Charleston County school board trustee Chris Collins is hoping to influence voters ahead of Tuesday's school board election.
Eleven total candidates are running for four open seats in the East Cooper (two seats), North Area and West Ashley board districts. Charleston County voters will be able to vote for all four seats, regardless of the area they live in.
- East Cooper candidates include Kate Darby (I), Joyce Green, Sarah Shad Johnson and Jake Rambo.
- North Area candidates are Cindy Bohn Coats (I), Linda Mosley Lucas and Vivian Sheppard Pettigrew.
- Wesst Ashley candidates are Francis M. Beylotte III, Herbert Fielding, Eric Mack (I) and Paul Padron.
All three incumbents recently were endorsed by a local political action organization, called Charleston Coalition for Kids.
Collins in an interview with Quintin's Close-Ups, said the Coalition for Kids candidates would be bad picks for Charleston County, particularly regarding school choice.
"My concern is that the will of the Coalition candidates is not the will of the people, and does not meet the needs of our children, and our children are not going to prosper under these Coalition candidates," Collins saiid. "A vote for Cindy Coats, Kate Darby and Eric Mack in this case is a vote basically to close our Title I schools, our low performing schools and schools in minority areas, or to place them under a different type of management."
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Quintin Washington is the host and executive producer of Quintin's Close-Ups™: 1-on-1 interview profiles of popular Charlestonians and other noteworthy figures.