Mike Valdes graduated from Florida International University . He is currently a member of No Left Turn in Education, which encourages parental advocacy against political issues being introduced in schools . Valdes currently works as a construction manager and a businessman, working on budgeting and running teams .
Valdes is against the teaching of critical race theory and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan in schools, believing that these would be divisive subjects in the classroom . He wants to include parental input and examine non-academic curriculum. Valdes believes in providing necessary material and giving competitive salaries and benefits to Forsyth teachers .
Valdes supports keeping budgets conservative to reduce taxes. He believes in passing legislation that would limit increases in school property taxes to 3% each year .
Valdes supports continuing to work with officers from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office to make schools safe .