Despite his loyalty to the Democratic Party, Ashley Bell has decided to change the (D) to an (R) next to his name and jump into the Georgia State Superintendent Race. Mr. Bell is nationally known as the president of the College Democrats of American as well as for his support for Obama, John Edwards and Affirmative Action.
By Georgia SchoolWatch
Despite his loyalty to the Democratic Party, Ashley Bell has decided to change the (D) to an (R) next to his name and jump into the Georgia State Superintendent Race. Mr. Bell is nationally known as the president of the College Democrats of American as well as for his support for Obama, John Edwards and Affirmative Action. 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.
A young African American lawyer, he served as president of the College Democrats of America, advised presidential candidate John Edwards and spoke at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Ashley was an Obama supporter in 2008. His wife, Lauren, was a delegate to the Democratic convention that year.
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. Unfortunately, he was not re-elected again. After his party’s midterm beat-down in November 2010, Bell jumped ship and joined the Republicans.
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.