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Instead, the parents were somber as they spoke of their sense of duty to make schools safer almost three months after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left their children dead.

Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty both filed as candidates for the school board in districts 4 and 8. She traveled to IN recently with some Parkland parents and school officials to visit a campus dubbed the "safest school IN America" to get ideas on how to improve school security.

"If I don't get in there and change it, it's unlikely to change", Petty said. The foundation's mission is to prevent violence in schools "through advocacy for programs and policies focused on early identification and intervention of at-risk youth".

"The only thing I understood is the reason for the PROMISE program was to give kids second chances and also to help fight the 'school to prison pipeline.' But besides that, they were not very clear in explaining how the PROMISE program worked", she said.

"On Feb 14., when Alyssa was brutally murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I didn't want any parent to go through the anguish I went thorough or for any child to say, 'Mommy, am I going to die at school today?'" Alhadeff said.

"I want to ensure schools provide safety and a quality education, and there is transparency and accountability", Alhadeff told the Sun Sentinel.

Alhadeff also lost her daughter, Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, in the shooting.

Petty is a telecom, media and technology entrepreneur who previously served as vice president of product development and innovation at ADT. "He's implemented a lot of changes", Alhadeff said.

He is challenging incumbent Donna Korn, 46, for the at-large county seat.

"I actually love the Democratic process", she said.

"If I get elected to the school board, I can be part of making sure the law gets implemented".

Alhadeff and Petty are being endorsed by a group of Parkland parents called Concerned Citizens of Broward County. Now, two of their parents are running for the Broward County school board, ABC News reports.

The group is also supporting former Stoneman Douglas teacher Richard Mendelson against incumbent Laurie Rich Levinson for the District 6 seat, which includes Weston, Cooper City and Davie.

Both were scheduled to officially announce their candidacies on Tuesday.

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