Thursday, January 2, 2020

Open Request to School Board

This is an open request to the Richland 2 School Board to explain to the public why you consider Amelia McKie and Teresa Holmes to be legitimate members of the school board.

McKie and Holmes violated State law by taking the oath of office before filing their Statement of Economic Interests Reports (SEI) with the South Carolina Ethics Commission. (S.C. Code of Laws 8-13-1110(A))

Each took the oath of office on November 13, 2018. But they took the oath illegally on that date.

On November 13, 2018, each was "qualified" to be a board member (having been elected on November 6), but neither was eligible to take the oath of office.

Each filed her SEI on December 4, 2018.

Neither has taken the oath of office since December 4, 2018.

State law requires that the oath be taken before assuming office. Most certainly, this means taken legally. (S.C. Code of Laws 8-3-10)

Please explain to the public exactly what "interpretations" of law on which you are relying, when you allow McKie and Holmes to act as board members and to hold an Officer position on the board.

Please explain why McKie and Holmes are not usurping public office. (S.C. Code of Laws 15-63-60)