candidacy filing. Last week, incumbent School Board Member Linda Kobert, of Orlando, filed for re-election in District 3, representing south-central Orange County. And a third candidate, Richard Allan Victor, of Orlando, entered the race. Already in the contest is Jessica M. Torrence, of Orlando, who filed in April.

The 2018 election holds the prospect of a complete overhaul for the school board, with up to six of the eight seats on the line. Districts 1, 2 and 3 seats are up in the 2018 election, and Kobert is the only incumbent currently seeking re-election. Sublette is vacating the chair position. Robbinson is now vacating the District 6 seat. And District 7 incumbent Christine Moore is running for the Orange County Commission.

Robbinson is on the board of directors for the Urban Think! Foundation, which supports literacy programs for inner-city Orlando students. She also serves on the advisory boards of United Against Poverty and The Children’s Movement of Florida-Central Florida Region. Her service also includes the YMCA of Central Florida Education Committee and the immediate past president of Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida.

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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 scott@floridapolitics.com.

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