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Winners & Losers 9.2.10

Winners
KAREN SINDEL The rookie candidate fell just 152 votes short of beating incumbent Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. With little money or name recognition, Sindel received more votes than State Rep. Dave Murzin and former County Administrator George Touart. Nice guys and gals might not always finish first, but they don’t finish last.

JIM MELVIN While the BP oil disaster revived the political careers of the Escambia County commissioners who were up for re-election, the media attention didn’t save Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Gordon Goodin. Retired accountant Jim Melvin started campaigning early and beat Goodin by 1,421 votes.

AREA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS Sometimes having failing schools can be profitable—very profitable. Escambia and Santa Rosa school districts will receive over $10 million of Florida’s Race to the Top grant, which is worth up to $700 million. Half of the grant will go to the Florida Department of Education Department and half will be divided among school districts based upon their percentages of Title 1 funds. Escambia County will receive up to $8.3 million and Santa Rosa County will receive up to $2 million over the next four years. Yes, there’s money in those failing grades.

TALMADGE NUNNARI For the second consecutive year, the Pensacola Pelicans manager has led his team to the American Association playoffs. Despite slow starts both seasons, Nunnari has patiently guided his team through the four-month season.

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