“I was persuaded by constituents in the Chalker community when they heard that Angelucci was vacating that post, they asked me to step forward and do it, and it took me about three weeks to decide whether I was going to do it because I’d never run for political office, and then after I thought about it I said, ‘Yeah, I can do it,’” Scott said. “I was inspired by the community.”
Scott, a 61-year-old divorcee with no children, spent a career with the Cobb School District, serving as principal of Rocky Mount, Birney and Chalker elementary schools.
He served one year as principal of the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy in 2009 before working as a behavioral management consultant.
Scott, who holds a doctorate in education from Birmingham’s Samford University, is the only candidate to sign up for the Post 4 school board seat so far.
He said former Cobb school board members John Abraham and Laura Searcy have endorsed his campaign.
As for whether Abraham and Searcy will actively work to get him elected, “If they don’t do it directly, they’ll be behind the scenes,” he said.
The Cobb Board of Education is a partisan office. On the political spectrum, Scott describes himself as a moderate Republican.
“I’m a moderate, without a doubt,” he said.
He also described himself as a “visionary” who wants to ensure Cobb County remains in the forefront of all standards of measurement in Georgia.
“That’s what motivates me because when I came to Cobb County in the ’80s, I just remember that it was always thought of as one of the premier districts in the state of Georgia, and I think we’ve somehow lost that competitive edge due to some surrounding school districts, and I think we can be on top on any standard of measurement once again,” he said.
With Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s announced resignation, the school board is looking for a replacement. Scott believes the board should hire from within the system rather than conduct a national search.
“I’m not sure that an outsider can help put things together as quickly as they need to be put back together,” he said. “I do know some good people that are currently in the system or recently left the system that could come back in and start to put things together, because they know the people, they’ve been exposed to the people, they know the importance of PTA, they know the importance of parent involvement and they don’t have to get to know that, they can just start doing the job.”
Cobb school board member Scott Sweeney of east Cobb decided to run for another term, qualifying Tuesday. Republican Kevin Nicholas, director with PGi, a global video and audio technology company, who has three children in the school district, qualified for the seat held by Sweeney on Monday.
Cobb school board member Tim Stultz, who represents the Smyrna area, also qualified with the Cobb GOP for another term.
Republican Michael Opitz, head of the Madison Forum, qualified for the seat held by Commissioner JoAnn Birrell.
Birrell and Joseph Pond, founder of the Backyard Chicken Alliance of Cobb County, qualified Monday.
Parsons, Wilkerson, Thompson get
Down at the state Capitol, Kennesaw businessman Steven Fellows signed up to challenge state Rep. Don Parsons (R-northcentral Cobb). Fellows, 32, is the former executive director of the Fulton County Republican Party, who now runs a small business out of his home offering customer service and support.
Fellows and his wife, Renee, have an 11-year-old son whom they homeschool.
Fellows said he voted for Ron Paul in the last presidential primary.
One of his campaign pledges is that he will not serve more than four consecutive terms.
“I do believe in term limits, and whenever we talk about politics, I believe it’s healthy to have turnover and to have new, fresh ideas come in,” Fellows said. “Don’s been a Republican representative for a very long time. I respect that. I appreciate his willingness to serve, but I feel like after talking with friends and family and people and constituents in the 44th that they feel a little underrepresented and that they’re ready for their conservative principles to be represented down at the Capitol, and that’s what I’m hoping to go down there and do.”
State Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell) also picked up a challenger in Democrat Connie Taylor of Powder Springs. Taylor, a grant writer and real estate broker, lost to Lisa Cupid in the 2012 race for the District 4 seat on the Cobb Board of Commissioners.
State Sen. Steve Thompson (D-Marietta) is being challenged by Michael Rhett of Marietta. Rhett, who serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is a trustee for Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, lost to Cupid in the 2012 race as well.
At the federal level, state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), Larry Mrozinski of Woodstock, a retired U.S. Army colonel, and business owner Allan Levene of Kennesaw qualified Tuesday for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta). They join a crowded field that includes former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), former Congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna and Tricia Pridemore of Marietta, former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development.