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Guadagnino wins race for school board

Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:03 PM

Local business owner Gus Guadagnino once again became the top vote-getter for the District 4 race, garnering more than 56 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday's general election.

According to preliminary results, with 100 percent of the vote reported, Guadagnino, owner of Joni Industries and Seaboard Pencil, garnered 40,602, or 56 percent, of the 71,931 votes cast in Tuesday's general election, beating out Sparton Electronics manager Robert Neuhausen, who garnered 31,329, or 44 percent of the vote.

Guadagnino said he was pleased that voters chose him to replace outgoing school board member James Yant, who chose not to run for re-election.

He said he has been working on gathering goods to send to those affected by Hurricane Sandy rather doing as much campaigning as he would like.

"I'm happy all my efforts are paying off," Guadagnino said. "I think I had a very strong chain of supporters working on the campaign and they spent a lot of time moving signs around.

"I think the first order of business now before I sit on the school board is for me to sit down with the superintendent and find out what his plans are before he retires (in June). Then I'm going to be visiting a lot of the schools to learn more about the issues that are out there as much as I can."

Both Guadagnino and Neuhausen applied for but weren't selected by the governor in 2011 to fill a school board seat left open by Pat Fagan, who resigned that same year.

Both also lost bids for elected seats in 2008 with Neuhausen losing his first bid for school board while Guadagnino was unsuccessful in his bid for supervisor of elections. (352) 544-5271

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