Wes Mills, who spent more than a decade as a member and later chair of the Rappahannock County School Board until 2011, says he’s agreed to seek the Jackson district seat to be vacated by Amy Hitt.
Hitt’s decided to run for supervisor in the Jackson district against longtime incumbent Ron Frazier.
“Amy’s been encouraging, and [board vice chair] Aline Johnson, of course, has always been a very supportive person, and asked me to step up to the plate,” said Mills, 53, by phone Wednesday. “I’m not hesitant . . . but I do understand the task, and I do understand that it can be few joys and many hardships . . .
“But I’m a willing servant. And I think that right now it’s the right thing to do.”
Appointed to the school board in 2000, Mills, who works as a systems engineer in Northern Virginia and recently completed a seminary degree, declined to run for a fourth term; Hitt successfully ran for the seat he vacated in 2011.
“Before I had children in the schools,” Mills said. “Now I have grandchildren attending the schools.”
Mills said he hasn’t yet developed goals for a return to the board, if he’s successful on Nov. 3. “Right now, I’ve got a team of diligent folks that are helping me gather signatures. The deadline [to submit candidate petitions to the registrar of voters] is less than a week from now . . . And then of course the pleasure of the people has to be accomplished.
“I do want to make sure that we have some type of plan to better educate the people of what’s happening in our schools,” Mills said.
The school board, with both Hampton district representative John Lesinski and Hitt running for board of supervisor seats, is still missing a candidate for the Hampton seat. If none appears, according to registrar Kimberly McKiernan, the write-in candidate with the most votes could take the post. If the seat remains vacant, the school board can appoint a member to serve, likely until a special election next November.