by Karen Keys-Gamarra (note by Lowell: I encourage and welcome other Democrats running for the vacant Fairfax County School Board seat to also submit statements for Blue Virginia)
Thank you Blue Virginia and Lowell for the opportunity to post here! I’m Karen Keys-Gamarra and I am seeking the Democratic endorsement for At-Large School Board in Fairfax County.
I am a mother of three sons. Of those three, two have graduated from Fairfax County Public Schools and one is currently attending FCPS. My husband, who is of Bolivian heritage, and I are proud of our children. They have worked extremely hard.
I am a Guardian ad-litem (GAL), which is a child advocate attorney, a volunteer with the NAACP, and a former CASA. In addition, I am a Planning Commissioner. I believe I am in a strong position to win the special election in August. In 2015, I ran for School Board — my first election ever — in the Sully District and came within 1% of winning by garnering 10,000 votes.
I have been battle tested and am ready to fight for our kids. I believe the KEY to success is quality education for all of our children.
I made a short introduction video which you can watch below. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or I am happy to reply in the comments below. I hope those of you who are members of FCDC will come support me on June 23rd! If you are not a member, you can still help by making calls or sending a contribution. This is going to be a competitive special election and I need your help to win!