|Board Member, Stafford County Public Schools, Aquia District|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Years of service||10|
Griffin is a Navy veteran, with ten years of combined active and reserve service. She heads the North Stafford Farmers Market, which is a pro bono initiative. Griffin is also Vice Chair to the Transportation Advisory Committee of Stafford County, as well as the Secretary on the Architectural Review Board.
|Stafford County Public Schools, Aquia District, 4-year term, 2013|
|Source: Stafford County, Virginia, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013|
Griffin was not endorsed in this campaign.
Griffin reported no contributions or expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Griffin participates in numerous community organizations and draws upon both this, and her Navy experience, in saying that she knows a positive direction for Aquia schools. Griffin states, "In order to ensure our schools are properly preparing our children for a prosperous future, we have to elect people to the School Board, who understand the mission of the School Board."
What was at stake?
Four seats on the Stafford County School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. The Aquia, Falmouth, Garrisonville and Hartwood district seats were held by Board Chair Stephanie J. Johnson, Board Vice Chair Meg G. Bohmke and members Nanette Kidby and Holly H. Hazard, respectively. The Aquia and Falmouth districts were filled by new members Irene Egan and Scott Hirons (their incumbents decided not to seek re-election) and the incumbents of the Garrisonville and Hartwood districts retained their seats.
About the districtStafford County, Virginia. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Stafford County is home to 128,961 residents.
In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Stafford County overperformed in these areas by a fairly wide margin. The graduation rate was 91.8% compared to 86.6% statewide. The average household income was $94,658 compared to $63,302 in the entire state. Stafford County had a poverty rate of 4.4%, while the poverty rate for Virginia was 10.7%.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Vanessa Griffin for School Board, "About Vanessa," accessed October 15, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 18, 2013
- Quick Facts Accessed September 27, 2013]
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 27, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014