Beginning Monday, we will run in three parts, an exclusive interview we conducted with Chesterfield County School Board member Omarh Rajah. Mr. Rajah made history with his November 2007 election victory. In his first run for office, he defeated the incumbent board chairman. He ran as a conservative in a year that was supposed to be bad for conservatives, proving that candidates who aren't afraid to stick to traditional values, sound education over cultural chic, parental involvement and sound principles of constitutional government usually win. Mr. Rajah also is the first teacher from the Matoaca District and the first African-American to be elected to the Chesterfield County School Board. The Chesterfield County Public Schools system runs 62 schools which enroll more than 58,000 students, making it one of the 100 largest school systems in the country.

Mr. Rajah holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland and a master's degree from Virginia State University in Ettrick. He is the first local government official interviewed at familyfoundationblog, but won't be the last. We will continue to spotlight successful local government officials and policy makers who are making a difference where it counts. We think you will find this interview very interesting and refreshing and hope you take the time to read it and reply with some comments.