Another candidate has announced they will file for the Johnston County Board of Education. On Thursday, Summer Hamrick announced she will be running for a seat in 2016 on the school board.
Born and raised in Raleigh, Hamrick moved to Sanford while attending Central Carolina, where she met her husband, Bruce, of 17 years. Wanting to live closer to her parents, Dave and Loretta McCarroll, they now live in Smithfield.
The Hamrick’s moved to Johnston County 17 years ago, after Bruce completed his service in the United States Army. They currently have two daughters that attend school in Johnston County, Payton who is in the third grade and Kaitlynd who is in the sixth grade.
Hamrick says she fully understands the complexities of juggling busy schedules, whether helping with homework, after school activities or running a local business. For almost 10 years she and her husband have owned a local insurance agency with locations in the Smithfield and Cleveland area.
In 2009, Summer was recognized by the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and the Cleveland Rotary Club, as Woman of the Year. “It was truly a great honor,” she said.
She has hosted numerous charity motorcycle rides that have raised thousands for the March of Dimes organization. This past summer, she joined the staff of a local dance studio as an Office Administrator. “This has been very rewarding to assist another local business and to be around all of the great kids.”
For several years, Hamrick says she has wanted to be able to give time in a meaningful way to the schools but have not been able to because of the age of her children. Now that her children are old enough and understand about giving to the community, she says they are excited to support her journey to the board of education.
“I feel that I can be a great asset to the Johnston County Board of Education, if elected. I understand what parents go through on a daily basis and want to be a listening and understanding ear for the educators and parents alike.”
On Nov. 5th, Todd P. Sutton from the Stancil’s Chapel community outside of Kenly, announced he would run for the school board in 2016.