Orange County School Board member Nancy Robbinson is about to have a fight on her hands for control of the school board. As rumors continue to swirl about Mayor Teresa Jacobs running for chair, Robbinson may end up losing her current seat and chance to be chair of the board.
Because Robbinson must resign to run for chair, District 6 is up for grabs and four candidates are up for the task. Bishop Kelvin Cobaris is in the race. He formerly ran for the Florida Legislature in District 45.
In February, Cobaris raised nearly $2,000 for his first report.
After Cobaris is Former teacher, Patricia Fox. She’s run for the same seat in the past and is back for another try. Fox raised just $350 but loaned her campaign $15,000.
Perhaps the biggest name in the race is former Florida State Representative Karen Castor Dentel. She filed to run in the middle of February. Dentel is a teacher and knows the nuances of education in Orange County.
She pulled in $5,800 in February and is likely to be one of the top fundraisers in this race. She has a strong political background as her sister is Congresswoman Kathy Castor and her mom is former education commissioner for the state.
Those names aren’t likely to ring any bells for local voters as Castor Dentel’s mom served in the 80’s and her sister serves as a member of Congress in Tampa.
As school board races go, this will be one of the more exciting ones due to the names attached and money involved. Cobaris is a local clergy member and is known in some political circles. Fox is looking to correct her mistakes from her last run and doesn’t have an incumbent to beat this time.
With Jacobs and Robbinson sucking up the attention for chair and Caster Dentel running in District 6, the Orange County School Board has a couple of interesting races to watch in 2018.