July 18th, 2014
Nancy Van Doren Sole Candidate for Arlington County Democratic Committee Endorsement for Arlington County School Board Special Election
Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee announces that Nancy Van Doren is the only candidate to file to seek the Democrats’ endorsement to fill the Arlington School Board seat being vacated by Noah Simon this November. Earlier this month, Simon announced his intention to resign effective August 1.
Van Doren recently finished a close second to Barbara Kanninen in securing the Democrats’ endorsement in the May 2014 ACDC School Board caucus (1,812 to 1,794). Because she was the only candidate to file by today’s deadline for an August 4 “firehouse primary,” Van Doren is now automatically on the agenda for formal endorsement by ACDC at its regular meeting on August 6 (Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.), and her endorsement is likely to be overwhelmingly approved. Earlier this month, the third candidate in May’s caucus, Greg Greeley, endorsed Van Doren for this fall’s election.
An Arlington Public Schools Honored Citizen in 2011, Van Doren served on the county’s Multi-Modal Transportation and Student Safety Special Committee, Arlington Career Center Parent Advisory Committee, Family and Community Engagement Working Group, and ADHD Task Force. She also served as chair of the Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee, on the steering committee of the Evaluation of Services for Students with Special Needs Committee, and on the Advisory Council on Instruction and County Council of PTAs.
She also has been an active community leader, founding ArlingtonADHD and ArlingtonReading parent support groups and the Arlington Latino Network, organizing the Latino Education Summit, and working with the Safe Busing Now Coalition. Van Doren is married to Jack Zetkulic, an international consultant and educator. Their four children have attended Arlington Public Schools. Van Doren served as president of the Jefferson Middle School PTA and on the Washington-Lee Crew Boosters.
For more information, visit the campaign website: http://www.nancyvandoren.org
Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement: “Nancy Van Doren is a strong leader who has worked in all areas of education to improve Arlington schools for students, parents, and our community. She will bring great expertise and experience to our School Board as well as a passion for engaging the larger community. I look forward to having her join our Democratic ticket this fall.”
“I am honored to have this opportunity to run for School Board with the endorsement of the Arlington Democrats. I look forward to the Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting on August 6, when the Democratic endorsement will be officially affirmed,” said Van Doren. “I pledge to bring the same level of enthusiasm and commitment through to the general election November 4 and thank all of my supporters for their continuing efforts on behalf of my candidacy.”
The election for Simon’s vacated seat is expected to be held on the same day as the regular November election, in which Kanninen already has the Democrats’ endorsement for a full-term seat. Thus, Kanninen and Van Doren would both have the Democrats’ endorsement in their respective, separate races.
The announced August 4 caucus was to have decided both this School Board endorsement as well as the Democrats’ nomination in the special election for Arlington County Treasurer. The deadline to file for the Democrats’ nomination for Treasurer is Friday, July 25. At the time of this release, only one candidate, Carla de la Pava, has filed for Treasurer. If no other candidates file by the deadline, the August 4 caucus will be cancelled.