With the June 8 filing deadline, it’s confirmed that major changes are coming to the Alexandria School Board, as only three incumbents have filed to run for reelection.
In fact, all of the candidates running for District B are fresh faces, and some of them are known in the community, including Tammy S. Ignacio, the lead administrator for specialized instruction at T.C. Williams High School, and former James K. Polk Elementary School principal PreeAnn Johnson.
The nine-member body is made up of three members from three districts. The new board will take over a school system that has been beset by controversy, including a slow easing of COVID restrictions, the renaming of T.C. Williams High School and recent elimination of the School Resource Officer program by City Council.
In District A, Board member Christopher Suarez is also not seeking reelection, and incumbents Michelle Rief and Jacinta Greene will face off against Former City Councilman Willie F. Bailey, Aloysius Boyle and D. Ohlandt.
School Board Chair Meagan Alderton is the lone incumbent running in District C, as Members Ramee Gentry and Heather Thornton did not file to run for reelection. Two other candidates — Abdel-Rahman Elnoubi and Christopher Harris are shoo-ins for the two vacant positions.
Election day is November 2.
District A candidates
- School Board Member Michelle Rief (incumbent)
- School Board Member Jacinta Greene (incumbent)
- Former City Councilman Willie F. Bailey
- Aloysius Boyle
- D. Ohlandt
District B candidates
- Deborah Ash
- Ashley Simpson Baird
- Tammy S. Ignacio
- PreeAnn Johnson
- Bridget Shea Westfall
- Former School Board Member Kelly Carmichael Booz
- Ricardo Roberts
District C candidates