The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 6, 2013

State school board member announces re-election bid

Hunter to run for state school board in '14

By Kim West
kwest@athensnews-courier.com

— A campaign kickoff for the incumbent District 8 state Board of Education representative has been set for November.

Republican Mary Scott Hunter of Huntsville, whose district includes Limestone and Madison counties, announced Wednesday that her re-election campaign is leading off with a fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

The campaign kickoff venue is the Lumberyard in downtown Huntsville, with host and business sponsorships available until Oct. 23. For more information, contact Mona Miller at mona.n.millerr@gmail.com.

CCRS issue

Hunter has received criticism from her own party for her staunch support for the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, with the Madison County Republican Executive Committee voting 25-12 in August to censure the 140-member state Legislature and Hunter for failing to repeal the standards.

Hunter said the state’s standards are necessary and require continuing explanation to the public and legislators to communicate the objectives of CCRS.

“The censure is a symptom of a larger problem in our Republican Party,” said Hunter in a previous interview with The News Courier. “We have a small group within our party that seeks to control the message and narrow the party's appeal to independent voters. The wedge issue they chose to make their battleground is the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.

”I've listened to all sides, and I encourage those who may have concerns about the standards to go to the Alabama Department of Education's website and read through them. Our current standards are more rigorous than our previous standards, and that's good.”

Candidate background

This summer Hunter considered running against popular Republican Gov. Robert Bentley, who has already announced he would run for a second term. Instead, she has opted to seek her second term on the state school board after first being elected in November 2010.

Her area of focus for the state school board is the continuing progression of workforce development, career technical education and STEM, or the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Hunter, an Air Force veteran, attorney and business owner, is married to Alabama Air National Guard Lt. Col. Jon Schultz, a fighter pilot and contract engineer for NASA. They have two sons and one daughter that attend public schools.

The Republican primary will be held in June 2014, with the general election in November 2014.