Apr 2, 2024 - News

The candidates running for Richmond School Board

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The entire Richmond School Board is up for election this November.

Why it matters: They're charged with shaping school spending and policies for roughly 22,000 RPS students.

Between the lines: Incumbents for the 1st, 5th and 8th districts haven't filed for candidacy as of Monday and didn't respond to requests for comment by time of publication.

These are the candidates who have filed or announced so far:

1st District

Matthew Percival is a security engineer for the State Department and was among the 10 candidates who sought to fill the 1st District seat when Glen Sturtevant ran for state Senate in 2016.

2nd District

Incumbent Mariah White is an RPS and VCU graduate and a retired Army officer who has worked at the Department of Defense for nearly 30 years.

3rd District

Ali Faruk, an RPS parent and longtime Richmonder, is looking to replace Kenya Gibson, who is seeking a City Council seat after six years on the School Board.

  • He's the former director of public policy at Families Forward Virginia, which focuses on preventing child abuse.

Charlene Riley, an RPS parent of three, has been vocal about school issues and told WRIC earlier this year that there's a need for more resources toward mental health counseling and reducing poverty.

4th District

Incumbent Jonathan Young, director of corporate development at Virginia State University, has represented the district since 2017.

6th District

Incumbent Shonda Harris-Muhammed is a longtime educator and Richmonder who founded Northside Coalition for Children, a nonprofit giving teachers and students the supplies they need.

7th District

Incumbent Cheryl Burke, a retired RPS teacher and principal, is a Church Hill resident who has represented the district since 2017.

8th District

E.J. Jafari is a Virginia Union graduate and owner of African American Tours of Richmond.

9th District

Shavonda Dixon, an RPS graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, was appointed by the School Board after Nicole Jones took over Michael Jones' 9th district City Council seat.

Mary Gresham, manager of custodial services at RPS who was an RPS teacher for 33 years, announced on Facebook that she's running for the 9th district seat but hasn't filed.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with new additions, and to remove people who dropped out.


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