David Brokamp is seeking the District 1 seat on the Lee County Board of Education. (Staff Photo: Danny Carter)
LEESBURG — David Brokamp of Lee County is a political novice, having never offered himself for political office. So, why did he decide to seek the District 1 spot on the Lee County Board of Education?
Credit it to his self-described servant’s heart. Brokamp, 41, said his servant’s heart is being developed through activities with his church — Sherwood Baptist Church — and he hopes to expand that role to Lee County’s schools.
Brokamp said his three children are his motivation to make schools in Lee County better. He and his wife, Starla, have an 11-year-old son and twin 9-year-old girls who attend Lee public schools. Starla is president of the Parent Teacher Organization at Lee Elementary.
“I think those three are perfect examples,” Brokamp said when asked about his motivation. “We are all involved in the school system, and the system has been excellent. People actually move to the county because of the school system.”
Brokamp said one of his daughters is a special-needs student, while the other two children are in regular classes. That situation, Brokamp said, makes him aware of the need to have a school system that meets the needs of all students.
“I want to serve the county and make sure the school system is the best it can be for a long time, and make sure it stays one of the best assets in Lee County,” he said.
Brokamp is seeking the spot previously held by Dr. Robert Clay, who is stepping down. Also running for the board seat is Bob Usry. The nonpartisan contest will be decided in the May 20 primary elections.
Brokamp has lived in Lee County since 2000. He is vice president of engineering for Sumter Electric Membership Corp. (EMC). He has a degree in electrical engineering technology from Georgia Southern University.
Brokamp says he does not have a specific agenda or a “to do” list if elected.
“It’s kind of difficult, not being involved in the decision making and knowing all the ins and outs,” Brokamp said. “You have to be careful not to jump to assumptions, but I do see making some improvements and adding more technology in the schools. That is just where things are going. I can also help with the financial side and business side to make sure we get the most for our money.”
The School Board race is nonpartisan, but Brokamp describes himself as a conservative.
Brokamp said he has no opinion on the bond issue to spend $11.75 million mostly to improve athletic facilities at Lee County High School because of its move to Class AAAAAA, the top level in the state.
“I do not have an agenda. … I just wanted to contribute because of my kids,” he said.