Rosalind Osgood wins Primary Election for Broward’s SD 33
Ballot box: Tuesday is showtime for Rosalind Osgood. Image via Facebook.

Rosalind Osgood
The Governor's election scheduling will likely keep a Senator from SD 33 from casting a single vote this Session.

Former School Board Chairwoman Rosalind Osgood has won the Special Democratic Primary in Broward County’s Senate District 33, as she looks to succeed a Senator who resigned to run for Congress.

Osgood defeated longtime community activist Terri Ann Williams Edden. Unofficial results showed Osgood won 75% of the votes counted Tuesday night.

“I’m humbled that the community trusted me with their vote again,” Osgood said by text. “It is an honor to be chosen as the Democratic nominee for Senate District 33. I’m looking forward to being a champion for Broward County in Tallahassee.”

Turnout amounted to 13.6% of the registered Democrats in the district. Osgood won 20,727 votes to Williams Edden’s 7,065 votes.

Osgood still must face a General Election, though she will be the favorite. But it’s likely she won’t cast a single vote in the Session now underway. That’s because Osgood won’t face Republican Joseph Carter in the Special General Election until March 8 — three days before Session ends.

The scenario is a result of the ripple effect caused when U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings died in office last April. Sen. Perry Thurston Jr. resigned his seat in July to run for Hastings’ seat. But Gov. Ron DeSantis did not call a Special Election to fill the seat until 93 days after Thurston announced his irrevocable resignation.

Osgood will also have to vie for re-election in November, as all state lawmakers must because of the decennial redistricting process

Osgood, of Fort Lauderdale — and an associate pastor at New Mount Olive Baptist Church — has served for nine years as a member of the Broward School Board. As its most recent chairwoman, she was the face of the district when the School Board became the first in the state to defy DeSantis and voted to require students to wear face masks in school to mitigate the COVID-19 spread.

Osgood drew broader community support, raising $84,176 to the $7,850 that Williams Edden has collected. Osgood also won the endorsement of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel editorial board.
The Senate District 33 for now, covers parts of Margate, Pompano Beach, Tamarac, North Lauderdale, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Oakland Park, Plantation and parts of Fort Lauderdale. That will likely change when boundaries are redrawn this Session.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


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