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They say age is just a number, but at 27, Antjuan Seawright just might be the youngest candidate to ever run for the Richland One School Board.

"Understood some real challenges that we face here in Richland One," said Seawright. "So instead of being part of the problem, I wanted to be a part of the solution."

Seawright heads up Sunrise Communications by day, serves on a number of boards like Sistercare, and says even though he may not have any kids, he understands the issues.

"The school board more or less implements what's done at the state level, and that's so important to know what a school board member does," said Seawright.

Just three years his senior is 30-year-old Moryah Jackson. She's a mother, a Columbia College graduate, and would like to someday be the president of a university.

"This is deeply personal for me," said Jackson. "I'm a first-generation college student. I was able to break the cycle of poverty in my family in one generation. This is what I want to do."

Vince Ford has been on the school board now for twenty years, and says it isn't about age, but experience. He's a product of the Richland One School District and vice president of Palmetto Health.

"I'm running for the opportunity to serve my community -- a community I was born in and raised in, a community that I live in, and I plan to be here the rest of my life," said Ford.

A hip injury has prevented Barbara Scott from campaigning as much as she would like. She served on the school board from 1974 to 1983 and then was re-elected in 2008. She says she is still very much in touch with issues facing the rich land one school district.

"I read to a lot of classes and talk to a lot of parents and you really hear of your issues from parents and children," said Scott.

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