By Jill Fox
Parkland resident Joe Scott will become the next Broward County Supervisor of Elections.
After a close call in the Democratic primary, Scott took 64 percent of the votes over Republican candidate Catherine McBreen on Tuesday.
“I really focused my efforts on the county…it was a crowded race, the people I worked with really strategized [to win],” he said.
Scott graduated from the United States Military Academy West Point and was awarded the Bronze Star as an Army Captain combat leader in Iraq.
A resident since 2014, Scott moved to The Lakes at Parkland from New Jersey because of the excellent schools. He is married to Shannon, an Army Veteran, and nurse anesthetist, and they have a 12-year-old son, Bakari, in seventh grade at Westglades Middle School.
Scott felt being a Democrat in the election really helped.
“We didn’t have the most money, however, we focused mainly on the black community in Broward,” he said.
He wants to serve Broward to restore voters’ confidence in the electoral process. With leadership roles in both the military and a major technology company, he feels he is uniquely qualified to take on the responsibility of leading a team under stressful circumstances to accomplish a difficult mission.
“It was really about people who were concerned about cybersecurity and voter suppression issues,” Scott said, adding that’s where he believes his background in computer science and technology would benefit him in this office.
His position begins in January, and the first thing Scott wants to do is to shore up cybersecurity.
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