Former Charleston County School Board member files lawsuit over “disparaging ads”

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Former Charleston County School Board member Kevin Hollinshead has filed a lawsuit against Thomas Josh Bell, the Charleston Coalition for Kids, and Teach for America in response to “radio and television ads disparaging the character of Hollinshead” prior to last year’s November elections.

Hollinshead alleges that the Charleston Coalition for Kids is “a dark money group of wealthy business people” and that the group “interjected its influence into the local school board race in order to sway the outcome of the election in their favor.”

Those behind the lawsuit say that the “barrage” of negative ads depicting Hollinshead resulted in him losing his North Charleston seat. They added that “it’s no coincidence that an African American candidate who was a Teach for America staffer and supported by the Charleston Coalition for Kids was elected to fill one of the seats representing North Charleston.”

According to a press release, the lawsuit “summarily [calls] out the Charleston Coalition for Kids and Teach for America for their inappropriate negative advertisements, their hidden agenda, and the lack of respect or regard for the intelligence of the African American residents in Charleston County.”

Pastor Thomas Dixon and Community Advocate Abe Jenkins Jr. are calling for all Charleston County educators, parents, elected officials, concerned citizens and residents to stand up against third party operators during a press conference.

They will gather for the press conference in front of the Teach for America office Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Charleston Coalition for Kids sent News 2 a statement regarding the lawsuit saying: “We do not publicly comment on pending legal matters. We continue to believe that the public has the right to know about those seeking elected office.”

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