DeSantis said the candidates he supported were “committed to the student-first principles of the DeSantis Education Agenda.” In Sarasota County, wins by three DeSantis-supported candidates — Bridget Ziegler, Robyn Marinelli and Timothy Enos — shifted the balance of power on the school board from liberal to conservative, according to Newsweek. “Sarasota School Board had a 3-2 liberal majority. Today Ron DeSantis endorsed candidates who won and flipped the school board so it’s now 4-1 anti wokes indoctrination and pro parental rights,” Christina Pushaw, rapid response director for DeSantis’ re-election campaign, tweeted.
Sarasota County – WE did it!!!The Community has spoken & it is crystal clear – they are demanding a reset of the School Board. And that’s what they are going to get. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/gAkezjR6F4 — Bridget Ziegler (@BridgetAZiegler) August 24, 2022
Sarasota School Board had a 3-2 liberal majority. Today @RonDeSantisFL endorsed candidates won and flipped the school board so it’s now 4-1 anti wokes indoctrination and pro parental rights. 🙌 https://t.co/SDAyqllXxY— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) August 24, 2022
DeSantis also chalked up major wins in Miami-Dade County. Monica Colucci, who was supported by the GOP governor, defeated Marta Pérez, a 24-year school board member. Roberto Alonso won the contest to succeed the outgoing board chair, according to the Miami Herald. “Thank you to every single volunteer and to all the voters of District 8 for trusting and supporting me during this process,” Colucci tweeted. “I will work tirelessly on our School Board for all students, parents, and teachers in #MDCPS.”
You could have just agreed with most sane people that there is no reason to teach kindergartners about gender-fluidity or categorize them as “victims” or “oppressors” by their skin color. But no, you had to go all in. Enjoy the backlash. https://t.co/w8UzGbQNcs— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) August 24, 2022
Commentators noted that DeSantis used his clout to further his agenda of empowering parents.
Thank you to every single volunteer and to all the voters of District 8 for trusting and supporting me during this process. I will work tirelessly on our School Board for all students, parents, and teachers in #MDCPS. Let’s get to work! pic.twitter.com/Q764ZZ14Aw— Monica Colucci (@MonicaColucciFL) August 24, 2022
“This governor is extremely popular with the grassroots and rank-and-file Republicans and those primary voters look for his opinion on people to vote for,” Evan Power, Leon County GOP chair and Florida GOP chairman of chairs, told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I think he’s used that power to push for active conservatives who share his view of Florida. It’s something Republicans have wanted for a long time, Republicans who are willing to fight for a conservative agenda,” he said. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Cycle after cycle, I have been involved in School Board races.I have been on the ground 24/7 in Sarasota for our School Board races. I cannot stress enough how impactful Gov. @RonDeSantisFL’s endorsement & GOTV efforts were. https://t.co/gHCdrayjW6 — Christian Ziegler 🇺🇸 (@ChrisMZiegler) August 24, 2022