Malia Leilani Huddle

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Malia Leilani Huddle earned her B.A. in English from Old Dominion University and her M.S. in educational guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University as well. She worked as an admissions counselor, academic advisor, and instructor for Old Dominion University, then worked as a professional school counselor for Chesapeake Public Schools for nearly 30 years. Currently, she is a substitute teacher and counselor and is a substitute advisor for the ACCESS College Foundation [1].

Key Issues

Public Safety

Huddle prioritizes safety in schools [1]. Specifically for students, Huddle has opposed an anti-drinking and driving program in high schools in which an individual dressed as the Grim Reaper selects students to participate, citing emotional damage students could experience [3].

Education

Huddle wants to ensure all school employees earn a living wage and wants to raise teacher salaries to the national average [1]. She has advocated for consistent enforcement of dress codes [3].

Government

Huddle hopes to move schools forward through new initiatives and consensus-building [1].

Endorsements

Chesapeake Democratic Committee; Lionell Spruill Sr., Virginia Senator for District 5; Cliff Hayes, Virginia Delegate for District 77; Dr. Ella Ward, Chesapeake City Council Member; Dr. Pat King, Chesapeake School Board Member; Elizabeth River Retired Educators; Princess Moss, National Education Association Vice President; Chesapeake Education Association PAC; Glenn Koonce, Regent University Associate Dean School of Education and Former Principal of Oscar Smith High School; Jeffrey Rowland, Former Chesapeake Planning Commission Chair and Former School Board Member

Sources

1 Malia Huddle for Chesapeake School Board
2 The Virginian-Pilot: Race Profile
3 The Virginian-Pilot: Chesapeake Teachers Group Argues Against New Dress Code
4 Chesapeake Democratic Committee