Jim Bonner (R)

Alabama Board of Education, District 7

Name: Jim Bonner

Date of birth: June 8, 1953; age 62

Residence: Marion County

Political experience: Ran for Alabama House of Representatives District 17, 2014; ran for Alabama Senate District 6, 2010; delegate to RNC for Gingrich, 2012. Professional experience: 30-year classroom teacher. Education: Master’s, University of North Alabama,; bachelor’s, Athens State University. Civic experience: Shriner

Contributors: None reported. Qualifications: Bonner has been an educator in Alabama for 30 years and said he is running a one-issue campaign, “Why Johnny can’t read.” Bonner said he is dedicated to increasing reading levels for children in Alabama.

Rhea Tays Fulmer (R)

Alabama Board of Education, District 7

Rhea Tays Fulmer

Date of birth: September, 1957; age 58

Residence: Killen

Political experience: Lauderdale County Commissioner, 2008-2012; lost re-election bid in 2012; volunteer, Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign in Lauderdale County. Professional experience: Owner/photographer, Rhea Fulmer Photography, 1998-2008; account executive, Courier Journal, 2001-2003; Westat, professional field interviewer for current Medicare beneficiary survey; pharmaceutical sales representative, MMD, New York; real estate agent and appraiser, Don Behel Realty & Auction, Killen. Civic experience: Counselor, Shoals Area Citizens for Life, 1985. Education: Alabama Local Government Training Institute Graduate Program, Auburn University Center for Governmental Services, 2010; graduate of Millington Central High School, Millington, Tennessee, 1975; attended Brooks High School, Killen, 1971-1974; Shoals School of Business, Alabama real estate license; Alabama Real Estate Institute, real estate appraisal license. Top contributors: Rhea Tays Fulmer, $650; John Hargett, $360; Shirley Riley $150.

Jeff Newman (R)

Alabama Board of Education, District 7

Jeff Newman

Date of Birth:  July 8, 1956; age 59

Residence:  Millport

Political experience: Member, Alabama State Board of Education, 2012-present, currently serving as vice-president of the board; Lamar County superintendent of education, 2008-2012. Professional experience: Lamar County Superintendent of Education, 2008- 2012; career/tech director, federal programs coordinator and principal, Lamar County School System, 2004 -2008; career/tech director and principal, Pickens County School System, 2000 – 2004; assistant high school principal, Gordo High School, 1998 -2000; agribusiness teacher, Pickens County High School, 1980-1998; agribusiness teacher, Walker County High School, 1979-1980. Civic experience: Chairman, Millport Industrial Development Board, 2010-present; Propst Memorial Methodist Church Member, 1956-present; National Rifle Association, Lifetime member. Education: Educational specialist, curriculum/instruction evaluation and administration, NOVA Southeastern University, 2006; master’s in education, administration and supervision, the University of West Alabama, 1996; master’s in education, agribusiness and extension education, Mississippi State University, 1989; bachelor’s of science in education, agribusiness education, Auburn University, 1979; education concentration, Bevill State Community College, Fayette Alabama, 1975 -1977; Graduate, Millport High School, 1974. Top Contributors: ProgressPac, $15,080; Alabama Farmers Federation Political Action Committee, $7,500.