FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA – Last night, members of the Providence District Democratic Committee recommended Providence District school board candidate Karl Frisch for endorsement by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee at its May meeting. Frisch received 62% of the vote.
“I decided to run for school board because I firmly believe that the best educators, schools, and academic programs should not be reserved for the privileged few, and that our teachers and staff should not be struggling to make ends meet. I am excited that the conversation we’ve started will continue on to November,” Frisch said. He continued, “Jung Byun made me a better candidate. We ran respectful, friendly, and issue-focused campaigns for the Democratic endorsement--for that, we should both be proud. That doesn’t happen often enough in our politics. I am in awe of her passion and commitment.”
In the months leading up to last night’s Democratic endorsement vote, Frisch’s campaign knocked on hundreds of doors, attended dozens of events, made hundreds of phone calls, recruited dozens of volunteers, and more. From January 1 to March 31, his campaign received 665 contributions from 571 unique donors, with an average contribution of $56.37 for a total amount raised of $37,486. Frisch raised more than any other candidate for district-level school board, and received more individual contributions than any other candidate in Fairfax County.
To date, Frisch’s campaign has been endorsed by Fairfax Education Association, Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, FCPS Pride, LGBTQ Victory Fund, CASA in Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, #VoteProChoice, and Blue Virginia. He also has been endorsed by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Supervisor John Foust; Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin and Delegates David Bulova, Mark Levine, and Mark Sickles; former Vermont Governor Howard Dean; and former Providence District Democratic Committee Chair Paul Jameson.
If successful in November, Frisch will be the first openly LGBTQ+ local elected official in Fairfax County history.
More About Karl Frisch
Karl Frisch has earned a national reputation as an effective advocate for consumers and student loan borrowers as executive director of Allied Progress, a non-profit issue advocacy organization in our nation’s capital. He has repeatedly challenged the Trump administration over its policies and actions, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ efforts to enrich predatory financial institutions by weakening programs designed to help teachers and other public servants repay their student loans.
A former small business owner, Karl helped clients like the National Education Association, Rock the Vote, a variety of tech companies, and others refine their communications strategies to more effectively break through in a cluttered national media landscape. For many years, Karl worked for a host of Democratic elected officials, candidates, party committees, and issue advocacy organizations. He also exposed political corruption as a staff member of the House Rules Committee in Congress.
Now a candidate for the Fairfax County School Board, Karl will be a bold, progressive voice for Providence District, fighting for equity and equality, smaller class sizes, environmental sustainability, better pay for teachers and staff, responsible fiscal stewardship, high standards, and educational excellence for every student--no matter who they are or where they live.
An avid traveler, photographer, and history buff, Karl lives next door to Mosby Woods Elementary School with his partner Evan Ayars, a Fairfax County teacher.