Even though Heather Brinkworth has been a Broward School Board member for less than a week, she already has a Democrat opponent. Nick Sakhnovsky, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, filed paperwork for the District 3 seat. Late last month, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Brinkworth to the seat Katherine P. Leach held until she moved to California for family reasons. Brinkworth is the PTA president at Bayview Elementary and a member of the City of Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Board.
On her application for the District Three seat, Brinkworth wrote, “I am proud to say I am a Fort Lauderdale native and the product of Broward County Public Schools. I was a reading teacher in Broward County Public Schools for six years. Since then I have been a regional program manager for the Teen Trendsetters Reading Mentors program. Working for a literacy focused nonprofit has afforded me many opportunities to impact students, families and communities. I have two elementary aged children who remind me every day of the importance of family and community engagement to student success.”
Sakhnovsky is no stranger to school board races. In 2010, he ran a dismal campaign for Jennifer “Jen-Jen” Gottlieb’s District 8 At Large seat. Sakhnovsky came in last in the three way countywide race, behind tea party candidate Susan Madori. Gottlieb narrowly avoided a run-off election against Madori.
Gottlieb received 61,001 votes. Madori received 35,887 votes. And pulling up the rear was Sakhnovsky with just 25,042 votes.
Madori raised just $295.45 for her campaign. Sakhnovsky spent nearly $9,000 on his dead-last finish.