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Gathers seeks school board seat

Port St. Joe resident Charles Gathers has announced his intentions to seek election in the fall to the District 4 school board seat for the Gulf County Schools.

As it stands now, Gathers, 62, of 118 Liberty Street, will be facing off in nonpartisan election against incumbent Marvin Davis, 69, of 324 Avenue B, and challengers Equillar Gainer, 44, of 115 Liberty Street, and Heather Jones, 54, of 214 Gautier Memorial Lane.

The candidate who receives the most votes in the Nov. 5 contest will emerge as the winner.

The following is an announcement statement provided by the Gathers campaign:

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce Charles Gathers, a man of remarkable dedication and passion. Charles brings with him a wealth of experience, having served as a corrections officer at the Bay County Jail and as a beloved local pastor here in Gulf County. His heart beats for youth development and community empowerment, reflected in his 40 years of tireless service in these areas.

Charles’s love for sports, especially softball, is matched only by his love for education and his alma mater, Port St. Joe High School, where he graduated in 1980. He is not only a devoted husband of 20 years to his wife Sharlett but also a proud father to two beautiful daughters, Alexis and Jazmine, who are both shining stars at Port St. Joe High.

His impact extends beyond the family circle; for 25 years, Charles served as the recreational director for the city of Port St. Joe, leaving an indelible mark on countless young lives. His involvement in advisory boards and community initiatives underscores his unwavering commitment to education and positive change.

Charles’s academic prowess is equally impressive, holding two doctorate degrees in counseling and theology. As a candidate for the District 4 School Board seat, Charles is a beacon of hope, dedicated to crafting realistic policies, fostering academic excellence, and ensuring every student’s success.

But beyond his credentials, it’s Charles’ warm demeanor, genuine care, and boundless passion that truly set him apart. He embodies the spirit of service and the belief in shaping a brighter future for our youth and our community. Please join me in welcoming Charles Gathers, a leader with a heart as big as his vision.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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