• Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms. McAuliffe attended The Catholic University of America and Georgetown University Law Center. A lifelong businessman and entrepreneur, McAuliffe has lived in Fairfax County for more than 20 years with his wife, Dorothy. The couple has raised five children together.

    McAuliffe is centering his campaign on building a strong Virginia economy that works for everyone. He plans to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, two years ahead of the current schedule. He wants to require employers to provide paid sick days along with paid family and medical leave to all workers. Because Virginia is the 10th most expensive state for childcare in the country, McAuliffe wants to assist families burdened with childcare costs by providing subsidies, funneling federal money to families, and making it easier for people to qualify for assistance.

    McAuliffe plans to invest $2 billion in Virginia’s education system every year so that teachers are paid above the national average, children have access to universal pre-K, and every student can get online. To make college more affordable to students, McAuliffe will offer more financial aid and expand on current Governor Ralph Northam’s program that makes community college free to low- and middle-income students studying in certain fields. McAuliffe also wants to boost enrollment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities by providing free tuition to students who promise to teach for five years in the state’s high-need areas.

    While serving as Governor of Virginia, McAuliffe took action to reduce carbon emissions in the state and received a $120.5 million federal grant to combat the rising sea level on Virginia’s coast. He wants Virginia to reach 100% clean energy by 2035 and make access to clean energy and transportation infrastructure more affordable by providing subsidies for solar usage and public transit construction. McAuliffe also plans to address the racial impacts of climate change by providing funding to communities hit by extreme heat and rising sea levels.

    McAuliffe pushed for Medicaid expansion during his first term and wants to increase access to affordable healthcare by supporting Virginia’s plan to create a state-run health insurance marketplace. He backs lowering prescription drug costs, reducing health insurance premiums, and creating a Medicaid buy-in option for people who make too much to qualify for the program but still can’t afford out-of-pocket costs on the marketplace. When he was governor, McAuliffe vetoed Republican legislation that would have limited abortion access. If reelected, McAuliffe plans to incorporate Roe v. Wade into Virginia’s constitution to guarantee that abortion access is protected.

    McAuliffe is running against multimillionaire Republican Glenn Youngkin, the former president of Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Youngkin wants to channel the state’s money from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to fund private schools. Youngkin has admitted that he opposes abortion access and will work to dismantle protections for reproductive freedom in the Commonwealth. Youngkin is also against making health coverage more affordable in Virginia.

    McAuliffe is also facing a challenge from activist and educator Princess Blanding, an Independent candidate. Blanding is the sister of Marcus David-Peters, a young Black man who was killed by police in 2018. Blanding wants to hold police accountable by ending qualified immunity and shifting funding away from police departments to invest in community services. She also wants to make health coverage more affordable by creating a public healthcare system.

    Due to his record in providing leadership for the Commonwealth and his support of Virginia working families, the environment, affordable health coverage, and reproductive rights, Terry McAuliffe is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Terry McAuliffe

    Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms.

    Terry McAuliffe

    Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms.

  • The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017. She worked for over 20 years as a cybersecurity specialist and is the single mother of two grown children. If chosen by voters to be the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Ayala will be the first woman and Afro-Latina to do so.

    Affordable access to healthcare is a central focus for Ayala. As a first-time mother, Ayala depended on Medicaid to give her son life-saving care. In 2018, Ayala voted to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians. In 2020, she co-patroned legislation to cap the cost of insulin in the state. In 2021, she voted to make the cost of prescription drugs transparent and to boost Virginia’s capacity to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. She also wants to reduce Black maternal mortality and create a universal paid family and medical leave program in the Commonwealth.

    As a graduate of Prince William County schools, Ayala believes that a well-funded education system is critical to a thriving Commonwealth. In 2021, she voted to increase teachers’ salaries by 5%. She also supported the “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program, which provides free community college to low- and middle-income students who are studying in certain fields. As lieutenant governor, Ayala will prioritize expanding access to pre-K, reducing overcrowding in classrooms, and dedicate more funding to improve school infrastructure.

    Recognizing the climate crisis as a national security threat, Ayala believes the state needs to play a bigger role in addressing the impacts of climate change. She co-patroned the Virginia Clean Economy Act in 2020, which will eliminate carbon emissions in the Commonwealth by 2050. She also wants to dedicate more funding to communities dealing firsthand with the effects of climate change, believing that solutions to the crisis must be created with racial equity in mind.

