Anti-CRT candidates overthrow school board majorities across Florida

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Candidates opposed to critical race theory won a majority of seats in at least five Florida counties on Tuesday with the backing of Gov. Ron DeSantis and a political action committee dedicated to ousting school board members “awakened” across the country.

Ryan Girdusky of the 1776 Project PAC, which works to elect school board candidates “who want to reform our public education system by promoting patriotism and pride in American history,” announced the Twitter On Tuesday, his organization scored “tremendous victories across Florida” as voters headed to the polls for the state’s primary elections.

The group’s victories included school board elections in two of Florida’s most populous counties.

“Both of our candidates in Miami Dade County, Florida just WON their elections, toppling the school board conservative,” the group said on Twitter. “Miami Dade County is now the largest county in America with a majority of conservative school boards.”

Miami-Dade County is Florida’s most populous county and home to the state’s largest school district.

Election results compiled by local news outlet WPLG show Project PAC 1776 endorsement Roberto Alonso winning the District 4 school board seat with 57% of the vote and Project PAC 1776 backer Monica Colucci winning the District 8 school board seat with 54% of the vote. the vote.

In Duval County, which contains Jacksonville, the state’s largest city, the 1776 PAC-backed project April Carney and Charlotte Joyce won seats on the school board.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Girdusky said Tuesday’s election results are proof that “people are very excited about the issue of education.”

“It captures a lot of the decisions they make in their adult lives when they have kids,” he added. These decisions include “where they will live” and “where their children go to school”.

According to Girdusky, parents “want the best for [their children].”

“They don’t want schools to sit there and indoctrinate children. They don’t want schools to sit there and apply critical race theory or critical gender theory to their children,” he said. -he declares.

Noting that “they think these issues are best left at home,” Girdusky said, education is an issue that “strongly motivates conservative voters across the country.”

The Encyclopedia Brittanica defines critical race theory as “an intellectual and social movement and a loosely organized framework for legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded characteristic of subgroups of physically distinct human beings, but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category designed to oppress and exploit people of color.”

The strong performance of candidates supported by Project PAC 1776 extended beyond counties with large metropolitan areas.

In Sarasota County, the 1776 CAP Project indicated that its three approved candidates had won their elections.

“We just moved the school board from a 3-2 Liberal majority to a 4-1 Conservative majority,” the organization tweeted.

Video footage captured earlier this month purports to show a Sarasota County school board member boasting that “there are school board members who are awake.”

He argued that these school board members “work in the best strategic location because we’re on the inside.”

The six candidates endorsed by the 1776 Draft PAC in Martin County and Clay County also won their elections, the bandreported. Clay and Martin County now has a Conservative majority.

When reviewing the results in Clay County, the 1776 Project PAC shared video footage of a parent speaking to the Clay County School Board about how school district officials met with her daughter about her gender identity “behind our backs.” The father fondly recalled how his daughter had attempted suicide due to an unease about her gender identity that he knew nothing about. The father argued that the school district ‘affirmed’ her as a man, leading her to live a ‘double life’.

In addition to concerns about the teaching of critical race theory, outrage over school district policies regarding trans-identified students and the teaching of LGBT ideology in public schools has also loomed large. important in American politics, especially in Florida.

Governor DeSantis has signed into law a measure prohibiting school officials from discussing issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity with students in kindergarten through third grade.

Candidates backed by the 1776 PAC bill won two of three school board seats in the polls in Brevard County and Hillsborough County, home to Tampa.

In Flagler County, one of three candidates endorsed by the 1776 Draft PAC has won his seat, while another is heading for a runoff election that will be held at the same time as the November general election. The same situation occurred in Hernando and Indian River counties, where one of the candidates ran unopposed and was therefore automatically elected.

With 98% of precincts reporting, Polk County School Board’s District 3, Project 1776 PAC-backed Rick Nolte appears to have secured a spot on the school board after securing 51% of the vote. Another candidate, Jill Sessions of Polk County School Board District 6, looks set to head to a runoff after winning 38% of the vote in a three-way race.

Additionally, 1776 Draft PAC endorsed candidate Denise Nystrom ran in a runoff for a seat on the Lee County School Board. School board candidates Christopher Moore and Steve Moss had no opposition and thus automatically won seats on the Bay County Board of Education. Also in the northwest part of the state, Lamar White, supported by the 1776 PAC project, won a seat on the Okaloosa County school board.

Candidates backed by the 1776 PAC Project failed in Collier County, Monroe County, Palm Beach County, and Walton County, while the two candidates endorsed by the 1776 PAC Project in Pinellas County and one of their two favorite candidates in Volusia County appear to be heading into the second round. elections. 1776 PAC-endorsed Phil Leary wins a seat on the Putnam County School Board, while the race for the other seat on the ballot remains too close to be announced.

With final results still pending, 25 of the 49 Florida school board candidates backed by Project 1776 PAC have won their races while 15 have lost, eight appear to be headed for second-round elections and one race remains too close to be summoned.

Ahead of Tuesday’s election, all candidates backed by the 1776 PAC project in Texas and Colorado won their races. Most of their favorite candidates prevailed in school board elections in Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia.

“We have applicants in Rhode Island, California, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, Arizona…Florida and Texas all seeking our endorsement,” Girdusky said.

Girdusky said the organization plans to make additional endorsements before the November general election. The 1776 PAC Project advocates for its approved applicants via “mailers, text messages, digital advertisements, [and] robocalls,” Girdusky said.

Governor DeSantis, another outspoken opponent of critical race theory, has endorsed 30 school boards candidates running in school districts across the state. DeSantis’ list includes more than two-thirds of the candidates approved by the 1776 PAC project and additional candidates in Alachua, Hendry, Lee, Manatee, Monroe and Pasco counties.

All but one of the contestants endorsed by DeSantis but not by the 1776 draft PAC either won their races or advanced to the second round. Twenty-four of the 30 candidates he supported find themselves in the same situation.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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