‘Pro-Parent’ School Board Candidates Endorsed by Governor Ron DeSantis

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

July 14, 2022 Updated 3:28 PM ET

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July 14, 2022 Updated 3:28 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he endorsed 16 pro-parent, pro-student Florida local school board candidates. 

“School board members are on the frontlines of protecting parents’ rights and setting our students up for success. It’s crucial we have strong candidates who are committed to advancing our pro-parent, student-first agenda in Florida,” DeSantis said. 

Here are the endorsed candidates:

-Al Hernandez – Pasco 1
-Armor Persons – Lee 5
-Chad Choate – Manatee 4
-Christy Chong – Flagler 4
-Cindy Spray – Manatee 2
-Colonel Richard Tatem – Manatee 5
-Darren Horan – Monroe 1
-Erin Skipper – Clay 1
-Jacqueline Rosario – Indian River 2
-Jamie Haynes – Volusia 1
-Jennifer Russell – Martin 3
-Jill Woolbright– Flagler 1
-Robyn Marinelli – Sarasota 4
-Sam Fisher – Lee 1
-Stephanie Busin – Hendry 4
-Phil Leary – Putnam 5

The endorsed candidates have pledged to run on the “DeSantis Education Agenda: Putting Students First, Protecting Parents’ Rights” blueprint. It is a statewide blueprint school board members and candidates can use to advance the governor’s agenda priorities at the local school board level.  

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“These candidates will ensure our students succeed, protect parental rights in education, and combat the woke agenda from infiltrating public schools at the local school board level. I am pleased to endorse these additional pro-parent candidates for their school board races across the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. 

The governor had previously endorsed 10 candidates for local school board races in June. 

The DeSantis campaign announced the launch of the “DeSantis Education Agenda: Putting Students First, Protecting Parents’ Rights” initiative in June. School board candidates and members can take a survey to see how they align with the governor’s agenda. 

The survey includes questions about teacher compensation, workforce development, masking in schools, school choice, increasing school safety measures, banning Critical Race Theory (CRT), and curriculum transparency with parents.

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