• Sara Townsend

    for the 31st House District of Virginia

  • Meet Sara

    Devoted teacher for change in Richmond

    Your voice in the House of Delegates

    Bringing civics to Richmond

    As a middle school civics teacher, I am acutely aware of struggles both educators and students face in Virginia’s public schools.


    I was born and raised here in Northern Virginia. At 15, my family moved to Fauquier County, where they still maintain a small horse farm. I graduated from Liberty High School in Bealeton, then went on to earn my B.A. in History and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University, in Fairfax, VA.


    In 2015, I stepped up to run for the 31st district and fell short by just over 1,200 votes in what was one of the closest delegate races in Virginia that year. Since then I have continued working on education-related issues here in Virginia, including research towards my PhD in Education Policy and participating on a state education committee studying teacher turnover in our public schools.


    Recently, I stepped back into the middle school classroom, which has only reinvigorated my passion for bringing another fresh voice to Richmond. It is a time for change in the House of Delegates. We need to fight for our schools and for good paying jobs here in the 31st district. I am excited to be running for the Democratic nomination now in 2017 and I am looking forward to bringing a fresh perspective to Richmond.