By Sharon Aron Baron
Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky won a seat in the State House District 96 after her write-in challenger withdrew on Monday.
It was at 8:30 a.m. when the Division of Elections called her.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘Did I miss a filing deadline?’ ‘Did I miss something?’” She said.
But it was good news. The write-in candidate had withdrawn, which meant there would be no one else in the race except her.
Because ballots have already been printed, Hunschofsky’s name may still be on them; however, she has no challenger.
In April, Hunschofsky announced she would be running for the late Rep. Kristin Jacob’s Florida House seat after she lost her life battling colon cancer. Their friendship went back to when Hunschofsky was first elected city commissioner and she was told to reach out to Rep. Jacobs. They had been friends for years since.
Born in Boston, Hunschofsky graduated from Boston Latin School, went on to graduate from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and philosophy. She then earned her MBA from Babson College.
In August, Hunschofsky won 71.95 percent of the votes in the Democratic Primary against Saima Farooqui.
Although she has just been elected, Hunschofsky said she would continue to focus on her work as mayor until her term is over on November 2.
The 96th District includes Parkland, Coconut Creek, and parts of Margate and Coral Springs.
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