Tuesday, May 21 @ 7:30 PM
Lake Braddock Secondary School
9200 Burke Lake Rd Burke, VA 22015
Frequently Asked Questions
What is this election all about?
Abrar Omeish is a candidate for Fairfax County School Board At-Large, a special non-partisan primary election held by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC). This role would be focused on oversight over the entire Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) system and its $3 billion budget. There are 3 seats up for election and will be voted by FCDC members on May 21, 2019 followed by a general election on November 5, 2019.
What is FCPS? FCDC? School Board At-Large?
FCPS stands for Fairfax County Public Schools.
FCDC stands for Fairfax County Democratic Committee.
School Board At-Large is the specific role that focused on oversight of all Fairfax schools.
How do I vote?
The non-partisan primary race is held by FCDC. That means, there are a few differences from a typical race":
You need to register as an FCDC member and pay your dues. You can register on the FCDC website.
You have to confirm your registration by calling FCDC HQ at (703) 573-6811, 10am-4pm, Mon-Fri before March 22 at 5pm.
There is only one voting site and one time: May 21st, 7:30 PM, Lake Braddock Secondary School
How do I know if I’ve registered to vote correctly?
We know the process may seem a bit confusing. Here is a handy checklist to help you review the registration and voting process:
✅ Do you know your district? (You can look up your address here)
✅ Did you complete the FCDC application? (You can complete it online or by mail)
✅ Did you pay the membership dues ($40) upon finishing your application? Or submit a waiver?
✅ Did you contact FCDC to confirm your intention to become a member? (You can call FCDC HQ at (703) 573-6811, 10am-4pm, Mon-Fri)
✅ Did you complete all of these steps by March 22 at 5pm?
FCDC is saying that I need to register as a voter in Virginia. Is that necessary?
Not at all! You can safely ignore that warning message and proceed to apply. The primary requirements are:
You are US Citizen or Permanent Resident of the US
You are a Fairfax County resident (look up your address here)
What are the duties of a FCPS School Board At-Large member?
From the FCPS Website:
The Fairfax County School Board is charged by the statutes of Virginia and the regulations of the Virginia Board of Education to operate the public schools of Fairfax County by setting general school policy and establishing guidelines that will ensure the proper administration of the Fairfax County Public Schools programs.
Ignite, our Strategic Plan, and four goals (Student Success, Caring Culture, Premiere Workforce, and Resource Stewardship) define the role of all FCPS staff members in living the commitment to our staff, students, and community.
Why is the role for Fairfax County School Board At-Large an important position for our school system?
The School Board is responsible for overseeing a $3 billion budget across the following categories:
Instruction: operation expenditures, state payments on behalf of the district for instruction and benefits, and retirement system transfers
Support Services: support services, food services, and retirement system transfers for support service staff
Capital Spending: capital outlay expenditures (i.e., construction, land or facilities purchases, and equipment purchases)
Debt & Gov. Payments: payments to state and local governments and interest on school system debt
Other: all other non-K-12 programs, except food services
Why should I consider Abrar Omeish for School Board At-Large?
Abrar is a 2nd generation FCPS student and a lifelong Fairfax County resident with 10 years of proven experience working with local communities, parents, teachers, and students.
She is a trusted, accessible, and open-minded advocate endorsed by local leaders including Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni.
She will work for an inclusive and equitable FCPS that provides every student with a quality education.
Finally, Abrar has the bold, value-driven vision that sets a new standard for public service.