What to Know
- Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty will make the announcement at a Tuesday morning press conference.
- Alhadeff is a former school teacher while Petty works in telcom and was recently appointed to a state board investigating the shooting.
The parents of two children who were killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting over three months ago are making a run for seats on the Broward School Board.
Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty made the announcement at a Tuesday morning press conference in Fort Lauderdale. Alhadeff will run for the District 4 seat – which includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were her daughter Alyssa was among 17 people killed – against incumbent Abby Freedman.
Petty, who lost his daughter Alaina in the tragedy, is running for a countywide seat against incumbent Donna Korn.
Alhadeff is a former school teacher while Petty works in telecommunications and was recently one of three parents appointed to a state board investigation the February 14th shooting.
"I am running for office to do everything I can to ensure the Broward school system is the best in the nation and to honor the memory of my daughter," Petty said in a statement.
Both parents are supported by a group called Concerned Citizens of Broward County, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The group was formed to express school security concerns before focusing on voting out school board members they say weren’t “responsive” to their issue.
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The group is supporting newcomers in two other districts while reportedly supporting one incumbent – Nora Rupert – who has been critical of Broward Schools superintendent Robert Runcie.