Coral Springs Republican Sworn In As Broward School Board Member

By Kevin Deutsch

New Broward County School Board Member Daniel Foganholi was sworn into office Tuesday, the Coral Springs Republican officially filling the seat vacated by now State Senator Rosalind Osgood.

Foganholi, 36, whose online biography says he is an “America First Conservative,” is also a candidate for Florida’s House of Representatives and was appointed to the school board seat by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 29.

The son of Brazilian immigrants, and a first-generation American, Foganholi took office as the representative for District 5 during a ceremony at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center in Fort Lauderdale.

The first-time public office holder was accompanied by his wife, young son, and father as Broward County Commissioner Torey Alston swore him in.

Foganholi said he was honored to serve families in the school board district.

“My parents came here from Brazil with a dream to make a better future for our family,” said Foganholi. “They came to the U.S. for opportunity—and this is what opportunity looks like, this is what the American dream looks like.”

“District 5, I’m excited,” Foganholi told reporters. “I’m excited, and I want to prove it to you.”

Foganholi will complete Osgood’s two-year term, which ends in November. Although he now represents District 5, he does not live in the districtwhich lays outside Coral Springsand is currently ineligible to run for the school board seat he holds, records show.

He could, however, launch a run for either of two other school board seats: the county-wide seat now occupied by Donna Korn or the seat held by Parkland’s Lori Alhadeff in District 4, records show. In November, voters will go to the polls to elect several school board members.

District 5 is a predominantly Democratic district made up mostly of Black residents, spanning parts of Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Plantation,  and Tamarac, records show.

According to a news release from DeSantis’ office, Foganholi is a design consultant for Arhaus, a furniture, and décor company. He works with the American Brazilian Coalition and is an active member of his church, Habitat for Humanity and Feeding America.

According to the governor’s office, he has earned certificates in marketing and business management from Florida Atlantic University.

Records show that Foganholi does not own a home in Coral Springs; however, his parent’s address is listed as the 2600 block of Northwest 94th Avenue.

Foganholi is part of a slate of conservative candidates known as the America First P.A.C.T in his State House of Representatives run. His biography on the group’s site says he is an “America First Conservative….[who] has actively served in ministries and outreaches across south Florida.

“Now, as a father and family man, Daniel has more passion than ever to change his community for the future generations to come,” reads his bio. “Daniel realizes the importance of the future generations having proper knowledge of what our country stands on. Our moral-ethical beliefs that shaped our country is swaying more than ever now, and it is our duty to revive the Republican Party.”

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Kevin Deutsch

Kevin Deutsch
Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.

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