That didn’t stop the retired Gwinnett County schools employee from winning the Ward 1 seat on the Canton City Council in a runoff Dec. 3.
As she prepares to take her seat on the council Thursday night, McGrew says she’s anxious to step into the new role, although she never planned on running until last year.
“I never dreamed that I would run for public office,” said McGrew, 61. “It never entered my mind, until … I began attending the council meetings and discussing city issues with friends who are very active politically.”
McGrew has also volunteered at many events in Canton and serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Cherokee Arts Council.
After much consideration, McGrew said she decided in May to run for the city council so she could make a positive impact on Canton and be “part of the solution rather than a complainer.”
McGrew, who lives in Canton with her husband, Gary Mullet, beat out Clint Weatherby to replace Councilman Bob Rush in a runoff Dec. 3, after the two bested Bob Reilly in the Nov. 5 election. McGrew won her seat with about 62 percent of the vote Dec. 3.
During the long race, which had weeks tacked on before the runoff, McGrew said it occurred to her that city politics might have made more sense for her than she realized previously.
“About half way through the campaign a memory of my father surfaced. He was once a city councilman in Morrow,” McGrew said. “I think he’d be very proud if he were still with us.”
Now that she’s crossed the finish line, in similar fashion to her father, McGrew said she’s looking forward to getting to work.
“I am eager to begin working now for the people of Canton,” she said. “I’m well aware that there is much to learn, and much of it will not be easy. Some decisions will be much harder to make than others. But I’m excited and looking forward to all of it.”
McGrew said she and the other new members of the council, Bill Grant and John Rust, recently spent several days with the city’s department heads, learning about the inner workings of Canton.
“Most of that was quite interesting,” she said.
McGrew said she is eager to work with the rest of the city council, the mayor and city manager to help the city to move Canton forward and provide residents with superior services.
“I will do all that I can to see that our city is put in a state of good repair and well maintained,” she said. “This will ensure that the quality of life for current residents and businesses is good and that we will be in a better position to attract those considering a move here or opening a business in Canton.”