I’m Randy Riffle, candidate for the Berkeley School Board seat in the Williamsburg-James City County school system. I grew up in Hampton Roads, proudly graduated from Virginia public schools, before attending William & Mary and working in our state legislature. On the School Board, I’ll ensure that our students have the same opportunities for success that I had.
As an Eagle Scout and the son of a Navy Veteran, I learned the value of community service early on. Throughout my life, I have dedicated myself to public service to enrich the lives of those across Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth. I’m a volunteer with a local Boy Scout troop and a substitute teacher, I’ve served three Delegates and a Governor, and now, I'm well-prepared to lead in my own community.
As a school board member, my top priority will be to ensure that every student has access to a high-quality education. This means listening to and investing in our schools, teachers, and students.
Just over a decade ago, I was a student with the statistical odds stacked against me. I was a low-income student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who struggled with reading comprehension in 1st through 3rd grade. However, I was fortunate to have parents who advocated for me. They worked with my teachers and school administrators, and together, we found specialists who helped me improve my focus and performance in class. This experience taught me the importance of having someone who believes in you.
As a member of the school board, I will strive to be that person for students who are facing similar challenges. My skills in communication, customer service, and community outreach have allowed me to embody these values in my current job as a Legislative Aide in the Virginia House of Delegates. I've developed partnerships, passed legislation, and played an active role in moving our Commonwealth forward.
Operating a school system is undoubtedly a complex task, but I am not one to shy away from hard work or difficult challenges. I am committed to putting in the effort required to actively listen, advocate, and make a positive impact. Public education gave me the chance to be something more, and now, I want to pay that forward as your representative on the WJCC School Board.
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