The race for the Catoctin District seat on the School Board is heating up, with another candidate officially announcing her bid last Friday. Jenna Alexander, an outspoken advocate who has worked within local parent teacher associations for the past five years, kicked off her campaign May 10 in front of around 30 supporters at The Barns at Hamilton Station.
All nine seats on the school board are up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Catoctin District is currently represented by Chris Croll, who the school board appointed in December to finish out the remainder of the term vacated by Eric DeKenipp. Alexander was one of six candidates considered for the appointment, which runs through the end of the year. Croll is not seeking election to the seat in November.
“I believe that we achieve the best results for our students when we collaborate with others and look for creative solutions,” Alexander said. She has served as treasurer and president of Hamilton Elementary PTA, the Hunt District PTA director, overseeing all of the PTAs in Loudoun, and currently the Virginia PTA’s vice president of advocacy.
Alexander said she wants to keep politics out of school board decisions.
“There is no room for partisan politics when it comes to protecting our rural schools, ensuring that our students are safe; that there is transparency in communication; that curriculum builds an appreciation for the arts and other cultures alongside STEM; and that we support rural economy careers and choices for our homeschool families,” she stated.
Despite the desire to stay neutral, Alexander has already picked up the support of another Loudoun candidate—Forest Hayes, who is running for the Catoctin District seat on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors as a Democrat.
Hayes said that he sees “eye-to-eye” with Alexander on school issues, specifically promoting greater workforce housing density in eastern Loudoun and less density in the western part of the county. They also agree on renovating small schools in western Loudoun, addressing overcrowding and class sizes, and allowing homeschooled children to participate in public after-school programs.
“Because of our close alignment on these issues and Jenna’s outstanding record of experience, I wholeheartedly endorse her for the Catoctin School Board,” Hayes stated.