Current Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna filed paper work with the Leon County Supervisor of Elections on Friday, January 3rd, to seek re-election to the office he won in 2016.
Hanna, as he did in the 2016 election, filed to run for the partisan office as a NPA candidate – no party affiliation. Hanna won 53.7% of the vote in the 2016 election that featured three other candidates, including incumbent Superintendent Jackie Pons.
After filing, Hanna noted on his Facebook account:
Today, my family and I went to the Supervisor of Elections office and filed the paperwork for my re-election bid later this year. I am proud of the work we have done over the last three years but my job is not finished. A second term will give me the opportunity to fully complete all of the goals I set upon taking office. It is a true honor to serve as Superintendent of Schools and I will continue to work diligently to improve the quality of education we provide for our children.
After his 2016 victory, Hanna said, “It’s been a movement, it has literally been a movement for change. People are ready for a change and they believe in me and believe I’ll make a difference,” said Rocky Hanna.
The 2016 election was dominated by media coverage of the FBI investigation into the Pons and the Leon County School Board based on information provided by Hanna and others. The information alleged that Superintendent Jackie Pons was steering construction contracts to campaign donors and disregarding proper procurement
procedures outlined by state statutes.
However, in a rare move, in May 2018, the US Attorney’s Office released a letter that cleared Pons of any wrong doing. The investigation spanned four years.