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Petitions circulating
Hooper targeting school board seat

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mike Hooper confirmed Friday that he is circulating petitions to seek the Blackberry District seat on the Henry County School Board in the November election.

Hooper, a more than 23-year veteran of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, said he decided to seek the post “to continue serving my community. I just want to do the best I can.”

Hooper said he began circulating petitions about two weeks ago and continues going “door to door to talk to voters” and get signatures.

Among his goals are working to make sure the school division continues to provide the best education possible, ample opportunities for continuing education and protection in schools.

“I want to make sure our education keeps getting better” by working to attract the best teachers to the school division, he said.

Hooper said he also wants to ensure students are encouraged to pursue education beyond high school.

“I support all the local colleges,” said Hooper, who spent a year at Patrick Henry Community College before he earned a bachelor’s and an associate degree in science from Ferrum College. He also graduated from Drewry Mason High School.

He listed among his goals working with law enforcement and school officials “to protect our children in school. With all the stuff that’s going on in our country now, we need to protect our kids while they are getting the best education we can provide them,” Hooper said.

Currently the county ordinance enforcement officer in the sheriff’s office, Hooper said he will not only work with his colleagues on the school board, if elected, but also will work with Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry “to continue the efforts to make our schools more protected.”

Hooper, 47, and his wife Teresa, live in Henry County with their children: Christopher, 16, and Kaitlyn, 9.

The current Blackberry District school board member, Rudy Law, announced last week that he will not seek another four-year term on the board.


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