Mark Pettitt was first elected in 2018 to represent south Hall (Cherokee Bluff, Flowery Branch and Johnson clusters) on the Board of Education and became the youngest county-wide elected official in Hall County. He was re-elected in 2022 with 80% of votes cast. He has worked tirelessly to protect family choice and keep schools open for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mark Pettitt is a native of Gainesville and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Georgia. A product of Hall County Schools, he graduated from Johnson High School where he served as Class President and participated in Youth Leadership Hall.
As a lifelong resident of Hall County, Mark has dedicated much of his adult life to serving his community. In 2013 Mark was appointed to the Hall County Library System Board of Trustees and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2015. While serving on the library board, Pettitt spearheaded the implementation of the passport acceptance program at the Blackshear Place library, helped eliminate employee furloughs, worked to increase operating hours at each branch and built up the system’s fund balance by nearly 250%. Pettitt was also instrumental in working with the County Commission and Georgia General Assembly to secure funding for the renovation of the downtown Gainesville Library.
Additionally, he served as the south Hall appointee to the County’s first ever Citizen's SPLOST Oversight Committee from 2013-2018 and has been elected twice to the Georgia Republican Party State Committee. in 2022, Mark was recognized as an inaugural recipient of the University of North Georgia Alumni Association's 20 Under 40 distinction.
Pettitt is currently the Director of Government Relations for the University of North Georgia. Mark lives in Chestnut Mountain with his wife Molly, and they attend Riverbend Church. He is actively involved with the Gainesville Jaycees, a nonprofit group focused on service to humanity.
Mark Has Served Our Community As:
Executive Board Member, Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council (2022-Present)
District Director, Georgia School Boards Association (2021-Present)
Ex-Officio Member of the Hall County County Parks and Leisure Board (2021-Present)
Member of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council (2019-Present)
REACH Scholarship Selection Committee (2019-Present)
Ivester Early College Mentor (2019-2020)
Chairman of the Hall County Library Board (2015-2019)
Member of the Hall County Library Board (2013-2015)
Member of the Hall County SPLOST VII Citizen Review Panel (2015-2018)
Member of the Hall County Environmental Management System Citizen Advisory Panel (2011-2013)
Volunteer Youth Football Coach (2013)
Substitute Teacher, Hall County Schools (2011-2015)
Georgia Republican Party Executive Committee Member (2010-2011)
Georgia Republican Party State Committee Member (2013, 2017)