Education played a role in last night’s forum for candidates running for the 11th District House of Delegates. You can read the complete story by my colleague Tiffany Holland here, but let’s recap the edu talk.
And in case you haven’t heard the race for 11th District House of Delegates seat, which was vacated by Del. Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke, is a popular one. Five candidates are running. Ware, who recently resigned his spot in the General Assembly after being elected to his sixth term, has said he is leaving to take care of his ailing mother.
At last night’s forum, Roanoke Vice Mayor Court Rosen said that education is his top priority, calling it the largest economic development driver. He also said localities should have more control in how to help their school systems.
Activist Trish White-Boyd was the only Democrat last night to say she supports the state taking over failing school systems.
You might recall the controversial Opportunity Educational Institute, which was established by the General Assembly earlier this year, has the authority to take over failing schools, something local school board members and superintendents have opposed.
As a reminder the special election to fill the 11th District spot is Jan. 7, but the firehouse primary to pick a candidate for the democratic ticket is Saturday.
Here’s a look at all the candidates with links to their campaign websites.
– Republican nominee and outgoing Roanoke sheriff Octavia Johnson
– Activist Trish White-Boyd
– Roanoke Vice Mayor Court Rosen
– Roanoke Councilman Dave Trinkle
– Former Roanoke mayoral candidate Sam Rasoul