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North hopes to be the ‘write’ choice

Michelle North
She's been to the registrar's office. She has filled out paperwork and lined up volunteers.

“It's not for the faint of heart,” said Michelle North on Wednesday. North will be a write-in candidate for the Jefferson District School Board seat currently held by longtime member Leanne Malulani whose term expires on Dec. 31.

She learned recently that Amy Brubaker, a registered nurse and parent of two elementary children, is also seeking the position.

North has never held an elective office but has been involved in numerous educational, non-profit and local government boards, task forces and advisory councils, since moving to Culpeper in 1988.

The majority of her professional career has been dedicated to working for non-profit, healthcare organizations.

North's children attended Sycamore Park, Floyd Binns, Culpeper County Middle School and Culpeper County High School. She was often there as a supportive volunteer and helped organize and orchestrate many a program and event.

With her children now grown and working part-time, she is ready to focus her energies and abilities by being a contributing member to the community by being a member of the Culpeper County School Board.

North believes that her background starting as a biology major and now involved in the communications industry as prepared her well for this next step in her career.

“It's interesting...one thing has built upon another and given me a lot of people-to-people skills...allowing me to take this leap to an elected position,” said North who then chuckled as she remembered a long ago position that she achieved when she was in high school. “I gave out ice cream sandwiches after that,” she laughed.

Now, years later, and having served as president and board member for numerous community organizations including Culpeper Downtown Renaissance, Inc., the National Trust of the Preservation of National Main Street, and the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Virginia Society of Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations board, North knows the value of always seeking other perspectives and being on the other side of the table.

“It's all about the children,” said North. “The school system is there to serve them.”

North didn't enter in her decision to run lightly. She spent weeks polling friends and local officials about her desire to seek public office.

“I read through all the policies and looked at the school board minutes from the last months,” said North. “I want to put a face on the different organizations, know their concerns and what their surprise 'wows' might be.”

“I satisfied my curiosity and my feelings are correct that I could be a positive force if elected.”

“I've got the Friends of Michelle North out there working and have opportunities to meet with several groups,” said North adding that folks will need to remember to write her name on the ballot in November.

“It's all about name recognition,” said North who hopes the community will remember hers.

You can contact Michelle North at michelle.north@yahoo.com
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