District VIII includes Etowah, Jackson, Madison and portions of Dekalb and Limestone Counties; and the following colleges:J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College; Gadsden State Community College; Northeast Alabama Community College; and the Huntsville Campus of John C. Calhoun Community College.
Occupation: Corporate Advisor for Compliance, Ethics, & Risk
Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation
Mary Scott Hunter grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast. She graduated cum laude from The University of Alabama in 1995 and went on to The University of Alabama School of Law.
After graduating from law school in 1998, Mary Scott was commissioned as a United States Air Force Lieutenant. She served ten years as an Air Force Judge Advocate General. As a military attorney she first served in the active duty Air Force, then in the Reserves, and finally in the Alabama Air National Guard - attaining the rank of Major. Her assignments included two overseas tours to Korea and Germany and a wartime deployment to the Middle East. Her military awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, and a Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.
Mary Scott's husband, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Shultz, is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and is now a traditional guardsman with the Alabama Air Guard where he flies F-16 fighter jets. Lt. Col. Shultz has been twice decorated with the Bronze Star for combat service. He is a Principal Engineer contracted to NASA.
Jon and Mary Scott jointly own a small technology company, Torel Technology, LLC. They have three children, two boys and a girl, ages 9, 6, and 5. The family attends Trinity United Methodist Church where Mary Scott teaches adult Sunday school and serves in Leadership. Jon is a musician.
Mary Scott and Jon brought their family back to Alabama in 2006 after serving out their last active duty Air Force assignment in Germany. Mary Scott was in the private practice of law for five years with the Elder Law Firm and then with Siniard, Timberlake, & League. She joined Intuitive Research and Technology Company in 2012 where she advises and leads the company’s business interests in Compliance, Ethics, and Risk and assists with Federal Lobbying and Business Development. In November 2009, Mary Scott announced her candidacy for the Alabama State Board of Education, and in November 2010, she was elected to the position.
Mary Scott’s parents are Scott Hunter, former University of Alabama and NFL championship quarterback, and mother, Deborah Hunter of Daphne, Alabama. Mary Scott is a proud product of the Alabama public school system. She has a vested interest in the strength of our education system with her children in public elementary school.
Mary Scott served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Association of School Boards, served in leadership for the National Association of School Boards, and is a trustee for Athens State University. She has been recognized and awarded honors for her leadership, her economic and workforce development efforts, and for her community service activities. In 2012, Mary Scott sought to raise $40,000 to celebrate her 40th birthday and to celebrate the healthy life of her own third child who was born 8 weeks premature in 2007 – she successfully raised $60,000 for the March of Dimes.
Mary Scott is often described as a “servant leader.” Her core values are Integrity, Service, and Excellence.
"I love this state and its citizens. I believe education should prepare students for a good job and that people are fulfilled when they are working at their full potential. The quality of our education foretells our future prosperity. Thank you for the privilege of serving you."