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(2-4PM, Sunday, Oct. 27th) Meet Candidates for FCPS School Board, Board of Supervisors, VA House of Delegates at American Chinese School - Herndon

Meet Candidates for FCPS School Board, Board of Supervisors, and VA House of Delegates!

Sunday, October 27th, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 PM

Candidates for School Board At-large (County Wide)
Anastasia Karloutsos Candidate for School Board, Dranesville District
Andrea A. Bayer - Candidate for School Board, Providence District
Laura Ramirez-Drain - Candidate for School Board, Hunter Mill District
Elizabeth L. Schultz - Candidate for School Board, Springfield District

Ed Martin - Candidate for Supervisor, Dranesville District
Srilekha Palle - Candidate for Supervisor, Sully District

Gary Pan - Candidate for the 34th District
Virginia House of Delegates
Great Falls, Northern Vienna, Western McLean, Eastern Sterling

(Election Day is November 5th)

Hosts: Matt Truong; Andrew Chen 
Concerned Parents of Fairfax County

Place: The Cafeteria
Rachel Carson Middle School
13618 McLearen Rd
Herndon, VA 20171

Open to the Public! 

2:00-2:30PM   Meet and Greet
2:30-3:30PM   Seminar - Fairfax County and FCPS Challenges and Solutions
3:30-4:00PM   Discussion in Small Groups; Signs Distribution

Please contact Matt Truong at fcrc4u@gmail.com240.812.9880 for any question.

*Note: the above list of candidates may change over the next few days...

*** Candidates and campaign representatives: please don't forget to bring plenty of literature, a way for volunteers to sign up, and (if you have them) yard signs and bumper stickers. You may consider arriving 30 minutes earlier to distribute literature.

Please help promote this event in your groups (and feel free to edit). 

Thank you, everyone!

FCPS School Board and Board of Supervisors Election Volunteers Team

Video: Meeting Candidates for FCPS School Board, Board of Supervisors, and VA House of Delegates, at Hope Chinese School - Tysons, VA, 10/06/2019 

FCPS 2015 School Board election results

Currently we are faced with the fight to change the current school board and the direction they want to take the public school education for our children and our communities. Can we do it? Yes we can ! Is it going to be a uphill fight? yes it is! Will petty politics come into play ? Of course it will but we can to do it united as one community. 

Note our very Dranesville Representative, Jane Strauss, in her past elections she ran as the fighter and protector of the Great Falls Boundaries staying intact. Now that she is retiring she is working with the board in changing the boundary policy that would effectively split Great Falls. The irony in that is mind blowing!

Breakdown of 2015 Election - Dranesville District 

McLean 25% of total votes
3670 voted Strauss 56%
2869 votes Kurzenhauser 44%
That is 801 vote difference

Langley 58% of total votes
7665 voted Strauss 
7261 voted Kuzenhauser 
That is 404 vote difference

Herndon 17% of total votes 
2750 voted Strauss
1659 voted Kuzenhauser
That is a 1091 vote difference

The number of votes allocated above for the 2015 school board race total 28,000, but there are some 80,000 registered voters in Dranesville! So in 2015 was only 35% turnout.. And Strauss won by 2k or about 2.5% of 80,000 
So we just need 5% turnout in our favor to match the 2k and raise another 2k.

There is a lot of nonsense being communicated but let’s stay focused and change the board not our boundaries.

Laura VOF

Setting the Record Straight - FCPS School Boundaries

Published on Sep 21, 2019

A video response to Superintendent Brabrand's blast message to the community about boundaries.

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(January 22, 2020) Newport Academy Appeal Public Hearing

Newport Academy's appeal of the 3 properties on Davidson Rd. has been reschedule for January 22. Newport Academy has appealed that they can indeed operate three treatment centers next to each other "by right" and do not need a special permit from the county. January 22 is also the date of the Kurtz Rd. appeal. Please consider signing up to speak for 3 minutes at the public hearing on January 22 and support your community.

You are able to sign up to speak at the Davidson Rd appeal AND the Kurtz Rd appeal, which are on the same day. 

Application numbers can be found on this link. You can sign up to speak for both the Davidson Rd. appeal AND the Kurtz Rd. appeal if you'd like.

You can sign up to speak here: looks like the meeting starts at 9am.

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Fairfax County School Board Candidates

A rare voice of common sense on Fairfax County School Board, Ms. Schultz breaks down “One Fairfax” and other controversial issues.

The Truth About One Fairfax School Reboundarying

Voices of Fairfax

Published on Aug 1, 2019

This video includes clips from the following school board work sessions: 6.26.18, 2.26.19, 3.11.19, 5.13.19, 7.22.19. These videos are all publicly available on the Fairfax County website and on YouTube.

FCPS School Board Work Session 7-22-19 Boundary Policy

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Curious: are the rehab facilities impacting the neighborhood real estate sales? See the below listings:

(1411 Kurtz Rd, Mclean, VA 22101)
Recent Changes: 
(06/26/2019 : DOWN) $1,580,000->$1,480,000;
(08/19/2019 : DOWN) $1,480,000->$1,425,000

(7001 Symphony Ct, Mclean, VA 22101)
$1,590,000: Withdrawn


We had almost a 1/4 of the auditorium filled up, front and center. Thank you all who were able to come out on a workday morning in a show of support.

Foust and the other Supervisors couldn’t have missed us if they tried. There is another Supervisor’s Meeting on May 21st where folks can (and have) register to speak. We walked out together as a group after about an hour of holding our signs quietly - -

  • Election Date : NOV 05, 2019 There are 3 At-Large seats on FCPS Board. Every voter gets to vote for 3 individuals. If you agree that there are serious problems in FCPS that needs immediate correction, then you need to send the right team to make it happen.

Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 01:17:59 -0400

Subject: Vinson, your school board candidate is seeking your help


Dear Friends,

I am happy to report that our campaign is going really well. I am really hopeful about the prospects of winning for the sake of the future of out count and our nation.


I am writing this email to request you a favor. I have my yard signs and bumper stickers ready. It’s hue help if you can place my yard sign on your yard. Even better, if you can have a bumper sticker. If you can help me, please let me know in a reply email or phone call. I am counting on your help.


Best regards


Vinson Xavier Palathingal

(M): +1 (703) 568-8070

P.O. Box 661

McLean, Virginia 22101

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