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Majority of Florida School Board Candidates Backed by DeSantis Won Their Elections

Majority of Florida School Board Candidates Backed by DeSantis Won Their Elections

“The Community has spoken & it is crystal clear – they are demanding a reset of the School Board.”

It’s almost as if parents want to have a say in their child’s education. It’s almost as if those parents want the schools to stick to regular subjects and not a bunch of social issues.

25 out of the 30 school board candidates backed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won their elections.

Four of the candidates DeSantis endorsed are headed to runoff elections.

If those candidates win their runoff, then Fred Lowry in Volusia County will be the to lose.

From Politico:

In Sarasota County, candidates backed by DeSantis won three races, an outcome sure to have a major effect on a school board that bucked the governor and other GOP leaders by requiring students to wear masks last fall amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Voters there elected two new school board members and reelected Bridget Ziegler, who is married to the vice chair of Florida’s Republican Party.

“The Community has spoken & it is crystal clear – they are demanding a reset of the School Board,” Ziegler wrote on Twitter after her win. “And that’s what they are going to get.”

DeSantis-backed candidates also scored big wins in Miami-Dade County, another school board that went against Republicans on masking students.

In one race, Monica Colucci, an educator with GOP support, defeated Marta Perez, a 24-year school board member despite raising about $70,000 less than her opponent. Colucci scored more than $42,000 in donations from political committees tied to conservatives, including state lawmakers from all over Florida, like former state House Speaker Chris Sprowls and incoming Speaker Paul Renner, both Republicans.

“Thank you to every single volunteer and to all the voters of District 8 for trusting and supporting me during this process,” Colucci wrote on social media. “I will work tirelessly on our School Board for all students, parents, and teachers in #MDCPS.”

Also in Miami, Roberto Alonso beat Maribel Balbin — a Democrat candidate — by more than 8,300 votes.

Democrats, who endorsed at least 30 candidates between the main party and elsewhere, also had some success Tuesday.

Notably, Karen Perez, an incumbent board member in Hillsborough County, defeated Alysha “Aly Marie” Legge, who was endorsed by DeSantis and a member of the conservative parental rights group Moms for Liberty.

Elsewhere, in Volusia County, Democrat-endorsed incumbent Ruben Colón retained his seat against Fred Lowry, a DeSantis candidate.

Amazing. Parents, even liberal ones, are tired of schools straying from basic education and instilling race, gender, and other social issues into everything.

Will this wake up the Democrats and the left? I doubt it.

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Comments

Boom.

2smartforlibs | August 24, 2022 at 11:30 am

This is where we have to start taking our country back.

LIF. Soon to be re-designated as a domestic terrorist network.

Most people have ignored local offices like school board, commonwealth attorney, county supervisor, etc.. for far too long. These officials have a lot of power within their narrow domains. All elected offices matter.

    CommoChief in reply to The_Mew_Cat. | August 24, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Exactly. Who the Sheriff, DA and Circuit/District Judge are matters A great deal. As does school board, county commission, city council, mayor. How many people understood what level of power the county public health officer held, what their name was or how they got appointed or elected before Rona?

    Before bashing federal office holders in DC fix the mess in your town, your county and State because even today, as big as the federal govt is, those are the people who have the most influence on your day to day life and the most ability to deny or restrict your liberty. Choose wisely.

      smalltownoklahoman in reply to CommoChief. | August 24, 2022 at 3:23 pm

      Another reason it’s important to pay attention to who is in office locally: it’s a lot easier to go yell at your mayor in person than it is your senator!

      murkyv in reply to CommoChief. | August 24, 2022 at 4:00 pm

      Our small county officials stuck us with a 145 spinning, blinking Monuments to Gaia and attempted a second farm.

      Every single commissioner and council member that voted for them lost their gigs in the next election they were running in

      And we were able to stop any more windfarms in the county and surrounding counties

      Now, the fight is over big solar fields being proposed.

      On some of the richest farmland in the country

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to murkyv. | August 24, 2022 at 4:39 pm

        “Our small county officials stuck us with a 145 spinning, blinking Monuments to Gaia and attempted a second farm.”

        I am not understanding this. Will you explain? No, I am not being paedantic, I really don’t know what you are saying. Thanks!

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to murkyv. | August 24, 2022 at 4:40 pm

        PS: Never mind; i figured it out…

        healthguyfsu in reply to murkyv. | August 24, 2022 at 8:44 pm

        Good news but Where are you referring to?

        Maybe you can sell them back to the burning man festival to cut your losses.

          The cornfields of Hoosierland

          Some of the farmers love those subsidies

          We’re over halfway through the lifespan of the units and I really hope I live long enough to see the greedy ones get stuck with them after the free money dries up

It may have as much to do with backing by the 1776 Project PAC as it does with DeSantis.

    CommoChief in reply to hrh40. | August 24, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    Fair point, credit to both with DeSantis using his larger platform to assist and broaden the message and putting his credibility on the line for his endorsements.

    healthguyfsu in reply to hrh40. | August 24, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Those two things are synergistic IMO. Bodes well for him against the traitorous Crist.

So, both DeSantis and Trump are over 90% success?
We are winning against The Cathedral, folks. Trump broke them and Americans are waking up.