The widow of a teacher who died while trying to confront the shooter during a Florida school massacre two years ago has won a seat on the county’s school board following Tuesday’s election.
Longtime educator Debra Hixon was married to Chris Hixon, who also served as athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Her husband was one of three staff members killed in the February 2018 massacre.
The shooting, which remains the deadliest at a high school in U.S. history, also left 14 students dead and 17 other people wounded.
The slain teacher was trying to stop gunman Nikolas Cruz, a former Stoneman Douglas student, when he was shot and killed.
Debra Hixon joins board member Lori Alhadeff, the mother of a 14-year-old victim in the shooting, on the nine-member Broward County school panel.
The newly elected board member defeated opponent Jeff Holness with about 67% of the vote, unofficial results show.
“It means this county has confidence and faith in me, and that means so much because they have been really what’s gotten our family through the last three years, and I am so honored to be able to serve them for the next four years on the School Board,” Hixon told local news station WLPG-TV after the election.
The woman also runs a maritime technology and marine science program at a high school near Fort Lauderdale. She and her son Corey appeared in a campaign commercial for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in September.
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