In Virginia, county school boards are composed of one member from each district in that county, and sometimes include an at-large member. Members are elected to four-year terms and serve as the leaders of the school district by setting the policies for and hiring superintendents, among other duties. The Madison County Public Schools Board has five members, all at-large, voted on by all eligible voters in the county.
Incumbent Gregory Martz and Susanna Wood are the two candidates certified by the Virginia Department of Elections to run for two open seats on the Madison County School Board. Martz was elected to the School Board during a special election in 2022, after board member Angela Eichelberger resigned with one year left in her term. Martz won that race against two other opponents.
Charlottesville Tomorrow designed a questionnaire based on more than 200 responses we received to a voter survey. Neither Martz nor Wood returned answers.
More about the candidates for the at-large seats on the Madison County Public Schools Board
- Martz’s campaign contributions, according to the Virginia Public Access Project
- Wood’s campaign contributions, according to the Virginia Public Access Project
- A report on Martz winning the 2022 special election, from The Madrapp Recorder.
- A report on the 2022 Madison County races, including Martz’s, in the Madison Eagle via the Daily Progress
- The Virginia School Quality report for Madison County Public Schools
As you get ready to vote, here are some key dates and links from the Virginia Department of Elections:
Polls in Virginia close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, night. The Virginia Department of Elections will publish election results in real time, as they arrive from precincts around the state. To view them, head to this link. These are unofficial results until they are certified. Here’s more about how to get election results.
- Sept. 22: First day of in-person early voting at your local registrar’s office.
- Oct. 16: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration. You can also register after this date, and on election day, but you will vote with a provisional ballot, could take longer for officials to count because they will verify your eligibility.
- Oct. 27: Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your local registrar by 5:00 p.m.
- Oct. 28: Voter registration offices open for early voting.
- Nov. 4: The last day of in-person early voting at your registrar.
- Nov. 7: Election Day. Here is where you can find your polling place.
Need to know if you’re eligible to vote? Here are resources from the Virginia Department of Elections.