PARKLAND, FL- Christine Hunschofsky stepped into an important role when she was elected mayor of Parkland in 2016. Her background and experiences from growing up in Boston have helped her succeed in the serving the City of Parkland.
After growing up in Boston, Hunschofsky chose to stay in town for higher education, graduating from Boston University with degrees in Business Administration and Philosophy. She then continued her educational pursuits by attending and graduating from Babson College with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Mayor Hunschofsky moved to Parkland from Boston 19 years ago with her family and immediately got involved in the community. As a mother of two sons she joined the Parkland/Coconut Creek MOMS club and later served on their board. She started to write press releases for the club which lead to an opportunity to write for Parkland Life Magazine. At that point she started to cover the Parkland Commission meetings in 2003. This encounter with the political scene in Parkland played a significant role in getting the mayor to where she is today. Mayor Hunschofsky served on the Parkland Education Advisory Board for 7 years and on the Meadow Run HOA, Mary Help of Christians Parish Pastoral Council and the Mary Help of Christians Women's Club.
In 2012, Hunschofsky entered into Parkland politics by running for City Commissioner. After encouragement from friends she ran for the City Commissioner chair that Jared Moskowitz left when he resigned to run for the legislature. "I saw it as an opportunity to be the type of elected official I wanted to see," added Hunschofsky. In 2013, she was elected to her commission seat with 84 percent of the vote.
In 2016, an opportunity for the Mayor of Parkland opened as Michael Udine resigned to run for Broward County Commissioner, leaving 2 years left on his mayoral term. Hunschofsky won in another landslide with 76 percent of the vote. After finishing the 2 years of Commissioner Udine's term, Mayor Hunschofsky ran uncontested in 2018 and will serve as the Mayor of Parkland through 2022.
Hunschofsky continues to learn and grow while serving in office. She's been recognized on numerous occasions for her role and effort in the local community. In 2019, Hunschofsky was inducted into the Broward County Women's Hall of Fame. She was also appointed Co-Chair of the Small Cities Forum of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Regardless of the recognition she receives, Hunschofsky's goals remain the same. "My agenda is serving this community and being part of this community."
Going forward, Mayor Hunschofsky believes the success of a city is community involvement. She wants to see community members engaged and informed, and is consistently out in the community attending and supporting events throughout the week. Mayor Hunschofsky puts intentional planning, effort and heart into making Parkland the best it can be. The City of Parkland continues to grow and improve as it heads into the next decade.