Saturday, August 2, 2014
The first two filers for the November school board election are conservative nonincumbents seeking to challenge the current board members.
Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8 are up for election this year. Deadline to file is Aug. 15. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
When filing opened at noon Aug. 1, volunteer arbitrator for 9th Judicial Circuit juvenile arbitration Jeff Reuer and business defense lawyer Mac McQuillin were the first to file for District 4 and District 2, respectively. It’s the first time seeking office for either candidate.
The incumbents are Douglas Cooper for District 2, Shannon Lee for District 4, Sheldon Etheridge for District 6, and Frank Wright for District 8.
Lee is the first to file among the incumbents. No other have filed as of deadline for this story. She filed about an hour after her challenger, Reuer.
Reuer has attended school board meetings regularly since Fall 2009.
“I’ve seen this board not listen to parents and to citizens. They say they want community involvement but they don’t work with them,” Reuer said after filing. He pointed to the recent board decision to discourage parent volunteer coaches working with their own child. “The room was packed with citizens in opposition to this resolution.”
McQuillin said his 5-month-old son has sparked his interest in serving on the school board. He also wants to see more representation for the Daniel Island community and smarter spending.
“It’s not that we need more money. It’s that we need to focus our efforts,” McQuillin said.