Robert Kyle McDaniel

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

Robert Kyle McDaniel graduated from George Mason University and American University with degrees in public policy, budgeting, and finance. McDaniel is a pilot and flight instructor with multiple flight schools in Virginia. He has experience in working in federal, state, and local governments and has previously run for school board in 2019. In 2018, McDaniel left the Republican Party; he later joined the Democratic Party [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

Key Issues

Accessibility

Mcdaniel supports eliminating school lunch fees and decreasing or eliminating fees for extracurricular programs. He wants to promote an inclusive school community through enrichment programs and cultural education opportunities. He also wants to support military families by creating a Military Support Office and certifying every high school under the Purple Star program [1].

Budget

McDaniel wants to diversify revenue sources and effectively allocate money as well as prioritize funds for school-based matters [1].

Communication

McDaniel supports engaging the community with budget and policy development [1].

Curriculum

McDaniel supports expanding career and technical education opportunities, especially in aviation, global business, and entrepreneurship [1, 4]. Additionally, he wants to enhance gifted programs and keep rigorous academic standards [1].

Gun Policy

McDaniel supports  gun reforms and wants to establish a blue ribbon commission to advise the School Board on school shootings [1, 2].

LGBTQIA+:

McDaniel promotes a safe LGBTQIA+ school environment [1, 2].

Mental Health

McDaniel advocates for efforts to mitigate employee fatigue and work stress, increased funding for mental health professionals, and better help systems for students and families [1].

School Safety

McDaniel wants to ensure safe schools by conducting reviews of safety measures and enhancing safety protocols [1, 2].

Teachers

McDaniel wants to support teachers and staff by integrating teacher feedback in policy development, giving regular pay increases and bonuses, creating a teacher council, and ensuring fair bargaining agreements with employee unions [1].

Endorsements

Atif Qarni, Former Virginia Secretary of Education; Sharon Bulova, former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman; LGBTQ+ Victory Fund; Blue Virginia; Stacey Kincaid, Fairfax County Sheriff; Laura Jane Cohen, Fairfax County School Board Member; Megan McLaughlin, Fairfax County School Board Representative; Sean Perryman, former Fairfax County NAACP President; FCPS Pride; Gerry Hyland, former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors member; Michelle Davis-Younger, City of Manassas Mayor; Lisa Merkel, former Herndon Mayor; Robert Rigby, co-president of FCPS Pride; Julie P. Shepard, founder of National Capital Region Military Spouses

Sources

1 Kyle McDaniel
2 Blue Virginia
3 Patch
4 Annandale Today
5 Reston Now
6 VPAP