John Erbach, a local business lawyer, recently announced his candidacy for the Chesterfield County School Board to represent the Dale District. “I am proud to send my four daughters to Chesterfield County Public Schools, and I want every member of our community to have pride in our public education system,” said Erbach. “As a parent, I meet with their teachers on a regular basis. As a business leader, I understand the value of education, and as a community leader, I know the importance of tapping into the substantial resources we have in Chesterfield.”
Mr. Erbach acknowledges the issues facing Chesterfield County Public Schools—from increased testing to strengthening accountability—and he is committed to taking on these challenges. At the same time, his campaign is focused on accentuating the positive things going on in CCPS.
“While each school has its own unique challenges, we can solve those challenges by embracing public education, not abandoning it. We should seek to replicate success throughout the school system, said Erbach.
As a local business leader, Mr. Erbach emphasizes the role of local businesses and community organizations to partner with the school system. “We must continue to embrace partnerships with community organizations and business leaders to address the challenges our schools face.”
David Wyman, the outgoing Dale District School Board representative, endorsed Mr. Erbach’s candidacy. “John clearly understands the needs of our community and will use his leadership skills to move our school system in the right direction. He has the intelligence, the prudence and the patience to be a great leader for Chesterfield County.”
Mr. Erbach is a partner with the law firm of Spotts Fain, P.C. A graduate of William & Mary (psychology) and University of Richmond School of Law, he has worked in both the public and private sectors, including a stint as a research analyst with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, as a therapy technician with autistic children, three years in the federal court system, and now, in private law practice. At Spotts Fain, his practice focuses on helping businesses resolve disputes and avoid legal pitfalls.
Additionally, Mr. Erbach has provided hundreds of hours of pro bono service representing members of the community who cannot afford a lawyer when they need one and he sits on the Board of Directors of Read to Them, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to creating a culture of literacy in every home.