A political newcomer has announced her candidacy for the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.
Candidate Molly Cooper recently announced she is running in this year’s District 1 race for the seat currently held by Pete Amos. Cooper said it is her first time seeking political office.
“I felt like in District 1, we had not had representation that we needed here. It had been somewhat neglected over the years,” she said. “I was trying to find someone that had business experience, someone that cared about the community, someone that was not interested in developing anything from a personal level and someone that can look at the county with District 1 being their main concern in lieu of any relationships throughout the county, and that’s me, so I’m running.”
The primary for the election will be held on Tuesday, May 22, and the election will be held on Nov. 6. As of press time Amos has not yet said publicly whether he will run for re-election.
If elected, Cooper said she wants to address zonings in the district.
“[I was] seeing quite a plethora of zonings, seeing developments started and not finished, so I got involved,” she said. “In that involvement, there have been a couple of zonings that I represented the community [and] pulled the community together.”
Cooper said she also wants to take on overcrowded schools and the clearcutting of trees for development of land. She said zonings should abide by the county’s comprehensive plan.
“I want to look at these zonings based specifically on the comprehensive plan that we just got in,” she said. “Using that, each zoning needs to be looked at individually, not as a templet.”
She said the county needs to focus on growing local business rather than residential development.
“One of the main things is our tax ratio between commercial and residential is out of whack,” Cooper said. “We are heavily dependent upon a residential tax base from property tax for the revenue in this county. We’ve got to have more business.”
For 16 years, Cooper owned and operated Inside Additions Furniture and Home Accessories. She said the business closed during the economic downturn she began getting more involved locally.
“People weren’t buying furniture when they were losing their homes and losing their jobs, so I closed the business and got very involved in the community,” she said.
Cooper has held positions in several local groups, including first vice chair and delegate for the Forsyth County Republican Party, delegate for Georgia Republican Party Convention, delegate for Georgia Ninth District Republican Party, president and director of the board of Civitan Club, president of Republican Women of Forsyth County and a board member for Georgia Federation of Republican Women.
She was selected for double masters’ degree program for master of business and master of health administration by Georgia State University and completed her MBA at Kennesaw State University. She marketed and designed a patient tracking software system used in the health care industry before purchasing Inside Additions.
She is married to Dr. Scott Cooper, a neurologist with Northside Neurology, and is the mother of three children and has four grandchildren who attend schools in Forsyth County. She has lived in the county for about 25 years.