Barbara Kanninen, a parent and Arlington public schools leader, has been elected the Democratic endorsee for the November General Election to fill the Arlington County School Board seat being vacated by Sally Baird.
Kanninen won with 1,812 votes cast during the second and decisive round of the caucus. Nancy Van Doren received 1,794 votes. In the first round of the caucus, Kanninen received 1,549, Van Doren received 1,329 and Greg Greeley received 839. The caucus was held Thursday May 15 and Saturday May 17 by the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC). The total number of votes received was 3,723.
A dedicated parent and community leader who lives with her family in the Rock Springs neighborhood of North Arlington, Barbara has a strong record of activism in support of our public schools and a positive vision for carrying our school system into the future. Barbara and her husband, Kevin Wolf, have lived in Arlington for 20 years. Their two sons, Fred and Markus, are in 12th and 9th grade at Yorktown High School and also attend the Career Center. Barbara’s professional and personal background gives her a unique set of strengths to bring to the Arlington School Board.
Barbara is a Ph.D. economist, children’s book author, and 20-year volunteer in Arlington and DC schools. Her experience includes multiple PTA jobs, serving as committee chair, coaching kids, and volunteering in the classroom, often getting on the floor reading books, and helping kids learn math and science. Barbara currently serves on the County Board’s Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee and works with the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families. I’m on the School Board’s Advisory Council on Instruction and the Board of YULA, the Youth Ultimate League of Arlington. For more information, visit the campaign website: http://www.barbarakanninenforschoolboard.com
Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement regarding the vote:
“Arlington Democrats were fortunate to have three outstanding candidates vying for our School Board endorsement. All three are extremely knowledgeable in their policy breadth and depth and all three ran outstanding campaigns. While we are sad to be able to only endorse one, we are thrilled to endorse Barbara Kanninen. She has an outstanding record of involvement in our schools and community. She will join Senator Mark Warner, our 8th Congressional District nominee and our County Board nominee, Alan Howze, on the November 4, 2014.”