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Spotsylvania Education Association endorses three
The Spotsylvania Education Association has endorsed three candidates in the Nov. 5 local elections.
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 and Baron Braswell.
The SEA chose not to endorse any of the three candidates running for the Board of Supervisors in the Berkeley District, saying none of them impressed the panel enough to warrant an endorsement. Gregory “Greg” Cebula, Dennis Buchanan and Mark Kuechler are the three candidates for the seat.
In the Battlefield District supervisor’s race, Willie Brown received the 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 Aug. 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 supervisor’s seat, the group 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 the group invited all candidates to complete a survey and be interviewed about education issues.
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