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Eric Herr

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Eric Herr
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Board Member, Stafford County Public Schools, Hartwood District
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchAir Force
Years of service26
ProfessionAir Force instructor
Campaign website
Eric Herr was a candidate for the Hartwood District on the Stafford County School Board. He lost election to incumbent Holly H. Hazard on November 5, 2013.


Herr served for 26 years as an Air Force Fighter Pilot. He spends most of his time as an Air Force instructor.[1]



See also: Stafford County Public Schools elections (2013)


Stafford County Public Schools, Hartwood District, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngHolly H. Hazard Incumbent 52.6% 2,750
     Independent Eric Herr 46.9% 2,453
     Independent Write-in votes 0.4% 22
Total Votes 5,225
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.[2]


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.[3]

Campaign themes

For his 2013 campaign, Herr stated the following on his website:[4]

Focus on classroom education
Teaching, learning, and providing the best practical education outcome for every Stafford child. All other decisions and priorities must flow from this imperative.

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
I believe the School Board must lead in a team relationship with teachers, parents, and administrators. In order to do that, members must immerse themselves in the issues that matter (see Priority 1). I have and will spend significant time exploring, fact finding, and listening to input from diverse sources. I will not settle for processing only the information that is delivered to me or by prioritizing input from those who speak loudest or last. I will develop feasible courses of action, work with stakeholders to improve and enrich them, and pursue the policy changes and resources required for successful implementation.

Insist on transparency and accountability in policy, planning, and budgeting
I will work diligently to involve the public more in School Board processes. In preparing to run and serve as a School Board member, I have been disappointed in the opacity of policy development, resource allocation, and budget execution. If one wishes to see clear illustration of this point. Go to the Stafford County School Board web site and read some of the meeting minutes. I typical example occurred on January 29, 2013. Click here to see it.

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 Public Schools is located in Stafford County, Virginia.
Stafford County Public Schools is located in Stafford County, Virginia. The county seat of Stafford County is Stafford. Stafford County is home to 136,788 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] In the 2011-2012 school year, Stafford County Public Schools was the 10th-largest school district in Virginia and served 27,333 students.[6]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race Stafford County (%) Virginia (%)
White 74.6 70.8
Black or African American 17.8 19.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.5
Asian 3.1 6.1
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 3.7 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 10.5 8.6

Presidential Voting Pattern, Stafford County[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 44.9 53.6
2008 46.4 52.7
2004 37.4 62.0
2000 36.8 60.5

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.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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