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August 16, 2011

Lolita Mancheno-Smoak Comments on WPost Article

Mancheno-Smoak Says She is the At-Large Candidate To Watch

Focus of Post Article Didn’t Reflect Other Motives for Running

Fairfax Station, VA  — Monday, August 15, 2011 – Fairfax County School Board Candidate Lolita Mancheno-Smoak commented on today’s Washington Post article “Fairfax County School Board Races Could Overshadow Other Campaigns This Year” saying her At-Large campaign is the At-Large race to watch because she’s a teacher who works daily with the students who come out of the Fairfax County Public School system.

“The Washington Post did a great job of highlighting what is motivating so many new candidates to run for the Fairfax County School Board.  While many candidates are coming from the advocacy community, I am the only At-Large candidate who actually has teaching experience.  That is part of what makes me and my campaign different from others in the race,” said Mancheno-Smoak.

“I understand the critical reforms that are needed not only to improve student performance, but to improve relations with all FCPS stakeholders as well.  FCPS should never forget taxpayers support them, and a significant percentage of them do not have children in our public schools. I have the business and teaching experience to represent the community’s interests and will ensure legitimate concerns are addressed by the Superintendent in a responsive manner,”  Mancheno-Smoak said.

Mancheno-Smoak also cites her extensive ties in the minority community as another benchmark that sets her apart from the crowded, 10 candidate, At-Large field.  “I volunteer as Board President for the organization HACAN – Hispanics Against Child Abuse & Neglect.  I’m also on the advisory Board of CrisisLink, which assists the Northern Viriginia community in suicide prevention,” said Mancheno-Smoak. 

 

“If elected, I’ll use these experiences for further review of Fairfax County’s disciplinary policies and for addressing our high minority drop-out rates,” said Mancheno-Smoak.      

Lolita Mancheno-Smoak emigrated from Ecuador at age 4. She earned a BS in engineering from Columbia University, a MS in engineering from the University of Miami and a DBA from Nova Southeastern University.  She currently serves as an adjunct professor and is an accomplished business transformation leader who recently oversaw projects associated with the reconstruction of Iraq.   Mancheno-Smoak lives with her husband Larry in Fairfax Station and she has four, grown stepchildren.

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Lolita Mancheno-Smoak for School Board Website

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