Amy Solares

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Amy Solares has a BS in Psychology from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor (law degree) from Widener University. Solares is a volunteer coach for Virginia Beach Public Schools. Furthermore, Solares has coached various sports outside of the school system on a volunteer basis. Solares has been a volunteer for a variety of organizations such as the Virginia Beach Police Department and the Animal & Care Adoption Center for over 10 years [3, 5].

Key Issues

Curriculum

Solares wishes to have the curriculum focus more on math, english, science, and vocational training [3, 5].

Parental Involvement

Solares hopes to increase parent involvement in schools [3, 5].

Teachers

Solares believes in decreasing teacher workload [3].

Discipline

Solares advocates for reintroducing class rank and for enforcement of student discipline [3].

Endorsements

Carolyn Weems, Member of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools School Board for District 4; Laura Hughes, At-Large Member of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools School Board; Victoria Manning, At-Large Member of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools School Board; Students First Virginia

Sources

1 VPAP
2 Facebook
3 Students First Virginia
4 Republican Party of Virginia Beach
5 Amy Solares

Kimberly A. Melnyk

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Melnyk has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Longwood University. She is a former teacher for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and currently owns the Premier Millwork and Lumber Company. Melnyk was first elected to the Virginia Beach City Public Schools School Board in 2014 as a Republican. Melnyk was reelected to the School Board in 2018. In 2019, Melnyk was elected as Vice Chair of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools School Board, representing the Princess Anne District. Melnyk switched her political affiliation whilst on the School Board. In 2021, Melnyk ran for the 84th State Delegate District as a Democrat, losing to incumbent Glenn Davis [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7].

Key Issues

Budget

Whilst running for delegate in 2021, Melnyk advocated for increasing funding for all-day Kindergarten and Special Education across the state [5, 6].

Mental Health

Whilst running for delegate in 2021, Melnyk believed in providing mental and behavioral health services needed by students throughout the state [5].

Teachers

Whilst running for Delegate in 2021, Melnyk argued for increasing teacher pay up to the national average throughout the state [5].

Endorsements

Virginia Beach Democratic Committee

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 Twitter
3 Virginia Beach Schools
4 The Virginian Pilot
5 Progressive Voters Guide
6 WAVY
7 Princess Anne Independent News
8 VPAP
9 VBDemocrats

Alexis C. Gerdes

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Alexis Gerdes received her BS degree in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). At VCU, she was a Division I athlete competing in cross country as well as track and field. After graduation, she worked as a paralegal. Later she transitioned to the medical sales industry, holding various jobs over 11 years. Currently, Gerdes is a Respiratory Business Specialist for the Boehringer Ingelheim company. Gerdes is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children [1, 2]. 

Key Issues

Parental Involvement

Gerdes believes teachers, parents, and business leaders should have a voice in school board decisions [1].

Communication

Gerdes advocates for transparent communication from the school board [1].

Curriculum

Gerdes supports a facts-based curriculum that bolsters critical and independent thinking skills. Furthermore, Gerdes argues that education creates responsible and courteous citizens [1].

School Safety

Gerdes advocates for funding for School Resource Officers (SROs) [1].

Budget

Gerdes believes that the most important part of the budget are resources that are dedicated to the success of students. She also supports providing necessary resources for teachers to bolster a critical and independent thinking curriculum [1]. 

Endorsements

Jen Kiggans, Republican Nominee for Congress and State Senator; Susan Allen, Former First Lady of Virginia; Bob McDonnell, Former Governor of Virginia; Ken Stolle, Virginia Beach Sheriff; Tina Sinnen, Virginia Beach Clerk of the Court; Tanya Gould, Virginia Director of Anti-Human Trafficking; Dan Crenshaw, United States Congressman

Sources

1 Alexis Gerdes
2 LinkedIn
3 Twitter
4 Facebook
5 VPAP

Bradley Edward Moore

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Bradley Moore earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Children’s Rights and a Master’s Degree in History at Old Dominion University [1]. Moore currently works as a legal assistant for Virginia Beach law firm Wolcott Rivers Gates. Moore was accused and arrested for a sexual battery charge from an incident at a local fundraising event where Amber Bowmer, a campaign manager, stated that Moore had inappropriately touched her [3]. Moore was later found not guilty [4].

Key Issues

Education

Moore wants to implement a system where student representatives from each high school in the district are partnered with a single Board Member on the Chesapeake School Board. This formal relationship would allow a Board member to act as an advocate for each high school and give students leadership experience [1].

Infrastructure

Moore wants to improve the technological infrastructure of the school district, as he believes that it is lagging behind other school districts [1].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Bradley Moore for Chesapeake School Board
2 Facebook
3 The Virginian Pilot: Chesapeake School Board Candidate Arrested
4 The Virginian Pilot: Chesapeake School Board Candidate Not Guilty
5 VPAP