Lauren Book, daughter of lobbyist Ron Book, is seriously considering running for a Broward School Board seat, her father confirmed Wednesday. (The news was first posted on the Broward Beat blog.)
On Tuesday, longtime member Stephanie Kraft announced she would not seek a fourth term to her northwest Broward post. Her district includes Coral Springs, where Lauren Book lives.
Ron Book said his daughter has been thinking about running since Gov. Charlie Crist was looking for candidates to replace suspended board member Beverly Gallagher, who was arrested in a federal corruption sting in September. (Crist eventually picked former Broward GOP chair Kevin Tynan.)
"She talked to a lot of people about this a couple of months ago," Ron Book said. "There's a lot of people that have reached out to her in the past three days."
Lauren Book, who was sexually abused for six years starting when she was 11, is perhaps best known for successfully lobbying state lawmakers -- along with her father -- to enact stricter laws against convicted molesters. Some of those laws infamously forced sex offenders under the Julia Tuttle Causeway, and the Books are now trying to help relocate them.
The younger Book, who has a teaching degree from the University of Miami, also founded Lauren's Kids, a nonprofit to educate the public about child sexual abuse.
Were she to run, Lauren Book would become the third candidate in the race for Kraft's seat. J.P. Taravella High School teacher Dave Thomas and Shelly Heller, a parent volunteer and attorney, have already filed for the August election.
And were she to win, Lauren Book's presence on the School Board would keep her father from doing any work with the Broward school district.
"I will never appear before the board, nor would I do any work there if she's there," he said.
Federal investigators questioned some School Board members about Book's influence on the board immediately after Gallagher's arrest. He is not registered to lobby before the board, though he did recommend one of his clients, AshBritt, to help repair portable classrooms in the district after Hurricane Wilma. District auditors have said AshBritt was overpaid hundreds of thousands of dollars, a charge AshBritt denies.