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?