Name: Mary M. Cordray
Office: Beaufort County Board of Education, District 8
Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: 8 years
Family: Husband William, two grown stepdaughters, one granddaughter
Education: Bachelor's degree and master's in education from University of South Carolina
Current occupation/employer: Budget director, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Employment, military and volunteer history: Employed with University of South Carolina Columbia from 1977 until 2004; assistant with the kindergarten/first grade music program at the Church of the Cross for the past five years; secretary for the Hilton Head Island Community Action Group
Please list all public offices to which you've been elected, when and where: None
Please list any unsuccessful candidates for public office and when: None
Other prior political and government experience: None
Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponents?
I care about the children. I am committed to doing my best to allow all of the children of Beaufort County to do their best. I am intelligent and place a high value on education. I am proud of the commitment that Beaufort County makes to education and would like to see outcomes for our students that match that level of commitment. I will bring a fresh set of eyes and questions because my experience has been with higher education rather than K-12 education. I have the skills that allow me to work effectively with diverse groups.
What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How?
What other issues do you see as important?
What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
I would like to see a certain number of the board meetings scheduled in locations other than the Beaufort County administration complex -- a meeting schedule that includes meetings held at district schools on a rotational schedule.
Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you?
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes?
I have never filed for bankruptcy, nor been intentionally delinquent on any taxes. The taxes due in January 2009 for a boat slip were accidentally overlooked, and that was corrected with taxes and penalties paid in August 2009 when the error was discovered.
Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?
I am a caring and committed individual. I care about the children. I take my responsibilities seriously and will be a dedicated, informed, action-oriented member of the school board. I love learning new things. I enjoy spending time with my grandchild. My husband and I also enjoy boating and the beautiful surroundings of Beaufort County.