Over 500 Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) members and their guests turned out last Friday evening in record numbers, to give Karen Keys-Gamarra the Democratic Party endorsement to seek the vacant At-Large seat on the Fairfax County School Board. A special election will be held August 29th to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jeanette Hough.
FCDC Chair Sue Langley said, “Ms. Keys-Gamarra is eminently qualified to represent us on the Fairfax County School Board. Both her professional experience as an attorney advocating for children, and her service as a member of the County Planning Commission where she is on the Schools Committee, provide her with profound insights into education policies. Fairfax County Public Schools comprise the 10th largest system in the nation.
Chair Langley also recognized the other candidates that sought the endorsement. “I would like to thank George Becerra, Marianna Du Bosq, Shaista Keating, Stacia Keel, Michele Menapace and Abrar Omeish for stepping up and contributing greatly to the conversation about improving Fairfax County Public Schools.”
Ms. Langley went on to say “While Karen Keys-Gamarra is an excellent choice for August 29th, the Republican endorsee could not hold a candle to any of our candidates. He has no experience in education issues. In contrast to Ms. Keys-Gamarra, who received the endorsement of the Washington Post in her razor thin loss for School Board in 2015, the Republican nominee was criticized by the same paper in his last run for office as lacking ‘any experience or qualification for the job.’ The paper characterized his ‘grasp of policy and politics’ as ‘tissue-thin.’”