At least 14 people have applied to replace Mike Murgio on the Palm Beach County School Board, including a former school board member, a charter school activist and the leader of an influential business group.
The vacancy was created last month when Murgio resigned after being indicted on federal bribery charges in connection with a business his son was allegedly operating.
Among those applying for the vacancy, which will exist until at least November:
- Monroe Benaim, who Murgio replaced on the school board in 2012.
- Joseph Rooney, the interim president and CEO of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.
- Thomas Sutterfield, a charter school advocate who ran for a school board seat in 2014.
Gov. Rick Scott is expected to appoint a replacement for Murgio but has not revealed his plans yet. Murgio had intended to run for reelection in August but has suspended his campaign, his lawyer says.
The full list of applicants as of Monday includes: Monroe Benaim, John Boggress, David Culp, Ronald Giddens, Lonnie Martens, Vincent Mazzota, William Pollard, Jan Porter, Joseph Rooney, Robert Skakandy, Thomas Sutterfield, Carlos Torrado, Andre Varona, Thomas Weber.