    Ayala personally understands how hard it is for families to make ends meet. Her family struggled financially when she was a child, and she worked and raised children while obtaining her degree. In 2020, Ayala voted to raise the state’s minimum wage. She supports making paid family and medical leave available to all Virginia working families. In 2021, she voted to strengthen the rights of tenants and protect them from eviction during the pandemic. She also sponsored legislation to protect workers during the pandemic by requiring employers to provide them with personal protective equipment and hazard pay.

    Ayala is running against former delegate Winsome Sears, a Republican who represented Norfolk in the House of Delegates from 2002 to 2003. Sears owns a plumbing and appliance repair store in Winchester. Sears opposes legislation that would make our communities safer from gun violence. She also supports using public money to fund private schools and wants to create deliberate barriers to voting access that make it more difficult for people to participate in our democracy.

    Due to her support of affordable health coverage, the environment, public education, and Virginia working families, Delegate Hala Ayala is the most progressive choice for lieutenant governor in Virginia.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Hala Ayala

    The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017.

    Hala Ayala

    The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017.
  • Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013. Raised by a single mother in Loudoun County, Herring obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia before earning his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. He and his wife of 30 years, Laura, raised two children together.

    Herring has stood up for access to affordable healthcare by fighting off efforts by the Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2021, Herring defended the ACA by joining a coalition of 21 attorneys general to argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court against a lawsuit from the Trump administration that would have dismantled the ACA, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and Medicaid expansion.

    Herring is a champion of reproductive rights and abortion access, and has used his office to support a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent. He has signed onto several lawsuits that challenge different states’ restrictive abortion laws. He issued an opinion in 2015 to strike down medically unnecessary Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws that shuttered women’s health centers in the Commonwealth. In 2019, he successfully filed an injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to halt contraceptive coverage in health insurance.

    Herring has worked to keep our communities safe from gun violence by standing up to the gun lobby. In 2020, he defended two common-sense laws passed by the General Assembly aimed at preventing gun violence, the one-handgun-a-month law, and extended background checks. The same year, he also successfully defended a challenge to Virginia’s extreme risk protection law, which keeps guns out of the hands of people who pose a risk to themselves or others.

    During his time in office, Herring has fought to keep the promise of democracy real by protecting access to the ballot box. This year, he applauded the passage of the Voting Rights Act of Virginia and joined other attorneys general in urging Congress to pass safeguards that guarantee people’s rights to participate in our democracy by voting. In 2020, he ensured that voters did not face intimidation while casting their ballots in our fair and free elections. In 2016, he defended a decision from former Governor Terry McAuliffe to restore the rights of returning citizens in the Commonwealth.

    Herring is facing a challenge from Delegate Jason Miyares, a conservative Republican who wants to create deliberate barriers to voting access, undermine workers’ rights by keeping Virginia a right-to-work state, and oppose efforts to shift funding away from police budgets to community services. As a delegate, Miyares voted against raising the state’s minimum wage, expanding access to affordable healthcare to hundreds of thousands of Virginians, abolishing the death penalty, and legalizing marijuana. He also opposes abortion access.

    Due to his support of access to affordable healthcare, abortion access, gun violence prevention, and voting rights, Attorney General Mark Herring is the most progressive choice for this race.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Mark Herring

    Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013.

    Mark Herring

    Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013.
  • The 28th District includes part of Stafford County as well as part of the city of Fredericksburg. The district is highly competitive. Del. Cole won with 52% of the vote in 2019 and lost by less than 100 votes in 2017.

    Incumbent Delegate Joshua Cole is a native of Stafford County. He was raised by a single mother and attended Liberty University. He currently serves as an associate pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church and was previously president of the Stafford County NAACP. In 2017, he was the first African-American and youngest person to run for the Virginia House to represent the 28th District. After losing by less than 100 votes, he ran again in 2019 and was successfully elected.

    Since his election, Cole has fought to make the 28th District a more just, affordable, and environmentally friendly place to live. He has advocated for policies to improve the lives of women and minorities. Since being elected he has voted to pass the Equal Rights Amendment and protect a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent, including expanding healthcare coverage to include abortions. He also championed legislation to rename Jefferson Davis Highway as Emancipation Highway.

    Cole fights for all working people in Virginia, no matter their income. He voted to raise the minimum wage and make community college tuition-free. He also advocated for increasing the number of affordable housing units in the district while working to address the rising cost of living and rent. He plans to establish rent controls, create a Virginia Housing Tax Credit, increase funding for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, and promote inclusionary zoning to ensure there are sufficient housing units in the district.

