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Gov. Scott appoints Brinkworth to Brow school board


Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Heather Brinkworth of Fort Lauderdale to fill a vacancy on the  Broward school board today.

Brinkworth, 45, is a regional program manager for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and previously worked as a reading teacher at Stranahan High School and Lauderhill Middle Community School. Brinkworth has served as chair of the Fort Lauderdale’s Education Advisory Board and as PTA president at Bayview elementary school.

Brinkworth replaces Katie Leach who quit late last year due to her husband’s job prompting her to move out of state. Her term starts today and ends Nov. 18. So far, no candidates have filed to run for the district 3 seat.

“Heather’s dedication to serving students makes her a great choice to serve on the Broward County School Board,” Scott said in a press release. “I am confident that she will continue her work to provide the students of Broward County with a great education.”

Brinkworth first registered in Broward in 1986 as a Republican and switched to independent in 2000, according to Broward election records. On Oct. 22, she changed her registration back to Republican. Leach announced she was stepping down in October.

Technically school board members run non-partisan -- the majority of the board is Democrat.

Brinkworth had the backing of Leach and one of the most vocal past Republican elected officials in Broward: former state sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff.