Cardell C. Patillo, Jr.

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent


Cardell C. Patillo Jr. graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s in Multi-Disciplinary Studies and went on to get a Master’s in Counseling from Liberty University. Patillo also earned a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University and a Doctorate of Healthcare Administration from Virginia University of Lynchburg [1, 3].

Patillo served as a Youth Pastor at Grove Visions of Truth Ministries from 2009 to 2017. Patillo has served as Executive Director for Mile High Kids and Community Development, Inc. since 2017. He was appointed to the Virginia Public School Authority by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and currently serves as Vice Chair. Patillo has served on the Portsmouth City School Board since January 2015 and has served as Chairman since January 2021 [1, 3, 4].

In 2015, Patillo was recognized by Inside Business Magazine as a Top 40 Under 40 award recipient. In 2018, he received the Benjamin Mays Lifetime Achievement award by the National School Board Association. Cardell was also appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Virginia School Boards Association [1].

Patillo started the Cardell Patillo Leadership Academy, which is a male mentoring program that has mentored over 300 young men [1, 5].

Key Issues


Patillo wants to increase compensation for staff. He worked towards this by instituting a plan in March 2022 that increased general staff salary by 5%, bus driver salary by 20%, and school nurse salary by 25% [1, 9].


Patillo wants an equitable education for all Portsmouth children. He wants to provide them with resources for success. Patillo also wants to expand the Portsmouth Public Schools’ career and technical education (CTE) program by providing an increased catalog of highly-relevant CTE courses. Patillo wants to increase literacy rates in students. He has instituted a literacy program entitled “Cardell’s Weekly Reads” to encourage children to read over the summer break. Through this program he set up stations in low-income areas and gave away over 500 books to students [1, 5, 9].

Mental Health

Patillo supports an increase in the number of school guidance counselors and social workers [9].


Patillo wants to increase technology availability for students. He helped fundraise for the expansion of WiFi into Portsmouth elementary schools and funding of their 1 to 1 chromebook initiative and surface tablets for teachers [5].


No endorsements could be found.


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