|Board Member, Stafford County Public Schools, Hartwood District|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Years of service||26|
|Profession||Air Force instructor|
Herr served for 26 years as an Air Force Fighter Pilot. He spends most of his time as an Air Force instructor.
|Stafford County Public Schools, Hartwood District, 4-year term, 2013|
|Independent||Holly H. Hazard Incumbent||52.6%||2,750|
|Source: Stafford County, Virginia, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013|
Herr was endorsed by Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman, Stafford Sheriff Charlie Jett, Senator Richard Stuart and Delegate Mark Cole.
Herr reported $11,144.22 in contributions and $10,760.09 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $384.13 on hand.
For his 2013 campaign, Herr stated the following on his website:
Focus on classroom education
Quoting from the February 26, 2013 School Board Minutes: “He (Dr. Bridges) stated that the days of educators just being responsible for teaching and learning has long gone by the way side. Teachers are required to do so many additional things that some days the teaching and learning piece may be third on the list..” (emphasis added). I do not accept that comment and am disappointed that it was not immediately challenged.
My K-12 educational experience—one that began in special education for a speech disorder and ended in honors classes and a full scholarship to study electrical engineering—was the product of great teachers focused on student learning. If we have lost that, we have truly lost hope. I have not lost hope and will fight to get our focus back where it belongs.
Facilitate teamwork and provide leadership
Insist on transparency and accountability in policy, planning, and budgeting
The Board approved 4 policy changes in the consent agenda with no discussion and no description of the changes. Try to find out what changes were made—I could not. I could find the revised policy, but I could not discover what changes were made or why the changes were necessary. There are for other policy changes approved as individual agenda items; again, there is no way to find out what changed in these policies, why, who won, or who lost. Whether this obscurity is by design or though inattention, it must end. I will make sure the public has access to all decisions unless they involve sensitive personal information or information that is restricted by Virginia or Federal law.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
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 district
- See also: Stafford County Public Schools, Virginia
Stafford County outperformed the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.2 percent of Stafford County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 35.2 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Stafford County was $97,110 compared to $63,907 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Stafford County was 5.1 percent compared to 11.3 percent for the entire state.
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Herr for School Board, "About Eric," accessed October 15, 2013
- Eric Herr Hartwood School Board, Endorsements, accessed October 10, 2013 (dead link)
- Virginia State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Reports, accessed December 18, 2013
- Herr for School Board, "Issues & Priorities," accessed October 15, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Stafford County, Virginia," accessed January 27, 2015
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Virginia Department of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 17, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014