Former Bradenton councilman James Golden challenging Julie Aranibar for school board

Posted by MARC R. MASFERRER on June 20, 2014 

Candidate for Manatee County Commission district 5 James T. Golden participates in a candidate forum hosted by the Bradenton Herald at Manatee Educational Television. TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton

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A fourth -- and final -- candidate has emerged for the Manatee County School District 5 seat.

James Golden, a former Bradenton City Council member and 2010 Congressional candidate, qualified for the race on Friday, the deadline.

Golden is running against current board member Julie Aranibar, outgoing MTI director Mary Cantrell and U.S. Marine Corp veteran Carlton "Les" Nichols.

Golden could not immediately be reached for comment.

Two other school board seats are also up for grabs. The District 2 seat, currently held by Barbara Harvey, will be battled out between Rodney Jones and Charlie Kennedy.

The District 4 seat will be a two-way contest between incumbent Karen Carpenter and Frank Brunner.

-- Meghin Delaney

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