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Seventeen Candidates in School Board Field

Just three incumbents seeking return to office.

The race for Alexandria School Board includes just three incumbents among 17 total candidates in three districts.

The deadline to file for candidacy was 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Helen Morris is running for re-election in District A, while incumbents Marc Williams and Ronnie Campbell are looking to return in District B and C, respectively.

Chairman Sheryl Gorsuch and members Charles Wilson, Mimi Carter, Blanche Maness and Yvonne Folkerts did not file paperwork for re-election. Arthur Peabody took himself out of the running for re-election after entering the City Council race.

Gorsuch told Patch on Tuesday night at the Alexandria Democratic Committe's Unity Victory party: "It was a difficult decision and I had mixed feelings but I've resolved to continue to be involved."

She added that it's "nice people have choices" and said it will be interesting to see which issues the community thinks are important.

District A

  • Heath Wells
  • Bill Campbell
  • Scott Gordon
  • Karen Graf
  • Stephanie Kapsis
  • Helen Morris
  • Joyce Rawlings 

District B

  • Kelly Carmichael Booz
  • Michael Brookbank
  • Chyrell Bucksell
  • Justin Keating
  • Marc Williams
  • Chris Yianilos

District C

  • Ronnie Campbell
  • Pat Hennig
  • Chris Lewis
  • Jeff Zack
E Pluribus June 13, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I'm all for new faces, and there is always a steady stream of new faces in northern VA, but do these people even live here? With only a few exceptions, I've never heard of these people.
R Lindell June 13, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Remember two weeks ago when people were moaning that we didn't have enough people to run for the board? That is no longer a problem. Looks like some people thought "heck, why not" and jumped in. It will be a task to figure out what these unknowns believe in, and what they proposed to do for the ACPS.
NoBS June 13, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I live in B and here's what I know so far: Kelly Carmichael Booz - solid choice, active in the ADC, works for "We The People," a program to educate kids about the consitution. Michael Brookbank - never heard of him. Chyrell Bucksell - I think she's a Dem and a friend of John Chapman's. Justin Keating - never heard of him. Marc Williams - incumbent school board member, Dem, stays under the radar, doesn't seem to do much, supports keeping Mort Sherman on. Chris Yianilos - a Republican who worked in Senator John Worner's office. That being said, school board is a nonpartisan race. There will be no "D" or "R" by the candidates' names.
Let's Go Alexandria! June 13, 2012 at 05:20 PM
E Pluribus, I know Chris Yianilos is a native northern Virginian with strong local ties and a background in educational policy/advocacy. It's my hope that whoever wins will be dedicated to Alexandria and can lend real talent and insight to the school board.
Matthew June 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I agree, a little write up on the new and unknown candidates would be extremely helpful. Who would have thought so many would have jumped in at the last moment. Literally the last moment for some.

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