BROOKSVILLE - About a week after Robert Neuhausen announced plans to seek the District 5 seat on the Hernando County School Board, incumbent Cynthia Moore has done the same.
"I've already filed," Moore said. "I filed (Tuesday)."
A former-teacher and long time volunteer at Brooksville Elementary School, Moore will seek re-election in 2014. Although she voted against new School Superintendent Lori Romano in favor of an internal school district candidate, she said she met with Romano last week to strengthen their working relationship.
"I will always be for the children. That's why we're there," Moore said. "I talked to the new superintendent, and I think she is going to do a good job. I think we will work well together."
Neuhausen, a purchasing manager and export control coordinator for Spartan Electronics in Brooksville, recently announced his candidacy for the District 5 seat held by Moore.
Neuhausen ran unsuccessfully for District 4 in 2008 and 2012, and he said he will soon move from Spring Hill to Brooksville and to the district he intends to represent. He said his campaign platform will remain the same as in previous elections.
"What it really comes down to is communication," Neuhausen said. "Last election, I wasn't sure I'd run again, but what really convinced me that it needs to be done was the salutatorian issue in the schools. That really proved to me that the board doesn't keep in touch with what goes on inside the schools."
Neuhausen said he read the policy and procedure handbook approved by the school board eliminating valedictorian and salutatorian positions. The school board later reversed the decision.
"I didn't see it," he said. "I'm sure they probably did the same thing. I'm not sure who proposed the idea, who put it in there, but it was approved and they just moved along."
Neuhausen said he is married and has three children in Hernando County School District - grades seven, nine, and 12 - and has lived in Hernando County for 22 years.
"I want to make the school board more accountable," he said. "I want to get the parents involved, the teachers involved and the schools involved."
Beth Narverud is running against Dianne Bonfield for the District 3 seat.
John Sweeney's District 1 seat is also up for re-election. According to Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson's Office, no candidates have currently filed challenging Sweeney.