Arlington, VA
Press Release

School Board Candidate Sharon Dorsey Picks Up Key Endorsements

May 1, 2015

SB Member Abby Raphael, Clerk of the Court Paul Fergson and former School Board Member Noah Simon endorse Sharon Dorsey for School Board

Dorsey Earns the Support of Paul Ferguson, Abby Raphael and Noah Simon

Arlington, VA — Democratic school board candidate Sharon Dorsey has earned the endorsements of key party figures Clerk of the Court Paul Ferguson, Arlington County School Board Member Abby Raphael and former Arlington County School Board Member Noah Simon. These endorsement signify the growing support for Dorsey’s campaign within the Arlington community.

Paul Ferguson, who has been Clerk of the Court since 2008, highlighted Dorsey’s leadership credentials and her ability to bring together different communities.

“Sharon Dorsey’s business and technology background along with her knowledge of education issues make her the right choice. She has strong leadership skills and an ability to work with others to achieve consensus,” said Paul Ferguson. “Her values are consistent with what we would expect from Arlington’s leaders. I urge Arlington voters to support Sharon Dorsey.”

Noah Simon, school board member until 2014, noted Dorsey’s vast experience across the community, “Sharon’s experience as a business leader and educator will make her a valuable member of the School Board. Her reasonable approach to decision making will help ensure every Arlington student receives the first class education he or she deserves.”

School board member Abby Raphael also focused on Dorsey’s background and her ability to reach consensus oriented solutions.

“Sharon is a proven leader with experience from the classroom to the boardroom. Her commitment to teamwork and her solutions-oriented approach are exactly what Arlington needs at this time. I firmly believe that she will move our schools forward and help all students succeed,” she said.

Dorsey, a former teacher with nearly 30 years of business experience under her belt, has centered her campaign around the need for the school board and the community to work together on important issues affecting Arlington’s public schools, such as the achievement gap, overcrowding and ensuring tax dollars are spent efficiently.

“I’m honored and humbled to have the endorsement of such esteemed leaders here in Arlington. Their support means the world to me,” Dorsey said. “I know that together we can achieve even better things for Arlington’s public schools and ensure every single child will have the opportunities to succeed that they deserve.”

Raphael is retiring at the end of 2015, and Dorsey is running to fill her position on the board. School board elections are officially nonpartisan in Virginia, but political parties can choose to endorse a candidate. Both Dorsey and her opponent, Reid Goldstein, are in contention for the Democratic endorsement.

The Arlington County Democratic Endorsement Caucus will take place on Thursday, May 14 and Saturday, May 16. Voters may cast their ballots on either day at the following locations:

Voting on May 14 will take place at Drew Model School (3500 23rd Street South), from 7 to 9 P.M.

Voting on May 16 will take place at Washington-Lee High School (1301 N Stafford Street), from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M.

For more information on Sharon Dorsey, please visit www.SharonDorsey.org.

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