Three Hillsborough County School District employees arrived at Land O' Lakes High School at 2 p.m. Saturday to make sure they were among the first inside for Mitt Romney rally.
"We know we need to get (President Barack) Obama out," Donna Posey said. "This country can't last another four years with him."
Posey and her husband, Robert, of Seffner, said they wanted to avoid the lines and ensure they got a good spot once inside, she said.
The Poseys were joined by friend and former colleague Kathy Giel of Seminole Heights, a retired Hillsborough school district employee.
And while they were waiting patiently at the front of the line to enter John Benedetto Stadium, where gates opened at about 4:30 p.m., about a dozen members of the Pasco County teachers union gathered at the front of the school to protest the visit, along with Florida’s former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.
Giel said she spent two years as a member of the Hillsborough County teacher's union, then she "realized what the union was about and dropped out," she said.