Graham, 43, has been director of Bedford County Emergency Medical Services for 13 years. He is a Bedford County native and has been a county employee since 1990.
He and his wife Denise have been married for 17 years and have two children.
"Being a parent of a child with special needs gives me a unique prospective in dealing with policy-making matters," said Graham. "I know strong leadership, accountability, planning, and vision are traits that will make our public education system the best prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow.
"I believe learning begins in the classroom and that teachers are the backbone of our education system. If we are to succeed in our mission of preparing all children for the future, we must explore all avenues of learning and technology.
"My reason for serving is simple. I want all children to reach their maximum potential. The actions our leaders take today will impact our community tomorrow. Let's keep kids the priority."