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Lee County voters elect first African-American woman


Gwynetta “Gwyn” Gittens became the first African-American woman to be elected as the District 5 school board in Lee County. She beat incumbent Pam LaRiviere, who was a former teacher and was first elected in 2014 for the position.

Gittens holds a bachelor’s in psychology and business administration from the University of Maryland and a master’s in education leadership from Nova University.

While this is her first time serving in a political office, Gwyn has 13 years of experience serving on advisory councils and district committees with the Lee County School Board, including Superintendent Search Committee and Strategic Planning.

Katie Armes, C2 Communications

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