Alabama State Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter is changing her political plans. In June, Hunter announced she planned to run for Lt. Governor of Alabama, on Friday she announced that she’sdecided to run for the Alabama State Senate instead.
Hunter is running for District 7, which is being being vacated by Senator Paul Sanford and is entirely in Madison County.
“The people of my district know me as a fighter, as a wife, a mom of three children who attend public school, and a woman of faith,” Hunter said in a news release “They have seen me tested and know the quality of my character. I love this state, and I love the place I call home, Madison County, Alabama. I’ve decided to enter the race for Senate District 7 because it’s where I can best serve the people.”
First elected to the State Board of Education in 2010, she has also served as a trustee for the Alabama Community College System — first as as elected office holder, and for the last two years as the appointed ex-officio member.
“I’m not a rookie in all of this, and I’m coming into this race with many allies and knowing where the snakes hide,” continued Hunter. “There is much work ahead. I intend to use my experience serving on the Alabama State Board of Education to support efforts at all levels to improve public education from Pre-K through PhD. Good jobs are everything, and to get them we must prepare and lay the groundwork in education, infrastructure, health care, and other important areas. I look forward to the challenge.”
Hunter, an Air Force Veteran, holds her undergraduate, law, and MBA degrees from the University of Alabama. She works for Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation advising and leading the company’s business interest in Compliance, Ethics, and Risk.
She and her husband, Jon Shultz, attends Trinity United Methodist Church where Mary Scott leads an adult Sunday School class.