News Section: Local Government
Candidate Profile: County School Board District 2: Dave "Watchdog" Miner
Candidate: Dave “Watchdog” Miner
Party Affiliation: Non-partisan
Hometown: St. Petersburg
Residence: Manatee County
Education: Massachusetts’s Amherst College; Doctor of Laws, University of Detroit Mercy
Having been an education activist and regular attendee at school board meetings for 12 years, Dave “Watchdog” Miner decided to pursue candidacy for School Board, District 2. In the August election, Miner received 48 percent of the vote in a four-way race, just short of the majority needed to avoid the runoff against second-place vote getter Robert Moates that will be on November's ballot.
Miner has participated on local School Advisory Councils, been the Manatee County Cable Television Advisory Board’s Chairman and President of Manatee Children’s Services, implementing the first child abuse prevention program in the area.
Miner is also a 34-year business owner, Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and author of “Truth in Testing: Parents Right to Know ACT.” An active member in the community, striving for school board transparency. The attorney donated his services when he lobbied for the “Truth in Testing” legislation for passage.
“Sunshine Hero,” “Children’s Advocate of the Year” and “Florida Attorney of the Year Nominee” are a few recognitions Miner has received from public service organizations. As a candidate, he has also earned the endorsement of the local teachers' union.
"I look forward to a campaign where the voters carefully examine the qualifications of the candidates," said Miner, "and I invite others to join the “Watchdog Nation” in our quest to make the Manatee County School District the very best it can possibly be. Taxpayers, our children, and our future deserve no less."
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