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Spotsylvania Education Association endorses school board, supervisor candidates

The Spotsylvania Education Association has endorsed three candidates in the Nov. 5 local elections for Berkeley School Board and Board of Supervisors, Lee Hill BOS and Battlefield BOS seats.

In the Berkeley School Board election, the SEA chose Mark Marshall over incumbent Gil Seaux and challenger Erin Grampp.

“Mr. Marshall knows the needs of our school division from the perspective of a current employee, and as a successful small business owner, he will help ensure it is well managed as well,” said a release about the endorsements.

The other two School Board races, Lee Hill and Battlefield, are uncontested. However, the SEA expressed confidence in both unchallenged candidates, current school board chairwoman Amanda Blalock (Lee Hill) and Baron Braswell (Battlefield).

The SEA chose not to endorse any of the three candidates running for the BOS in the Berkeley District, saying none of them impressed the panel enough to warrant an endorsement. Gregory L. “Greg” Cebula, Dennis E. Buchanan and Mark R. Kuechler are the three candidates for the seat.

In the Battlefield District BOS race, Willie Brown received the SEA recommendation over his two opponents, Christopher Yakabouski and Lora Ann Pierce, “due to his belief that level funding is insufficient for schools to continue providing the same level of services given inflation and the need to improve salaries.”

Brown spoke before the school board on August 26 about his intent to provide the district with additional local funding.

“Education is a priority for me,” Brown told the board.

In the Lee Hill race for the BOS, the SEA recommended incumbent Gary Skinner over challenger Mark Shigley.

“His record proves he knows what our schools need to be able to provide the best education possible for our students,” said the release.

Endorsements were decided after members of the SEA invited all candidates to complete a survey and be interviewed about education issues. A panel of SEA members recommended these candidates after consideration of incumbent voting records, survey answers and answers in the face-to-face interview.