Zach Bentley, seen here with his wife and two kids, is running for the Lower Keys seat on the Monroe County School Board that’s being vacated by Andy Griffiths. CONTRIBUTED

Key West native Zach Bentley wants to address the issue of affordable housing for teachers, and identifies that as a crucial issue as he seeks a seat on the Monroe County school board.

As a father of two young children, Bentley said he is “keenly aware of how important our children are to our community and our future. They are our greatest treasure.”

Monroe County’s biggest challenge is to provide affordable housing to attract and retain quality teachers, said Bentley, who is running for the Lower Keys seat on the school board that’s being vacated by Andy Griffiths.. 

“I will work with our school board to address this Keyswide issue. We have not adequately addressed the growing disparity of property values outpacing our teachers’ salaries. It is high time we take action that will show our educators who provide so much for our students how much we value their work.”

Bentley, a third-generation Conch who graduated from Key West High School in 1997, has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality. “After working for Boca Raton Marriott I moved back to Key West to become a light tackle fishing guide,” he said. “Since then, my work experience has also included real estate, P&C insurance and property management.”

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.