MiamiHerald / Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky drove all night Sunday for her second trip to Tallahassee this year carrying a message she never imagined she would bring.
Six weeks ago, Hunschofsky was working with the League of Cities on a campaign to urge legislators to reject legislation aimed at taking away local control. Lawmakers, led by the House, had filed an unprecedented list of bills that would preempt local government authority on everything from vacation rentals to business and environmental regulations.
This time, she was delivering to legislators the message of parents of children killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and she was asking lawmakers for their help.
“Remember that we’re here to work for the safety of our children and not for political futures or agendas,” she read from a personal message from Tony and Jennifer Montalto, whose 14-year-old daughter Gina, was killed in the shooting.