Hall County Board of Education candidate Mark Pettitt said he “made a mistake and I took responsibility for it” regarding a boating under the influence charge in Forsyth County in February 2017.
Pettitt squares off against Gina London Pilcher in the Republican primary Tuesday, May 22, for the Post 2 seat representing South Hall.
According to court records obtained by The Times, Pettitt pleaded guilty on a misdemeanor BUI charge last fall, has paid his fines to date, completed community service and will serve probation until November.
“It’s behind me and I’ve done everything in my power to make it right,” Pettitt said. “And it doesn’t mean I’m not the better candidate with the better ideas on how to run the school system.”
An initial incident report could not be found with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office or Department of Natural Resources when requested by The Times.
Pettitt said accusations from political opponents that he also had DUI convictions on his record are inaccurate.
Two such charges listed on court records related to the same incident were not prosecuted.
Hall and Forsyth court records did not show any DUI charges outside of the February incident.
According to records from the state Department of Driver Services, Pettitt has a clean driving record.
“If I had three DUIs like my opponents are telling people, I wouldn’t be working in logistics today and I would not have a clean (driving history), which I do,” Pettitt said. “So those are just flat-out lies.”
Pilcher said school board members have to be held to a higher standard, and while she didn’t “really care to comment about that because his personal life is his personal life … I do, however, think someone that represents the school board should not be in that situation.”