Incumbent James Lander wins Democratic endorsement for Arlington School Board

Incumbent James Lander won the Democratic endorsement for the Arlington School Board in a very close primary campaign.

Lander beat out economist and children’s book author Barbara Kanninen, by 47 votes in a two-day caucus that ended Saturday.

“This campaign has been a tremendous opportunity to re-connect with Arlington voters,” Lander said in a media statement. He said he appreciated Kanninen’s “spirited and well-run campaign.”

School board races are non-partisan in Arlington but the endorsement carries a lot of weight in the heavily Democratic county. Lander, a retired military officer who work with veterans, has served on the board since January 2010.

“James Lander has been a strong voice for Arlington’s students in his four years on the board, and today’s vote is an affirmation of his record,” said Arlington County Democratic Chair Mike Lieberman.

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in the Washington region.

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