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Rod Velez Attends Broward School Board Meeting A Week After Giving Statement To FDLE

After spending a few days in Tallahassee, Rod Velez attended a School Board of Broward County workshop Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale. Velez kept supporters abreast of his travels with photographs posted on social media. Judging by the comments, his supporters still believe he has a path to a seat on the School Board.

One meeting Velez did not document was another visit with representatives of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Last week, Velez provided a formal statement to FDLE.

Last month, REDBROWARD revealed FDLE received information regarding possible perjury committed by Rod Velez when he signed an oath in campaign paperwork. Sources told REDBROWARD that Velez subsequently met with FDLE agent’s who advised him that taking the oath for the School Board seat would constitute perjury. Velez attended the swearing in ceremony but did not take the oath of office.

Despite the encouragement to keep fighting, it appears Velez has no path to take office. As REDBROWARD previously reported, the December clemency board meeting was cancelled. Also, the Office of Offender Review, which reviews the clemency requests, is well aware of the FDLE perjury investigation. One source claims Velez’s application may have been rejected because of it.

It is becoming likely Governor Ron DeSantis will appoint someone to the District 1 seat in January.

Broward School Board Candidate Rod Velez Interviewed By FDLE Agents, December Clemency Board Meeting Cancelled

screenshot of Rod Velez at today’s School Board meeting, courtesy Chris Nelson.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents interviewed School Board candidate Rod Velez regarding questions of his eligibility to hold public office, a source tells REDBROWARD. According to the longtime source, Velez discussed an oath he signed months ago affirming he could hold public office. Velez, a convicted felon, admits he never sought restoration of his civil rights before running for office.

According to the source, Velez claimed he relied upon the advice of his campaign manager Barabra Miller. Velez was allegedly told taking the oath of office to join the Broward School Board on Tuesday would constitute perjury, a third degree felony.

Velez was not sworn into office at today’s ceremony.

Velez did attend the board meeting later in the day. REDBROWARD reached Velez at the meeting.

When asked about the FDLE interview, Velez said, “Let me check with my attorney.” As of press time, neither Velez nor his attorney contacted REDBROWARD.

The path for Velez to take a seat on the Broward School Board continues to narrow. Earlier today, Velez told WLRN, “The state has everything they need to hit the reset button and process everything.”

While Velez may have finally submitted his application to the state, it will not be heard until next year. REDBROWARD learned the December 14, 2022 clemency board meeting was cancelled yesterday. The December Cabinet meeting was cancelled as well.

The next clemency board meeting is set for January 2023.

According to a rights restoration expert, Velez may be out of luck even if he gets a hearing and his rights restored. The expert said the restoration is effective on the day it is granted. It is not retroactive.

We will update the story if Velez provides comment.