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 major trials Parkland has endured in the last year. Mayor Hunschofsky was born in Boston and knew people affected by gun violence and had driven through areas affected by it. As a teenager she worked in a nursing home kitchen, also spending time with people affected by gun violence. Today she feels fortunate to have grown up with those experiences, stating, "They have shaped who I am."
Mayor Hunschofsky moved to Parkland almost 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, Mayor 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 Mayor Hunschofsky. In 2013 she was elected to her commission seat with 84 percent 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. "My agenda is serving this community and being part of this community." added Hunschofsky.
Mayor Hunschofsky knows the importance of her role and the value of actions aligning with words. "Everything in life is leading by example." she added. She does her homework before making decisions and looks at how it will affect the communuty . "It's very important to be data driven in decision making but never forgetting the impact those decisions have on the people in the community." Mayor Hunschofsky has had to put these prinicipals to the test when our city faced the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas last year. Her focus has been community healing and getting the help Parkland needs. She has encouraged people to take advantage of the counseling, wellness and workshops available to assist in the healing process and has taken steps to promote improvements in safety for our schools and students. Hunschofsky has known people affected by gun violence, first as a child and now as a mayor. She has helped unite our community at a time when Parkland needs it most.
Going forward, Mayor Hunschofsky believes the success of a city is community involvement. She wants to see community members engaged and informed. "To make sure this community thrives, I believe in a sense of community and an engaged community," she said. To help Parkland stay engaged and informed she has an open door policy and welcomes community members to join her in her office for conversation. She is consistently and frequently out in the community attending and supporting events throughout the week. Mayor Hunschofsky continues to pour thoughtful planning, effort and heart into making Parkland the best it can be.
In celebration of International Women's Day, Tap Into Parkland recognizes one of Parkland's strongest leaders, Mayor Christine Hunschofsky.