Four Candidates on Ballot for Special School Board Election

by Dave Emke — July 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm 5 Comments

Four people will have their names on the ballot for an August election to fill an At-Large vacancy on the Fairfax County School Board.

Challengers for the seat include Chris S. Grisafe, supported by the Fairfax County Republican Committee; and Karen A. Keys-Gamarrasupported by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. Sandra D. Allen and Michael H. Owens will also be on the ballot.

Jeannette Hough, who was elected to the Board in 2015, stepped down from the position effective June 1. The term will run through the end of December 2019.

Prospective voters must be registered by Aug. 15 to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 29 election.

  • Richard

    Hold Chris Grisafe and the Republican Party responsible for the $250,000 that Fairfax County must waste on this special election. Don’t give them a single vote. Since the GOP knew they couldn’t win a county-wide vote under normal circumstances, they had Hough resign a few days before the date that aa special election wouldn’t have been necessary. We would have simply voted for this school board seat as part of the normal November election. The next time someone in the Republican Party mentions “wasteful spending”, make sure to remind them of this.

    • The Constitutionalist

      Just to play devil’s advocate…

      $250,000 is far less than whatever increases you’re bound to see in the school board’s budget this year, if completely controlled by Democrats.

      What’s the budget again this year?

      Oh yeah, $7.9B.

      • John Farrell

        The School Board has been in nominal control of Democratic Party endorsed members for decades, except that many of them really belong to the Gatehouse Party.

        For some perspective, $250,000 would enable the hiring of 5 elementary school teachers and help reduce the student count in classrooms. But I rarely hear Republicans worry about class size.

  • ryan

    I don’t feel each candidate is making their platforms clear. What they’re running on. We did some research like going to the Fairfax county B.O.E official page and kboulevard.com (which is helpful).


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