Editor’s note: The News is publishing answers to a short questionnaire from candidates in contested primary races throughout this week. Early voting ends Friday. The primary election is May 22.
Name: Trae Ross
Where are you from?: Snellville, but my wife and I have called the Golden Isles home.
Political experience: I don’t believe political experience is required to be a good decision maker or an effective leader.
What is your profession?: Construction
Why are you running for office?: A series of events is what led me to run. We have been involved with Communities in Schools and have seen first hand the positive outcome for these kids. Another reason, is after my daughter and several other girls were bullied and sexually harassed, I had a conversation with a board member to discuss how the board handled this situation. It was a joke. I knew then changes needed to be made.
Name: Mike Hulsey
Where are you from?: Brunswick; 1992 graduate of Brunswick High School and 1996 graduate of Mercer University.
Political Experience: I am currently serving in my 14th year as an at-large member of the Glynn County Board of Education.
What is your profession?: I am co-owner of Atlantic Irrigation Supply in Brunswick.
Why are you running for office?: I’m running for office because after over 13 years I’m more passionate than ever about public education. When I first ran, our system was on academic probation, and our graduation rate was under 50 percent. I’m thrilled to report that our overall graduation rate is now near 91 percent, and our board is one of the most cohesive I’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of. My oldest son was just entering kindergarten when I started this journey, and my wife, MeMe, and I are proud that he will be graduating this year. I still have a vested interest as we have three other sons who are still in the system, and we will have a child in all three levels next year. Although we’ve accomplished a lot, we need to continue to focus on making sure every student is prepared for the next level of his or her education. We must continue to ensure our students, teachers and staff have safe environments in which to teach and learn. And, even though our economy is turning for the better, my experience can help ensure we keep tax rates flat while providing the resources our students need to be successful.