    Cole supported the expansion of Medicaid and hopes to repeal Medicaid work requirements. He also supports Medicare For All. He supports keeping the price of prescriptions down and voted to cap insulin co-payments. Cole advocated for banning the practice of “balanced billing,” also known as surprise billing, where patients are charged with surprise fees. He also plans to work on improving the district’s medical and mental health support for veterans.

    Cole has also advocated for critical environmental policies by fighting to preserve the district’s natural resources and environment. He co-sponsored the Virginia Green New Deal Act, which would establish a moratorium on fossil fuel projects and incentivize investment in clean energy. He recognizes that renewable energy is both environmentally and economically beneficial by creating new jobs. He also supported legislation that would set strict regulations on polluters and raise the standards for clean air and water.

    Cole is facing a challenge from Tara Durant (R), an elementary school teacher, Marine wife, and breast cancer survivor. She volunteers and raises money for Habitat for Humanity and United Way. Durant decided to run for office during the Black Lives Matter protests against police violence in 2020. She opposes affordable healthcare and believes taxpayer money should fund private schools through school voucher programs.

    Due to his support of affordable healthcare, the environment, affordable housing, and working families, Del. Joshua Cole is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 28th District.

    Joshua Cole

    Incumbent Delegate Joshua Cole is a native of Stafford County. He was raised by a single mother and attended Liberty University. He currently serves as an associate pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church and was previously president of the Stafford County NAACP.

No Recommendation

Fredericksburg is a city of 29,036 people. It sits south of Washington, D.C. on the Rappahannock River. Ward 1 includes southwestern Fredericksburg. All eligible voters in Ward 1 can vote in this race. Ward 1 is competitive with 49% of the vote going to President Joe Biden in 2020.

Brenda Wood has served as treasurer for the City of Fredericksburg since 2014. Prior to being treasurer, she served as chief deputy treasurer since 2009 and has worked in the office since 2002, working under Virginia’s longest-serving Treasurer, G.M. “Jim” Haney. Wood is the first female Treasurer in the City of Fredericksburg. Wood is a member of the Treasurer's Association Career Development program and is certified by the University of Virginia as a Master Governmental Deputy Treasurer.

Wood has worked to implement policies to improve tax billing for residents of Fredericksburg. She successfully implemented twice-a-year billing of personal property taxes, which helps individuals who struggled to afford tax bills in one installment. Additionally, she successfully worked to modernize the payment structure, introducing electronic billing and online payment. These policies help individuals avoid late fees and save on postage costs and are more efficient all around.

Wood is running unopposed.

An absence of online information about Wood’s policies or proposals means we cannot guarantee she will make progressive choices. We do not have a recommendation in this race. However, we encourage you to cast your ballot in this election by writing in a candidate of your choosing and voting in the other offices.

No Good Choices

Fredericksburg is a city of 29,036 people. It sits south of Washington, D.C. on the Rappahannock River. Ward 1 includes southwestern Fredericksburg. All eligible voters in Ward 1 can vote in this race. Ward 1 is competitive with 49% of the vote going to President Joe Biden in 2020.

Incumbent Sheriff Paul Higgs is running for re-election to his position. Higgs has served as Sheriff for over twenty years and worked in the Sheriff's department for over thirty years. Higgs has not prioritized implementing progressive policies in the Sheriff’s department and is a supporter of multiple Republican candidates, including state Senator Bryce Reeves and former candidate for Virginia Governor, Ed Gillespie.

The Fredericksburg Sheriff's office was part of a lawsuit filed against local government officials for attacks against protesters during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests that erupted in response to the police murder of George Floyd. The protesters accused law enforcement of violating their constitutional rights, specifically their First Amendment right to free speech and peaceful assembly and the Fourth Amendment right that protects them from unreasonable search and seizure.

Higgs is running unopposed. There is no progressive choice on the ballot. However, we still encourage you to show up to vote on November 2 by writing in a name of your choice for this race and voting in the other races on your ballot.

  • Fredericksburg is a city of 29,036 people. It sits south of Washington, D.C. on the Rappahannock River. Ward 1 includes southwestern Fredericksburg. All eligible voters in Ward 1 can vote in this race. Ward 1 is competitive with 49% of the vote going to President Joe Biden in 2020.

