School Board Member Attacked While Canvassing for Votes

A Fairfax County school board member says a woman attacked her while she was canvassing for votes this weekend.

Kathy Smith is running for Board of Supervisors and was out campaigning on Saturday. Police say Pamela Ichord, 58, attacked Smith, and Ichord was arrested on a charge of simple assault.

Smith told The Washington Post that Ichord ran toward her, screaming, ripped a clipboard out of her hands, and grabbed the sunglasses off her face. Ichord was upset over a 2008 vote that sent her kids to separate high schools.

Smith voted in favor of that school boundary swap. She told the paper she plans to be back out canvassing one the same street on Sunday.

Smith returned to the neighborhood to continue knocking on doors Monday.

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