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Henry Washington, Karen Perez face off for Hillsborough School Board 6: What you need to know

  • Karen Perez, 54, is a social worker at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital who also has a private practice. She has three grown children and wants to find ways to keep students out of the court system.
  • Henry “Shake” Washington, 69, earned a favorable reputation as a high school principal during his four-decade career with the district. He ultimately retired as an area director charged with a group of largely urban schools.
  • The winner will replace long-time School Board member April Griffin, who chose not to seek another term and has endorsed Perez.

The School Board is at a pivotal time, with superintendent Jeff Eakins losing three of the members who voted to hire him: Sally Harris, who was unseated in the primary by Stacy Hahn, Griffin and Susan Valdes, who is cutting her term short to serve in the State House. The district has been embroiled in financial difficulties that may or may not get some relief, depending on whether a half-cent sales tax referendum is successful. Hillsborough also has an unusually high number of students who cannot read at grade level, and Eakins is leading an effort to try and reverse that trend.


Learn more in our interactive Voters guide.

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