SEBRING - The race for the District 5 School Board Seat now has four hopefuls with Trevor Murphy pre-filing Tuesday at the Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Murphy is among the six who have applied to Gov. Rick Scott for consideration for appointment to fill the District 5 Seat, from which Andy Tuck resigned at the end of January to become a member of the State Board of Education.
A Highlands County native, Murphy is a self-employed businessman. He started Murphy Ag Solutions, Inc., an agriculture supplies company, in 2009.
Murphy said he chose to run for the vacant seat after prayerful consideration and talking with family and friends. He believes being a product of the local school system and his strong business background will allow him to contribute to the board with sound monetary and policy decisions.
Murphy went through the local school system before attending the University of Florida for his undergraduate degree majoring in food and resource economics and a graduate degree of master of agribusiness.
Murphy serves on a number of boards including: United Way of Highlands County Advisory Board and Farm Bureau of Highlands County Board. He has been involved in the school system and community as well.
The three other candidates who have pre-filed for the District 5 seat are: Clinton Culverhouse, William Hutchinson, III and Dustin Woods.
The other five who applied to the governor's office for appointment to fill the District 5 seat are: Jill Compton, Clinton Culverhouse, Robert Ervin, William Hutchinson, III and Dustin Woods.
The qualifying period for the nonpartisan election is noon June 16 through noon June 20.
The primary election will be held Aug. 26.