There are rumors running around Chincoteague that Connie Burford is not eligible to run for the Accomack County School Board since she’s not a resident of the island. Bosh! She could not be on the ballot if she did not meet the requirements required by Virginia law, including a Certificate of Qualification and a petition signed by eligible voters in Chincoteague. Enough of these rumors and lies. Connie is eminently qualified to sit on the School Board having been an advocate for the education of our children for over 20 years, and as an Island resident she is qualified as a candidate in District 1. She has broad support from family, friends, business owners, town officials and, most important, teachers. The real issue, it seems, is Connie’s strong support of the right of parents in the education of their children. Her opponent voted not once, but twice, to approve Governor Northam’s model policy that would allow boys to use the girl’s bathroom. Fortunately for the children in Accomack County four board members voted “NO” and defeated this policy that would have put our children in jeopardy. Her opponent seems to believe being a life-long resident of Chincoteague Island is a sufficient qualification to get your vote. Connie’s tireless work on behalf of our children is a far more important qualification, and her fresh perspectives would be a welcome change for the people of Chincoteague. On November 7th I will cast my vote for a fresh voice on the School Board. I will cast my vote for Connie Burford.