Frank Brunner to challenge Karen Carpenter for Manatee School board seat

mdelaney@bradenton.comJune 7, 2014 

Frank Brunner


MANATEE COUNTY -- No seat on the Manatee County school board will go unopposed this fall, as a challenger has emerged for the District 4 seat, currently held by Karen Carpenter.

Frank Brunner, a former school board member, filed paperwork with the county elections office on Friday afternoon, the election office website shows. Brunner, who is married to Palmetto City Commissioner Tamara Cornwell, was not reachable by phone Friday afternoon.

The District 4 seat covers Manatee County South of Bradenton.

Brunner served eight years on the school board before giving up his seat in 2006 to unsuccessfully run for county commission.

Three of the five school board seats are up for election. Manatee County voters can cast ballots in the nonpartisan election.

Three candidates are running for the District 5 seat, currently held by Julie Aranibar. Aranibar will face Carlton "Les" Nichols and Mary Cantrell, the outgoing director of the Manatee Technical Institute for the seat, which covers the eastern part of Manatee County south of 64.

The District 2 seat, held by Barbara Harvey for 16 years, is up for grabs this year. The district covers most of the urban core of Bradenton and Palmetto.

Harvey, a Palmetto resident and retired school principal, has yet to decide if she will run for re-election, she said previously. She has not yet filed any paperwork, according to the county elections office.

If she runs, she will face Rodney Jones and Charlie Kennedy.

The qualifying period for the school board election is June 16-20. The primary election is Aug. 26, and a runoff, if needed, would be Nov. 4.

Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.

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