Prince William County Democratic Committee Endorses Four for County Races

For Immediate Release
27 October, 2011
Contact: Bruce Roemmelt, Chair of PWCDC (703) 895-9490
Prince William County Democratic Committee Endorses Four for County Races

Prince William County, VA – In addition to the “party identified” candidates, the Prince William County Democratic Committee has endorsed four candidates for the non-party identified races in the School and the Soil and Water Board races. Full and unanimous support was given to the individuals identified below.

Chair of the committee Bruce Roemmelt said, “The four excellent candidates that we have endorsed represent the values of the local, Sate and national Democratic parties, and have demonstrated a commitment to Prince William County’s future by working tirelessly to improve the lives of those that live, work and visit Prince William County.”

PWC School Board Chair – Myra F. Sawyers, M.Ed.
Myra Sawyers has dedicated the last 20 years to teaching, working in politics and reforming education. During the 1992 elections, she worked on many grassroots campaigns in California, which led to several statewide victories. In 1993 she moved to Washington, D.C. where she spent six years working as an aide for U.S. Representative Patsy T. Mink. Following her work on Capitol Hill, she began teaching first grade. In 2004 she became an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College, teaching courses in Early Childhood Education. That same year she founded Educators for Progressive Instructional Change (EPIC), a non-profit organization whose mission is to elevate the status of the teaching profession. Myra graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California and holds a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. She lives in Haymarket, Virginia with her husband Michael Sawyers and son George. As Chairwoman of Prince William County School Board, Myra will: 1) Build, expand and support Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) in our schools and create a STEM Alliance to bring more industries to Prince William County 2) Re-examine our reliance on test-taking, 4.) Recruit and retain dynamic and creative teachers.

PWC School Board (Neabsco) –Diane Raulston
Diane graduated from Monterey High School, California. Attended Kansas State College; student teaching in Kansas City, Mo. Diane lived in California until 2006 when relocated to Dale City. She has 3 granddaughters who attend PWC Schools. Diane was involved in education in California:
• Appointed to Title 1 Chapter 1 Committee 1989
• Re-appointed 1995 served until 2000
• Appointed to State Special Education Committee writing of the Special Education policy book
• Conducted workshops and training on Title 1 Chapter 1
Agenda items:
• Establish a round table committee
• Have complete Board Minutes PWC School Website

PWC School Board (Coles) – Lillian Garland

PWC School Board (Woodbridge) – Denita Ramirez (incumbent)

PWC Soil and Water Board – Pablo Elliott
Pablo has demonstrated a longstanding dedication to local agriculture and environmental stewardship, and is excited to bring a new voice and energy to the Soil and Water Board.
Elliott has eight years farming experience in Prince William County, running the Stoney Lonesome Farm CSA vegetable program on his family’s farm in Gainesville.
Elliott’s farm operation was the 2009 recipient of the Bay Friendly Clean Water Farm Award.
Elliott has served for seven years as Director of The Local Food Project at Airlie, and has organized five annual conferences on sustainable agriculture in the region.
Elliott is a founding member of the Virginia Food System Council, and also serves as a board member for Future Harvest-Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.
In 2010, Elliott co-founded the Chesapeake CRAFT new farmer-training program.
To learn more about Democratic candidates in Prince William County please visit

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