Letter: Gibson is passionate about education
Education is important to so many of us on the Middle Peninsula. As a parent and educator who has lived and worked in Gloucester County for over 24 years, it’s especially important to me. An outstanding public school system not only produces exceptional students and citizens, but also helps attract prospective employers to the area, aids in building a stronger workforce and tax base, and contributes to the quality of life for all residents.
One of the candidates running to be our Delegate in the 98th District, Ken Gibson, is also strongly invested in education and our children. Ken is an eighth generation Virginian, the son of a high school principal and teacher who both served in the Henrico County public schools, and the father of twin 3-year-olds. As did he, Ken’s children will be attending our public schools for the duration of their elementary, middle, and high school years.
While Ken strongly supports educational choices, including private and home school options, he understands the critical role our General Assembly plays in the welfare of the state’s public schools. Ken will work tirelessly to ensure our school districts receive the funding and resources from the state necessary to not only remain competitive but also thrive in an ever-changing economy. As the son of public school educators and a product of this system, Ken understands the importance of attracting and retaining the very best teachers and administrators. He is also committed to giving these educators the tools necessary to produce the very best students.
Ken not only supports our public schools, but also possesses the experience and qualifications to be an effective advocate for such in the General Assembly. Ken worked as legal counsel to the General Assembly, and is the only candidate who possesses "hands-on" legislative experience. He has drafted hundreds of laws, advised delegates and senators on the constitutionality of such laws, and understands that the power of law can benefit or be a detriment to Middle Peninsula families.
Ken has spent much of his career serving as an advocate for young people. He prosecuted crimes against children at the state and federal levels, including human trafficking. Ken also serves as a guardian ad litem, representing the interests of children in the Juvenile Court.
Many teachers and other 98th District leaders have seen first-hand Ken’s passion for our schools and young people, and are excited about the opportunity to have someone of his caliber and character representing us. For these reasons, I urge you to vote for Ken Gibson in the Aug. 23 primary for Delegate to the 98th District.