Karen Carpenter files for re-election to Manatee School Board

May 16, 2014 

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Manatee County School Board member Karen Carpenter. File photo/PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

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MANATEE -- Manatee County School Board member Karen Carpenter on Friday filed for re-election, according to the county elections office.

"I think we need to keep the train on the track and keep the district moving forward," Carpenter said Friday.

Carpenter said she got a clean bill of health this week and is now considered a cancer survivor, after being diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago.

"I couldn't do it if I wasn't healthy," she said.

Carpenter, 71, is the first candidate to file for the District 4 seat.

Carpenter, who was first elected in 2010, is an attorney and former executive director of the Women's Resource Center.

Carpenter defeated Jennifer A. Radebach in the 2010 election, garnering 52.4 percent of the vote.

There are two other school board seats up for election this year:

In District 2, Rodney K. Jones and Charles "Charlie" Kennedy are running for the seat now held by Barbara Harvey, who has not said whether she will run for re-election.

And in District 5, incumbent Julie Aranibar faces a challenge from Carlton "Les" Nichols.

The qualifying period for the school board race is June 16 to June 20.

The primary election is Aug. 26, and if a runoff is needed, it would be held Nov. 4.

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