Friday, July 15, 2016

Charleston County School Board Candidates for November

Five seats on the Charleston County School Board are up for election this coming November. As of this week, 12 candidates, including three incumbents have filed the petitions necessary to run. Those numbers mean that at least two new members will grace the Board after November.

If you had to list qualifications for effective CCSD Board members, what would be on your list? Aside from getting signatures from voters, virtually anyone can run who resides in the proper constituent district.

According to the reporter, 
The following people collected 500 signatures to run for a single seat representing the downtown Charleston peninsula:
Todd Garrett (incumbent) 
Tony E. Lewis: Lewis serves as chair of the downtown Constituent District 20 School Board.
The following people are contending for two North Area seats on the board:
Rev. Chris Collins (incumbent) 
Andrea Bailey Erb, Russ Patterson: Erb and Patterson ran unsuccessfully for North Charleston City Council in 2015 and 2011, respectively. 
Kevin Hollinshead:Hollinshead previously served as chairman of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.
Aaron G. Rosendary:Rosendary recently moved to North Charleston from Berkeley County and has a child attending a local school. 
Louis L. Smith Smith has run for the Dorchester District 2 School Board several times while protesting what he calls discriminatory practices. He said he recently moved to North Charleston.
The following people are contending for two West Ashley seats: 
Michael Miller (incumbent)
Priscilla JefferyJeffery is a retired teacher and member of the local education activist group Quality Education Project. 
Gary LeonardLeonard is a retired educator who worked for 31 years in K-12 education and four years in higher education. 
Rodney L. LewisLewis is a member of West Ashley’s Constituent District 10 School Board.
Two school board incumbents, Tom Ducker and Tripp Wiles, did not appear on the list. 

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