Atif Qarni, VA-13
Opponent: Bob Marshall
Soon after graduating high school, Atif Qarni joined the Marine Corps Reserves, where he served while simultaneously earning a degree in sociology from George Washington University. Later, in 2003, Sgt. Qarni was deployed to Iraq for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Later, after receiving a Master’s Degree in History from George Mason University in 2007 (Atif also holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration), Mr. Qarni began teaching at Beville Middle School in Prince William County. Driven by a passion for education, Atif also teaches GED classes in the evenings at Manassas Park High School.
Atif says he’s motivated to run because he doesn’t think Delegate Marshall spends his time in Richmond focusing on the right priorities. Rather than focusing his efforts on legislation that regulates what women can do with their own bodies, Atif pledges to spend his time fighting for things that will propel the 13th district forward. One of his main goals is to restore funding to schools, like the one where he teaches, that see their budgets being cut every year. Atif’s other priorities include job creation and traffic reduction.
In his spare time, this 8-year Manassas resident enjoys coaching sports. Coach Qarni has led teams in football and soccer leagues, and has also coached track and field at two different Manassas middle schools. Atif and his wife, Fatima, have two sons, Zane and Saber.