Clarke forum set for School Board, House candidates
BERRYVILLE — Clarke County School Board candidates and those vying for the Virginia House of Delegates 33rd District seat will take part in a candidate forum and debate on Monday.
The forum will be held at Clarke County High School at 627 Mosby Blvd.
The two candidates for the Berryville District seat on the School Board — George Archibald and Roberta Lasiter — will participate in a forum and debate from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Democrat Mary Daniel and Libertarian Patrick G. Hagerty — candidates for the House of Delegates seat — will participate in their forum and debate from 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Republican Dave LaRock was invited, but will not be present. UPDATED LaRock's status.
Between the two forums will be a 25-minute reception and meet-and-greet for all candidates, who will discuss education and other issues pertinent to the area leading up to the Nov. 5 election.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is being hosted by E³ Clarke, a group of Clarke County parents promoting dialogue between students, parents, school faculty and administrators, and the Clarke County Education Association (CCEA), which represents educational professionals in the school division.
Andy Kiser, president of the CCEA, is hopeful the event will show the community the process of how the local School Board interacts and is influenced by politics.
“People don’t like to think of public school and education as political things,” he said. “Unfortunately, every decision has a political component.”
Kiser said that many people are not aware that, as he put it, the state and federal government pushes a lot on localities, including unfunded mandates.
“So much of what the local School Board struggles with is a reaction to what is happening in Richmond,” he said, referring to the General Assembly. “This is an opportunity for our community to see that it’s not just a local decision. It’s a state decision.”
For more information, contact Andy Kiser at 540-664-7194 or Barbara McCauley at 571-239-3900.
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