The Manassas City Schools have been deeply troubled over the past few years, and on May 1st voters have an opportunity to deliver some accountability by removing a few of the incumbents who have presided over this mess. Incumbents on the board really have nothing to run on other than their disappointing record, while challengers don’t have much to run on other than the fact they weren’t at the helm when things went south.
Here are the candidates. Links to web pages are provided, if I could find them.
Scott M. Albrecht (incumbent Chairman)
Arthur P. “Art” Bushnell (incumbent Vice-Chairman)
Ilka V. Chavez (website)
Kermit Holmes Dance (incumbent)
R. J. “Jack” Magee, Jr. (incumbent)
Ellen M. Purdy (website)
Charles W. Sutherland
Other coverage of these candidates by A Bridge Too Far and a candidate forum tonight at 7:00 at City Hall may yield some insight into which of these candidates deserve your vote. So far there’s rather little of substance to go on here, as only Charles Sutherland is offering any insight into their candidacies as far as I can see that isn’t the usual campaign boilerplate. Charles and Ellen seem to be the most interesting challengers, and Kermit Dance is the incumbent I believe most deserves the boot.
I look forward to your comments on this race below.
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