Richard M. Mason Jr.

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Incumbent

Background

Richard M. Mason Jr. is a graduate of Hampton University with a BA in Political Science and an MA in Agency Counseling. In addition, he earned an EdS in Counselor Education and Supervision from the College of William & Mary and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. Mason currently serves as an Associate Professor at Hampton University as well as the chair of the Department of Counseling at Hampton University [1, 3, 4].

Mason holds an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Certification through the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). Additionally, Mason is a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) through Evergreen Certification Institute [1].

Key Issues

Mental Health

Mason wants to create a comprehensive mental health plan and believes that good mental health leads to academic success in students. Part of this system was implemented in 2021 by Mason and the school board: Critical Incident Stress Management in Hampton City Schools to help school employees cope with traumatic situations, such as school shootings. Mason has already worked towards better mental health by hiring Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists, Behavioral Specialists, a Mental Health Specialist, and a Tier III Intensive Intervention Coordinator [1, 5, 8].

Budget

Mason wants to increase funding for Hampton City Schools [1].

Education

Mason wants students to have academic and personal success. Mason wants to ensure Hampton City Schools does their part to provide service that is responsive to the needs of students, parents and staff [1].

Endorsements

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Sources

1 Richard Mason
2 Facebook
3 Hampton University
4 Hampton City Schools
5 WTKR
6 Daily Press
7 VPAP
8 The Baltimore Sun