A businesswoman hopes to influence students by serving on the Carrollton Board of Education.
Beth Hunt, the chief operating officer of the Douglasville-based company Rusty’s Rags,said running for the city school board “just seemed like the next logical step” for her to impact students’ lives in a positive way, following more than a decade of service as a parent volunteer.
The 47-year-old mother of three Carrollton High students qualified in August to run for the Ward 2 seat, which will be left vacant after longtime board member Joe McGinnis’ departure in January.
Besides her part-time job as COO of Rusty’s Rags (a company that makes gun cleaning kits with sheepskin and sells them worldwide), Hunt also works at a Carrollton law firm. But explaining why she’s running for the seat, Hunt said she’s doing it because of the most important job she has.
“I did it because I’m a mom, and I care about the kids and the school system,” she said. “I bring the skills of a mother, business owner and longtime volunteer.”
Hunt, who graduated from CHS and received a degree in English and management from West Georgia College, has been volunteering in the city system for about 13 years. Starting out as a parent volunteer at Carrollton Elementary for seven years, Hunt moved on to serve as the PTVO (parent-teacher-volunteer organization) president at Carrollton Middle for five years.
Also on Hunt’s list of qualifications are her stints of service on the Carrollton Athletic Booster Club, the CHS Business Advisory Committee and as chairman of the Child Fatality Review Board in Carroll County, a group that reviews all child deaths in the county in an attempt to improve prevention.
Hunt has lived in Ward 2 for 43 years, she said, buying a house only one mile away from her childhood home.
“Carrollton is a wonderful place to grow up and raise a family,” she said. “I believe the board should be fiscally responsible and set policies that benefit everyone. We have to listen to parents and the community and we should be prepared to explain all of our actions.”