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Alberts has worked in Greene County Public Schools on and off and on for 22 years. She taught math and algebra at the high school and the middle school levels, as well as at the Greene County Technical Education Center. And she’s taught her students to love math. She is stepping out of the classroom for now and is striving to serve her students, their families, her colleagues, and our community in a new way as a member of the school board. Alberts hopes that bringing her knowledge and expertise about school matters and issues in Greene County to the school board will support all board members in doing what is best for our students. Alberts spoke to the Greene County Republicans in June.
I have worked in the public school system for over 10 years, first as a school bus driver and then as an in-school suspension coordinator and STEP coach for Albemarle County Schools. (STEP is a school-based program designed to improve the ease of students’ transition from elementary to middle school and to address problem behavior.) Before that, I worked for the VA Transportation Department as a supervisor and certified trainer through the Department of Education. My experience in the Transportation Department gives me an insider perspective that clarifies the complex needs of providing and scheduling school bus drivers and staff. School divisions, including Greene’s, are struggling with staffing in this area.
I have a unique perspective on the needs of students. My position as school suspension coordinator allows me to see students as they are, sometimes at their worst and most vulnerable. It also allows me to make a huge difference in their lives. I see where they are struggling. I see the impact their actions have on teachers and fellow classmates. When I help them navigate their struggles, something magical happens. I am gratified to be an integral part of this process.
I am a passionate advocate for educational excellence and I hope to use my experiences working for public education to empower our communities’ children for lifelong success, and to help shape the future of our Greene County schools one school board decision at a time. Investing in our schools is investing in America.
I lived in nearby rural Albemarle County most of my life and moved to Greene with my husband of 22 years and our three children a few years ago. We are happily settled in the beautiful foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains in Dyke to enable us to live the rural life we love.
Greer has lived in Virginia for 20 years and in Greene County for 10 years. She is the proud product of public-school education, and her two children attend Greene County schools. Her daughter is in 8th grade at the middle school and her son will be joining as a sixth grader this fall. In her spare time, Greer is a soccer and roller hockey mom. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified EMDR Therapist and Certified Family Trauma Professional. Presently, she runs a private practice in Greene County where she counsels children, teens, and adults. As a board member, she hopes to ask important questions, facilitate conversation, and provide needed expertise related to our children’s mental health and development. See her Facebook page for more about her and her campaign. Greer spoke to the Greene County Republicans on May 15.
Education – true education - is informing another, with the intent to equip them with competency that affords them success and, the ability to utilize deductive reasoning and critical analysis as means by which to build upon general competency, in order to lead a successful and happy life. I believe that principles of education have been adulterated, as society seems to be too focused on trends rather than deep personal fulfillment. Such fulfillment (successes) are different for each person.
While standardized testing has its place in determining the overall success of a generalized program – one in which American students are currently regressing, by NCES and NAEP metrics – it often fails to consider the outliers who may have energy or proclivities that don’t fit in to the rigid structures of standardized tests… maybe such outliers just aren’t fit for classroom learning, but rather are perfectly capable of consuming and retaining information necessary to succeed in life, by means that are not covered in a standardized, generalized education. I believe that teachers are being overwhelmed by a system that is supposed to support them. I also realize that there is a growing disconnect between parents and school faculty, both of whom should be united in providing structure that allows for effective learning.
If elected to the position, I will speak boldly for the rights of parents to know what their children are consuming for 7 hours per day and, convey the expectation that the parents hold themselves and their children accountable in productively communicating with and supporting the teachers who sometimes have to administer methods that are forced upon them; school board members ought to stand in the gap, to ensure that teachers are supported and guided, and parents remain informed. School board members should be willing to make the hard choices that limit distractions from the goal – bolstering our children’s abilities, strengthening their weaknesses, and educating them for a successful life, liberating them from debilitating self-doubt, and enabling their future pursuits of happiness.
I have a high school education. I was an A student, to include AP math and science. I realized in my freshman year of college that 3 more years of sitting, for uncertain reasons, wasn’t for me. I am imperfect, but strive for better every day – the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement should be considered lifelong endeavors. I am a business owner. I am happily married, for 14 years, to a Doctor of Physical Therapy. We have two children – a 12 year old 7th grade boy and, a 10 year old 5th grade girl. We have a wealth of varying perspectives and experiences that inform how we raise our children.
I coach a lot of youth sports, more for the opportunity to teach perspective and life lessons; the sport is secondary to me. I am not idealistic nor ideological. I have no future political endeavors nor ulterior motives. I realize that, as a school board member, I would be a pebble in a regulatory/administrative ocean, but I’m running because I hope to provide an unabashed voice, speaking against educational distractions and, advocating for the unification of parents and teachers – with the support of administrators – in hopes to keep the focus on preparing our children for successful adulthood.
Todd Sansom was raised in Greene County and graduated from William Monroe High School in 1996. He holds a B.A. from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where he went on to a successful music career of over 15 years. He has toured across the United States and Canada, performing in venues from professional sporting arenas to the Grand Ole Opry. In 2015, he moved back to Greene to raise his family and operate the family Angus cattle farm. In 2020, he and his wife Katie opened Maybelle’s Market in Dyke, and then Maybelle’s on Main in Stanardsville in 2022. He also owns The Rapidan Beef Company, providing locally raised beef to local restaurants and markets, as well as direct to the consumer.
