COLUMBIA — Rex Cone has declared his candidacy for the April 3 Columbia School Board election.
He is the second person to file for the two spots that will be open this year. Incumbent Christine King declared her candidacy earlier.
Cone said he had no compelling reason to challenge an incumbent but has considered a spot on the board for years. Since current board member, Michelle Pruitt, won't be seeking re-election, he decided to run.
"I have two students in school, a fifth-grader and a seventh-grader," Cone said. "So I have an interest in the future of Columbia and its growing community."
The first-time candidate has hopes for the city he plans to grow old in.
"I want smart people living around me when I'm elderly," Cone said.
He said he wants to participate now more than ever with the challenges of new buildings and the elimination of trailers.
"Someone has to be willing to make decisions," he said. "The board's job is to lay the track when the train is coming."
Most of all, Cone said he cares about the children. He considers the classroom trailers a temporary fix, and would like to see them gone.
"We all wanna do good don't we?" he said.
The deadline for candidates to file for the April election is 5 p.m. Tuesday.