2 file for election to Chester County school board

Two candidates have filed to seek election to the Chester County school board seat held by Richard Hughes, who has announced he will resign for personal reasons.

The candidates are the Rev. Bill Stringfellow, who served one term in the at-large seat, and retired educator Anne Holladay Collins, according to the Chester County Voter Registration and Elections Office.

A May 24 special election is planned for a board member to serve the remainder of Hughes’ four-year term. Filing opened this week and will continue until noon March 25.

Hughes will hold the seat until after the election, officials said.

Stringfellow, 74, said he would bring stability to the board. “The real business is about the children, and the quality of the teachers we have,” he said.

Stringfellow, pastor at Boozer Chapel Baptist Church in Newberry, held the seat for one term, from 2010 to 2014, before losing it to Hughes. He said he also served 26 years in the District 5 seat.

Collins, 68, taught and worked in South Carolina public schools for 37 years, including schools in Chester County, and taught for 12 years at Winthrop University. She has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina.

“I feel like I have a lot of experience to bring to the position,” Collins said. “I understand how the system is supposed to work. I have a lot of energy and a passion for the teachers and students.”

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077