State Representative James Grant Endorses Steve Cona for School Board, District 1

Florida State Representative James Grant today announced the endorsement of Steve Cona for the District 1, Hillsborough County School Board seat.

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Steve as someone who you can count on to be a champion for change,” said Grant. “I know he is eager to make sure our students are career-and-college-ready, because he believes that our school district should be undeniably the best in the country. I completely support Steve Cona for School Board District 1.”

Cona is the president/CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida. He was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees.

“Our schools are economic engines for Tampa Bay and provide support for the growth of our students,” said Cona. “I’m proud Representative Grant shares my vision to ensure that our schools are great learning places that help our students cultivate their skills and recognize their potential, as well as provide them with the keys to success after graduation.”

Steve has a passion for improving Florida’s skilled labor workforce, while cultivating the lives of hardworking, skilled workers. Cona’s platform for the school board race is to bring fiscal accountability back to the school board, better prepare students for success in college and career, and provide a safe learning environment to support the “whole child.” Cona is also the executive director of the Build Tampa Bay Foundation and serves on the advisory board for Visit Tampa Bay.

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Kelsey Lehtomaa