Along with the support of community members, Southworth added his name to the ballot for the District 2 representative position on the school board.
"On a personal level, I feel that education is vital to the success within our society to support one's self. The level of education that a person attains is second only to how effective the person puts the level of education into practice," Southworth told The Brazil Times in an e-mail.
Southworth graduated from Clay City High School in 1973, and immediately went on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. He served with the Marines until his honorable discharge in 1985.
Now retired, Southworth worked in the trucking industry as a mechanic and driver, as well as a mechanical and plumbing contractor until a disability forced him out of the labor force.
"If elected, I bring to the school board the leadership skills that I learned as a Marine, a diverse career history that allows me to look at problems from many sides, a desire to 'accomplish the mission while taking care of my people,' and the inclination to try to do the right thing the right way, so as to not lose time having to repeat the operation," Southworth said. "I see everyone that attends or pays for these schools as a customer of the corporation who depends on the corporation to deliver a high quality product at a reasonable cost."