The election for Virginia Beach City School Board District 4 takes place on November 8, 2022. Prior to the 2022 election, voters could vote for all eleven Virginia Beach School Board seats, regardless of where they live. This is the first school board election where voters will only vote for candidates in their district. There is one at-large seat that is not up for election this year. Kenneth Richard Lubeck (I) and Staci Martin (I) will compete for the District 4 seat.
Staci Martin is an Independent candidate who obtained an undergraduate degree at Radford University and a Master of Arts in English at Old Dominion University. Her platform consists of wanting to look at bus routes and compensation for all school personnel, including bus drivers. She also wants to address school infrastructure and expand opportunities for trades and technology education in an effort to keep students from acquiring debt.
Martin’s platform starts by addressing school infrastructure. Personally affected by the failing school infrastructure, Staci's daughter experienced severe episodes of asthma and hives during high school. She pledges to tackle this issue with minimal impact to students by ensuring that school reconstruction stays on track.
Martin’s campaign is also run on the foundation of student and teacher wellness. Martin advocates that both students and teachers need resources to support their mental and physical wellbeing. Marit’s solution is to increase the student to counselor ratio, enabling students to feel like their issues matter. She also prioritizes paying teachers and staff what they deserve, ensuring a high quality of life.
Staci is also an advocate for accurate history telling in our public schools. She understands that America is a diverse nation striving for truth, justice, and liberty for all while also recognizing the importance of teaching students about the injustices and truths of the past in an effort to make a just future. She is also against book banning, believing that while parents do have the right and ability to choose what their children read, they do not have the right to choose what other children read.
Staci is running against Richard Lubeck.
Richard “Ken” Lubeck served in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted corpsman and earned a graduate degree in theology from Regent University. He has worked as an information technology professional and has a history of working with at-risk youth. Lubeck is running his campaign on issues such as “parent rights” which is code for being against accommodations for trans kids and social emotional learning in the classroom.
We recommend Staci Martin as a candidate for this race due to her prioritization of addressing school infrastructure and expansion of educational opportunities for students.