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Karen Watson Plans to Diversify Lee County’s School Board

When you take a look at who has a seat at the table on Lee County’s School Board you’ll find six women and one man. But what you don’t see is a single person of color.

Fort Myers native, Karen Watson has plans to change that. We learned that Mrs. Watson, who is the executive director of Our Mother’s Home , is trying to get on the 2018 ballot to run for the at-large District 6 seat.

Before Hurricane Irma, I was out working hard getting petitions signed and raising funds, so I can run,

However, Mrs. Watson must first roundup 5,000 signatures and turn them into the county by May 21, 2018. “Before Hurricane Irma, I was out working hard getting petitions signed and raising funds, so I can run,” Watson shared with HelloSWFL.com during a one-on-one interview.

Mrs. Watson and her team of volunteers are knocking on doors and asking local businesses to help gather those signatures . And she also has plans to campaign at libraries throughout Lehigh Acres and Estero.

The election for the countywide seat will take place either during the primaries on Aug. 28, 2018, or during the general election on Nov. 6, 2018.

If you’re planning to run for the District 6 spot on Lee County’s School Board, we would love to do a ‘Swiffle’ story on you. Send an e-mail and a short description of why you’re running to Tamika.Cody@HelloSWFL.com .

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