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November 6, 2017

Independent Amanda Blalock seeks 88th District seat

Amanda Blalock
As a longtime elected official, I have seen first hand how hard it is to get our legislators moving to support our district.
— Amanda Black
88th District Virginia House of Delegates
Fauquier precincts in district: Lois, Morrisville and Remington, along with parts of Fredericksburg and Stafford and Spotsylvania counties.

Amanda Blalock

Age: 48

Home: Spotsylvania

Work: Former county school board member and airline industry supervisor.

Education: Attended Northeast Mississippi Community College; graduated from the Associates School of Travel in Miami.

Affiliations/organizations: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth; various civic and educational activities.

Family: Married with seven children.

Hobbies: Community advocating, volunteering, music, sports and travel.

Campaign website: Click here

Ballotpedia entry: Click here

Why do you seek election?

I have spent most of my adult life advocating for my community. I left the Spotsylvania County School Board in June of this year, where I proudly served for 10 years. I am running for the 88th House of Delegates because I have personally witnessed the breakdown between state and localities. As a longtime elected official, I have seen first hand how hard it is to get our legislators moving to support our district. I want to connect those dots!  I was very successful in getting things done as a member of the school board, and now I want to bring my drive and passion to the the 88th district as your state representative.

What makes you the best candidate?

We currently have a 16-year incumbent who has not produced real results that support our district. I am the only other candidate running with the experience and knowledge to represent the 88th district. I have a proven track record and I cross party lines for the common sense vote. I am running as an independent. I have taken no political party, lobbyist or developer’s money. I am not beholden to a party and can truly fight on behalf of my constituents and small businesses.

What ranks as the most important issue facing the 2018 General Assembly and how do you plan to address it?

Traffic; I plan to advocate for a regional transportation authority to keep funding support right here in the 88th District. Advocate for more VRE lines. Small businesses; support owners by advocating for less taxes and less regulations so they can grow their business and succeed. Public education; fully fund public education, advocate to eliminate SOLs and replace with assessment that allow teachers to teach, not teach to a test.

Please, describe the most difficult you’ve faced in a leadership position and your response to that situation.

I have had several tough issues I was able to resolve in my many years of public service but one that stands out was the immediate rise in homeless students in our public schools after the recession hit in 2008. I immediately met with school social workers. We became a team and devised a plan to support these students. Among other things we founded The Treasure House that is still going strong today. It’s supplies basic needs such as toothpaste and socks but also provides emotional support and educational needs of families who find themselves in a homeless situation.

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