From the Nick Gothard for Loudoun County School Board campaign:
Nick Gothard announces run for Loudoun County School Board
Human rights advocate and community organizer hopes to bring fresh perspective, new focus to LCPS
ASHBURN, VA — Human rights advocate and community organizer Nicholas Gothard announced his campaign for the Loudoun County School Board in the Broad Run District today. A longtime resident of Loudoun County and a Loudoun County Public Schools graduate, Gothard hopes to bring a fresh perspective and new focus to the Loudoun County School Board.
“It’s time to give back to the community that has given me so much – I’m running for Loudoun County School Board in the Broad Run District,” Gothard said. “Together, I believe we can bring commonsense solutions to the most commonplace problems in our schools. I am laser-focused on being a champion of STEAM education, of students in special education programs that are being left behind, and of the vulnerable communities of Broad Run that are too often looked over.”
Gothard’s campaign has gathered over twice the required number of signatures to qualify for ballot access and already has the support of hundreds of educators, parents, students, and community members.
“In the coming months, we will make the case for our movement to represent Broad Run as we connect with communities across the district. I believe we can do a lot of good for our neighbors, from Broadlands to Oak Grove, when we win this seat.”
A graduate of Loudoun County Public Schools and a Loudoun County native, Nick Gothard is a human rights advocate and community organizer that has worked across coalitions to drive consensus on Loudoun’s most critical issues. He serves on the Community Services Board, advising Loudoun Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Developmental Services on policy and community engagement. Nick was raised by two working parents in Ashburn, where he grew up supported by free lunch and the CASA programs provided by Loudoun County Public Schools. In elementary school, Nick’s future was bolstered by the special education department when a school speech-language pathologist helped him overcome a speaking disorder. At 17, he attended his first School Board meeting to advocate for LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination protections for Loudoun County Public Schools students and staff and has advocated for policies that uplift our communities ever since.