Green Party Seeking School Board Contenders

Arlington Sun Gazette

Taking a swipe at the Democrats along the way, the Arlington Green Party said it is actively soliciting candidates for the two School Board seats on the ballot in November.

“We need to have a real competitive election for these School Board positions,” said Kirit Mookerjee, who convened the Green Party’s monthly meeting in early May.

Under state law, political parties can’t officially nominate School Board candidates. But they can “endorse” candidacies.

That’s what the Arlington County Democratic Committee did earlier this month, anointing Emma Violand-Sanchez and Libby Garvey as its endorsees following a two-day caucus process.

Mookerjee said other candidates should step forward for the general election.

“All registered voters of Arlington County deserve to have a say who will be on the ballot and represent them on the School Board,” he said.

Who might garner the Green endorsement? Officials said they are looking for a candidate willing to run on a platform of implementing a comprehensive recycling program in schools; devote equal resources to schools in less-advantaged neighborhoods; refusing to sell school buildings to developers; and prohibiting military recruiters from being in schools.

Candidates interested in running with the Green Party’s endorsement should contact Josh Ruebner at (202) 423-7666 or by e-mail at josh4arlington@yahoo.com.

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