Virginia Beach, VA – This morning, Justin Burns officially announced his campaign for an at-large seat on the Virginia Beach School Board. Burns, a 2018 graduate of Bayside High School, current Virginia Wesleyan University student, and Commissioner for the Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission.
“As a kid, my grandmother taught me that challenges are what make us stronger. She motivated me, instilled confidence in me, and taught me to appreciate the opportunity there is in adversity. Growing up, I didn’t fully understand this, yet my grandmother always challenged me to be better and to do better. Now more than ever, we need leaders who will hold themselves to a higher standard. To be respectful, honest, and decent. To understand that — their actions, just as their words — matter. Our leaders should always strive to be better and to do better.
That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for an at-large seat on the Virginia Beach School Board. If your tired of seeing our leaders harbor conflict that only divides us or plays politics with the issues that matter most to us? Then join me, there’s no time for waiting or sitting on the sidelines. At this moment, we have an opportunity to meet some of the biggest challenges ahead of us. And provide solutions to closing the achievement gap, increasing teacher and support staff salaries, make our schools safe, and so much more.”
Burns strongly believes in the need for a fresh generation of leadership. As a student, he has recent first-hand experience with the aspects of the public school system that are most effective and he will work to implement those best practices for our teachers and students across Virginia Beach.
Burns continued to say, “I believe in our School Division and the potential it has to be even better, but first, that begins with a change in leadership. Our School Board lacks diversity in age and thought, a fresher perspective from a recent graduate, would provide clarity and optimism for the future. Moreover, our School Board needs a leader who builds consensus and recognizes the opportunity there is every day to be better and to do better.”
Justin Burns grew up in a military family and is a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach. Justin has served as a board member for the Virginia Student Council Association as well as many other student and community-centered organizations. Justin was instrumental in implementing a Statewide Student Leadership Week. Justin worked with Former State Senator Frank Wagner as a Legislative Assistant and has worked closely with other Hampton Roads legislators to improve our region. Justin and his family live in the Bayside Community and attend Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach.
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