BY BUDDY NEVINS
The Broward School Board member Nora Rupert has an opponent.
Hubert StClair* of Coconut Creek opened his campaign against her this week for the North Broward District 7 seat.
StClair has been an employee in the school’s transportation department for 12 years. From public records and a Browardbeat.com interview, he appears to be a 53-year-old non-Hispanic black man.
StClair said his position as an employee gives him unique insight into the problems of the school system.
“I am running because the school system in Broward County is a failure. We need new people to fix things,” StClair said. “The School Board is not doing a good job.”
He said he would give details in the future about his plans to change the system.
Running for her second term, Rupert is considered the rare School Board member who questions staff decisions and recommendations.
Rupert has lagged in campaign contributions, as have other School Board members running for re-election. Lobbyists have no reason to give because the system lacks the big construction budget of the past, thus can not hand out huge school renovation and building contracts.
The result. In February, Rupert only raised $250. She has raised a total of $11,156, but has spent $6,229 of it already.
District 7 stretches across North Broward and encompasses portions of Coconut Creek Deerfield Beach, Margate, Pompano Beach and other communities. It contains roughly 86,000 white voters, 31,000 black voters and 15,000 Hispanic voters.
(* StClair told Browardbeat.com he prefers spelling his name in this manner.)