    Libby Humphries was selected to serve as the interim Commonwealth’s Attorney starting on August 1, 2021, when former Commonwealth’s Attorney LaBravia Jenkins’ retirement went into effect. Humphries was selected as the highest ranking full-time assistant attorney in the office. She has worked at the Fredericksburg Commonwealth’s Attorney office since 2018, and previously served as a senior prosecutor in the Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. Humphries attended Dartmouth College for her undergraduate degree and University of Virginia for her law degree.

    Humphries is a supporter of a “community-facing” approach to prosecution, which seeks ways to prevent and reduce crime through different initiatives. This includes increasing opportunities for diversion and alternatives to incarceration, detention, fines, and fees. It prioritizes community safety and health over punishment. It works to improve public safety, decrease the number of incarcerated individuals, and reduce the disproportionate harm caused to Black and brown people by the criminal justice system.

    Humphries opposes cash bail, which keeps people in jail simply because they can’t afford bail. She supports Fair and Just Prosecution, an organization that advocates for progressive reforms to the criminal justice system. These include increased police accountability, drug policy reform, and alternatives to traditional incarceration. Humphries also supports increasing funding for the Virginia Witness Protection Program, which ensures that crime victims have increased protections and support. This will lead to more just criminal outcomes, as it will decrease the impact of witness intimidation tactics.

    Humphries supports the decision of the Fredericksburg Police Department to adopt the “8 Can’t Wait” initiative, a national reform program aimed at use-of-force policies. This includes requiring a verbal warning before shooting, a ban on chokeholds and strangleholds, de-escalation tactics, and duty to intervene, “8 Can’t Wait” also involves extensive data reporting, bans shooting at moving vehicles and requires officers to intervene and stop excessive use of force by other officers.

    Humphries attended Black Lives Matter protests in response to the police murder of George Floyd and believes law enforcement and the court system must be reformed to prevent the killing of more Black people. Humphries also advocated for changing the name of Jefferson Davis highway, the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces, and the removal of a slave auction block from downtown Fredericksburg. She also supports government efforts to keep our communities safe from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Humphries is running unopposed. Due to her support of criminal justice reform and racial justice, Humphries is the progressive choice in this election.

    Elizabeth “Libby” Humphries

    Libby Humphries was selected to serve as the interim Commonwealth’s Attorney starting on August 1, 2021, when former Commonwealth’s Attorney LaBravia Jenkins’ retirement went into effect. Humphries was selected as the highest ranking full-time assistant attorney in the office.

No Recommendation

Fredericksburg is a city of 29,036 people. It sits south of Washington, D.C. on the Rappahannock River. Ward 1 includes southwestern Fredericksburg. All eligible voters in Ward 1 can vote in this race. Ward 1 is competitive with 49% of the vote going to President Joe Biden in 2020.

Incumbent Lois Jacob is running for reelection to her position as commissioner of the revenue, having served since 1998. She received her bachelor's degree from Hanover College and her master's degree from The College of William and Mary. In the community, she is a trustee and sings in the choir of the Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church. She was involved in the Parent Teacher Organization when her two daughters attended Fredericksburg Public Schools.

As Commissioner of the Revenue for over twenty years, Jacob has implemented multiple improvements to Fredericksburg's tax processes, including improving the process of vehicle updates, implementing a program for tax compliance for the city, and selecting and installing a new computer system.

Jacob is also involved with the Commissioner of Revenue Association of Virginia and served as president from 2014 to 2015. She also received the Sam T. Barfield Award for Excellence, which honors a commissioner of revenue in the Commonwealth and is selected by fellow commissioners.

Jacob is running unopposed.

An absence of online information about Jacob’s policies or proposals means we cannot guarantee she will make progressive choices. We do not have a recommendation in this race. However, we encourage you to cast your ballot in this election by writing in a candidate of your choosing and voting in the other offices.

  • Jon Gerlach is a retired archaeologist and lawyer running to represent Ward 2 on the city council in Fredericksburg. Gerlach received his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. He owns a law firm based in Fredericksburg. He is a chair of the City's Architectural Review Board and a member of the city’s Historic Preservation Working Group. He and his wife have two children and eight grandchildren.

    Gerlach supports strong environmental regulations and protections. He is an avid member of Fossil Free Fredericksburg, which in 2019 successfully lobbied city council to commit to relying on 100% renewable energy community-wide by 2050. The group also encouraged the council to hire a full-time sustainability coordinator. Gerlach is a strong supporter of conservation efforts for the Rappahannock River and supports increasing tree coverage and reducing paved surfaces to help keep the river clean and healthy. He would like to see the city implement more environmentally friendly construction, including using solar panels and emphasizing walkability and other sustainable transportation options.

