Like Jefferson, I believe that citizens must be educated in order to realize their human and political rights and to fully contribute to society. Without universal public education, America would not have reached such great intellectual and industrial heights nor lived up to its potential to become John Winthrop’s shining city on a hill. As American society continues to grow, Americans can rely on public educators to inculcate the work-ethic and ideals that have made—and will continue to make--America the world’s preeminent democracy.
Today I am launching my campaign for at-large member of the Fairfax County School Board to ensure the next generation of Americans is given the same opportunities that past generations have been given and that those opportunities are distributed equitably.
Although it began as a figment of Thomas Jefferson's wide imagination, public education was able to take root in a vast, diverse American society because of the efforts of those who followed in his footsteps. Today, I am making the pledge to help continue those never-ending efforts.