Caprice Edmond gathers nod from local Black leaders in racial equity battle for Pinellas School Board

Caprice Edmond
Edmond faces Karl Nurse in the district's only reliable Black seat.

Pinellas School Board candidate Caprice Edmond rounded up a batch of endorsements from local Black elected officials as she runs to keep African American representation on the board.

Edmond, a teacher and child advocate, faces former St. Petersburg City Council member Karl Nurse in the District 7 race to replace Rene Flowers, who is not seeking reelection to run for Pinellas County Commission.

Flowers is the board’s only Black member. The seat has been the only minority representation since 2002, the first time the board was not all White.

If Nurse wins, there won’t be a single person of color representing the School District.

Edmond’s endorsers include Sen. Darryl Rouson, Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch and St. Pete City Council members Lisa Wheeler-Bowman and Deborah Figgs-Sanders. Flowers also previously endorsed Edmond.

Edmond’s race is not just about racial representation.

“Caprice Edmond is dedicated and passionate about the children of Pinellas County Public Schools from her years of experience. She is exceptionally qualified to lead on their behalf on the School Board,” Rouson said. “I have fought all of my career for competent diversity in all settings and I stand with Caprice Edmond.”

Edmond has served children and families for more than 18 years in various roles, including as a teacher, guardian ad litem and social worker. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in elementary education with an English for Speakers of Other Languages endorsement.

“Caprice Edmond is the most qualified candidate to represent the citizens of School Board District 7 and the best prepared to serve all of the students of Pinellas County,” Welch said.

Ideologically, not much separates Edmond and Nurse. Both are progressive Democrats, though the race is non-partisan.

Nurse’s top campaign priority is on vocational training to ensure students who may not be college-bound have opportunities for success in the workforce.

Edmond is focusing on a variety of issues in her campaign including early education, social and emotional development, culturally relevant teaching, reading proficiency, equity in education and life skills training.

“Caprice’s professionalism, enthusiasm, and tireless participation in the community and our schools has consistently provided the skills and experience needed as a Pinellas County School Board member,” Figgs-Sanders said.

Added Wheeler-Bowman: “I’m careful about the people I trust with my grandchildren. I trust Caprice will do what’s best for my grandkids, your children, and our community.”

The latest round of endorsements adds to an already long list including St. Pete City Council members Brandi Gabbard and Amy Foster, former St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell and former Rep. Frank Peterman Jr., who unsuccessfully ran for Pinellas County Commission this year.

“I am grateful to have the support of elected officials who have championed issues improving the community,” Edmond said. “They will play an important role as we move forward with ensuring our schools provide high quality education for all students.”

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


2 comments

  • Matthew

    September 3, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    I find it offensive that this person and those who have endorsed her are identified as Black. As we all well know, race cannot be a factor in any election.

    Certainly, this candidate and her supporters will agree that there must be a level playing field for all persons who wish to hold public office. Therefore, they would not object to any others identifying themselves, or the press identifying them as White or Caucasian.

    Candidates must run, and either get elected or fail to get elected on their merits and experience, not upon their race or ethnicity. Accordingly, Ms. Edmund, if you intend to serve the broad interests of the public and not a narrow constituency, you must appeal to all interests and denounce the specificity of your election goal to keep the seat filled by a minority. If you are qualified and demonstrate to the satisfaction of the voters that you are, you may be elected. But your race cannot be a factor.

  • Bobbi

    September 5, 2020 at 10:10 am

    1.) Representation absolutely matters.

    2.) Plenty of people have endorsed her who do not identify as black. That’s not the point of this article.

    3.) She is extremely well qualified. This article, in fact, fails to mention her second Masters degree. The correct information would be “Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Elementary Education and ESOL endorsement, Master of Educational Leadership, and a Certification in Infant Family Mental Health from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.”

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