    Gerlach supports equity in Fredericksburg and understands that the strength of Fredericksburg communities comes from their diversity. He is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and the LGBTQ+ community. He supports the implementation of the Marcus Alert System, which is working to ensure that individuals undergoing behavioral health crises or experiencing substance abuse are supported through the proper channels, rather than being diverted to the criminal justice system. In running for office, he has pledged to “reject all bigotry, discrimination, or prejudice” and to “treat everyone as I want to be treated – with respect and courtesy.”

    Gerlach will work to ensure all members of the Fredericksburg community can afford to live in the area. He would like to see the city prioritize affordable housing in its planning, so that no one is priced out of their homes and communities maintain their socioeconomic diversity as the city grows. Additionally, as a member of the Historic Preservation Working Group, he understands the importance of maintaining the city’s character. However, he believes that intentional and carefully planned growth can allow for population growth while maintaining the city’s charm and community spaces.

    One of Gerlach’s top priorities is ensuring all residents of Fredericksburg have access to high quality education. He supports funding universal pre-K classes. He would like to see the city address its overcrowded schools so that students are receiving sufficient teacher attention. Additionally, he supports the establishment of a workforce training institute, which would allow students to graduate with an associate’s degree, and be able to earn high wages. He also supports more investment into adult learning centers, so that adults can gain new skills and increase their economic mobility.

    Gerlach is running against Navy veteran and physician William “Andrew” Reese. Reese plans to prioritize public safety in the city by ensuring EMS and Fire and Rescue services are not over-extended. He supports the historic preservation of Fredericksburg’s landmarks and believes supporting small businesses is critical to maintaining the city’s culture. He would like to increase affordable housing options in the city, as well.

    Due to his support for environmental protection, equity, affordable housing, and public education, Jon Gerlach is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Last updated: 2021-09-17

    Jon A. Gerlach

    Jon Gerlach is a retired archaeologist and lawyer running to represent Ward 2 on the city council in Fredericksburg. Gerlach received his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.

    Jon A. Gerlach

    Jon Gerlach is a retired archaeologist and lawyer running to represent Ward 2 on the city council in Fredericksburg. Gerlach received his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.

  • Incumbent Katie Pomeroy is running for reelection to represent Ward Two on the Fredericksburg School Board. Pomeroy was first elected to the board in 2018. Born in Richmond, Pomeroy has lived in Fredericksburg since she attended Mary Washington College. She works as the membership coordinator at Friends of the Rappahannock, a group working to increase environmental protections and restoration at the Rappahannock River. She serves as a local Cub Scout Leader as well. She and her husband have three children.

    Pomeroy is a member of the Enrollment, Capacity and Expansion Task Force, where she is working to address the overcrowding at all levels of Fredericksburg public schools. Pomeroy has been adamant about creating long-term, financially smart solutions to fight overcrowding. She voted against a controversial plan to expand Lafayette Upper Elementary School and move the district’s second graders there. She argued the plan would be a waste of money that would be better spent on long-term solutions.

    With the task force, Pomeroy is responsible for the plan to build a new middle school, set to be open in August 2026. This would allow the current Walker–Grant Middle School to be converted into an elementary school and both the elementary and middle schools to have structural improvements. It will help greatly reduce overcrowding, in particular at Hugh Mercer Elementary, which is currently over capacity. Pomeroy’s work will ensure all students have enough space and are in positive learning environments.

    Pomeroy has also worked to ensure students are supported and have sufficient resources to be successful to learn during the pandemic. She supported an effort to bring healthy lunch and dinner options to students who were cut off from school lunches during the pandemic. She also supported the expansion of broadband to all Fredericksburg students, ensuring that internet access would not be a barrier to participating in online classes. A new program will be more cost effective and allow for high-speed internet to be broadcasted directly to students’ homes through the Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

    Pomeroy has also worked to ensure Fredericksburg public schools receive sufficient funding and the majority of funding is going directly into schools. She and the Board successfully implement a budget that included 5% raises for teachers and staff in 2021. These raises are critical to ensuring the district is able to recruit and retain teachers, and accordingly, maintain the quality of the district’s’ education. She also supports adjustments to the state’s funding formula so that there are less disparities in funding and educational quality between rich and poor communities.

