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 policies and hiring superintendents, among other duties. The Nelson County School Board has five members, one from each district.
Ceaser Perkins and Philip Purvis are both running for the South District seat on the Nelson County School Board. Perkins is the incumbent, and has held his seat since 2015. This is Purvis’ first election run, though he originally sought to obtain the Republican nomination for the South District’s Board of Supervisors seat earlier this year. Neither he nor his opponent made it onto that ballot.
Charlottesville Tomorrow designed this questionnaire based on over 200 responses we received to a voter survey. Neither Perkins nor Purvis returned answers.
More about the South District Nelson County Public School Board candidates
- Perkins’ campaign contributions, from the Virginia Public Access Project
- Purvis’ campaign contributions, from the Virginia Public Access Project
- A report about the race for the South District seat, for subscribers to the Nelson County Times
- A report about Purvis originally seeking the Republican nomination for Board of Supervisors, from infocville.com
- The Virginia School Quality report for Nelson 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.