MANATEE -- Misty Servia has withdrawn her name for consideration for the District 5 school board appointment to focus on her District 3 campaign.
The governor's office still has not filled the District 5 seat, formerly held by Mary Cantrell. Cantrell died on July 12 from bone marrow cancer complications.
More than 25 community members have expressed interest in the seat so far and Gov. Rick Scott tapped Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart to help conduct interviews and find a replacement.
Servia was one of the community members who applied for the District 5 seat, but she's also running for the District 3 seat, currently held by Dave Miner, in the 2016 election. In a statement on Friday, Servia said she was impressed by the quality of candidates who had put in for Cantrell's seat.
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"I am deeply committed to pursuing a seat on the School Board from the district in which I reside, District 3, and will focus my efforts on earning the District 3 seat with the voters' support in August 2016," she said.
Board members and district officials are not sure when a new member will be appointe, but were hoping to have a new board member in place by the end of the month, although that now looks unlikely to happen.
Earlier this week, John Colon posted a picture on social media saying he had met one-on-one with Scott for an interview for the board seat. Colon is a member of the Florida State Board of Education.
The governor's appointee is expected to serve until 2016, when voters will elect a permanent replacement to finish out the four-year term.
In 2016, voters will also elect board members in District 3 and District 1. Servia is the only candidate who has filed in District 3 so far. The District 1 seat is held by Bob Gause. Two candidates -- Xtavia Bailey and Edward Viltz -- have filed for that seat.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter@MeghinDelaney.