Nicholas R. Gothard

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Nicholas R. Gothard graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in Political Science and Rhetoric & Media Studies. He is a former community organizer for Win Justice, Vaccination Team Lead for the Virginia Department of Health, and Executive Director for the Loudoun County Democratic Committee. He is currently Chief of Staff & Campaign Manager for Marty Martinez for Delegate [1]. He is running to represent Broad Run on the School Board [10]. Gothard is the Policy & Nonprofit Solutions Consultant for a nonprofit called the BlueBlock Group and is the Interim President of the Loudoun Young Democrats. He is also Broad Run Representative on the Community Services Board where he advises Loudoun Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Developmental Services on policy and community engagement. Gothard is a member of the Loudoun County Government, Trauma Informed Community Network of Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern VA, the 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee, Pi Sigma Alpha of the National Political Science Honorary Society, and the Loudoun County Democratic Committee. He is a former board member of Equality Loudoun, former member of COVID-19 Community Ambassador for the Virginia Department of Health, and former member of the National Italian American Foundation [1, 2].

From Lewis & Clark College, Gothard has earned the Student Leadership & Service Award four times, the Donald G. Balmer Scholarship Award, the Franz Drinker Scholarship Award, and a position on the Lewis & Clark Dean’s List. Gothard’s other awards include being a Loudoun 40 under 40 Nominee, winning second place for the Arena Cup by Arena Academy, winning the 2019 Crown Silver Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, earning a Certificate of Appreciation from Loudoun County Public Schools, and winning the 2022 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction [1, 4].

Gothard has been endorsed by the Loudoun County Democratic Committee [11].

Key Issues

Education

Gothard seeks to invest in career and technical education programs. He aims to fund, staff, and support STEAM subject education. Gothard advocates for adequate facilities for fine arts education, and supports the creation of a fine arts academy. He also supports Title IX. Gothard believes in teaching students about consent, abuse, and sexual assault in the Family Life Education curriculum. He supports the transition to a data-backed curriculum. He is an advocate of professional support for literacy education. Gothard supports a proactive approach to empower the Unified Mental Health Teams and sees the mental health of students as a priority. He aims to engage with community stakeholders, mitigate external causes of mental health issues, and ensure that school staff members are able to assist students. He supports a collective bargaining agreement that supports educators, paraprofessionals, and students. He also seeks to expand advisory boards in which parents/community members can speak on issues [4].

Safety

Gothard advocates for gun violence prevention and aims to govern with gun safety in mind [4].

Environment

Gothard supports the JL Simpson MS Renewable Energy Project. He aims to reduce energy costs and use the saved money towards education. He aims for a capital improvement portfolio for the implementation of solar energy across Loudoun county. He supports transitioning Loudoun County Public School buses to electric [4].

LGBTQIA+

Gothard is a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. He supports the Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools guidance document [1, 4, 9].

Endorsements

Jennifer Boysko, VA State Senator; Suhas Subramanyam, VA State Delegate; Irene Shin, VA State Delegate; Sylvia Glass, Broad Run District Supervisor; Loudoun County Democratic Committee; Moms Demand Action Guns Sense; VA LGBT+ Democrats; 90 for 90 Voter Registration Project; Loudoun Education Association Political Action Committee; Run for Something 

Sources

1 LinkedIn
2 Blue Virginia
3 Facebook
4 Nick Gothard for School Board
5 Loudoun Now
6 Loudoun Times
7 Twitter
8 Instagram
9 Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
10 VPAP
11 The Washington Post