LGBT advocate launching school board write-in campaign

Combating bullying and building equality top candidate's agenda

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Mike Schwarzott is taking on the difficult task of a write-in campaign for Charleston County School Board. Schwarzott is hoping to fill an open seat to represent North Charleston — though board members are elected countywide. Cindy Bohn Coats is running unopposed for the seat on Tuesday's ballot.

Schwarzott is an active member of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, a local nonprofit advocates on gay issue, including an annual media campaign and ongoing meetings, workshops, and forums. He's likely best recognized as a tireless volunteer and organizer for AFFA's shoebox drive for active military.

If elected, Schwarzott hopes to be an advocate for students harassed or buillied and to provide a voice for diversity and equality in the school system.

"Equality also means schools that are fit to teach and learn in, offer fair minded education, neither endorsing nor opposing any group or thoughts in lesson plans," Schwarzott posted recently in a letter to supporters and friends on Facebook.

He supports charter schools and opposes private school vouchers. He'll support the 1 cent sales tax increase to pay for the district's capital project, seeing it as a better option than a property tax increase.

Schwarzott has builta Facebook page with his biography and info on the campaign.

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