Mother Of A Parkland Shooting Victim Hopes To Honor Daughter With New Seat on School Board

“I did not want any other parent to go through the pain and anguish that I go through every day."

Mother Of A Parkland Shooting Victim Hopes To Honor Daughter With New Seat on School Board

Lori Alhadeff, the mother of one of the students killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., has been elected to the Broward County School Board,  following a campaign focused on security and more accountability within the board. 

After losing her 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa Alhadeff, in the mass shooting at the high school, Aldaheff was spurred to enter the political arena in hopes of creating change that could prevent another tragedy. 

"I'm so excited to honor my daughter, Alyssa, and the 16 other victims in the Parkland shooting, and to be able to be the voice of change," Alhadeff said of her victory, per The New York Times. 

Aldaheff announced her candidacy in May in tandem with Ryan Petty, another parent who lost his daughter, Alaina, in the Parkland shooting. "I did not want any other parent to go through the pain and anguish that I go through every day," Alhadeff, a former schoolteacher, said at the time. "I did not want any child to have to ever say to their mother, 'Mommy, am I going to die today when I go to school?'"

Alhadeff handily won her spot on the board by 65 percent of the vote after incumbent, Abby Freedman, chose not to seek re-election. One of Alhadeff's other opponents, Tennille Doe-Decoste, also has ties to Stoneman Douglas, as the parent of a student survivor of the February shooting. 

While Alhadeff opted to run for a single-member seat in Parkland, Petty ran for an at-large seat elected by the county. Per CNN, he narrowly lost the election to the incumbent, Donna Korn. 

Alhadeff and Petty are only two of many parents and students who have been spurred to action in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. In March, a group of students, led by Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, helped organize March for Our Lives in D.C., a demonstration in support of gun control that brought out hundreds of thousands of protesters nationwide. 

Their efforts to encourage people to speak out in support of gun safety and vote for candidates who seek reform may already be having an impact. eAs Stoneman Douglas student activists are already pointing out on social media, this year's primary in Broward County saw double the turnout it did in 2014. 

Cover image via Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

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