FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – The results are in, and the Broward County School Board has three new members tonight.
In the sometimes contentious race for District 4, Dave Thomas rocketed past opponent Jaemi Levine for the seat.
The contest got more and more heated as Election Day drew near. Just days ago, Levine filed a misdemeanor complaint with the Broward Sheriff’s Office after she said Thomas shook her hand too hard following a debate in Tamarac. Levine says Thomas grabbed her hand in anger, and that she repeatedly asked that he release her hand.
For the District 6 seat, Laurie Levinson edged out incumbent Phyllis Hope who has served on the school board since 2006. Levinson was born and raised in South Florida and has three children who attend the Broward County school system. She is also the daughter of State Senator Nan Rich and David Rich.
Nora Rupert beat out opponent Travis Williamson for the District 7 seat, left vacant by retiring school board member Bob Parks. Rupert, an English/Language Arts teacher at Piper High and has been a resident of Broward County since 1981.