Endorsements: Louis L. Smith (Dorch. 2 Sch. Bd.)
My name is Patrick Hayes.
I’m the Director of EdFirstSC.
We’re a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to give a voice to people who care about education.
I’m here today to endorse Louis L. Smith for Dorchester 2 School Board.
Louis Smith has a unique background.
He’s a successful businessman.
He’s been a manager in both the private sector and the public sector.
Louis worked with families of special needs children,
helping them overcome obstacles the rest of us can’t even imagine.
He’s been an outspoken advocate for at-risk youth.
He has deep roots in our community,
through civic and religious organizations that he’s been deeply involved with for many years.
Louis Smith was also an educator.
That experience also gives Louis a valuable perspective.
There are those who want to pit the needs of “job creators” against the needs of children.
Louis is a job-creator who understands the needs of children.
He represents the potential for a broad coalition to come together and make our schools the best they can be.
He understands that public education is a gift from one generation to the next,
and it’s a gift that benefits the entire community.
Louis L. Smith would be an asset to any organization.
It is my great pleasure to endorse him for Dorchester 2 School Board.