Parkland Shooting Victim’s Mom Gets Broward County School Board Seat

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

The mom of a slain Parkland shooting victim won a Broward County school board seat Tuesday and plans to use her position to honor her daughter’s memory.

Lori Alhadeff, 43, whose daughter Alyssa was one of the 17 killed in the Feb. 14 massacre, won a Broward County School Board District 4 seat, The Associated Press reported.

“I know Alyssa would be so proud, and I want to make sure what happens to my daughter doesn’t happen to another family,” Alhadeff told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel(RELATED: Understanding The Parkland Shooting, And How We Can Prevent Another One)

“Her death empowered me to want to run for School Board,” Alhadeff added.

Alhadeff also said that she worked hard for the seat and thanked all the people who came out to vote for her.

She previously tweeted about her school board campaign on July 22.

“After Losing my daughter Alyssa in the Parkland Shooting, I realized the only way to make change is to do it myself,” Alhadeff tweeted.

Meanwhile, Ryan Petty, the father of Parkland shooting victim Alaina, was just below the bar for a runoff vote with an incumbent for another school board seat.

County residents overall voted for a school board that supported property tax increases so teachers get a salary raise as well as extra money going toward funding more police and security officers to patrol the high school.

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