Current Chesterfield County School Board Vice-Chair, Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, has announced his candidacy for the County’s Board of Supervisors, representing the Midlothian District. Dr. Siddiqi brings to the race a 15-year career in educational leadership, policy, and reform. His motivation to continue serving the County in which he was raised stems from his deep-rooted beliefs in funding public education and the recognition that the County’s school system serves as one of its most important assets as it pertains to attracting and retaining a vibrant economic base.
"Education is the largest expenditure within our County’s budget, representing 42% of the total investment. Having Board members who fully recognize the larger picture of education, not only as it pertains to the money going directly to the school system, but also the impacts that other budgetary investments, like public safety, parks and recreation, and health and welfare have on education is vitally important," Siddiqi says.
"Almost every decision made at the county level has a direct impact on the quality of education that Chesterfield County students receive. Having a Board member with a depth of experience who can lend that knowledge as it pertains to growth, development, and corresponding infrastructure is crucial. As the Midlothian representative of the Board of Supervisors, I will be cognizant not just of the financial gain of the county’s growth opportunities, but also of the responsibility we have to our citizens to provide and fund the necessary infrastructure to support such growth."
Dr. Siddiqi started his career as a high school teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Chesterfield County. While serving as Virginia’s Secretary of Education, he assisted in the development and implementation of the Commonwealth’s education policy and provided guidance to 16 public universities, the Virginia Community College System, five higher education and research centers, the Department of Education, and the state-supported museums. Dr. Siddiqi currently serves as President & CEO of the Hunt Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit leader in the movement to transform public education by partnering with senior-level political leaders throughout the US.
"We are in need of County leaders who can think not just about the short-term gains of our decisions, but also about the long-term impact to our County and its citizens. I would be honored to put my skill set and experience to work in this capacity for the people of the Midlothian District" shared Siddiqi.
In addition to an extensive history of leadership service, Dr. Siddiqi continues to actively serve his community and the Commonwealth. He is an Aspen Institute Fellow, former Vice-Rector of the Radford University Board of Visitors, and serves on the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Blueprint for Education Committee. In addition, he is on the board of Voices for Virginia’s Children and the advisory boards of the Virginia Home for Boys & Girls School. He was recently appointed by the Virginia Speaker of the House to serve on the Commission on Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring Diverse Communities. Dr. Siddiqi is a graduate of Richard Bland College, Virginia State University, and Virginia Commonwealth University where he received both his undergraduate degree and doctorate in educational leadership. He along with his wife, Karen, and their two children live in Chesterfield County.
"We are in need of County leaders who can think not just about the short-term gains of our decisions, but also about the long-term impact to our County and its citizens. I would be honored to put my skill set and experience to work in this capacity for the people of the Midlothian District."