Hello, I’m David Priddy and I am running for the Arlington County School Board.
Like you, I am passionate about achieving a quality 21st century education for all of our children in Arlington. I would like your vote in the June Democratic Caucus to be your voice on the Arlington County School Board.
A native Arlingtonian, I attended Arlington Public Schools (APS): Long Branch Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Wakefield High School. I graduated from James Madison University in 1996 with a degree in History. Shortly thereafter, I met my future wife, Melanie.
Melanie and I lived in Arlington after our marriage in 2004. But, in 2005, career opportunities brought us to Los Angeles. There, we expanded our family with the birth of our two sons. It was during this time that I began to compare schools in Southern California with other school systems. I came to truly appreciate all that APS had to offer. I realized that there were better public education options in Northern Virginia.
We returned to Arlington County in 2012, just in time for my oldest son to begin kindergarten at Patrick Henry Elementary School. I am now following my sons’ educational experiences there and at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Through coaching basketball, baseball and soccer, I also have an appreciation of the rich sports programs available to our children. As part of my commitment to all parents and children in Arlington, I am privileged to serve on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Equity and Excellence.
A product of Arlington County Public Schools, I am pleased to see my children benefit from a quality education here. I have a front-row seat to four decades of positive changes, as well as to the remaining challenges that Arlington County Schools face.
With overcrowding in some schools, fierce competition for teachers, and issues of diversity and population growth, Arlington still has work to do. We need to have a fifteen year plan for the future. We need to provide adequate facilities, the finest academic curriculum and the best environment for all of our children. I am committed to those goals.
I would like to serve on the Arlington County Public School Board because I believe we can do better. I’ll help continue to build a stronger foundation for education in our county with greater transparency, a true collaboration with teachers and the community. I would like to help forge the outstanding Arlington School system that awaits us. It is with dedication and humility that I seek your vote for the Arlington County School Board.
Learn more about my platform – Change You Can See!