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Florida Gov. DeSantis Releases Pro-Parent School Board Candidate Endorsements

Governor DeSantis today announced his additional endorsement of 16 pro-parent, pro-student Florida local school board candidates.

Governor DeSantis today announced his additional endorsement of 16 pro-parent, pro-student Florida local school board candidates.

This follows Governor DeSantis’s endorsement of 10 pro-parent school board candidates in June.

These candidates have pledged to run on the DeSantis Education Agenda: Putting Students First, Protecting Parents’ Rights, a statewide blueprint for school board candidates and members who are committed to advancing Governor DeSantis’s agenda priorities at the local school board level. Governor DeSantis is announcing these endorsements, proving his commitment to student success, parental rights, and curriculum transparency, which starts at the local school board race level.

DeSantis said, “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. 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.”

The candidates earning an endorsement from Governor DeSantis today are: 

  • 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

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