(Parkland, Florida) February 18, 2018

Former Broward County Mayor and current Commissioner Barbara Sharief issued a statement in response to the shootings in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people last Wednesday. As a result of the second-deadliest shooting at an American public school, a new emphasis on gun control debates has re-surfaced in the media. Ms. Sharief’s statement, published on her Facebook page, is filled with the poignancy of a parent:

I keep asking myself how did America get to this point. Where a human life is not important enough to change screening procedures and deny access to weapons for those with mental health issues. How many more children have to die before this issue is addressed? I saw a video of one of the parents who lost her daughter during the shooting.¬†She’s begging for the President and Congress to do something. I hear her pain. I have 3 children in school and cannot fathom my child never coming home. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, victims and families of this horrific tragedy.

Commissioner and Former Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief

During her second tenure as Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief bore witness to a variety of challenges as the county’s political voice. They include the shootings in 2017 at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the response to Hurricane Irma. In both crises, Mayor Sharief was praised for her calm leadership and her authoritative and compassionate responses.

Barbara Sharief is an accomplished entrepreneur, mother and highly-touted political figure in South Florida. Her leadership of Broward County oversaw economic growth and the implementation of many innovative economic policies including the Small Business initiative called “Broward Means Business.”

For more information about Barbara Sharief visit her official website at barbarasharief.com.