Todd has served as a member of the Greene County School Board, including as Chair in 2022 and 2023. He has also served his community as a member of the Stanardsville Independence Day Committee and as a youth sports coach with Greene Parks and Rec. He also serves on the Greene Education Foundation and is active in several local Christian outreach initiatives. He has three children, ages 12, 10 and 7, and still finds time to play music with his local band, Southern Sky. After his faith and his family, giving back to his community is Todd’s greatest passion. See Todd's Facebook page for more.
McGuigan is the son of a naval officer and lived in seven states before graduating from high school in Falls Church, Virginia. He graduated from UVA and then attended Georgetown University Medical School on a Navy scholarship. He served as a orthopedic surgeon in the navy and later became a professor of surgery at Georgetown for fifteen years. He says life taught him the value of serving the community and caring for all people and that those values of service and care will guide his decisions as a member of the Board of Supervisors. Check out his website.
I grew up on a ranch in the Colorado mountain town of Pagosa Springs. Pagosa Springs was a lot like Greene County, an agricultural community that was looking for a way to protect our rural character while capitalizing on our natural attractions that drove tourism to our area and creating a sense of community for our permanent residents. We had many of the same struggles that Greene County is experiencing including; water, traffic, county budgets and creating community. I have seen firsthand what happens when the locals work together to solve the problems impacting their community.
After meeting my future wife while she was on vacation in Colorado, I relocated to Northern Virginia in 2009 to start our life together. We were married in 2010 and after having 2 kids we quickly realized that NOVA was not the place we wanted to live or raise a family. In search of the rural community I was missing from back home, our family fell in love with Greene County and moved here in 2016. My family has operated tourist lodging on our agricultural property in Greene since 2017. We have owned and operated multiple local businesses including Touchstone Manor and Jacks Shop Kitchen. In addition, I have served and volunteered locally including coaching youth sports, serving on the Greene County EDA, serving as the Vice Chair of the Stanardsville Independance Day Committee, and volunteering with the GRACE Greene Alliance.
I work remotely as the VP of Operations for a technology consulting company. When I am not at my day job or volunteering you can find me pursuing my passions of being outdoors and working with my hands, maybe building my next tiny house or tending to my property, hiking with my family and catching a mountain bike ride at Preddy Creek. I believe we can make positive change in Greene and I ask for your support as a write-in candidate for the Monroe District Board of Supervisors position. If you would like to know more about me or discuss the issues impacting our county, please do not hesitate to reach out. Phone: 303-669-3939. See Corey's Facebook page.
NEW write-in candidate for Monroe District B.O.S. We will be asking for his bio. Stay tuned.
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General Elections November 7, 2023
The quality of your life in Greene County depends upon the views and integrity of these elected officials.
These local elected positions, and county-wide constitutional offices, will be contested this year because their terms end on December 31, 2023. Although these positions are supposedly non-political and often not endorsed by any political party, some, especially the board of supervisors positions, often become political.
Note: Current constitutional office-holders are named below. ALL Constitutional Officers are running again and ALL are unopposed.
CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICE, EIGHT-YEAR TERM
Clerk of Court: Ashby Lamb-Gomez
CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICES, FOUR-YEAR TERMS
Commonwealth's Attorney: Edwin "Win" Consolvo
Sheriff : Steven S. Smith
Commissioner of Revenue: Kimberly Breeden Tate
Treasurer: Stephanie A. Deal
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, FOUR-YEAR TERMS
Candidates for at-Large
Dr. Francis X. McGuigan
Steven D. Kortepeter Jr. - Withdrawn
Cory Jacober - Write-in Candidate
GREENE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, FOUR-YEAR TERMS
Candidates for at-Large
Buddy J. Barre
Cara Bickers - Write-in Candidate
SOIL AND WATER DIRECTORS CULPEPER DISTRICT, TWO-YEAR TERMS Note: Two open seats
1st seat - Robert E. Runkle - Incumbant
2nd seat - no candidate; write-in allowed
Sara Ratcliffe - Democrat
Sara for Virginia website: saraforva.com
Other candidates: Incumbent Nick Freitas won the Republican Caucus beating out newcomer far-right Mike Allers.
Jason Ford - Democrat
He's a recent graduate of Mary Washington University and works as a manager for Goodwill. He worked as a field organizer for the Spanberger campaign in 2022 and everyone sings his praises.
Other candidates for the 28th District include:
Brice Reeves - Republican incumbent and Republican Whip
Tawana Campbell - did not qualify
Elizabeth Melson - right-leaning Independent
Virginia’s state-wide general elections on November 7, 2023, will be among the most consequential elections of our lifetime. Every seat in the legislature is up for grabs. Democratic control of the State Senate is at risk and needed to balance the Republican control of the House of Delegates and to reign in the Republican governor.
Following 2021's redistricting, Greene County was placed into House District 62 and State Senate District 28. We will be voting for candidates in those districts in November, but until the end of the year, we are represented in HD55 and SD24.
Sara Ratcliffe (D), chair of the Greene County Democrats for six months in 2022, is running for HD62. She was the Democratic nominee for HD55 in 2021 and has decades of experience as a political activist. She will be challenging incumbent Nick Freitas (R) who is seeking re-election.
To become involved with Sara's campaign check out her website: https://saraforva.com/get-involved/
Jason Ford (D) is a young man from Culpeper who was named the Democratic State Senate candidate for SD28. He's a graduate of Mary Washington University and works for Good Will. He worked for the Spanberger campaign in 2022 and everyone sings his praises.
Interim Captain, Colleen Green
Interim Captain: TBD
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