Palm Beach County School Board Races: Erica Whitfield, Angelique Contreras | Wender Mind Kids

School board candidates representing District 4 (Coastal West Palm Beach and Eastern Delray Beach), from left: Angelique Contreras and incumbent Erica Whitfield.

WEST PALM BEACH — An outspoken “parental rights activist” is running to unseat a seven-year incumbent on the Palm Beach County School Board to represent the West Palm Beach shoreline and eastern Delray Beach.

Erica Whitfield, known for her support of school district leadership, meets Angelique Contreras, who has been vocal about her desire to improve both district leadership and its curriculum in favor of parental rights and align with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ policies.

The two candidates will face off in the bipartisan primaries on Tuesday, August 23.

District 4 is unique because one of the two candidates will win the majority of the vote that day and decide the race.

The qualifying period for school board elections ended on June 17th. The board members have a term of office of four years and are elected on a rotating basis.

Four districts — 3, 4, 6, and 7 — are up for election this year, and all Palm Beach County voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote in school board elections as long as they live in the district being voted on.

A graphic shows the four Palm Beach County School Board districts up for election in 2022: District 3, District 4, District 6, and District 7.

The Palm Beach Post conducted a criminal background check on every candidate for the school board, including incumbents. The Post reports on all criminal complaints filed since January 2012 and the outcome of the cases, even if they did not result in a conviction.

The candidates below are listed in alphabetical order using the names that will appear on the ballot.

A graph shows how much money Palm Beach County School Board candidates raised ahead of elementary school on Aug. 23.  Donation status is May 31, 2022.

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About Angelique Contreras

Age and place of residence: Angelique Contreras, 32, lives in unincorporated Palm Beach County south of Palm Springs.

Platform: Contreras’ key campaign priorities include codifying parental rights in education, removing “anti-American” materials from the curriculum, and equipping law enforcement officers to protect schools.