Candidate claims she was assaulted while campaigning

WASHINGTON — A Fairfax County school board member who’s running for Sully District supervisor in November, was out campaigning Saturday when she says she was assaulted.

Kathy Smith, school board member (Sully District Representative) was knocking on doors in the Century Oaks neighborhood in Chantilly when she came across a constituent who was not happy with her.

Fairfax County police say that Pamela Ichord got upset and pushed Smith. The school board member lost her balance and fell to the ground. She tells the Washington Post the woman also took her cell phone while she was trying to call 911.

Smith says the woman was mad about controversial school boundary changes in 2008 which sent Ichord’s children to different high schools.

Ichord turned herself into police and was released. She is charged with assault, battery and obstructing a 911 call (through a wireless device).

Police say an ambulance was dispatched but that Smith was not physically injured. Smith says during all her years campaigning, nothing like this has ever happened. She adds that this will not stop her from campaigning.

Smith has been a school board member since 2002 and her current term expires at the end of December.

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