Michael Anthony Rivera

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Michael Anthony Rivera graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in computer and systems engineering, as well as a master’s degree in engineering. He is a certified law enforcement officer and a detective with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Rivera has a LEED AP BD+C certification, and he has worked as a project manager for IT and construction projects [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6].

Key Issues


Rivera believes parents should get more assistance from staff when navigating Individualized Education Plans for special education students [3].


Rivera wants to make the budget more transparent to the public, as well as ensuring proportional allocation of money to all schools. He believes that increases in budget must correlate to more academic achievement by students [1, 5].


Rivera does not support the teaching of critical race theory [7].


Rivera supports the VDOE model policy regarding transgender students [3, 6].


Rivera wants to remove sexually explicit books from school libraries. He opposes collective bargaining through the LEA but supports collective bargaining as a concept, and he opposes vaccination mandates [3]. Rivera wants “the removal of identity politics from the classroom” [4]. He supports the investigation launched by the Virginia governor and the Virginia Attorney General against the school district; Rivera also supports making internal reviews of schools, such as the one on sexual assaults, public [6].

Parental Involvement

Rivera wants to protect parents’ rights [4]. He thinks that legislation such as Policy 8040 is harming parents’ rights and wants to see that legislation revised [6].

School Safety

Rivera wants to strengthen school security through adding more school resource officers, reviewing current procedures, and amping up security protocols [1, 5].


Rivera wants to create a positive work environment for teachers so they can focus on the central goal of educating students [1].


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1 Rivera For Schools
2 LinkedIn
3 Loudoun Times-Mirror
4 Loudoun GOP: Michael Rivera
5 Loudoun GOP: Michael Rivera—At Large…
6 ABC News
7 American Independent
8 Loudoun Now
10 Ballotpedia