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Applications start coming in for Gallagher, Eggelletion seats

As of Monday morning, two people had applied for suspended Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher's seat and two for suspended Broward County Commissioner Joe Eggelletion's seat.

Gallagher and Eggelletion were arrested last Wednesday -- along with former Miramar City Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman -- as part of a wide-ranging federal corruption probe. Gov. Charlie Crist promptly suspended the two sitting officials and must now appoint someone to fill in their posts.

Seeking Gallagher's seat: Carmen L. Zaldivar and Joel L. Smith.

Zaldivar, a pharmacist who lives in Miramar, has been a parent activist at Silver Lakes Elementary, Glades Middle and Everglades High, according to the questionnaire she submitted to Crist's office. The Republican mother of three has a child with autism and has volunteered with autism-related groups.

Smith, a Democrat who lives in Pembroke Pines, is the former director of dropout prevention and alternative education for the Broward school district. He lost his job in a district reorganization earlier this year after 20 years with Broward schools.

Tim Smith and Allen B. Jackson have applied to Crist's office for Eggelletion's seat representing District 9, which is overwhelmingly black and Democratic. Republicans want Crist to appoint a Republican to the all-Democratic commission.

Smith, a former Fort Lauderdale city commissioner, is white and a Democrat. Jackson, who is an African-American Democrat, lost races against Eggelletion in 2004 and 2004 2008. He is senior pastor of Living Word Community Church and lives in Fort Lauderdale.

Several other Republicans and Democrats have expressed an interest in the seat, though have not filed for consideration yet.

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