"If I don't stand up and let other parents understand the risks and threats that are in our schools, I miss an opportunity to honor the memory of my daughter and the memory of the other victims", Petty said.
"My world completely changed" on Valentine's Day, Petty said today, and now he wants to "represent parents all over the district who deserve to have their children come home to them every afternoon". "I'm running to ensure what happened to my family and Lori's family doesn't happen to anyone else". But they have to feel safe. Petty criticized the district's discipline system that gave Cruz and other students endless second chances when his behavior failed to improve. "And that was as close to an ah-ha moment as I can tell you", said Petty. The incumbent, Abby Freedman, has not filed to run for re-election.
Alhadeff is a former teacher with a master's degree in education.
"My eyes were open that day and I decided I needed to be more involved in how issues like safety and security are handled at the district to make sure our students and teachers are safe", Petty said.
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"I don't want Alyssa's life to be in vain", Alhadeff told Politico. Petty works in the telecom industry. But working for change takes more than just a concept, he said. Korn also has a third challenger, 19-year-old activist Elijah Manley.
But she and Petty do not favor firing Runcie.
"I actually love the Democratic process", she said. "As a school board member, I'm going to ask the tough questions", she said.
Alhadeff and Petty are being endorsed by a group of Parkland parents called Concerned Citizens of Broward County.
The two parents' focus on local school board politics comes as survivors and parents of victims of the Parkland school shooting in February push for change on multiple levels, from passing modest gun control measures at the state level to volunteering for a campaign for Florida's governor, to focusing on congressional midterm elections with the hope of voting out candidates who oppose federal gun laws.