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Race for at-large Broward School Board seat between Debra Hixon and Jeff Holness heads to runoff

Hixon received majority of votes, but not enough to avoid runoff

Debra Hixon and Jeff Holness are heading for a runoff election in November following Tuesday’s primaries.
Debra Hixon and Jeff Holness are heading for a runoff election in November following Tuesday’s primaries.

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Debra Hixon and Jeff Holness are heading for a runoff election in November following Tuesday’s primaries.

A total of five people were running for the Broward County School Board’s at-large seat in District 9.

Hixon, Holness, Joyce Bryan, Narnike Grant and Jimmy Witherspoon appeared on the Broward County ballot.

Hixon won the race by a considerable margin, earning over 40,000 more votes than her closest opponent, Holness.

However, since she did not receive 50% of the total votes, Hixon will face Holness on November’s ballot in a runoff election.

Hixon has over three decades of experience teaching in Broward County. Her husband, Chris Hixon, was the athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was killed in the mass shooting at the Parkland school in February of 2018.

Holness has been working in education for more than 20 years, first working as a social studies teacher in Broward County before becoming an owner of an educating franchise specializing in math and reading.

Bryan, a former mayor of the City of Margate, has worked as a substitute teacher in Broward since 2007.

Grant, who has worked as a substitute teacher, is a mother of five and the president of the Heron Heights Elementary PTA.

Witherspoon has spent nearly two decades with Broward County Public Schools, currently at Dillard High working as a counselor. Witherspoon is also the pastor of a Fort Lauderdale church.

The winner of the race will replace Robin Bartleman, who is not seeking reelection because she is instead running for a Florida House seat.

Click here to view the results of all races in South Florida.

Candidate

Votes

%

Debra Hixon
121,77741%
Jeff Holness
75,97725%
Narnike "Nikki" Grant
33,48911%
Jimmy Witherspoon
31,98110%
Joyce "Jersey Girl" Bryan
29,73510%
100% of Precincts Reporting

(577 / 577)


About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.