A high-ranking Columbia County Republican announced Monday his intent to run for a seat on the board of education.
County party Chairman Brian Slowinski said in a press release that he intends to run for the District 1 school board seat currently held by Wayne Bridges.
Residents of District 1 are served by Greenbrier High, Lakeside High, Greenbrier Middle, Lakeside Middle, Riverside Middle, Stallings Island Middle, Blue Ridge Elementary, River Ridge Elementary, Riverside Elementary, South Columbia Elementary and Stevens Creek Elementary schools.
Slowinski and his wife have six adopted children in the school system, according to the release.
The announcement comes at a time when Bridges might not be legally allowed to mount a re-election bid.
A year after Bridges won re-election to another four-year term on the board in 2008, state lawmakers passed an anti-nepotism law. It bans family of board of education members from serving as school administrators or on the staff of the system’s central office.
Bridges’ wife, Mary, is the assistant principal at Martinez Elementary School.
The Columbia County school board approved as a formality a nepotism policy last year that matched the state law.
However, Bridges said he believes the law doesn’t apply to him since he held office before its passage.
Still, after 12 years on the board, Bridges said he is ready to step down.
“I think new blood is good,” he said. “Too long in one position can get you a little bored and a little stale.”