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Former porn star running for Palm Beach County school board

June 17, 2014

By Jason Schultz, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.



June 17--A school board member who became famous earlier this year for asking whether the school district should tell parents how to dress on campus now has an opponent in her race for re-election who is best known for taking his clothes off.

David Benoit Mech, 38, of Boca Raton, qualified Monday to run against incumbent Karen Brill for the Palm Beach County School Board District 3 seat in the Aug. 26 primary.

"I am running for the Palm Beach County School Board (District 3) to bring about fundamental change in areas where the current board is deficient. Once again, these areas include technology, innovation, equality, sex education, and secular values," Mech said on his campaign Web site, www.mechforpbcschools.com.

Mech, who runs the Happy/Fun Math Tutor company, is better known for his former career as adult film actor Dave Pounder. In about 2010, Mech stopped performing in porn movies and started his math tutoring business but continued to own part of an adult movie production company called Dave Pounder Productions.

Last year, when parents learned of Mech's prior porn career, they complained to the school district. The district took down banners that Mech had at several schools in the Boca area to get clients for his math tutoring business. According to a letter from then General Counsel Sheryl Wood to Mech: "Given that parents within the community have already made the connection between your tutoring business and your adult entertainment business, the principals had no choice but to remove your banners."

Mech sued the school district. That lawsuit is still pending. Mech asserts in his lawsuit that Dave Pounder Productions no longer makes porn movies, instead it is producing a documentary about the psychological impact of working in adult films called "Risky Business" and a book analyzing relationships.

"A lot of people have issues with my background, but I don't," Mech said of whether his porn background would be a political liability in the race.

Mech, who has two doctorate degrees, said there was nothing illegal about his former participation in the adult film industry and he had innovative ideas to bring to the board.

"People can go to my Website and if they agree with the issues they can vote for me. If they don't, they won't vote for me," he said.

Brill, who was first elected in 2010, gained national notoriety this spring when she asked the school board to discuss whether schools should establish dress codes for parents attending events and meetings at schools. Brill appeared on national news programs even though the school board quickly discarded the idea.

Brill already has another opponent, former Franklin Academy charter school teacher John Michael Hartman.

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