About the Race
The school board election for Manassas takes place on November 3, 2020, and shares a ballot with the US presidential election. Voters will select their choice for four seats at large seats. Candidates Robyn Williams and Suzanne Seaberg are running for reelection. Candidate Carl Hollingsworth, Jr. is also running. Since there are only three candidates running for four seats, feel free to write in the name your choice.
About the District
Manassas City is an independent city located near Prince William County in Northern Virginia, which also serves as the county seat for Prince William. It has a population of roughly 40,000. Hillary Clinton won the city in 2016 with more than 55% of the vote.
Suzanne Seabergand has been on the School Board since 2016. She and her husband, Walter, have three children in MCPS schools.
Seaberg supports full distance learning to protect students and staff during the pandemic and serves as Chair of the Academic Committee.
“The safety and well-being of our staff and our students and their families is more important than the reopening of schools in person at this time,” Seaberg said. “I acknowledge that option three is not ideal for some reasons. In some situations parents will need to find child care … these matters have to take a backseat to health and safety.”
On her Facebook page, Seaberg has promoted free Covid-19 testing, the City of Manassas' new Equity and Inclusion Task Force, and City Council’s decision to postpone their meeting because it fell on Juneteenth.
Seaberg voted ‘Yes’ to both the 2020 LGTQ/Pride Proclamation and the 2020 Affirmation Condemning Racism.
While she was a school board member, Manassas City Public Schools was one of six winners in the 2019 Virginia School Board Association Food for Thought Competition, an award created in 2012 to "educate, engage, and empower school leaders to address childhood hunger and provide all students in Virginia with healthier, more nutritious school meals." MCPS received the top award (among divisions with fewer than 10,000 students) in the "Meal Access to Fight Hunger" category for its after-school dinner program.
Seaberg’s involvement in Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) has been extensive, including serving as President of the Jennie Dean Elementary and Metz Middle Parent Teacher Associations (PTA), as well as Vice President of the Mayfield Intermediate PTA. Additionally, she has served as chairperson for the division’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair of the MCPS Safe Schools Advisory Council. She is a founding member of the Mayfield and Metz Band Boosters.
Her community involvement includes graduating from the 2015 MCPS Parent and Community Leadership Academy and serving on the City of Manassas Citizens Advisory Committee and Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation. Seaberg has further served the community’s youth through leadership roles in organizations such as the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and 4-H. Additionally, she has volunteered for Emergency Families for Children and the successful Manassas Backpack Attack Program.
Suzanne Seaberg is a progressive choice for this race.