School Board Resignation Costs County $250,000

May 29, 2017
CONTACT: Bruce Neilson,


Jeannette Hough resigned her position on the Fairfax County School Board, effective May 31, 2017, due to her husband’s job transfer overseas, and to spend time serving her family abroad. Troubling signs indicate that Republicans may have pressured Ms. Hough to resign early. According to Virginia code, had the resignation occurred after June 10, the special election to fill the vacancy would coincide with the November 7 general election, when voters turn out to elect the next Governor and other state officials.  Her earlier resignation requires Fairfax County to finance a special election this summer instead, when many families are vacationing and unavailable to exercise their right to vote.

Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair Sue Langley said, “Efforts by the Republican establishment to pressure Hough to resign early are a shameful effort to deny hundreds of thousands of Fairfax County voters a chance to elect a new School Board member.  No parent should be denied the opportunity to elect someone who will have an impact on their children’s daily lives and education.”

Langley went on to say, “It is bad enough that Republicans short-circuited the democratic process. Worse yet, their strategy will waste approximately $250,000 of taxpayer money by holding this unnecessary election.   Ms. Hough was unwilling to delay her resignation by a couple weeks.  Had she done so, she would have stood with the children of Fairfax County, their parents, and fiscal responsibility, rather than with the Republican establishment.”

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FCDC Diversity Committee 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo


When:       May 5, 2017

Time:         7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Where:     El Gran Palenque Restaurant

5863 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA

Cost:         Free

Contact:    Nelly Samaniego, 703-639-37525


Dear members and friends,

The Diversity Committee will be celebrating its third annual Cinco de Mayo event.

Join us and celebrate Latin tradition in the United States, come together to enjoy traditional cuisine, dance, and outstanding performances.

I would really appreciate it if you can all come and participate. As usual we will have a table with information that all new citizen need to know, voter registration, candidate information, and the upcoming election.

Our goal is to make minority communities aware that THEIR VOTE MATTERS

Your participation is essential for the success of our event, so everyone please bring your family and friends and get the word out. The more the merrier!

Event Details:

The FCDC Diversity Committee will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Friday May 5th at El Palenque restaurant, from 7:00pm To 9:30pm.
5863 Columbia Pike Falls Church, VA 22041
Desserts and Mexican appetizers will be served.
Please RSVP:

Thank you so much for your participation, muchísimas gracias !!