TAMPA - Two more candidates have filed to join the 10 already seeking a Hillsborough County School Board seat in the 2014 election.
John Evon, 59, of Apollo Beach, and Russ Patterson, 61, of Tampa, both join the contest for a District 6 seat, elected countywide.
Evon is a sales manager for the oil and energy industry and served as vice chairman of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County from 2007 to 2013. His campaign slogan is "Read by Eight to Graduate," and he said early literacy would be a focus of his campaign. "Children that don't read lag behind, don't graduate, and don't have the higher education to be productive," he said.
Patterson is retired from the Air Force and now teaches the intellectually disabled at King High School. He said he thinks the district is "going crazy" testing students and that the board of the eighth-largest district in the nation needs to increase its clout in Tallahassee.
The pair join Dipa Shah, Alison McGillivray Fernandez and Kim Miller in seeking the District 6 seat.
Three people have registered as candidates for the District 2 seat representing South Tampa: Stacy Hahn, Sally Harris and Michael Weston.
Four candidates are in the running for the District 4 seat representing eastern Hillsborough: Melissa Snively, Dee Prether, Jereme Monette and Terry Kemple.
None of the three board members whose seats are up for a vote next year is seeking re-election. The nonpartisan races are for a four-year term, and board members receive $41,000 annually.