July 26th Campaign Kickoff

Statement on Whistleblower Matter

Recent reporting has raised some questions that I’d like to answer about a complaint the State Board of Education received last year regarding one of our applicants for State Superintendent.  I’ve chosen to speak very little on this subject because it’s the fairer and more correct way to handle it and choose to speak now because I understand it’s important that my perspective be understood.       


I arrived on July 12, 2016 at the State Board meeting and noticed a letter at my desk.  I did not read it closely because the meeting was scheduled to begin and put the letter in my folder to read later.  Documents are often placed at our desk by our secretary, and I did not give it any thought at the time. 

Later that evening in my hotel room, I read the letter more closely and realized it was a whistleblower complaint alleging various ethics violations.  We receive complaints like this fairly regularly.  I’ve dealt with whistleblower in my law practice over the years; it’s important to turn these complaints over to the proper authority to handle. 
After the Alabama Community Colleges Trustee meeting the next day, I gave my only copy of the allegations to our Interim State Superintendent, asked him to give it to our general counsel, and contacted the Ethics Commission a day or two later to double check that I’d met any reporting requirement I had individually.  Shortly after that, we received a letter from the Ethics Commission via our general counsel that confirmed reporting requirements had been met.

I do not know who made the allegations, who placed the documents at our desks, or how the documents went to the public or media.  [...]


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Mary Scott Hunter has thrown her hat in the ring to become the next Lieutenant Governor of Alabama. The position has been vacant since former Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey became Governor.

Hunter is a current Alabama State Board of Education member, but has her eye on the future.

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Mary Scott Hunter of Huntsville, who is serving her second term on the state Board of Education, said today she will enter the Republican primary for lieutenant governor next year.

Hunter is a lawyer and an Air Force veteran.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017 State Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter (R) is running for Lieutenant Governor in the 2018 election.

Hunter told the Alabama Media Group’s Mike Cason that, “I’m just at a place where I want to do something bigger. I want Alabama to be wildly successful.”

Hunter represents DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Limestone and Madison counties on the School Board.

Hunter’s father, Scott Hunter, was a quarterback at the University of Alabama under coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He also played eight years in the NFL.