Business Leader, Father, Steve Cona files for Hillsborough County School Board, District 1


Tampa, FL – Today, Tampa business leader Steve Cona announced his run for the Hillsborough County School Board, District 1.  He announced his campaign after current school board member, Susan Valdez, resigned this afternoon to run for the Florida House of Representatives.

“Our public schools should be our biggest economic development engine; a place that cultivates and elevates the uniqueness of every student,” said Cona. “As a school board member, I will work to ensure our students are prepared to be career and college ready. As a father, I want to ensure we are utilizing all of our current resources to provide the best learning environments for our students. My expertise and experience will provide a fresh set of eyes and solutions to build the best school district in the country, because that what our Hillsborough County students deserve.”

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. Steve has a passion for improving Florida’s skilled labor workforce, while cultivating the lives of hardworking skilled workers.  Cona is also the executive director of the Build Tampa Bay Foundation and serves on the advisory board for Visit Tampa Bay.

Cona is a Hillsborough County native and product of the Hillsborough County School System.

He and his wife Audra have two kids, Steve & Giana, and both attend Hillsborough County Schools.

Kelsey Lehtomaa