Casselberry, FL, July 07, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Longtime community leader and education activist Jeff Bauer declared his candidacy for the District One seat on the Seminole County School Board. This is the same seat that his mother, Board Member Diane Bauer, held for fifteen years before her unexpected passing in late October 2013. Her seat has remained vacant since that time. Bauer, a resident of Seminole County since 1973, is seeking election to bring a conservative voice to the board in these challenging times of fiscal uncertainty.
“Seminole County’s public school system is among the best in both the state of Florida and the entire nation,” Bauer said. “I know that fact better than anyone as I’m a product of that school system. I take great pride in the fact that I’m a Sterling Park Eagle, South Seminole Hurricane, and Lake Howell Silver Hawk.” Bauer stated, “While our school system has long maintained a tradition of excellence, I think there is always room for improvement. I strongly believe we need to find more innovative ways to involve parents in the educational process. I think they have the greatest influence on our students’ success. However, I also think the voice of parents is often the most marginalized. Forming a more effective and inclusive coalition of parents, teachers, community volunteers, and local business leaders is the key to realizing the greatest possible potential of individual students, schools, and the district at large.” He then added, “I also believe that we need to be more open and honest with taxpayers regarding how our local educational dollars are spent and what the citizens of Seminole County are getting for their money. “
Bauer is a graduate of Seminole State College and Stetson University. He obtained a post-graduate Legal Studies Certification at Rollins College and did post-graduate work at the University of Central Florida. He currently holds the position of Chairman of the Seminole County Early Learning Coalition. Bauer also proudly serves as a member of the Seminole State College Board of Trustees, the Seminole State College Foundation, and the Florida Early Learning Council. He completed the prestigious Leadership Seminole program, graduating as a member of the class of 2002. Bauer was elected to county-wide office with 60% of the vote in his 2006 race for District Supervisor for the Seminole County Soil and Water Conservation Board. He also served on the Seminole County Contractors Examiners Board from 2000 to 2002 and the Seminole County Charter Review Committee from 2011-2012.
“When I decided to run for this office,” Bauer continued, “one thought that echoed very loudly in my mind was a question my mother always asked herself before making any decision: ‘is it in the best interests of the child?’ This is a guiding principal that will be the foundation of my campaign, one that is dedicated to all of Seminole County’s children.”
Further information about Bauer’s campaign can be found at his campaign website, http://www.votejeffbauer.com/.