I just wanted to say a quick but heartfelt THANK YOU to all the voters and all of the campaign’s supporters and volunteers! We were successful tonight because of your hard work and dedication to improving education in Alabama. I look forward to representing District 6 on the State Board of Education.
The campaign has released a new ad on YouTube highlighting Cynthia’s support for high standards in education and local control over our schools.
“I am honored to have received the endorsement from a conservative grassroots organization like the Farmers Federation,” McCarty stated. “Alabama’s farmers play a critical role in growing our state economy and providing jobs to thousands of hardworking Alabamians. I share their conservative values and will work to improve Alabama’s education system. Schools must be controlled locally and we must protect our education system from President Obama and federal overreach.”
McCarty graduated from Auburn University and received her Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill. McCarty has been an economics professor at Jacksonville State University the past 23 years. She is also the director of JSU’s Center for Business and Free Enterprise Education and Entrepreneurship. The Center provides professional development for K-12 teachers and assists them in developing creative, effective teaching methods, specifically in economics and social studies.
McCarty has also been involved with several organizations focusing specifically on the need for economics education in Alabama’s public schools. She has previously served as a board member for the Alabama Council on Economic Education. McCarty has authored or co-authored 14 published academic articles and has presented numerous times on the state of Alabama’s economy and economic education in K-12 schools.
McCarty and her husband, Pat, are the proud parents of three children, Ethan, William and Daniel.
They attend Grace Episcopal Church in Anniston.
The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state’s largest farm organization with more than 365,000 members. It uses a true grassroots approach to select candidates, relying on endorsements from county Federation boards for local elections.
Alabama has eight school board districts. District 6 covers all of Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cullman, Marshall, Morgan and St. Clair Counties. It also includes the southern portion of DeKalb County. You can check to see which School Board District you live by clicking this link
Yesterday, I qualified with the Republican Party. I look forward to the chance to improve public education for our state.
The Anniston Star has highlighted my campaign for the Alabama State School Board.
McCarty, a Republican, is the first candidate to announce in the race for the District 6 seat on the Alabama State Board of Education. The district, which was redrawn in redistricting two years ago, includes all of Calhoun County, as well as Cherokee, St. Clair, Blount, Marshall and Morgan counties.
The district is currently represented by Charles Elliott, a Decatur anaesthesiologist who isn’t seeking another term. Elliott, a Republican, told Decatur-area news outlets over the summer that he was leaving to focus on his medical practice.
McCarty, 53, has taught at JSU for 23 years and is director of the college’s Center for Business and Free Enterprise, Education and Entrepreneurship.
McCarty said she’s entering the race partly because of the uneven results she’s seen from the state’s K-12 system. Some JSU freshmen, she said, are “ready for Harvard,” while others need remediation before they’re prepared for college courses.
“I regret when students have to take those remedial classes,” she said. “They take time and they cost money, and the students don’t get credit for them.”
McCarty grew up in Auburn and got her undergraduate degree there. She went on to get a master’s in business administration from Samford University and a doctorate in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.