Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday his support for 16 candidates for the federal board who are committed to supporting parents. The Republican said his administration will focus on putting students first and protecting parents’ rights.
“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 in a statement obtained by El American.
He added, “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.”
Last month, Governor Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign announced an education initiative that aims to provide a model for School Board candidates that prioritizes parental rights and protects children.
“The DeSantis Education Agenda: Putting Students First, Protecting Parents’ Rights is an initiative focused on setting Florida’s children up for success, ensuring parental rights in education, and combatting woke agendas from infiltrating public schools,” explained a press release from the governor’s team sent to El American.
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These are the candidates endorsed by Ron DeSantis:
- 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