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  Altman to end 10-year Statehouse stint will run for School Board
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Last EditedSC Moose  Mar 14, 2006 09:09am
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MediaNewspaper - Charleston Post and Courier
News DateTuesday, March 14, 2006 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAfter 10 years in Columbia, John Graham Altman is leaving the Statehouse in favor of the schoolhouse.

The outspoken and often controversial West Ashley lawmaker said Monday he will step down from the House District 119 seat at the end of his term. Altman said he's had enough of commuting to the capital, staying in hotels and fighting bitter partisan battles with his sworn enemies: the Democrats and the bureaucrats.

Inspired by the political return of Arthur Ravenel Jr., Altman will run for the Charleston County School Board, where he previously served for 20 years - four of those as chairman and all of them as contentious as his time in the Legislature.

"If there's ever going to be a time to improve our public schools, now is that time," Altman said. "I think the real focus needs to be on our sorry school system."
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