When Christine Hunschofsky became Mayor of Parkland, Florida, she could not have foreseen the horrific carnage that would descend on her city the afternoon of February 14, 2018. That was the day a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School arrived at the campus with a legally purchased AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and multiple magazines. Within six minutes of the moment the first shot was fired, 14 students and three staff members were dead or left dying. Seventeen more were wounded. Within months of the shooting, two survivors committed suicide.
Mayor Hunschofsky also couldn’t have predicted her friend, State Rep. Kristin Jacobs would die of cancer in April of 2020. Jacobs, who returned to work after being diagnosed, worked with Hunschofsky to win support for legislation that raised the age for firearms purchases in Florida from 18 to 21, increased funding for mental health services, and banned bump stocks.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on March 9, 2018, less than a month after the mass murder at the high school. It was the first new major gun control legislation in the state in over two decades.
Mayor Hunschofsky is now running for the seat in the State House of Representatives left open by the death of her friend and peer, Kristin Jacobs. Beyond her ongoing efforts for common sense gun laws, her other top priorities include effectively managing the health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting to reverse Florida’s decision to refuse Medicaid Expansion Funds under the ACA, and fixing the state’s disastrous unemployment system, currently making the headlines for its inability to provide money to the many Florida residents who qualify for assistance both before and after the pandemic struck.
Along with the endorsement of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Hunschofksy has also received the support of Florida state Senator Kevin Rader (SD 29), and state Representatives Dan Daley (HD 97), Michael Gottlieb (HD 98), Shevrin Jones (HD 101) and Tina Polsky (HD 81). In addition, she has the support of Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter, Jamie, in the Parkland shootings.
“I’m proud to support Christine because I have seen firsthand the way she leads in times of crisis. When my daughter, Jaime, and sixteen other innocent people were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Christine was truly there for our community. She worked tirelessly to guide our city through its darkest days and I know she’ll bring that same level of devotion with her to the State House.”Fred Guttenberg, Parkland victim parent
Please support Christine Hunschofsky in her campaign to continue the work of State Representative Kristin Jacobs and to fight for sensible gun reform in Florida, a state that desperately needs it. Her campaign site and social media links can be found below:
Christine Hunschofsky Official Campaign Website
Christine Hunschofsky Official Twitter Page
Christine Hunschoksky Official Facebook Page
READ Christine Hunschofsky’s Official Endorsement from Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg