TyQuan J. Graves

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent

Background

TyQuan J. Graves is a graduate of Danville Public Schools and the Piedmont Criminal Justice Academy in Martinsville. He is a former Police Officer and current Criminal Investigator in Virginia law enforcement [2, 4, 9, 10].

Graves is a former member of Americorps and has volunteered as an Academic Coach at Bonner Middle School through the Americorp program. He has worked and volunteered as a sports Coach, Tutor, and Mentor in the Danville and Henry County public school systems and has been a Youth Leader for the Boys and Girls Club and a Social Service Advisory Board member. Graves also started a nonprofit called “Save the Youth” where he assists at-risk children. In 2018, Graves had over 10,000 community service hours [2, 6, 9, 10].

Graves was the youngest person elected to the Danville City School Board in 2018 at age 20. He served as a board member from 2018-2020 and has served as Vice Chairperson since 2020 [2, 4, 10]. 

Key Issues

Communication

In 2018, Graves planned to bridge the gap between the community and schools. He believed his age could serve as a pipeline between the school board and students and planned to meet young people in the area to find out about community needs [6, 9].

Miscellaneous

Graves seeks to get schools fully accredited and strives for student achievement [4].

School Safety

Safety is Graves’s top concern [4].

Teachers

Graves aims to increase the number of and retain teachers and staff. He seeks to fill positions with highly qualified educators [4].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Facebook
2 Danville Register & Bee
3 Ballotpedia
4 Star Tribune
5 VPAP
6 WSLS 10
7 Virginia Department of Elections
8 News 4 JAX
9 ABC 13 News
10 The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research