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GREEN COVE SPRING, Fla. -- The primary election is a week away on the First Coast and in Clay County the school superintendent went on line asking friends to support a school board candidate.

Superintendent Charles Van Zant is no stranger to controversy since being elected nearly two years ago. Earlier this week on Facebook he asked his friends to put school board candidate Betsy Condon as their photo cover.

"I am not a social media expert whatsoever. What I do on that (Facebook) is basically my business," was Van Zant's response to criticism he crossed the reaching out to his friends on social media.

Van Zant says he recently removed political signs from the front yard of his home to visually distance himself from upcoming election.

"You know again I am the superintendent of the public school system. Politically I stand ready to work with whoever the voters put forward. It is unfortunate the little bit of strife we have had that only occurs in school board meetings," said Van Zant from his office.

Clay County voters have three school board seats on the August 26 ballot. The current board is currently suing the county commission to get on the November ballot a measure to poll voters on whether they want an elected or appointed superintendent.

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