Debbie Rose Announces Run for School Board

By Lloyd the Idiot

Debbie Rose, former counsel to the House Judiciary and active member of the Loudoun Republican Committee, announced at last night’s LCRC meeting that she would seek the new Algonkian seat on the Loudoun County School Board. 

The race will be an interesting one, particularly because redistricting has placed two incumbents, Joe Guzman and John Stevens, in that same district.  Neither of these incumbents, however, has made clear that he would seek reelection, and, as you know, the seat is technically non-partisan so there won’t be any primary.

Regardless of what the other guys do, Rose is the one to beat.  Bright, honest and extremely dedicated to educational causes, Rose has one even greater advantage – people genuinely like her.  (Take a look at the ton of positive Facebook responses to her announcment in the first few hours).  And, rest assured, she’ll actually attend the school board meetings.

Rose is the latest in a set of very strong Republicans to announce their candidacies for local offices.  Not to jinx it, but things are looking pretty good for the Republicans so far (even considering the selection of a convention).

Her website is here:


  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Hatrick’s worst nightmare has arrived on the scene! I guarantee Debbie Rose will be immune to whatever kool-aid Hatrick seems to ply new School Board members with.

    I usually agree with most of Guzman’s votes, but he is simply not there enough. I think he kind of hinted at retiring in his speech last night. Debbie Rose can absolutely carry the conservative mantle forward.

    So I wonder who Educate Loudoun will endorse and give money to??? What is that you say? Oh, John Stevens is the founding member of that PAC??? Oh well, so much for the “reform” promised by Educate Loudoun. I think the Educate Loudoun stamp of approval will quickly turn into a seal of disapproval for the voters.

  • G.Stone says:

    Debbie is the best candidate hands down. She has everything it takes and more to be a great success. Reform minded candidates such as Debbie Rose will do very well this election season. Go get em Debbie Rose !

  • Freddie says:

    Yea! Debbie!

  • Frylock says:

    Great news! If Dr. Guzman is retiring, she would be an excellent replacement.

    I think the spendthrifts on the School Board pretty much ruined their chances of reelection last night by voting to spend $8.5 million of a surplus in the current fiscal year on interactive white boards, bus GPS and VCR units, food warmers, etc. See the article at for more info.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Yeah Frylock, John Stevens, founder of the supposedly reform minded PAC Educate Loudoun led that charge to buy more whiteboards. I am completely done with considering Educate Loudoun anything other than a front for more of the same. Stevens and John Wood are the main players. Don’t forget John Wood wrote that letter as head of the EDC a couple years ago that the BOS needed to “fully fund” the school budget so that businesses wouldn’t leave the county. Complete BS, and no matter what the tax rate is, multi-multi-millionaire John Wood won’t have any trouble paying the bill.

    So who do you think Stevens’ own PAC will endorse in this race???

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    This is great news and Debbie Rose will be an excellent addition to the School Board. I urge anyone that can – please help her out, whether it be with a donation or a phone call to ask what she needs done.

    It’s time to move forward on budget reform and Debbie is the one to get things started.

  • ACJ says:

    Any news yet on who is running for School Board in the other districts? I tend to avoid the committee meetings so I miss these tidbits until they are posted either here or at NVTH. Hopefully there will be some equally solid candidates in the other districts as well. I’d love to see major changes in the School Board!

  • Frylock says:

    LI – I share your disappointment with the Educate Loudoun PAC. I had high hopes until I found out John Stevens was involved with it.

    I just read Debbie’s press release and I am impressed! I also like Dr. Guzman. I think him and Bob Ohnheiser are the only 2 SB members worth keeping, but I agree that if he cannot make most of the meetings, then he needs to step down.

    One thing young families have to keep in mind going forward is the skyrocketing cost of college, which is now up to $50,000 a year for many private schools. To make things worse, most of the families in Loudoun make too much money to qualify for needs-based financial aid. We can’t be blowing all our money on K-12 education. My property tax bill would now pay for a years in-state tuition at the average VA college. It’s ridiculous!

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Studies show you should really emphasize K through 8. Your kid isn’t going to get into college (and spend your money then) if he doesn’t have the right foundation at a young age.

    High School… eh. We spend too much money there on bells and whistles.

  • Sarah B Smith says:

    John Andrews, former school board chairman ~04-06 had a wonderful relationship with the superintendent and wielded absolute control over the board, has now joined the race according to the Leesburg Today. Based on my experience, Andrews effectively ENFORCED Hatrick’s oppressive policies. This will forecast who wins Educate Loudoun’s endorsement for the Ashburn district.

  • Hillsboro says:

    I don’t see hope for any reform coming from Ashburn then… John Andrews is a Hatrick loyalist, Chris Souther is currently an LCPS teacher, and Eric Hornberger’s wife is an LCPS reading specialist.

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    I hope John Stevens runs just so Debbie can beat up on him for the crazy decisions the board has made – like going to the extreme measure of cancelling two days of school to save $4 million when they later in that same budget cycle can’t figure out to do with an $8 million surplus. It’s either fraud or mismanagement, and neither should be tolerated.

