When it comes to local politics and the Muscogee County School Board, Frank Myers has been known as a behind-the-scenes political operative and a front-and-center board critic.
Now, he will be a front-and-center politician campaigning for a seat on the board.
Myers announced in a news release Tuesday afternoon that he will seek the nine-member board's District 8 seat, held by Beth Harris.
"Over the past few years, I have volunteered countless hours for the betterment of our local public school system," Myers said in the release. "I have finally realized that in order to truly make things better for our kids, it is time for me to fully engage. I am confident that I can provide much-needed leadership and help change many of the misguided policies of the school board."
Myers plans to make his formal announcement Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Columbus Public Library auditorium.
The 53-year-old Columbus lawyer has had a roller-coaster relationship with the school board.
He was the boards consultant on the campaign for passage of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax voters approved in 2009. The following year, he helped broker the deal that settled the feud between the school board and the city government regarding how to use the land around the library.
Myers, however, also has been a passionate foe against the board. His biggest beef has been the no-bid contract the board has renewed with Columbus law firm Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild LLP, making it the only legal counsel in the boards 64-year history.
Myers was investigated and cleared last year by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for an alleged threat against the boards District 2 representative, John Wells. Myers texted Wells, Im taking you out. The state attorney general concluded that Myers meant he would try to find someone to run against Wells, so the text was free speech, not an illegal threat.
In his fact sheet accompanying his news release, Myers notes he has lived in District 8 since 1989. His wife, Cheryl, a former WTVM reporter and news anchor, is executive director of community and college relations for Columbus Technical College. They have a 13-year-old daughter.
Myers other community involvement, according to his fact sheet, has included:
Political consultant for the citys passage of the Local Option Sales Tax voters approved in 2008
Columbus Charter Review Commission member
Valley Healthcare System board member
River Valley TSPLOST Citizens Review Panel chairman
Neighborhood Watch block captain
St. Luke United Methodist Church member
In a follow-up email, Myers added that he was former Columbus mayor Jim Wetheringtons chief political strategist in 2006.
Harris wasn't reached for comment Tuesday.
Qualifying for the May 20 nonpartisan election is March 3-7.