Following last week’s announcement from Parker Destin, current Fort Walton Beach City Councilman David Schmidt has entered the 2024 Okaloosa County School Board race as a candidate.
- Schmidt, who is in his second term as a Fort Walton Beach City Councilmember, will term out in March 2025.
Raised in the community he now raises his 5 kids in with his wife Shannon, Schmidt says he wants to be a part of shaping the current and future of the Okaloosa County School system.
“I want to continue to improve the access and opportunities to increase our technical skills for all students so our industries and community will have more skilled labor,” said Schmidt.
Schmidt began his career in education when he landed his first teaching job at Fort Walton Beach High School in 2006. He has been in educational leadership for the last 7 years, and is currently the Principal at the Okaloosa Academy Charter School in Fort Walton Beach.
- “I want to be a part of developing what the students, staff and families need to be the greatest school district in the Country,” added Schmidt.
Both Schmidt and Destin have pre-filed and will run against each other in the 2024 election.