By Nancy Edwards
The race for a new Fishers mayor has added a fourth candidate. Marvin Scott has announced that he will run for mayor in the 2014 elections.
Scott, 69, is a professor and chair of the Sociology and Criminology Department at Butler University. He has taught for the university for 21 years, previously serving as special assistant to the president, as well as assistant dean of graduate studies and professor of education in the College of Education.
In addition, he was a consultant for Gulf Oil Company, taught in Italy for one semester, and served on the Indianapolis Waterworks Board; during his last year of service he was president. Scott also serves as the governor’s appointee to the Mid-West Interstate Passenger Rail Commission and is on the Regional and Local Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Scott’s interest in transportation reflects one of his goals if elected mayor.
If Indianapolis is the magnet for people to live here then we have got to provide transportation,” he said. “By rail, bus, or trolley, whatever we can put together to make it work for citizens is critical.”
Scott said he would also like to place a greater emphasis in developing the downtown area and recreational facilities, which may attract more residents and bring new jobs to the city. In addition, he would like to see improvements in SAT and ISTEP scores for students to compete with international students, which he believes can happen if we invest in our teachers.
“Teachers are underpaid, underrated and we must bolster their position in society and pay them according to what they are truly worth,” Scott said. “There’s no reason we can’t be No. 1 in math, no reason we can’t be No. 1 in reading if we work very hard at it. Excellence in learning means excellence in life.”
Finally, Scott said he is concerned for the safety of residents, given the increase in theft in the area. If elected, he said he would like to focus on security so that “no one goes to bed feeling unsafe. We must find ways of helping people feel secure,” he said.
Scott is married to Dulce Scott; they have four children: Robert, Cynda, Alex and Marvin, Jr.