Ten Pensacolians have applied to the office of Florida Governor Rick Scott seeking appointment to Escambia County’s vacant school board seat, officials said Monday.
Those who have submitted applications thus far include Laura Edler, Kelly Oden, Bea Thomas, Delarian Wiggins, LuTimothy May, Willie Kirkland, Charlie Nichols, Charles Thornton, Lee Hansen, and Johnny Jerralds, according to deputy communications director McKinley Lewis.
The District 3 seat on the school board became vacant after former member Linda Moultrie resigned in August. Despite Moultrie’s resignation, she has pre-filed to seek election to her former seat in next year’s election. In the interim, the governor has the power under state law to appoint someone to fill the vacancy, though he’s not required to do so. There isn’t currently a timeline for Scott to make any decision on the appointment, and those interested in the seat can still submit applications via the Governor’s website.
“Governor Scott will take the needed time to find the most qualified candidate who will serve in the best interest of Florida families,” Lewis said.
Among the applicants are several current and former political candidates, including Laura Edler and Charlie Nichols, both of whom unsuccessfully sought election to the District 3 seat in 2014 and have pre-filed to run again in 2018; Charles Thornton and LuTimothy May, who sought the seat in 2006 and 2010, respectively; Willie Kirkland, who lost a bid for the District 1 seat on the school board last year; and Delarian Wiggins, who also ran last year for a seat on the county commission.