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School Board Candidate Interviews

The School Board of the City of Norfolk selected the top four candidates out of 24 applicants to be interviewed for the School Board Ward 5 vacancy. The following candidates will be interviewed on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, starting at 3 p.m. at Lake Taylor High School (1384 Kempsville Rd., 23502):

  • Ruth Cookson
  • Dr. Stephen Jones
  • Brian Mackey
  • Nichelle Stone

The public is invited to attend the interviews and join the School Board for a public hearing afterwards at 6 p.m. to receive comments on the Ward 5 candidates. The public may attend in-person or view the live stream at, YouTube at, or tune in to WNPS Ch. 47.

Speakers may sign up prior to the start of the public hearing, or email