Hi, my name is Maggie Hansford and I am running for Board of County Supervisor in the Brentsville district. Our county needs new leadership that values our children, our families, our community. My dad was a public servant for the federal government my entire childhood. He with my mother raised three kids and we are all public servants, because of their dedication and influence.
If I know one thing about public servants, it is that we are family, we are connected. Our community services are connected and strengthened working together and, more often than not, public servants are family members. They’re your husband, wife, brother or sister. There is value in the strength of our public servants. Our public servants are the backbone of our community. To value public servants, we must value our community.
I have lived in Brentsville for almost 10 years. My husband and I have raised 3 boys all of whom attend our public schools, where I work as a speech language pathologist. Working as a speech language pathologist in our schools means I get to meet almost every child and their family.
My job in the schools mean I see, everyday, the effects of teachers with 13 years of service barely making $60,000. I see teachers working multiple jobs. I see coworkers moving outside of the county to afford to live. I see coworkers, no matter if they’re single, married, or divorced, all struggling to afford to live. I see teachers unable to afford childcare, and living paycheck to paycheck, always searching for ways to afford to live where they work. The struggle is constant, year after year. Our teachers aren’t paid well and they aren’t respected by our county elected officials. I believe it is time for new leadership to adequately fund our schools and provide competitive compensation for our teachers. Putting our teachers last means our children are last with them and that is not okay.
We are in dead last place for school funding in Northern Virginia. Last place funding for over a decade in Prince William County Schools has resulted in the highest average classroom sizes, larger workloads for our teachers, while our teachers continue to spend more money in their classrooms because the schools aren’t covering what they need to teach. Enough is enough. Our teachers need to be able to afford to live where they work and plan for retirement. Coworker after coworker, family after family, experience this struggle. And this underfunding of county services isn’t isolated to our schools, but all of prince william county employees are suffering.
I want to connect our community figuratively and literally. If children are able to see their school from their home, they should be able to safely walk to school. This county has a sidewalks to nowhere problem that we can fix. Year after year, our commute times to work increase because of limited transit options in our district and county. I believe that to strengthen our county, we must invest in our county. Adequate mobility in Brentsville means adding bike paths, trails, and sidewalks, pedestrian bridges and increasing access to public transportation. Investing in our county will lead the way for current businesses to grow and future businesses to choose Brentsville to develop.
It’s time to value our district. Brentsville should be an inclusive community, where we value all types of families, we equitably fund our schools and county services, we grow our current businesses, and we attract new businesses. Through smart growth and existing infrastructure plans, we can improve our county’s future, while respecting the rural crescent. We can connect our community through better transit options, to promote the safety and health of our community. We deserve a supervisor that shares our values and leads with fairness. That is why I am running for County Board of Supervisors, and asking for your support.