Prince William Educators Endorse Rick Smith for Chairman

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments | Education
Rick Smith is the Democratic Candidate for Prince William County's Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors.

Rick Smith is the Democratic Candidate for Prince William County’s Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors.

Rick Smith, the Democratic nominee for Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, received the endorsement of the Prince William Political Action Committee for Educators, the political action arm of the Prince William Education Association.

According to PWEA, they do not use member dues monies for political activities.

“As a proud graduate of Prince William County Schools and parent of public school students, I know how valuable a quality education is to our community. A world class education must be more than a slogan—it must be a commitment to fight for our students, parents and teachers. I’m honored to have our teachers stand with me,” Smith said.

Jim Livingston, President of the PWEA, noted that Smith’s commitment to the community was instrumental in the endorsement process.

“Mr. Smith has deep roots in the Prince William Community and understands the critical issues facing our school system,” said Livingston. “Notably, Mr. Smith, understands the correlation between managing growth in the county and the direct impact on students and teachers in the form of overcrowded classrooms and competitive compensation. Mr. Smith also understands that planning to address critical issues both in and outside the school system requires a long range plan,” Livingston said.

According to the PWEA, the association has repeatedly called on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and the Prince William County School Board to work in collaboration to develop a long range plan to address the critical issues facing our schools and community.

Smith said education will be a focus of his time as Chairman.

“We need to ensure our children are in classrooms, not trailers. We need to attract and retain the best teachers to prepare our children for the future. And we need a Chairman with a commitment to make our community attractive to families and business. I’ll be that Chairman, and I look forward to working with our teachers to build a better community for all of us,” Smith said.

Submitted by the Prince William Education Association, and published with only minor editorial changes. 

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