Fairfax County School Board member Jeanette Hough announced Monday that she is resigning effective Wednesday, leaving her post after less than two years in office.
Hough, serving in an at-large seat on the board, wrote in a resignation letter submitted to Sandy Evans, chair of the school board, that she is leaving to join her husband, who has accepted an overseas work assignment.
Hough was elected in November 2015 and her current term was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019. While the school board is considered a nonpartisan entity, Hough ran for the seat endorsed by the local Republican Party.
Cameron Sasnett, general registrar for the Fairfax County Electoral Board, said that a special election to fill the vacancy left by Hough could be held as soon as August.
In her resignation letter, Hough wrote that she was proud of her work on the board participating in the search for a new superintendent and crafting two multibillion-dollar budgets for the school system that serves more than 185,000 students.
“As much as I have enjoyed my service on the school board, I will now be shifting my focus completely to serving my family abroad,” Hough wrote. “It has been my pleasure and honor to serve the people of Fairfax County. . . . I wish the best of luck to my colleagues going forward with the rest of their term and the work they will be doing on behalf of our students, families and community for the excellence of Fairfax County Public Schools.”
Hough graduated from Oakton High School before attending the University of Virginia, where she received a degree in economics. She later earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and worked as a physical therapist at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She has three children enrolled in Fairfax County schools.
Hough did not return messages from The Washington Post seeking comment on her resignation.