Two Charlottesville School Board members not seeking re-election

There are 27 days to qualify for the ballot for the November 7 general election. Today, Charlottesville City Schools announced that neither Sherry Kraft or Lashundra Bryson Morsberger will seek another term. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my service to the Board, and the time has come for me to pass the torch to the next person,” Kraft is quoted in the press release. “Those who are considering the role have my full encouragement – it’s a rewarding, challenging, and meaningful way to contribute to our community.”

Kraft was first elected in 2015.

Morsberger was elected in 2019.

“This job and our children deserve someone who can give it the time and careful consideration it deserves,” Morsberger said. “It’s been an honor to serve, but my job, my family, and my other commitments need to take priority right now. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished, and there is more work to do.”

Neither Jennifer McKeever or James Bryant have filed for reelection and the release states they are still pondering their options. 

So far the only candidate that has filed with the Department of Elections is Amanda Burns who announced her candidacy on Facebook earlier this month

A second candidate, Chris Meyer, sent out a press release on Tuesday announcing his run. Meyer had previously run in 2019. Here’s a section from his release: 

“Meyer, a parent of two young children in Charlottesville City Schools, wants to ensure all students can catch up from COVID educational delays, continue the enhancement of the system’s facilities including solar on school roofs, and increase the system’s financial resources by creating an endowment.”

Chris Meyer (Submitted by the candidate)

The school system’s release quotes from the website of the Office of Voter Registration in Charlottesville. 

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