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Alexis Yarbrough, wife of Shane Strum, may apply for Brow school bd

Alexis Yarbrough, wife of former Gov. Charlie Crist’s chief of staff Shane Strum, told Naked Politics today that she is considering applying for an appointment to the Broward School Board.

“I’ve been encouraged by several people to do it,” she said. “It’s a big commitment.” (When we asked if Yarbrough was encouraged to run by anyone in Scott’s office she would only said she was encouraged by people in Tallahassee and Broward.)

Yarbrough was hired as general counsel to the state Department of Transportation in 2007 under Crist’s administration and stayed through the transition when Gov. Rick Scott took over in 2011. Yarbrough, a registered Republican, said she hasn’t met Scott personally but does know Crist. Before Strum worked as chief of staff to Crist he served as the chair of the Broward Republican Executive Committee.

Yarbrough, the mother of a three year old daughter, said she is now a stay at home mom.

"Obviously she will be enrolled in the public school system in a couple of years so I care about it," she said.

School board member Katie Leach, one of two Republicans on the board, announced in late October that she was leaving Dec. 21 due to her husband getting a job in California. Other applicants include Bayview elementary PTA president Heather Brinkworth, retired principal Wanda Ross (wife of Judge Dale Ross) and surgeon Harry Moon, past chair in the business group the Broward Workshop. 

Scott's office has not announced any timeline for interviews or appointing a replacement to the nine-member board.