In the last 48 hours I have received strong encouragement by friends and community leaders to consider a campaign for Chairman. I am humbled by the support of so many and today officially announce the formation of an exploratory team to consider this campaign.

I have a great passion for the children of Cherokee County along with a desire for true public service.

In the coming days I will evaluate the opportunity to serve as School Board Chair and the challenges of creating a successful campaign. In pursuing this possibility, I pledge to rebuild the relationship with state and local leaders. A relationship that has recently been tarnished by Board members interested in a personal political future as opposed to what is best for all of Cherokee County.  I also pledge to put an end to teacher furloughs and other cuts that have negatively impacted the classroom and the core student educational process.

The Cherokee County School Board Chair must always place the interests of students, parents, and teachers first - all else second.

--Danny Dukes, of Danny F. Dukes and Associates, LLC and member of 's governing board

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