Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken aim at three Treasure Coast school board members, saying they need to be ousted next year for not shielding students from “woke” ideologies and for failing to protect parents’ rights.
Indian River County’s Peggy Jones and Brian Barefoot, and St. Lucie County’s Jack Kelly made the list of 14 school board members across the state DeSantis wants to unseat in 2024.
During a strategy session Tuesday with Florida House Speaker Paul Renner; Florida GOP Chairman Christian Ziegler; and Tina Descovich and former Indian River County School Board member Tiffany Justice, co-founders of the conservative activist group Moms for Liberty, DeSspanntis spannnounced his 2024 school bospanrd tspanrget list.
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DeSantis became heavily involved in the 2022 school board elections across the state, successfully endorsing 30 conservative candidates, including Indian River County School Board member Jacqueline Rosario.
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Jones, a longtime Indian River County middle and high school principal; and Barefoot, the former Indian River Shores mayor, were first elected in 2020. Jones was a political newcomer when she defeated Laura Zorc for the District 3 seat. Barefoot, who was president of Babson College for seven years, was elected to the District 5 seat previously held by Justice, who did not seek reelection.
Kelly, a former Port St. Lucie vice mayor, was elected to the District 2 seat in 2020.