  • Birddog says:

    Hillsboro, My money’s on Hornberger, despite his wife’s position (not to mention his children attending the schools), he has advocated very effectively for his neighbors and condensed Adamo’s enrollment/projection numbers into a far more useful, as well as very understandable, analytical format. He should be on the Board so he can show the clueless Adamo how it’s done.

    And with regard to Educate Loudoun, the folks running that shell need to educate themselves that Loudoun voters aren’t stupid and see right through the Wood/Stevens PAC agenda.

    Am excited because I see a majority of reformers on the dais next year, led by Ohneiser, Rose, Hornberger and a couple of as yet unnamed challengers busy gathering signatures as we speak. Watch out status quo!

  • edmundburkenator says:

    $8 million? I thought it was more like $20 million.

  • Jonathan says:

    wtf LI?

    “Debbie Rose can absolutely carry the conservative mantle forward.”

    There is only one criteria here, best interests of the students. Let’s set the ideology aside, for at least a few nanoseconds.

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    Ed, here’s the breakdown

    Its allocation of $4 million for electronic whiteboards is the biggest single entry.

  • Freddie says:

    Jonathan: The conservative mantle is in the best interest of the students.

    “Ideology” means a guiding set of principals.

  • Jonathan says:

    Please elaborate Freddie. What are those principles? And while you’re at it, please let us know if LI’s use of the word “conservative” is the same as former Delegate Black’s. From what I’ve seen, “conservative” means we ban words and ideas (some call that “thought control”), and poof! reality has changed.

    It would be nice to hear Ms. Rose’s reaction to the Tennessee “Don’t say gay” bill. Is Ms. Rose a Cato Institute conservative, or a Family “Rentboy” Council conservative?

  • G.Stone says:

    Only Jonathan can take an announcement from a candidate for school board and turn it into yet another gay rights aggenda discussion.
    Jonathan , please buy a new lens.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    “Ideology” means a guiding set of principals.


  • edmundburkenator says:

    I owe you more. Here’s the difference Fred:

    Ideology knows the answer before the question has been asked. Principles are things (values) you take into ever-changing circumstances (you know, like real life) and shape responses to those circumstances.

  • Freddie says:

    In practice, especially on blogs, “ideology” is a disparaging term for one’s opponent’s principals.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    jonathan, you should know me well enough by now to know that I am no fan of Dick Black, so no, by conservative I do not mean like Dick Black. I am no social warrior – I was mainly talking about fiscal conservatism.

  • Jonathan says:


    I know. Isn’t it terrible when ideologues go and ruin a perfectly good word? They did it to “Christian” so why not go and ruin “conservative” too.

    Mr. Stone,

    You can consider me a single issue voter. Please recall your history. Equality Loudoun was started in part because in 2003, the LCRC decided that their reaction to Lawrence v. Texas was more important than hearing from fourteen School Board candidates they had invited to speak.

    And during the 2005 “Offsides” Dick Black orchestrated controversy, I testified at a school board meeting. At that meeting, Joseph Guzman told me that I was “imposing immorality” on the boardroom. The LCRC has a not very pretty history of putting “ideology” ahead of “best interests”.

  • Frylock says:

    Ed – The surplus is $20.2 million, but the spendthrift School Board has already spent $1.7 million and have to give $10 million back to the BOS. That leaves $8.5 million to spend on things that would be rejected by the public during the normal budget process. GPS units for school buses? Don’t all buses, with the exception of activity buses, travel the same route every day? Boondoggle!

  • Jacob says:

    We have a school system that is way too top heavy, and wastes money on bells and whistles, all the while students are learning from inside trailers. The priorities are mess, the budget reporting is Byzantine and ass-wipes like Jonathon are all hot and bothered about the term ‘conservative’; can you say $1.32 and rising? We have more than enough money in the schools system, the trouble is that many in the current crop on the board are fiscally illiterate, and Hatrick is taking advantage.

  • Birddog says:

    Not only was Sarah B Smith’s comment the 50,000th on TC, it brings up an important point, what is Andrews’ agenda? He left the Board BEFORE THE END OF HIS TERM to run for Congress and lost didn’t he? According to,

    Andrews “owns a development firm that has built several residential subdivisions in Loudoun.” Oh yes, that is just exactly who we want to decide where how taxpayers money is spent and where to build schools, a residential building developer who puts his own political interests way ahead of the kids! And forget about his reported chumy relationship with Hatrick – OMG!

  • Birddog says:

    “Sitting at a 1992 Dulles auction of foreclosed property that included 77 lots, Andrews’ developer dad gave him some advice: Make the winning bid now and worry about the money later.”

  • John Andrews says:

    Not to let the facts get in the way of entertaining blogging. Just to clarify, the house I lived in and the house I moved to were in the same Va. Sen. District that I sought office for. I moved after 18 years in Countryside after my son graduated from Potomac Falls HS.I had an opportunity to move to a great community with a lot backing up to open space and at the end of a cul-de-sac that created a good family environment for my 2 younger daughters.

  • G.Stone says:

    The reform required will not come with recycled candidates who are in part responsible for the mess to begin with. This is in no way good news.

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