Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty, parents of two students killed at the Parkland School, run for the Broward County School Board.
The couple appeared in the Broward County Supervisor of the Electoral Office Tuesday to file morning papers and announce their candidacy.
Alhadeff, who killed her 14-year-old daughter Alyssa in the Febr. 14 Mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School said she has two sons in the Broward School system. She said her eyes have become "wide open" to problems in the school system over the last three months and vowed to "bring more leadership, more transparency, and more accountability for the Broward County school system."
"I decided to roll I'll pick up my sleeves and run to the Broward School Board," she said.
Petty, 14-year-old Alaina Petty's father, repeated that safety comes first. But both parents emphasized that they were not candidates for individual issues, adding that their platform contained transparency and accountability.
Petty said he was running "so that I can represent parents from all over the district who deserve their children to come to their homes."
The reform of the controversial disciplinary diversification program PROMISE is one of its top priorities. Petty said he wanted to change the system, "that would allow someone like Santa Cruz to fall through the jumps." Cruz has been indicted in high school deaths.
Miami Herald news affiliate WLRN revealed that Cruz was named the program, but after appearing in the recording process, returned to his zone middle school the next day.
During a recent board meeting, Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie defended the PROMISE program, calling it "synonymous with the love, forgiveness, compassion, and relationships that our youth so desperately need to succeed."
He told the board members The district considered the punishment of schools for criticizing PROMISE as promoting a culture of lax discipline throughout the district.
Although the parents said that they would hold Runcie accountable and ask him "tough questions," they did not demand his resignation.
"It's not about replacing the superintendent," Alhadeff said, adding that Runcie is a "good person" who has "made many positive changes".
Petty and Alhadeff said their efforts to improve school safety began the day after Valentine's Shooting, which killed 17 students and staff and injured 17 others. They helped lobbying for the passage of a far-reaching law on school safety in Florida that empowers the police to remove weapons from people who intend to hurt themselves or others.
Both parents announced their gun control mission We will continue, but we felt that the school board "feels we can be the most effective," Alhadeff said.
"I am extremely frustrated at the lack of progress made to solve the problems that we all know exist."
They launched a Political Action Committee called Broward Parents for Better and Safer Schools in May, but it has not received any financial contributions.
Alhadeff, a former teacher, will run for District 4, which owns Parkland. The established, Abby Freedman, has not filed to run for reelection.
"I think Abby has a big heart, but I think we need change." Petty, an entrepreneur and appointed member of the state commission to investigate the mishaps that led to Parkland shooting, will run for District 8, a large seat. Incumbent Donna Korn has applied for re-election and collected around $ 8,200. She also faces the candidate Elijah Manley, who has raised $ 10,000 in his election campaign.