Democratic State Senate candidate Stella Pekarsky, a member of the Fairfax County School Board who is challenging incumbent Sen. George Barker (D) in SD36 (western Fairfax County; solid-blue district), just launched her first ad of the campaign (see below).
As I wrote back when Pekarsky announced in January, although I don’t really know her (although I’ve heard good things), I’m very interested in Pekarsky’s candidacy. One reason is that I’m not at all pleased with Sen. Barker’s prominent role in the fiasco over the Virginia redistricting amendment, which Barker pushed VERY hard despite the fact that it was strongly supported by Republicans; that it was a complete mess (not just the amendment, but the commission); and that people were warned – over and over and over and over and over and over and over again – NOT to support it. Did Sen. Barker listen? Heck no.
So for that reason alone, I’m very interested in Pekarsky’s candidacy. In addition, she’s been very impressive standing up against Glenn Youngkin’s assault on public education. For instance, see Video: Fairfax County School Board Chair Stella Pekarsky Rips Attacks on School Board Members and on Public Education, Urges Support for “fundamental bedrock of our society” and Audio: Fairfax County School Board Members Stella Pekarsky and Laura Jane Cohen Rip “Absurd” Legislation to Ban Teaching of “Divisive Concepts”, as well as Several Fairfax County School Board Members Call on Youngkin Administration to Promptly Approve AP African-American Studies Course. So when Pekarsky says that she’s “running to stand up for our schools and stand up to Youngkin,” she’s not just saying that. Anyway, check out the ad, and consider supporting Pekarsky on June 20.
I’m a mom, teacher, immigrant, and businesswoman.
I’m running for State Senate to serve our community here in western Fairfax County. I’m running to stand up for our schools and stand up to Youngkin.
Watch below to see more: pic.twitter.com/HcokTKS2vV
— Stella Pekarsky (@Stella4Senate) March 30, 2023