Schools supporter to run for board

Cynthia Walsh

The slate of Shenandoah County School Board candidates continues to grow as the deadline to file looms.

Cyndy Walsh plans to run for the District 3 seat on the board serving the Edinburg area. Member Kathryn Holsinger does not intend to run for another term.

Retired educator Roger Barbee and Edinburg Town Councilman Steven Wood also have announced plans to run for the district seat.

Walsh, 48, works part time as the executive director of the Shenandoah Education Foundation. She volunteers as the president of the parent teacher organization for W.W. Robinson Elementary School.

“I think it’s the right thing to do right now,” Walsh said Friday. “A lot of the people who have decided to run for [the] School Board throughout the county seem to be running so they can be a voice for the taxpayers and I think it’s very important that we have someone – myself – who will be a voice for the kids and for the schools because they are really what matters.”

Walsh and her husband Dan co-founded the Shenandoah County Parents Alliance for Strong Schools earlier this spring as a lobbying group for parents concerned with educational funding and related issues.

Cyndy Walsh holds a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Washington College in Maryland. She has worked as a committee clerk for the Maryland State Legislature; served on the staff of U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrist, R-Maryland; and as executive assistant to U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue. President George W. Bush appointed Walsh as the executive assistant to the administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration in 2003.

The Walshes moved from Alexandria to Edinburg in 2005. They have three children, two of whom attend county schools and a third who starts kindergarten in the fall.

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