"As a conservative, I have made decisions based on principle all of my adult life and not what is really best for me," she said in a released statement. "With that being said I will be running for re-election to the Bartow County Board of Education, District 4, as an independent candidate. I will be qualifying in July.
"Why? The majority of school boards throughout the state of Georgia including our local city board are non-partisan boards. School boards do not vote party platforms, school boards vote for children's best interest. My constituents are reminding me on a continual basis that they will vote for the best person in the general election in November regardless of party lines to represent their children's best interest."
According to The Daily Tribune New's election reports in 2008, Gray, since 2001, has worked as a sales and listing specialist with Asher Realty after 28 years in education. From 1977 to 1980, she taught health, P.E. and social studies in Bartow County schools. From 1980 to 2005, she taught health and P.E. and served as a guidance counselor in Cartersville city schools.
A graduate of Cartersville High School, Gray holds a Bachelor's of Science from Berry College, a Master's of Education and an add-on master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of West Georgia, and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Alabama. Residing in Euharlee with her husband, Steve, she assists the preschool and ladies ministries at Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she is an active member, and mentors at Woodland Middle School through the Rainbow Program. She also serves on the Bartow County Library Board and Bartow Education Foundation. She is a member of the Bartow Area Board of Realtors, Bartow/Cartersville Retired Teachers, Delta Kappa Gamma, Euharlee Historical Society, Georgia Association of Realtors, Georgia School Board Association and National Association of Realtors.
"As a public school board member, I will continue to hold people accountable for their behavior and I will 'stand in the gap' for children and/or adults," Gray stated. "I base my decisions on evidence not opinion.
"I was voted into office in 2008 to be a 100 [percent] advocate for public education. I feel I have exemplified what a public school board member is suppose to do by trying my best to represent children in the Bartow County School System. I look forward to serving our precious children in Bartow County Schools again."