The Latest: Mom of school massacre victim wins board seat
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the school board election in the Florida district that suffered a shooting massacre (all times local):
The mother of a victim of the Florida school massacre has been elected to the district’s school board, but another was trailing.
Lori Alhadeff easily won an open seat Tuesday on the Broward County school board, representing the district that includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Her daughter Alyssa was one of 17 who died in the February attack.
Meanwhile, Ryan Petty was trailing incumbent Donna Korn. Korn would need to win 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. Petty’s daughter Alaina was slain in the attack.
In another district, incumbent Laurie Rich Levinson easily defeated Richard Mendelson, a former Stoneman Douglas teacher who was close friends with coach Aaron Feis, who also died.
The election was seen as a referendum on the district’s policies surrounding the shooting.
Voters in Broward County, Florida, were choosing new school board members on Tuesday — including the parents of two victims of February’s school shooting.
Ryan Petty and Lori Alhadeff are running six months after their daughters and 15 others died in the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Both are running on platforms for improving school safety, saying the district did not make it a priority before the shooting.
Petty’s opponent for a countywide seat, incumbent Donna Korn, says that is not true. Alhadeff is running for an open seat in the district that includes Stoneman Douglas.
The election is also a referendum on the leadership of Superintendent Robert Runcie, who is supported by the nine-member board’s majority.