CLEARWATER — Maureen Ahern will run against Pinellas County’s longest serving school board member, Linda Lerner, for the District 6 seat. Ahern, 53, filed with the Supervisor of Elections on May 8 to run for the district seat that covers Seminole and the beach communities. She is married to Republican state Rep. Larry Ahern. A graduate of Boca Ciega High School and the University of South Florida, Ahern wrote for The Tampa Bay Times from 1996 to 2004. She co-owns the Pinellas Golf Association and a pool remodeling company with her husband. Ahern is involved with community organizations such as St. Petersburg’s International Relations Committee and the 49th Street South Business Association, and is vice president of the Bay Pines Estates Civic Association.
This is her first run for public office. The election is Nov. 11. Lerner, the vice chairwoman of the school board, has held her seat for 24 years and was the Florida Education Association’s 2013 recipient for the Human and Civil Rights Leadership Award. A former teacher and counselor, Lerner was director of education support services at the Resource Center for Women and currently serves on the Pinellas Education Foundation Career Education Board, Suncoast Center Board, Daystar Life Center Board, Community Alliance, Exceptional Student Education Advisory Committee, Pinellas Youth Pride Board and Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Board.