|Pafford's campaign message.|
Two people are vying for the endorsement: Linda Pelligrino (already reported on here) and Tom Pafford.
The candidate endorsed by the Fairfax County Republican Committee will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot along with Democratic candidate Ricardy Anderson, a former teacher and principal.
Pafford’s information sheet submitted to the Mason District Republicans says he is a retired Air Force officer who owns an IT company. He and his wife, an immigrant from India, have two sons who attended Columbia Elementary School and graduated from Bishop O’Connell, a private Catholic high school. They are a Christian family, he says, and “Christian values are felt in the home.”
Pafford opposes the school board’s decision to rename Stuart High School (it’s now Justice High School) and what he views as the school board’s efforts to “push an LGBTQ agenda.”
Despite a heavy Democratic presence in Northern Virginia, Pafford says he can win by tapping into people’s discontent over those two issues.
The Democrats on the school board are “happy haters,” he says, because “they are happy to pass resolutions many of the citizens hate.”
Pelligrino’s statement to the Mason District Republicans talks about her service on Fairfax County’s Community Action Advisory Board (2003-08) and her efforts to be an advocate for her father, a veteran who was mistreated by the Armed Services Retirement Home in DC. While fighting the government over its neglect of her father, she maintained honor roll status at Northern Virginia Community College.
Pelligrino also worked with the Falls Church Anglican on outreach to the minority community; participates in several arts groups; and volunteered on several Republican campaigns, including Ken Cuccinelli, George Allen, and Corey Stewart.
As a school board member, Pelligrino says she will support high academic standards for learning, fiscal responsibility in the FCPS budget, science-based education regarding human development in family life education (FLE), the requirement to inform parents of their right to opt out of FLE, and community involvement.