Columbia School Board Member Starts BEARD PAC

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COLUMBIA - A Columbia School Board member founded a new political action committee early this month.

Jonathan Session is the co-founder of the Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy, referred to as BEARD PAC.

BEARD PAC thinks individuals dedicated enough to grow and maintain a quality beard are the kind that would show dedication in office.

Sessions said, "With the resurgence of beards in popular culture and among today's younger generation, we believe the time is now to bring facial hair back into politics."

"It's been 125 years since our last bearded President, Benjamin Harrison, was elected," said the PAC's communications director Andy Shapero. That was in the late 1800s.

BEARD PAC is non-partisan and plans to support candidates in all areas of government sporting facial hair.  The political affiliation is irrelevant.  The PAC is looking for candidates that support growth.

There are some rules as to what constitutes facial hair.  Mustaches, soul patches and weekend beards do not count as beards.  Goatees are acceptable if the PAC feels the candidate is right for the position.

BEARD PAC says that it does support women in politics. The group says the low number of women in Congress is not representative of the nation.  However, the funding BEARD PAC receives is at this time going to go only to candidates with beards.

For more information, or to donate to BEARD PAC, visit them online, on Facebook, or on Twitter.