Reported by Mike Hobson
Local resident Valerie Cook is seeking election to the Bibb County Board of Education, District 2, in the coming election cycle. She is opposed by incumbent office holder Mike McMillan in the Republican primary.
Valerie is the spouse of Brent native Alan Cook and they have two children enrolled in Bibb County schools. Her hometown is Nashville and she is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a B.S. in History.
She formerly worked at the Brent-Centreville public library for four years and served as the Executive Director of the Bibb County Chamber of Commerce for eight years. Presently, she is employed by State Farm Insurance. She serves as a volunteer on the Board of Directors of the Centreville Historic Preservation Commission and the Main Street Centreville Design Committee. She is a member of the Centreville Study Club, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Her political experience includes membership in the Bibb County GOP and serving as its Secretary. She also represents Bibb County on the State GOP Executive Committee for the past 8 years.
Valerie says: “I have one daughter currently attending Brent Elementary and another to start there this fall. I think enough of the Bibb County School District to want my children to attend here. I take an active interest in knowing what is going on in the schools and classrooms; sometimes being one of only 3 or 4 parents to attend the Brent Elementary School PTA meetings. I have great respect for our school board and superintendent. They have had to make some difficult and unpopular decisions in the last few years. If elected, I hope to bring fresh ideas to the board and be proactive in supporting teachers, faculty, and students. I plan to be a voice for the parents of District 2, not standing on the sidelines.”
The statewide primary elections will be held on March 5, 2024.