Deshundra L. Jefferson

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

Deshundra Jefferson is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in political science. Jefferson also received a Master’s degree in communications from John Hopkins University. Jefferson worked in media relations before pursuing politics, serving as press secretary for Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) for a year and communications director for Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) for another year. Jefferson has also worked in journalism for the New Yorker, CNN, and WBDB-TV 40 in Jackson, Mississippi, as well as the chief strategic communications officer of the Credit Union National Association for two years [1, 2, 6].

Jefferson has worked in non-profit organizations in Prince William County, and is also on the boards of the Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Nob Hill Forest Townhome Association. Jefferson won the Democratic Party Primary for Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors against incumbent candidate Ann Wheeler [1, 2, 3, 4].

Key Issues

Education

Jefferson wants to reduce the degree of overcrowding in Prince William County schools and increase the pay of teachers and support staff. Jefferson also wants to accelerate school constructions and renovations through the allocation of more grant money [1].

Housing

Jefferson wants to reduce the high cost of living in Prince William County by both increasing taxes on data centers in order to keep residential property taxes low and to increase the availability of affordable housing. Jefferson doesn’t want to solely create multifamily housing and wants to support opportunities for more individuals and families to “build equity and prosper” [1].

Endorsements

Democratic Party of Prince William County, PW Perspective

Sources

1 Elect Deshundra
2 LinkedIn
3 Patch
4 InsideNova
5 BallotReady
6 PW Perspective