PALM HARBOR –Ken Peluso announced his candidacy May 1 for the Pinellas County School Board District 4 seat being vacated by outgoing member Robin Wikle.
Peluso has been active on educational issues for many years. He received a gubernatorial appointment in 2007 to serve as the chairman of the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County. He also served on the statewide Early Learning Advisory Council.
Peluso has served on the School Board for Calvary Christian High School from 2010 to 2013. He has chaired the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, Government Affairs Committee and the foundation board, which focuses on educational scholarships. Ken has chaired the Palm Harbor Teacher’s Appreciation Breakfast and has participated in the Great American Teach-In for 20 years, the PTA or advisory councils at East Lake High School, Carwise Middle School, and Highland Lakes Elementary.
Peluso was elected as a fire commissioner for the Palm Harbor Fire District in 2002 and re-elected in 2004. He served on the Palm Harbor Community Services District Board for five years, including three terms as chair, and is currently serving his 12th year on the Palm Harbor Fire Department Pension Board, chairing the board 1998-2000. Over the years, Ken has been honored as Palm Harbor Citizen of the Year, honorary mayor of Palm Harbor, and Palm Harbor Small Business of the Year.
Peluso holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a doctorate of chiropractic medicine. He was president of Peluso Chiropractic Center for 28 years and has recently retired.
“I would like to continue my dedication to education and commitment to my community by serving on the Pinellas County School Board,” he said, in a press release.
Peluso, 57, a 28-year north Pinellas County resident, lives in Palm Harbor with his wife, Julie. He has two grown children, Andrew and Steven, daughter-in-law, Katie, and two grandchildren.
According to information posted at the Supervisor of Elections website May 2, Peluso is opposed by Beverley Billiris. So far, Chris Tauchnitz is running unopposed for the District 2 seat. Irene Olive Cates and Rene Flowers are vying for District. 7.