Candidates file for 2010 Collier County School Board races

— Two Collier County residents have filed to seek seats on the Collier County School Board in the 2010 election.

Eric Cox, 67, has filed for the District 1 seat. The seat is currently occupied by School Board Chairwoman Pat Carroll. Cox, who is soon to be a published author, has worked in real estate and is the husband of former Manatee Elementary School Principal Connie Cox.

Retired Naples detective Joe Whitehead, 50, has filed to run for the District 5 seat. The seat is occupied by School Board member Richard Calabrese. Whitehead was hired by the Naples Police Department in January 1991 and retired in April. Before that, he served as an ordained member of the Roman Catholic Clergy for the Diocese of St. Augustine from 1984 to 1989 and worked as a sheriff’s deputy in a small agency in Indiana.

The five members of the School Board represent districts, but are elected by voters county-wide. District 1 is comprised of East Naples and Marco Island. District 5 is comprised of Golden Gate Estates and Immokalee. School Board members serve four-year terms, and all the races are non-partisan.

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