Ted Paris is running for District 1 representative of the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees.
Paris recently retired from the insurance industry and sold his Allstate agency in August. He is currently teaching insurance classes part-time, as well as doing consulting and taking classes to get his real-estate license.
Paris said he believes schools are important to the growth and well being of the community, and he would like to lend his time and expertise to the school board.
"We have a great community, great support for our schools and great teachers," Paris said. "We just need to work together to improve our graduation rates and the quality of the education we are providing. Educating our children and grandchildren has to be our first and most important priority in Clay County."
Paris said his experience in the business world has qualified him to work for the school board.
"I've balanced budgets and planned for future growth in my businesses," Paris said. "In addition to educating the children, there is the business side of the school corporation. We must have qualified business people who can and will prioritize where we invest. Our funds are not unlimited, and we need to make the hard decisions on where to invest the monies."
Paris believes, with his 40 years of business experience, he is qualified to do those things.
Paris has been heavily involved in the community since moving here 10 years ago. He has served with the Brazil YMCA Board of Directors, the Chamber of Commerce, the Charles B. Hall committee, the Elks and the Brazil Rotary Club.
Paris and his wife also regularly attend church.
If elected, Paris would like to see graduation rates improve in CCS.
Paris has been married for 40 years.
He has three children and seven grandchildren.
The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 6.