In a Q&A with the West Orange Times & Observer, three of the four candidates for the school board district 7 seat answered questions regarding their priorities and ideas to address the issues facing Orange County Public Schools.
The Orange County School Board District 7 seat, which represents schools in northwest Orange County, is up for election.
The four candidates are Chan-Denise Raquel Budhoo and Melissa Byrd who are both from Apopka, Jeff Richardson of Ocoee, and Eric Schwalbach of Winter Garden, who will all face off in the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 28. If none of the candidates receive more than 50% of the vote Aug. 28, the top two will face off in a runoff election on Nov. 6.
The election for District 7 is a special election because School Board Member Christine Moore is resigning in order to run for the Orange County Commission seat for District 2. As it is a special election, the winner will serve a two-year term.
Click on their names below to read their answers and learn more about what they hope to accomplish if elected as a school board member.
Jeffery Lynn Richardson did not participate in the Q&A.