Born in Charleston, SC, Baron Braswell moved to Virginia Beach where he graduated from Kellam High School. He went on to study political science at Virginia State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude before joining the Army. He was elected to the Spotsylvania School Board in 2014, and is currently serving his fourth term. Braswell sits on advisory boards at the University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College. He and his wife have two children.
Braswell has served on the school board for the past seven and a half years. Each year he advocated for better pay for teachers, bus drivers, support staff, and coaches. He was also a major budget driver on restructuring health insurance in the school division. This led to millions of dollars in savings. During his time on the school board, he advocated for more accessible sports participation by lowering fees for student athletes.
Braswell advocates for updating the county’s infrastructure. While on the school board, he pushed for the major renovation of Courtland High School, as well as the installation of artificial turf at five high schools. The school’s renovation came in at half the average cost of a new high school and led to a gold award for design from the Virginia School Boards Association. In the midst of the pandemic, he recognized the area’s growing need for broadband services.
Promoting economic development and increasing access to opportunity are high on Braswell’s list of priorities. He praised efforts of the Spotsylvania County Schools to contract two years of state field hockey tournaments with the Virginia High School League. He encourages similar partnerships with businesses across the county. As a school board member, he was a leader in growing support for students’ extracurricular activities and started a region wide chess tournament for students. He advocated for expanding the Career and College pathways programs to include a variety of tracks including veterinary science, visual and performing arts, and cybersecurity.
Along with his family, he hosts a run in honor of his late son, dedicated to reducing teen violence. Braswell sat on a panel along with area leaders to discuss race relations around Fredericksburg. He also championed the name change of R.E. Lee Elementary School to Spotsylvania Elementary School. He has stated that access to an equitable education must be a priority to end systemic injustice, pushing for local governments to better fund education.
Baron Braswell is challenging conservative incumbent Supervisor Chris Yakabouski (R). Yakabouski has lived in Spotsylvania for 30 years. He has two children enrolled in Spotsylvania Public schools, and he strongly supports SROs in every school and has pledged to back law enforcement. He has labeled himself the “conservative voice” on the board of supervisors.
Braswell is also challenging previous House of Delegates candidate Nick Ignacio. Nick Ignacio’s 2017 campaign focused on enforcing immigration laws, strengthening Second Amendment rights, and limiting abortion access. He is regional tea party chairman and was responsible for organizing an anti-mask rally. While making comments at a school board meeting, he refused to wear a mask and removed protective barriers at the podium. During another incident, he had to be removed from a school board meeting. He has been known to make use anti-gay slurs.
Due to his history of increasing accessibility to opportunities for students, updating infrastructure, and his commitment to reducing teen violence, Baron Braswell is the most progressive choice in this race.Last updated: 2021-09-15Born in Charleston, SC, Baron Braswell moved to Virginia Beach where he graduated from Kellam High School. He went on to study political science at Virginia State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude before joining the Army.Born in Charleston, SC, Baron Braswell moved to Virginia Beach where he graduated from Kellam High School. He went on to study political science at Virginia State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude before joining the Army.
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