By Jill Fox
Joe Scott is the next Broward County Supervisor of Elections after winning 64 percent of the votes over Republican candidate Catherine McBreen last week.
“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 of Parkland since 2014, 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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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She is currently a Senior Account Director at Lon Haber & Co. Fox worked at NBC Miami for eight years after graduating from the University of Miami. She lives in Parkland with her husband, Brian and two children.