And Then There Were Four ... Castillo Dumps Board of Ed Race

Incumbent Johnny Warren now has the district 3 school board seat sewed

up as challenger Jessica Castillo abandons her challenge. They are

pictured here at an April 14 debate sponsored by news channel KWN.

The already not-so-crowded field of Dade candidates for elected office is just a little wider open today as board-of-education candidate Jessica Castillo bows out. Ms. Castillo announced to a local news outlet today her last-minute exit from next week’s primary election, saying she is moving out of the area and thus no longer qualifies for the district 3 school board seat she sought to win from incumbent Johnny Warren.

Poll officials, called for confirmation, could confirm no such thing this morning: Ms. Castillo might have announced her decision to the local press but she had not announced it to the Dade County Board of Elections, said Carolyn Hixson. “We’re very surprised but that’s the way it is,” she said.

Contacted later in the day, Ms. Hixon said that Ms. Castillo had in fact called and told the election office she is leaving the race, though she had yet to fill out paperwork.

As the May 24 primary approaches, that leaves just four races contested in Dade—county executive, district 3 commissioner, sheriff and coroner.

A final debate for candidates is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Highway 11 North studio of local radio/TV station KWN, which is sponsoring it.

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