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Former porn star runs for Florida school board

Former Porn Star Runs For Florida School Board

A former pornstar,known as Dave Pounder, is pounding on doors to get the necessary votes to be elected onto a local school board.

38-year-old David Mech, who is better known for his adult film resume, is causing a bit of a controversy in Palm Beach County, Florida, where he is running for a seat on the school board. Since leaving porn, Mech, who has two doctorate degrees, has been running a math tutoring service and he believes he can make a difference to the community. He is running on a platform that improving technology, keeping religion out of the classroom, and reforming sex education.

It's his sex ed reform that may be the most radical. He says that if Palm Beach County residents don't believe that high school students should have access to free condoms to reduce teen pregnancy, then they shouldn't vote for him.

To his critics who bash Mech as a role model, he argues that his past makes him no worse than a teacher who smokes, or an educator who doesn't eat properly. In an interview with NBC Miami, he said, ""Look at my background. I'm completely non-violent. I have perfect credit. I own property. I pay taxes. I am a business owner. I employee people. I volunteer at the animal shelter. I've taught math at college. What more do you want than people trying to socially sanction me for lawful conduct that doesn't hurt anybody?"

At the same time as running for a seat on the school board, Mech is also suing the school for discrimination. The same school board ordered the removal of signs advertising Mech as a math tutor after they learned of his porn star past.

The Palm Beach County school board election is to be held August 26th.

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Deborah June 19 2014 at 10:50 AM

Just because he is intelliegent to get adcedemic degrees doesn
t make him morally suitable for children to be exposed to.

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Jennifer June 19 2014 at 10:49 AM

Very judgmental comments. So you folks have never had sex before and I'll bet you've never had sex out of wedlock then either? Oh, and I'll be you've never done anything questionable your whole lives. It's a legal profession. I am so sick of people judging others when I'm certain they aren't perfect, since no one is....I hope the guy wins!

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maggiemoe1950 June 19 2014 at 11:24 AM

Isn't this what PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS WANT : keeping religion out of the classroom, and reforming sex education. He believes that high school students should have access to free condoms.
And you wonder why AMERICA is falling apart. He argues that his past makes him no worse than a teacher who smokes, or an educator who doesn't eat properly. I guess IF YOU believe having SEX out of marrage is not a SIN then He would be right.

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Karissa June 19 2014 at 12:44 PM

I have made mistakes, and done stupid things. Some were highly illegal but VERY profitable (not the sex industry and not going to say exactly what here). I matured. I grew, and I put that life behind me to make a life with my family. I highly regret the mistakes of my past, and my poor decisions that I made at that time in my life. I could go on all day as to WHY they, at that time, seemed the right and only choices - but the truth is I HAD choices and made the wrong ones. The difference is, my mistakes were not caught on film to be viewed by the very same self-righteous people that are now degrading the man for his choices.

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Porn would not be so profitable if people did not pay for it. The man has gone on to volunteer in his community, employ people in a NON porn related field in a time where jobs are scarce, AND he is trying to give back. He is getting spit on for his efforts. Interesting.

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nedsabbagh June 19 2014 at 10:43 AM

That's America, Land of the free and home of the Brave as long as you agree to my actions, other than that not so free or brave.

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d1anaw nedsabbagh June 19 2014 at 11:15 AM

Yeah you can do anything that is legal. And you can also accept that there are consquences for your choices. And I don't have to choose to allow you to have access to the educational process if you are a porn star. See how that works?

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Burr nedsabbagh June 19 2014 at 5:17 PM

And shame on us for having a moral bottom line you're saying? Really?

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RepublicofTex June 19 2014 at 2:09 PM

No, no one is perfect. You have the right to live your life, morally bankrupt or not, as you see fit. However, when you are asking to become one who determines how and what my child will be taught in school I WILL judge your character. I don't really care if you like it or not.

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avl14 June 19 2014 at 1:45 PM

so all the millions of people with nude photos/videos on the net should be limited to what job they apply for huh...ok well gonna be one hell of an unemployment rate if this takes off.

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otherstuff55 avl14 June 19 2014 at 10:01 PM

People on the net that post nude photos/tapes only show their immaturity and lack of personal boundaries. If you have any self respect, you will keep personal things private. Any person who runs for a public office needs to be accountable for the choices they have made in their life. Once you put it on the net, it is out there forever. Employers look at your internet stuff before they hire now. Even if it was in the past, I have heard any comments from him that he regrets his choice or that the children he would be influencing should make better choices. He openly promoting condoms and that promotes sex. Schools should be promoting this. Do you have children? Would want him tutoring and influencing your daughters? Do you think he had any respect for the women in the films he made? Do you think anybody has any respect for the women in the films he made? This is not someone who should be making decisions about how children are educated.

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orion15stars otherstuff55 June 19 2014 at 10:53 PM

While they are in office they need to hold themselves to a standard of integrity. How many politicians ever do that? Other than that, everyone needs to able to legally live their lives as they please. The board of education isn't a classroom full of students. They determine the schools policies and are obligated to ensure that all state and federal academic standards are in compliance.

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Miharu Shimizu otherstuff55 June 19 2014 at 10:59 PM

Openly promoting the use of condoms is NOT promoting having sex!!! It is promoting the idea that you need to be safe if you do have sex!!!

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Kate June 19 2014 at 12:52 PM

He's right about what he says about himself. He's completely law abiding, and teen pregnancy is an enormous problem.

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Chip Kate June 19 2014 at 9:36 PM

Legal doesn't necessarily mean moral, and doesn't necessarily mean fit to serve on a school board.

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orion15stars Chip June 19 2014 at 10:56 PM

The US secular. All that matters is secular law and people abide by that. Everything else is personal according to their own subjectively set moral standards, and that means people do not have any legal right to force their subjective brand of morality on anyone else.

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avl14 June 19 2014 at 1:36 PM

one day someone is gonna give me a real reason why/how porn is legal prostitute illegal......Guess prostitutes need to put a camera in the hotel to make it legal.

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PERFORATOR June 19 2014 at 1:15 PM

This guy could hardly do worse than the people that make some of the nutty school board policies that we've seen lately!

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