Brenda Snipes, who was the former Supervisor of Elections for Broward County has died at 83 years old.
Her daughter, Melanie Snipes Thomas, confirmed to CBS News Miami, she passed away today.
Brenda Snipes cause of death
Brenda Snipes died of an unspecified illness on November 2, 2023, in Pembroke Park, Florida.
Her daughter, Melanie Snipes Thomas, confirmed her death but didn’t state the cause. Snipes was a “loving soul and energetic. She was an amazing public servant for 55 years,” her daughter said. “Her philosophy was pouring into other people to make their lives better.”
She was survived by her husband Walter, her daughters Derrice Snipes-Hakeem and Melanie Snipes Thomas, two grandchildren, and two sons-in-law.
Who was Brenda Snipes?
Brenda Snipes was an American public official and educator who served as the Supervisor of Elections for Broward County, Florida from 2003 to 2018.
Snipes was born Brenda Calhoun Snipes in Talladega, Alabama, and majored in modern foreign languages at Talladega College.
She moved to Florida in 1964 with her husband, Walter Snipes Jr.
Snipes successfully completed her studies at Florida Atlantic University, earning a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction for adults.
Additionally, she attained a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Some of the highlights of Brenda Snipes’ career are:
She was appointed as the Supervisor of Elections for Broward County, Florida by Governor Jeb Bush in 2003, after her predecessor was removed for irregularities and fraud in the 2000 presidential election.
She had a long and distinguished career as an educator in Broward County, starting as a teacher in 1964 and retiring as a principal in 2003.
She had a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
She faced criticism and controversy for several issues in the handling of ballots and elections, such as uncounted ballots, destroyed ballots, and recount problems.
She resigned in 2018 after a legal dispute with Governor Rick Scott, who had suspended her for alleged malfeasance.
How did Brenda Snipes die?
Brenda Snipes died of an unspecified illness on November 2, 2023, at the age of 80.
She was remembered as a trailblazer and a mentor by many who knew her.