Parkland needs a citywide plan for street lights, says its District 2 city commissioner.
It is an issue that Christine Hunschofsky, who defeated Nancy Robeson in a one-sided March 12 special election, heard from many residents on the campaign trail. “There are some areas in the city that need street lights and some that don’t,” she said. “We need to take a look at the whole city and come up with a plan. We also have to improve and upgrade Loxahatchee Road.”
Election day was a lot of fun, said Hunschofsky, who will succeed Jared Moskowitz who resigned to successfully run for state representative. “I had a nice group of supporters,” she said. “I worked very hard, and ran a professional and organized campaign. The election result is nice and humbling.
“We have so many nice and caring people in the city,” she added. “There are a lot of people who care about the city. I will do my best for them.”
Hunschofsky knows the hard work is yet to begin. “I look forward to it,” she said. “Right now, my focus is on getting ready for the city’s strategic planning session. They are going to make it a little more comprehensive this year.
“The general impression I got during the campaign is that people are generally happy with the city,” she said. “It is not that there aren’t any issues, but there isn’t anything with an emergency status.”
Hunschofsky, who is new to politics, plans to be readily accessible to people in the community. “I welcome feedback from residents,” she said. “We learn about many things from residents; I want them to tell me what is going on. I will be doing a lot of research; I love looking at all sides of an issue.”
With Stacy Kagan being elected unopposed to District 1, Parkland will have two women on the dais for the first time in many years. Hunschofsky, however, doesn’t look at it that way.
“I have been an active volunteer in the community,” she said. “Stacy is a businesswoman. Having two people that come from different perspectives will obviously make a difference. Our backgrounds are different from those who are already on the commission.”
Hunschofsky, who is married and has two children, is a former member of the city’s Education Advisory Board. Robeson, whom she defeated, is the chairperson of the board.