Two more file for District 1 School Board seat, bringing the number of candidates to four

June 7, 2014 

Two Key Westers filed this week to run for the District 1 seat on the Monroe County School Board.

Bobby Highsmith, a partner in the Key West law firm Koenig Highsmith & Van Loon, filed on Thursday.

Carolyn Charron, a professor of English at Florida Keys Community College, filed on Friday.

They join Key West caterer Warren Leamard and Stuart Kessler, a member of the School District's Audit and Finance Committee, in seeking to replace Robin Smith-Martin, who is ending his four-year term in November and not seeking re-election.

Highsmith's parents Kerry and Sandy were career educators, and his father ended his career as a deputy Monroe County superintendent. Bobby Highsmith graduated from Key West High School, Duke University and the University of Florida College of Law.

"I have a 14-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son, both of whom attend Monroe County public schools," he said in a prepared statement. "I am very proud of their accomplishments and I am very confident in the quality of education they are receiving. I see firsthand how hard their teachers, school administrators and support staff all work to deliver a first-rate education."

Charron holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University, a master's from the New York Institute of Technology and her bachelor's from the State University of New York-Albany.

"Developing advanced literacy skills is critical to [student] success, so I try to make assignments and learning activities relevant, contemporary and interactive," she says on her college webpage.

The official candidate qualifying period for the School Board is June 16 through June 20. The nonpartisan election Aug. is 26. If a candidate doesn't receive 50 percent plus one vote of the ballots, a runoff among the top two candidates takes place in the Nov. 4 general election.

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