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Video: Arlington Dems Thank Kip Malinosky, Elect Jill Caiazzo New Chair; Barbara Kanninen, Matt de Ferranti Speeches for Arlington School Board, County Board

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Thank you to Kip Malinosky for his superb four years as Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC); tonight’s ACDC meeting was basically a love fest for Kip, and a well-deserved one at that! Also, congratulations to incoming Chair Jill Caiazzo, elected tonight to succeed Kip. See below for video of their speeches tonight, as well as speeches by (runner-up) Steve Baker for ACDC Chair, Barbara Kanninen (introduced by Graham Weinschenk) for reelection to the Arlington County Public School Board, and Matt de Ferranti for Arlington County Board. The room was packed tonight, by the way; a sure sign that the energy we all felt in 2017 is not fading in 2018. That’s good, because we’re going to need it!

  • Kanninen announces 2018 re-election bid for Arlington School Board

    On January 10, Barbara Kanninen announced that she will seek re-election to the Arlington County School Board in 2018. Kanninen, who is serving as chair of the School Board during the 2017-2018 school year, made her announcement at the monthly meeting of the Arlington County Democratic Committee.

    In her remarks, Kanninen pointed to a number of accomplishments during her tenure on the School Board over the past four years. “We’ve worked to support the whole child, to ensure that every child in our schools is healthy, safe, supported, challenged, and engaged,” she said. She highlighted increases in academic, social, and emotional assistance; supports for immigrant and LGBTQ students; expansion of STEM programs and career and technical education; and the launch of a strategic planning process to carry Arlington public schools into the 21st century.

    “We’ve done so much together,” Kanninen said, “but there is still more to do. I’m running for re-election to continue building up the whole child, I’m running to support the voices of our teachers and staff, and I’m running to support our growth and build a stronger, more responsive school system.”

    First elected to the School Board in 2014, Kanninen is an environmental economist, children’s book author, and community activist. In 2017, Washingtonian magazine named her one of the Most Powerful Women in Washington—the only elected official in Arlington and the only school board member in the DC metro area named to the magazine’s list. As a member of the school board, she was awarded the 2015 AGLA Equality Award and the Public Outreach and Engagement Award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association. Kanninen and her husband have lived in Arlington for 25 years and have two sons who were both K-12 Arlington Public Schools students.

    For more information on Barbara Kanninen’s campaign, go to https://www.bk2018.org/.