FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2023
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Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee ("Arlington Democrats") is pleased to announce Miranda Turner has been selected as the winner of the 2023 School Board Endorsement Vote. After the polls closed on Saturday, May 13, Miranda Turner received 1004 votes, surpassing Angelo Cocchiaro, who received 332 votes. There were seven ballots with no vote, eight provisional ballots, and zero spoiled ballots.
“I am honored to have the Democratic endorsement in this year’s School Board election and am excited to serve Arlington Public Schools,” said Miranda Turner. “Our schools are the cornerstone of our community and our students and teachers deserve the very best. If elected in November, I will have a laser focus on instruction and provide an excellent education for all students. I will advocate for measures to help close the achievement gap, address the needs of our diverse student population, and promote policies that support the well-being and academic achievement of all students in APS.”
While School Board races in Virginia are officially nonpartisan, party committees can endorse candidates in local races. As the endorsed candidate, Miranda Turner will be identified as a Democrat on the County Committee’s Sample Ballot for the November election because the Official Ballot will not have a party affiliation notated next to candidates’ names.
“Public education has always been a top priority in our community. I am pleased that the Arlington Democrats ran an expanded process and that we now have an endorsee. I am confident our School Board will continue to make certain that all of our students have access to a great education in a safe and inclusive environment,” said Arlington Democrats Chair, Steve Baker.
The 2023 School Board Endorsement Vote featured in-person voting hours at three APS venues across the county. Full-day voting on Sunday, May 7, and Saturday, May 13, and midweek voting hours on Wednesday, May 10, provided Arlingtonians with many ways to participate.
Arlington Democrats undertook an extensive program of community outreach, including the distribution of over 25,000 door hangers to inform voters about voting locations and schedules. The communications team also ensured that outreach materials and candidate biographies were translated into five commonly spoken languages in APS households.
“It takes a village to make this process run smoothly. I want to thank the whole Arlington Democrats organization, including the many volunteers who facilitated the process this week,” said 2023 Caucus Director Meg Flores.
Earlier this year, Arlington Democrats approved a set of rules governing filing requirements, voting, and eligibility. The unassembled caucus was open to any registered Arlington voter who signed a form pledging to support the Democratic Party endorsee. Voters were also asked to provide their names and addresses.
For more information about Miranda Turner visit https://www.mirandaturner.org.