Here is a look at candidates for district seats in the Nov. 8 Fairfax County School Board election.


Nell Hurley, 60, is a retired Navy captain who has served on several school system advisory committees and has been active in community affairs, including youth sports and Girl Scouts. She was a president of the PTSO at W.T. Woodson High, from which her four children graduated. Republican-endorsed.

Megan McLaughlin, 44, is a mother of three and former Georgetown University admissions counselor. She co-founded Fairgrade, a parent group that campaigned successfully to ease the county’s strict grading policy, and is chair of the Fairfax Education Coalition, a bipartisan group that has frequently criticized school system leaders. Democratic-endorsed.


Louise Epstein, 51, is a former tax lawyer and mother of three who has volunteered in the schools for the past 11 years, including as co-founder of Fairgrade and president of the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted and of the PTSA at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Republican-endorsed.

Jane K. Strauss, 64, is an 18-year veteran of the board and now chairwoman. A mother of four, she is a former elementary and preschool teacher who directs the Cappies awards program for high school theatre students. Democratic-endorsed.

Hunter Mill

Pat Hynes, 52, is a mother of two who worked as a lawyer before becoming an elementary teacher nine years ago. Democratic-endorsed.

Nancy Linton, 47, is a mother of two, a former PTA president and a licensed professional counselor who has worked in private practice for 15 years. Republican-endorsed.

Mt. Vernon

Michele Nellenbach, 41, is a mother of two and PTA president at Stratford Landing Elementary. She is a former Capitol Hill aide who works on energy and environment issues for the National Governors Association. Republican-endorsed.

Daniel G. Storck, 58, is a father of three who owns two small health-care management consulting firms and has served on the board since 2004. Embracing his resemblance to Abraham Lincoln, he often appears as the 16th president at historical and educational events. Democratic-endorsed.


Elizabeth Schultz, 43, is a mother of four who was among the most prominent activists seeking to keep Clifton Elementary open. She previously worked as a contract manager for government contractors and nonprofits. Republican-endorsed.

John Wittman, 64, is a father of two who spent much of his career managing contracts and facilities for a company that builds museum exhibits. Now he has his own handyman business. Democratic-endorsed.


Sheila Ratnam, 35, is a mother of two who works for a defense contractor on a project to improve the Army’s financial accounting system. Republican-endorsed.

Kathy L. Smith, 56, is a mother of four who has served on the board since 2002. Once an elementary teacher, she has also served as PTA president at several schools. Democratic-endorsed.


Tamara Derenak Kaufax, 49, is a marketing consultant and mother of two who has served as a PTA officer and member of several school system advisory committees. She is Democratic-endorsed.


Sandy Evans, 60, is a mother of two and former Washington Post reporter who co-founded an activist group seeking later high school start times. She is Democratic-endorsed and has served on the board since 2010.


Patty Reed, 51, is a mother of two and business consultant who co-founded the nonprofit Choose 2 Lead Women’s Foundation. She is Republican-endorsed and has served on the board since 2009.

Here is a look at candidates for district seats in the Nov. 8 Fairfax County School Board election.