    Pomeroy is running unopposed. However, her work to address overcrowding in schools and ensure students are supported and schools are well-funded make her a progressive choice for this seat.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Kathleen “Katie” Pomeroy

    Incumbent Katie Pomeroy is running for reelection to represent Ward Two on the Fredericksburg School Board. Pomeroy was first elected to the board in 2018. Born in Richmond, Pomeroy has lived in Fredericksburg since she attended Mary Washington College. She works as the membership coordinator at Friends of the Rappahannock, a group working to increase environmental protections and restoration at the Rappahannock River. She serves as a local Cub Scout Leader as well. She and her husband have three children.

    Pomeroy is a member of the Enrollment, Capacity and Expansion Task Force, where she is working to address the overcrowding at all levels of Fredericksburg public schools. Pomeroy has been adamant about creating long-term, financially smart solutions to fight overcrowding. She voted against a controversial plan to expand Lafayette Upper Elementary School and move the district’s second graders there. She argued the plan would be a waste of money that would be better spent on long-term solutions.

    With the task force, Pomeroy is responsible for the plan to build a new middle school, set to be open in August 2026. This would allow the current Walker–Grant Middle School to be converted into an elementary school and both the elementary and middle schools to have structural improvements. It will help greatly reduce overcrowding, in particular at Hugh Mercer Elementary, which is currently over capacity. Pomeroy’s work will ensure all students have enough space and are in positive learning environments.

    Pomeroy has also worked to ensure students are supported and have sufficient resources to be successful to learn during the pandemic. She supported an effort to bring healthy lunch and dinner options to students who were cut off from school lunches during the pandemic. She also supported the expansion of broadband to all Fredericksburg students, ensuring that internet access would not be a barrier to participating in online classes. A new program will be more cost effective and allow for high-speed internet to be broadcasted directly to students’ homes through the Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

    Pomeroy has also worked to ensure Fredericksburg public schools receive sufficient funding and the majority of funding is going directly into schools. She and the Board successfully implement a budget that included 5% raises for teachers and staff in 2021. These raises are critical to ensuring the district is able to recruit and retain teachers, and accordingly, maintain the quality of the district’s’ education. She also supports adjustments to the state’s funding formula so that there are less disparities in funding and educational quality between rich and poor communities.

    Pomeroy is running unopposed. However, her work to address overcrowding in schools and ensure students are supported and schools are well-funded make her a progressive choice for this seat.

    Kathleen “Katie” Pomeroy

    Incumbent Katie Pomeroy is running for reelection to represent Ward Two on the Fredericksburg School Board. Pomeroy was first elected to the board in 2018. Born in Richmond, Pomeroy has lived in Fredericksburg since she attended Mary Washington College. She works as the membership coordinator at Friends of the Rappahannock, a group working to increase environmental protections and restoration at the Rappahannock River. She serves as a local Cub Scout Leader as well. She and her husband have three children.

    Pomeroy is a member of the Enrollment, Capacity and Expansion Task Force, where she is working to address the overcrowding at all levels of Fredericksburg public schools. Pomeroy has been adamant about creating long-term, financially smart solutions to fight overcrowding. She voted against a controversial plan to expand Lafayette Upper Elementary School and move the district’s second graders there. She argued the plan would be a waste of money that would be better spent on long-term solutions.

    With the task force, Pomeroy is responsible for the plan to build a new middle school, set to be open in August 2026. This would allow the current Walker–Grant Middle School to be converted into an elementary school and both the elementary and middle schools to have structural improvements. It will help greatly reduce overcrowding, in particular at Hugh Mercer Elementary, which is currently over capacity. Pomeroy’s work will ensure all students have enough space and are in positive learning environments.

    Pomeroy has also worked to ensure students are supported and have sufficient resources to be successful to learn during the pandemic. She supported an effort to bring healthy lunch and dinner options to students who were cut off from school lunches during the pandemic. She also supported the expansion of broadband to all Fredericksburg students, ensuring that internet access would not be a barrier to participating in online classes. A new program will be more cost effective and allow for high-speed internet to be broadcasted directly to students’ homes through the Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

    Pomeroy has also worked to ensure Fredericksburg public schools receive sufficient funding and the majority of funding is going directly into schools. She and the Board successfully implement a budget that included 5% raises for teachers and staff in 2021. These raises are critical to ensuring the district is able to recruit and retain teachers, and accordingly, maintain the quality of the district’s’ education. She also supports adjustments to the state’s funding formula so that there are less disparities in funding and educational quality between rich and poor communities.

    Pomeroy is running unopposed. However, her work to address overcrowding in schools and ensure students are supported and schools are well-funded make her a progressive choice for this seat.