Mom Of Parkland Shooting Victim Wins School Board Seat

Flowers, candles and mementos sit outside one of the makeshift memorials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 27, 2018. Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school will reopen o... Flowers, candles and mementos sit outside one of the makeshift memorials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 27, 2018. Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school will reopen on February 28, 2018 two weeks after 17 people were killed in a shooting by former student, Nikolas Cruz, leaving 17 people dead and 15 injured on February 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 29, 2018 7:08 a.m.
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The mother of a victim of the Florida school massacre has been elected to the district’s school board, but another was trailing.

Lori Alhadeff easily won an open seat Tuesday on the Broward County school board, representing the district that includes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Her daughter Alyssa was one of 17 who died in the February attack.

Meanwhile, Ryan Petty was trailing incumbent Donna Korn. Korn would need to win 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. Petty’s daughter Alaina was slain in the attack.

In another district, incumbent Laurie Rich Levinson easily defeated Richard Mendelson, a former Stoneman Douglas teacher who was close friends with coach Aaron Feis, who also died.

The election was seen as a referendum on the district’s policies surrounding the shooting and on the leadership of Superintendent Robert Runcie, who is supported by the nine-member board’s majority.

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