A Coral Springs design consultant and first-generation American was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to fill Dr. Rosalind Osgood’s seat on the Broward County School Board.
DeSantis appointed Daniel Foganholi to the District 5 seat, the governor’s office announced in a news release Friday. He replaces Osgood, who resigned in November to run for Florida Senate as required by state law.
Foganholi will sit on the board for the remainder of Osgood’s term that ends later this year. In November, voters will choose a candidate to serve a new two-year term.
Foganholi lives in Coral Springs, which is not part of District 5, disqualifying him from running for the seat, though he could run for the county-wide seat currently held by Donna Korn or the District 4 seat currently held by Lori Alhadeff.
Several candidates have already filed to run for the District 5 seat, according to the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office website.
The candidates who have filed are Jeff Holness, cousin of former Broward Mayor Dale Holness; former Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Gloria Ann Lewis; Jimmy Witherspoon, a student adviser for Dillard 6-12 in Fort Lauderdale; education consultant Ruth Carter-Lynch and Antonio Lavern Burgess, a district coordinator for equity programs.
Foganholi is currently a Republican candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, according to his campaign website. He is running for the seat in District 97, which covers most of northwest Broward.
His website says he is the son of immigrants from Brazil and a first-generation American who has lived in Coral Springs for 24 years. He and his wife, Alyssa, have an “energetic toddler” named Daniel Jr.
He earned certificates in marketing and business management from Florida Atlantic University, DeSantis’ office said in the release. Foganholi is involved with Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America and the American Brazilian Coalition.
His campaign website also says he is the Director of Legislative Affairs for New Generation Children’s Ministry. Foganholi’s Ballotpedia website says one of the key elements of his campaign for state representative is his belief that “we need to ensure our children are getting a quality education and that begins by not just allowing, but encouraging parents to be more involved in their children’s education.”
Foganholi did not immediately respond to a voicemail and text message seeking comment Friday night.
The primary elections are Aug. 23, and the general elections are Nov. 8. School board elections are nonpartisan.
Primary elections are Aug. 23 with general elections on Nov. 8.
Osgood, who is Black, was elected to the state Senate in March after serving as School Board chairperson since November 2020 and a member of the board since 2012.
Sun Sentinel staff writers Scott Travis and Anthony Man contributed to this report.
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