Wally Wagoner son of legendary local high school football coach William “Pop” Wagoner has announced his intent to run for Superintendent of Marion County Public Schools in the 2012 Marion County elections.
Wagoner grew up in Apalachicola and graduated from Apalachicola High School in 1976. While in high school he played both baseball and football and quarterback for the varsity football team during his senior year. Both his parents taught in the Franklin County School system and after retirement his father served as a member on the local school board.
Wagoner now 54 currently resides in Ocala with his family and father who recently moved to an assisted living facility in the area to be near to his son.
Wagoner list’s .his political affiliation as republican presently serves as the Marion County School District’s deputy superintendent over facilities. He joined the district in 2001 at the personal request of the former superintendent. Prior to joining the district he distinguished himself at Florida Power (later Progress Energy) during a 20-year career with the utility company.
He earned his bachelor of science in biology and environmental science at the University of West Alabama. He has a corporate community relations certification from Boston College, and he’s trained in personnel management, negotiation strategies, and various areas dealing with corporate relations and the business world.
Wagoner is extensively involved in the Marion County community where he currently serves as president of the Metro Ocala Rotary, chair of the Marion County United Way, and a member on the board of directors of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
He and his wife, Julie, have two children – Phillip, a college student, and Abbey, who’s in elementary school.
The City of Apalachicola and its citizens wishes the Wagoner’s well in their political endeavor.