BY BUDDY NEVINS
School Board member Ann Murray, who was reprimanded for making a bigoted statement using the “N” word, has picked up a re-election challenge from a black elected official.
Vice Mayor Felicia Brunson of West Park holds her kick off fundraiser tonight.
The only 2014 School Board candidate to draw an opponent so far, Murray was a supervisor in the school system’s transportation division in February 2007. While directing school buses being used for the Super Bowl, several bus drivers and other administrators heard her refer to the upper-level seats of Sun Life Stadium as “n—– heaven.”
Complaints were made. She was issued a written reprimand.
The next year, in November 2008, she was elected to the School Board. The incident never came up during the campaign.
After the reprimand surfaced in 2011, there were calls for Murray’s resignation by some leaders.
Murray publicly apologized.
The apology may not matter. In a district where roughly one-third of the Democrats are black, the reprimand could come back to haunt her.
Although the race is nominally non-partisan, it is on the primary ballot where Democrats count.
Democrats have some primary races next year. So the Ds will dominate the primary since there is expected to be very few Republican races.
Brunson is a longtime civic activist in Carvers Ranches, a section of West Park. She has been a member of the commission since the first commissioners were elected in the newly-formed city in 2005.
Murray’s District 1 is centered in Hollywood and covers a large area of Southeast Broward.
Some interesting names are on Brunson’s invitation below.
One is Henry Rose, who lobbies for charter schools and runs campaigns. Another is Property Appraiser Lori Parrish, one of Broward’s most admired Democrats.
Most interesting is Richard and Diana Wasserman Rubin. You all should know who they are.
He just served time for tax evasion. She is the former county commissioner who pleaded guilty last month and got a slap on the wrist for providing false information to county attorneys to help her husband earn a bonus.
Is this a sign that Wasserman Rubin is forgiven by Broward’s political world?
Time will tell.
Brunson’s invitation (click to enlarge):
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