Fairfax County has called a special election to fill an open seat on the School Board August 29th. This seat was made vacant when an at-Large member moved out of the County. All registered voters in Fairfax County are eligible to vote, and 4 candidates have filed papers to be on the ballot.
Three of them, Ms. Michael Owens, Mr. Chris Grisafe, and Karen Keys-Gamarra have committed to coming to a Candidate Night at 7:30 p.m., August 8th, at the Great Falls Library. The other candidate, Sandra Allen, declined our invitation.
Special Elections, especially those set according to Virginia Law in the summer months, often have low turn-out. Being informed and voting in this special election provides those that do vote an out-sized impact. Over 50% of the Fairfax County operating budget is spent on schools; the School Board has complete control on how that money is put to use.