Ashley Bell Jumps Into State School Super Race

A lot of speculation was being bantered around, and he was being talked up as a potential candidate, Now, Former Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell announced today that he will be running in the Republican primary for Georgia’s next State School Superintendent. Here is his press release:

GAINESVILLE, GA (February 25, 2014) – Former Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell announced he is running as a Republican candidate for the office of Georgia State School Superintendent. He will be running on a platform of transparency and accountability in the Georgia Education system as well as educating children beyond the classroom.

Ashley has a long history with the Georgia educational system. After attending Georgia public schools, Valdosta State, and UGA, he started an educational non-profit organization and was the Chairman of several Charter school governing councils in North Georgia.

In 2004, Ashley founded a youth leadership organization at Gainesville High School called Generation Inspiration. This not for profit organization has mentored over 1,000 students and raised over $250,000 in scholarships to help underprivileged children receive an education beyond the classroom, learning things such as self reliance and fiscal responsibility. Generation Inspiration “fills the gap” between parental involvement and student achievement.

In 2008, Ashley was elected as one of the youngest Commissioner’s in Hall County history. During his time there he shrank the size of the local government 15%, wrote and passed the strongest ethics reform in county history which ended no bid contracts, and championed public/private partnerships to create efficiency of tax dollars.

He and his wife Lauren have two children currently in the Georgia public school system and are part of the church leadership at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Gainesville.

Former Commissioner Bell, remember, was the first African-American elected official in Georgia to switch from the Democratic to Republican Party back in 2010. Even though it’s a crowded field, Bell may shake things up.

What say you?


  1. grammar police says:

    It missed a comma or two and said “over” instead of “more than.” I wouldn’t consider this “riddled” with grammatical errors. Of course, it also says he was “one of the youngest Commissioner’s.” I can forgive the incorrect capitalization, but not the random apostrophe.

    Still, not as bad as Barge’s misspelling of the word “governor.”

  2. Salmo says:

    He might have been the first A-A Democrat to switch over to the GOP, but he’s the second A-A Republican to join the School Superintendent race so I’m not sure how much he’s going to shake things up in that respect. Hopefully he doesn’t drain support from Fitz and keep both of them out of the runoff.

  3. Internet Libertarian says:

    GeorgiaSchoolWatch has a picture of him speaking on C-SPAN as the President of the College Democrats of America. They go on to say Mr. Bell is nationally known for his support for John Edwards and Affirmative Action. Which team does this guy play for?

  4. gcp says:

    Have heard him numerous times on WDUN and its difficult to know where he stands on anything. In reference to Common Core he says “we can do better.” I guess that means he is against it. He became a republican because it’s easier to get elected in Hall as a republican but then lost reelection as a republican county commissioner. Bell is a candidate in search of an office but given the history of the school superintendent office; one commissioner went to prison, Cox declared bankruptcy then resigned and now Barge wants to be governor…evidently the standards are not very high.

  5. slyram says:

    Let’s see…Nathan Deal switched parties and later a guy named Predue did the same. I think Bell was being groomed to be a member of Congress but the old boys network wasn’t hearing that. “Put in your time in the state house first.”

    If my memory serves me right, he was a Bishop intern back in the day. I thought he should put roots down in Valdosta and grew from there.

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