Shontya Washington headshot

WINCHESTER — Frederick County Public School Board member Shontya' Washington announced Friday that she is running as an Independent for the Red Bud District seat on the Frederick County Board of Supervisors in the November election.

Washington turned in her filing paperwork to the Frederick County Voter Registrar last week and intends to begin raising money immediately. The Red Bud District is now represented by Republican Blaine Dunn.

Washington, 42, has lived in the Red Bud District since 2011. She was elected to the School Board by a margin of seven votes in 2017 and has served since 2018. In January, she was unanimously elected vice chairman of the board and will continue to serve in that capacity the remainder of the calendar year.

Washington said she decided to run for the Board of Supervisors because she believes there are voices in Frederick County that are not being represented by the current makeup of the board. In particular, she feels the opinions of parents and residents favorable toward the school system are not considered as heavily by board members whenever they discuss “the taxpayers.” She believes the board needs to invest in infrastructure to meet the demands of a growing county and to pave the way for the young families that represent the county’s future.

“There are a lot of people who have been here forever who recognize that there still needs to be something for the future happening and making sure the infrastructure is there,” Washington said.

Washington said she believes that “all life is precious,” that all should be able to protect themselves, that all deserve a great education and that the county needs to increase business development. She'd like to keep tax rates low while working to fund Frederick County’s urgent needs.

Expanding broadband access throughout the county is another major priority for Washington.

“COVID hit and that made [broadband] even more of a necessity because people were working from home and doing school virtually,” Washington said. “Systems were crashing down. I know of parents who didn’t have good reception in their area where they really had to sit in the parking lot of the schools to get their work done. That’s just unacceptable. We need to make sure we are doing everything we can to get broadband and make sure all of our constituents and all of our community is able to receive internet capabilities in this day and age.”

As “an American of African descent,” Washington believes in having tough conversations about race and equality without trying to silence differing opinions.

She hopes to use her experience on the School Board to ease tensions and bridge the divide between the Board of Supervisors and the School Board.

Washington said she will balance her own principles with the desires of the majority of her constituents when considering how to vote.

Washington graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor of science degree in integrated science and technology and computer science. She works as a software/systems engineer for iN2STEM Solutions Inc. She is married to Brian Washington and has three children — Brian, Braxton, and Janai — in Frederick County Public Schools.

Supervisors serve four-year terms and receive a salary of $9,000 per year.

— Contact Josh Janney at jjanney@winchesterstar.com

(14) comments

GreatScott

If she wins, hold onto your wallets.

dmjc

You are left with a sense that when such an announcement ruffles feathers on day one - this must be one solid candidate.

Joe Crane

Blaine has been one of three Conservatives who have challenged the status quo and fought for fiscal accountability. Ms. Washington, I presume, will be just another Leftist big spender. Hasn't our nation suffered enough from the Left?

ANJ24

@Joe Crane, The Frederick County Republican newsletter (for all Republicans & Conservatives) called Mrs. Washington "the hardest worker on the board and politically astute." Perhaps your presumption is presumptuous?

ANJ24

I've never been so excited about a local political race! The citizens of Frederick County desperately need the type of hands on, knowledgeable leadership Shontya' has proven to provide.

WinchesterNative

THIS IS AWESOME NEWS! She is such a great School Board member and actually takes her job seriously! She is very involved and will be a HUGE addition to the Board of Supervisors! She has my vote!!!!

Steve Cunningham

"Washington said she decided to run for the Board of Supervisors because she believes there are voices in Frederick County that are not being represented by the current makeup of the board"

Then why is she running against the one person on the Board who listens to ALL of their constituents?!? Blaine Dunn has held numerous public input sessions not only for those in the Red Bud District but for any Frederick County residents. He listens to every point of view regardless of if he agrees or not, believe me I have called him out on several issues and he has explained his views to me. I don't believe that I have ever seen Mrs. Washington at any of those sessions. If Mrs. Washington wants to represent everyone, then why does she not respond to constituent requests for information through the School Boards webpage 'contact us' section. She only represents those in the Red Bud school district who have the same views as she does, she does not represent every Red Bud taxpaying citizen. Make no mistake she is a very Liberal Democrat posing in an Independent's cloaking.

ANJ24

100% false. Mrs. Washington is a fiscal and social conservative. Also, please note there is a difference between listening to constituents and actually acting on their concerns.

Steve Cunningham

Another person who wishes to express their views anonymously (ANJ24). I wouldn't know as Mrs Washington has never returned any correspondence with me, unlike Blaine Dunn who responds to most correspondence and who has actually held public input sessions with constituents and taxpayers in times when he isn't running for office.

mook21

@Steve I don’t believe Dunn is running for another term as he has his eyes on the Senate. So she will not be running against him.

Steve Cunningham

@mook21, I guess this is the Democrats first lie of Mrs. Washington's campaign.

john brown

She must be good. Steve has already started the attacks for his old seditionist budy blaine. blaine and his other seditionist have turned frederick county into mississippi. if frederick county is not careful their schools and workforce will mimic backwards, bottom of the barrel mississippi as well.

WinchesterNative

What a joke statement!!! Stay in your habit hole and keep sipping Dunn's cool-aid!

mikep

Great news! She has been a great addition to the school board- she regularly attends events at local schools and is very involved in the community. She will be a great choice for the Board of Supervisors. She has my vote!

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