Virginia Beach School Board prepares for election season

VIRGINIA BEACH – The School Board will have at least one new member next year, with incumbent Leonard Tengco announcing recently that he will not seek re-election.

Four other seats are up for election in the fall: Those belonging to Chairman Dan Edwards, who represents the Kempsville district; Vice Chair Beverly Anderson, who holds an at-large seat; Joel McDonald in the Rose Hall district; and Elizabeth Taylor, another at-large member. Tengco represented Centerville.

School Board member Leonard Tengco is with students from Tallwood High School. (Courtesy of Leonard Tengco)
School Board member Leonard Tengco with students from Tallwood High School. (Courtesy of Leonard Tengco)

Taylor, Anderson and McDonald have not announced their re-election plans, while Edwards has hinted this term might be his last. As of Wednesday, James Fry, who is seeking an at-large seat, is the only candidate who has submitted paperwork to run in the November election, according to the Voter Registrar’s Office.

The deadline to file is June 14.

School Board member Ashley McLeod said she will miss Tengco’s presence and smarts and is somewhat concerned about who will replace him. McLeod said she wanted to keep a diverse range of opinions on the board and not have it too heavily composed of retirees.

Tengco, a 33-year-old full-time lawyer, cited work and family priorities as his main reasons for deciding against seeking another term. McLeod, who also works full-time, said it is hard to balance the responsibilities, but she hopes others who are working will still seek the office.

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