LAND O’ LAKES — Steve Luikart has announced he plans to seek another four-year term on the Pasco County School Board, a decision hastened by the fact he already has drawn opposition.
Luikart pre-filed Friday to run for a second term on the board next year.
“I still think I have a lot to give,” said Luikart, who also worked for three decades as an educator, including time as an assistant principal.
Luikart said originally he planned to wait until after the first of the year to file, but he began to receive calls from supporters wondering about his plans after Marc Yacht, former director of the Pasco County Health Department, filed to run for the District 5 seat that Luikart holds.
Those supporters said Yacht was trying to solicit their help with his campaign, so they wanted to know whether Luikart was running, he said.
Luikart was elected to the board in 2010, running on a platform that touted his many years of education experience.
Board Chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong also has filed for re-election to the District 3 seat on the board. Armstrong was first elected at the same time as Luikart in 2010.
So far, she has not drawn an opponent.
The school board election will be in late August. School board races are nonpartisan. Board members must live in the district they represent, but they are elected countywide.