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Amateurish Text Messages Imply Parkland Parents Group Endorsed Republican Candidate For Broward School Board

Text Message Supporting Brenda Fam

On Tuesday Broward voters received text messages implying a Parkland parents group supported a Republican candidate for the Broward School Board District 6 seat. The text message read, “Concerned Citizens, Endorse Brenda Farm!” First, the candidate is Brenda Fam, a Davie attorney. Her name is NOT Brenda Farm.

Second, note the use of the comma.

Concerned Citizens of Broward County is a prominent Facebook group with more than 5,400 members. Formed in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, the group seeks to reform a myriad of issues within Broward Schools. Concerned Citizens of Broward County interviewed candidates and posted its endorsements last month.

The group did not endorse Fam. They endorsed her opponent, Steven Julian of Plantation.

This text message is the latest amateurish tactics intended to fool Broward voters.

Dale Holness and Marlon Bolton and the mystery palm cards.

Judicial candidate Chris Brown sending text messages from a cell phone used by his wife, Judge Mindy Brown.

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Scott getting nabbed with her opponent’s stolen yard signs on her property.

Broward deserves better candidates.

And candidates deserve better campaign staffers and vendors.

Text Messages Supporting Judicial Candidate Chris Brown Coming From Phone Used By Broward Judge Mindy Brown

The text message sent from Judge Mindy Brown’s campaign telephone number.
The first result on Google when searching the telephone number.

Anyone with a telephone knows the drill. You do not answer a call or text from an unknown number. The first thing you do is “Google” the number. On Sunday, some Broward voters received a text message touting the campaign of Chris Marion Brown. A simple Google search shows the texts came from a phone number associated with his wife, Broward Judge Mindy Brown.

So what?

Judicial candidates and judges must follow a strict set of rules and ethics set by the Supreme Court of Florida. Some of the biggest rules govern what a Judge can and cannot do when their spouse is running for office. Judges are forbidden from using their office to endorse or support the candidacy of their spouse.

Here, anyone who searches the telephone number on Google will discover a clear tie between judicial candidate Brown and Judge Mindy Brown. It doesn’t require any advanced sleuthing skills.

The very first result on Google is a link to Judge Mindy Brown’s 2018 campaign information. In 2018, the same number promoting Chris Brown was listed as her official campaign telephone number. The website includes a picture of Judge Mindy Brown.

To the average Google user, this may appear that Judge Mindy Brown sent a text message endorsing the candidacy of Chris Brown.

Chris Brown should know the judicial canons governing his race. Judge Mindy Brown should definitely know the canons she must follow.

The graphic sent from Judge Mindy Brown’s campaign telephone number includes a picture of the Browns. The graphic makes reference to “Mindy Brown.” Chris Brown and Mindy Brown know he cannot make reference to “Judge” in the piece. So why did they send from a number that links to a picture of Judge Mindy Brown wearing her judicial robes?

Editor’s Note: Full disclosure, this reporter is a friend Chris Brown’s opponent, Michael Ahearn.