Republican for Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Pronunciation Guide: "Purves" rhymes with "service"
Arthur and Carol Purves are 39-year residents of Vienna. They have two children, who graduated from Fairfax County Public Schools in the mid-90s. Arthur was his son's lacrosse boosters' president at Marshall High School and was his daughter's crew boosters' president at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Arthur for 19 years has been president of the Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance. He is treasurer for the Fairfax Committee of 100, was a member of last year's Fairfax County Meals Tax Task Force, and in 2013 served on the Hunter Mill Citizen Budget Committee. He has also served on three Fairfax County Public Schools advisory committees and is a member of the Fairfax branch of the NAACP. He is a Scoutmaster.
As Taxpayer Alliance president, Arthur has testified at most county and school proposed budget hearings and has attended most school superintendent and county executive budget press briefings. This was not automatic. The first time he attempted to attend, in January 2000, the school superintendent's press briefing he was arrested, made to sit out the briefing in the police station, and charged with trespassing. He wanted to ask why the superintendent had waited until after the supervisors' election to announce a school budget crisis. Happily this year both the schools and county have publicized their post-election budget shortfalls well before the supervisors' election.
The school advisory committees were Family Life Education (FLE), the Superintendent's Advisory Committee for Student Success, and Professional Technical Studies. He has opposed FLE because while its Philosophy Statement purports to support religious moral values, FLE undermines them. Also it has never been demonstrated that FLE reduces teen promiscuity or drug use. While Professional Technical Studies (a.k.a. Career and Technical Education) had a commendable goal to teach career preparedness, it was never shown that that goal was being accomplished. Meanwhile Arthur felt that the schools were neglecting the essentials for any job, e.g., mastery of math, reading, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and writing. Something good did come of the "Student Success" committee in that the administrator in charge of that committee persuaded then-superintendent, Dr. Spillane, to invite elementary schools to teach E. D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge Sequence. Dr. Hirsch was a University of Virginia English professor and author of Cultural Literacy. Five schools did so from 1997 to about 2002. The school system suspended funding because a study found that Core Knowledge did not adequately prepare students for the SOL tests. This was ironic because Governor George Allen's goal in creating the SOLs was to make E. D. Hirsch's curriculum, which teaches geography, American and world history every year from K-8th grade, the curriculum of Virginia public schools.
Arthur has worked as a computer programmer for 39 years. He and his wife are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Arthur ran for school board (1995, 2003), as an independent for county chairman (1999), and delegate (2007). He also ran in two primaries in 2001 and 2005. In four of the six races if Arthur had not run the Republicans would have given a free pass to Democrat candidates; there is a benefit in giving the community an opportunity to discuss the issues. In particular, Arthur has in all but the first race advocated reversing the Supreme Court decisions removing the Lord's Prayer, Bible, and Ten Commandments from public schools, as he believes these decisions resulted in a deterioration of marriage and family that is the basic cause of higher taxes, through increased welfare, public safety, and entitlement spending.
There was a problem, though, in those races: Arthur could not have stated in one sentence why his opponent should be defeated and he elected. He can in this race: For the past 16 years real estate taxes have been increasing three times faster than household income, and that is unaffordable.
Paid for and Authorized by Purves for Chairman. Updated 2/25/17