Barbara Muhammad Sharief has made two firsts.  She is the first African-American, and the first Muslim, elected as the new county mayor for Broward County, Florida – the second most populous county in the State.  A Republican-turned-Democrat says she will use her position to help small business.

Sharief has more than 16 years of experience in healthcare with a record of turning around struggling businesses.  She currently runs South Florida Pediatric Homecare, Inc.  She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Degree from Florida International University and was one of the youngest people to have passed the Registered Nurse board exam in Florida.

Sharief grew up in Miami.  One of eight children, her family struggled after her father was killed in robbery.  She and her siblings were forced to work at an early age, and still struggling with some nights when the family didn't have food to eat.  Now a mother of five, Sharief runs her own elderly homecare business.  The business has bit in bit of trouble, facing two lawsuits.  Sharief has explained that both cases are not owing to any wrongdoing.

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