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Patricia Marie Carpenter

Race:Chesterfield County School Board

Age: younger than some, older than some.

Family: Dean (spouse), Sean (9), Ian (7)

Profession: Small Business Owner.

Education: BS Degree Marketing

Where do you live? Midlothian and Rosemont

Where did you grow up? Connecticut

Why are you running as an independent? The law requires School Board elections to be non-partisan.

Why aren't you running as a Democrat or Republican? see above

What are your signature policies and campaign issues?
We have experienced tremendous growth in Chesterfield County. I would work to develop effective relationships with the other governing bodies of the county-- the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission. Communication is key to facilitating a better understanding of education, growth, and planning. We need to broaden the scope of communication with frequent interaction and planned meetings.

My focus as school board member will be to facilitate teaching and learning by supporting and establishing policies that put children first. High academic standards and rigor in the classroom are important to move our school system from "good to great." As a school board, we need to continue to put the "best" and the "brightest" teachers with our children. Regardless of learning style, we need to reach out to ALL children. From future valedictorians to at-risk students, every student deserves a high quality education!

The Chesterfield Technical Center and other vocational opportunities are essential for our students to help them prepare for the diversity of 21st Century workforce. I support policies to ensure that student choices and opportunities remain a priority.

Finally, I do not subscribe to a "business as usual" approach. Chairing the Homeowners for Quality Schools in 2002, and Citizens for Chesterfield Students to promote the 2004 School Bond Referendum increased my desire to serve the citizens and students of the Midlothian District and the county as a whole. The 2004 School Bond Referendum is providing 5 new schools and other needed improvements to the school system and passed with an 87% approval rate countywide. I have the time and talent to replicate this success in all areas of the school system as the Midlothian District School Board member and to build the necessary relationships for this great county!

Which political party do you more closely identify with? Republican

How do you differ most from them?
I am not an ultra-conservative; however, I do believe in free enterprise, equal rights, justice, a free society, fiscal responsibility and budgetary constraint, a strong national defense, and have a strong sense of faith.

What changes would bring you into the Democratic or Republican fold?
New People. I am a member of the Republican Party, and I will work with all the people in Chesterfield County to make sure that Chesterfield County Public Schools is the best that it can be, and that children remain the focus, not politics.

How did you arrive at your political convictions?
My parents, especially my father, served as role models for me throughout my life and even now. As the mayor of a small town in Bethany Beach, he taught me the value of public service. From PTA President at Bettie Weaver to the School Bond Chair, I decided that our citizens not only need strong leadership, but expect it. The success of the School Bond referendum illustrated to me that our citizens, when educated about education, truly support it.

Are you running to win, or running to bring attention to certain issues?
I am running to win. Commitment to our future and the future of our children led me to run. Politics aside, knowing that we actually can make a difference really matters to me.

Who is your political hero? My father

Is it wrong to steal office supplies? YES!

What kind of car do you drive? 2003 BMW X5 and 2006 Ford Taurus.

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