Third candidate announced for District 5 school board seat


SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota substitute teacher Richard Linden has emerged as the third candidate in the race for incumbent Jane Goodwin’s District 5 School Board seat.

Pamela Gavette, also running against Goodwin and Linden, is a substitute teacher in Venice and a former full–time teacher in Tampa.

According to the Herald–Tribune Linden, has been a full–time science teacher for the past 18 years in Connecticut and Sarasota.

He has taught full–time at Cardinal Mooney and substituted at Venice High School and Port Charlotte High School in Charlotte County.

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