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Recent Stoneman Douglas graduate files for Parkland commission seat

Recent Stoneman Douglas graduate files for Parkland commission seat
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High senior Diego Pfeiffer, far right, speaks to a crowd of supporters and media in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Pfeiffer, 18, graduated in June and is running for a seat on the Parkland City Commission. (Gerald Herbert / AP)

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High graduate has qualified to run for the Parkland city commission.

Diego Pfeiffer, who has lobbied lawmakers in Tallahassee for gun reform, plans to attend the University of Miami in the fall as a freshman, after participating in a March for Our Lives’ Road to Change bus tour.

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Pfeiffer, 18, graduated earlier this month. On the day of the massacre, he was in the drama room, not in the 1200 building where the shooting occurred.

“The city needs somebody to be that voice for the kids,” he said. “We are a youthful city and my hope is to represent those kids.”

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Pfeiffer is vying against political newcomer Richard Walker for the District 2 seat left open by Grace Solomon.

Walker, who owns Bergen Sign Company in Pompano Beach, said he’s a father of five who wants to become more involved in his city.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said.

Two incumbents will automatically keep their seats: Mayor Christine Hunschofsky and District 1 Commissioner Stacy Kagan were re-elected without opposition.

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