Among the e-mails awaiting me upon my return today was this one:
You know me from my writing and
protesting about the Confederate flag: I write the blog takedowntheflag. Some of you
also know me as an active volunteer for Barack Obama and for Anton
I’m writing to tell you that I’m
running for the vacant seat on the Richland Two School Board. There are nine
candidates, and whoever gets the most votes gets elected (no runoff). The
election is on Tuesday, Jan 20, and in-person absentee voting is
going on now. One of the major tasks of the school board will be the oversight
of the building of new schools. The voters passed a $306 million bond
referendum for new schools in November.
In Richland District Two, we need to
- build new,
well-designed schools to accommodate the amazing growth in our
- provide more technology
for students and more ways for students to be engaged in both curricular and
- develop strategies to
address No Child Left Behind and Act 388 so that we’re serving all students,
teachers, parents, and everyone in our community.
I'm a public school teacher, and I
have a PhD in engineering from Northwestern University. I teach math in Sumter
(we have a carpool); my sister Tracy teaches math in Hilton Head; my sister
Kelly teaches math in Atlanta; and my brother Kevin also teaches math in
Atlanta. My wife Amy and I have two children. Our son Aidan is 6 years old and
is a first-grader at Polo Road Elementary School (we like the Spanish program
there). Our daughter Kate is 2½, and we plan to enroll her in one of Richland
Two’s child development programs this fall.
What I’m saying is: I'm a public
school teacher and a well-qualified candidate. I've got a huge amount of
interest in the position, and I will do an awesome job. Please check out the
attached flyer “A Step Ahead” and my candidate website for more information
about me and about the issues. Also, I invite you to the Candidate Forum on
Tuesday, Jan 6 at 6pm in the District Auditorium at Richland Northeast High
School. Please spread the word about my candidacy to any voters you know in
Richland Two. I could use all the help I can get between now and Jan 20!
Maybe Doug Ross could offer him some advice, having also run for that board, if I recall…
By the way, here's the attachment
to which Michael referred.