I ASKED THE CANDIDATES FOR EVERY RACE IN EVERY DISTRICT ACROSS THE CITY, "WHAT WILL YOU DO IF YOU DO NOT WIN YOUR RACE ON NOVEMBER 8TH?"
"Since this is my first race, I don’t know what the grief of losing an election will be like so I’ll carve out time to rest and heal. I’ll send a suggestion to the organization, “Building a Better RPS,” to hold another benefit at a local brewery where a percentage of proceeds from the beers the losers cry in go to repair school facilities.
I will continue my work in arts (I own and operate the Eric Schindler Gallery) and take care of my family. During the campaign season, there are slim pickings in the cupboard and fridge. I’ll load up the grocery cart, restock the kitchen, and dive into late fall cooking -stews, gravies, warm casseroles.
I will maintain my post and membership with the Alliance for a Progressive Virginia. With all the injustices and push back with positive growth I’ve seen and experienced in public schools, I don’t know if I’ll be able to shake the pull of advocacy and activism in public education. I’m not even good at pretending I don’t care.
I will return to the neglected garden -weed beds, cut blackened stalks, divide torch and day lilies, make note of what to transplant and give away at the next neighborhood plant swap. I will go back to snapping pictures of seedlings and old perennials -their leaves and blooms and attempt putting words to what it means."