A runoff election for a spot on the Hillsborough County School Board is an interesting one. Carol Kurdell is facing off against a person well known to us here at Florida Citizens for Science: creationist Terry Kemple. Hard-working insider, conservative with an agenda facing off in Hillsborough School Board race:
Carol Kurdell, who joined the board before most of the district’s students were born, faces Terry Kemple, a conservative activist who is not shy about stumping on social issues.
When asked about creationism and evolution, he laughed. “That’s not something that can be controlled by local School Boards,” he said.
But, he added, “the fact that the state requires us to teach that evolution is the be-all and end-all is a travesty.” He said believing in evolution requires just as much faith as religious teachings.
Recent campaign contribution reports show Kurdell has raised $28,000, about half what Kemple has collected.
Much of Kurdell’s funding comes from leaders in the local teacher’s union — which endorsed her — and other labor organizations.
Kemple’s donors include leaders in the Tampa 9/12 Project and the local tea party, along with individuals and businesses in eastern Hillsborough County. The reports show Kemple spending four times as much as Kurdell.
What do you think Kemple’s chances are?