Brevard County School Board District 1 Candidates

Name:  Misty Belford

Age: 41

City of Residence: Titusville, FL

Occupation: President, KidSafe Swim Institute; Professor, Rollins College


Experience: Business Owner, President of a non-profit corporation, Active Volunteer with Brevard Public Schools since 2009 serving on multiple committees at the district as well as the school level developing solutions to the challenges facing our schools.

What makes you the best candidate (300 words or less)? 

I have been an advocate for the students and teachers of our community over the past five years as an active volunteer in the schools and at the district.  I am  knowledgeable about the issues facing our schools and have a proven track record of uniting individuals to solve problems and create positive change.  I am an educator, a mother of two children in public school, a business owner, and President of a non-profit organization. As a business owner, I make spending decisions based on fiscal responsibility and priorities.  As a non-profit leader, I stay focused on our mission of keeping children safe and closely align spending decisions with that mission. I have strong leadership and communication skills to face the challenges that lie ahead.  I am someone that you can trust to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students, our teachers, and our community. I would be honored to be YOUR voice on the school board.  

Name:  Paul Chinaris

Age: 51

City of Residence: Port St. John


Occupation: Owner and operator of World Electronics & Consulting Inc. since 1996

Education: Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Broward Community College, Coconut Creek, Florida-1981

Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida-1983

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: City of Cocoa Planning and Zoning Board 2000-2005

Current member of the Superintendents Insurance Advisory Board for Brevard Public Schools

What makes you the best candidate (300 words or less)?   

Brevard schools are paramount in our household. Our two children are graduates of Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School and currently attend college. My wife has been a Brevard teacher for 25 years. I have had a ring-side seat to the operations and challenges of Brevard County schools.

Board policy is made by majority vote. I have experience and success in team leadership.

• 18 year fiscally responsible business owner

• Cocoa Planning and Zoning Board 2000-2005

• Cocoa Commercial Condominium Association secretary

• 10 year Rotary service

• Brevard School ‘s Insurance Advisory Board member

Brevard has good schools and teachers. We need an administration that can properly manage spending without sacrificing essential programs for our students. We need a board member with business experience.

Fiscal responsibility is imperative. Quality schools are the foundation of thriving communities. My plan is to get the money to the classrooms where education happens.

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