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April 13, 2014

Holly Pond’s McGriff seeks state BOE seat

Retired school teacher Patricia McGriff of Holly Pond is running on the Republican ticket for the Alabama State Board of Education District 6 seat.

McGriff was a public school teacher for 26 years experience before her retirement in 2007. She said her retirement status would benefit her as a board member.

“I’ve got all the time in the world to spend on this,” McGriff said.

District 6 includes all or part of eight counties including Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, Marshall, Morgan and St. Clair. She will face Cynthia McCarty of DeArmanville in Calhoun County in the June 3.

McGriff said she is passionate about is the state’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, renamed College and Career Ready Standards.

“I am worried about federal interference in our children’s education under (President Barack) Obama’s Common Core,” she said. “I want to protect the ability of our parents to be involved in their children’s education and for our classroom teachers to teach our children in the best way they see possible. There is no one size fit all.”

She was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) for a nine-year term in 2012.

McGriff is an active member of the Cullman County Republican Party’s Executive Committee and is an Alabama Republican Party State Executive Member. She is the treasurer for the Alabama GOP’s Fourth Congressional district committee.

“I have received the endorsement of the Conservative Christians of Alabama, and I am the only one running for this district who has received this endorsement,” McGriff said.

Locally, she serves on several civic organizations, including the Cullman Pilot Club, Holly Pond Civitans, Holly Pond Founders Day Committee and the Holly Pond Homemakers.

 “I have always had a sense of civic duty — all the way back to being on the Junior Civitans as a young lady,” she said.  “Since retiring, I have missed working with people and want to bring my ability to treat everyone with compassion to the state board of education.”

She is married to Gary McGriff, and they have four children and three grandchildren. Her parents are the late Herman and Louise Williams from the west of Cullman County. Her in-laws are Feltus and Faye Nell McGriff of Holly Pond. She is a member of New Hope No. 2 Baptist Church.

Patricia McGriff

Family: Married to Gary McGriff with four children and three grandchildren

Education: 1979 Jacksonville State University graduate.

Career: School teacher for 26 years.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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