On Thursday, July 28th, former General Assembly member L. Karen Darner endorsed Arlington County School Board Chair Libby Garvey in her race to become the 30th District State Senator.
“Libby Garvey’s success on the Arlington County School Board for the past 14 years has proven she is the education expert we need in Richmond,” said Darner.
“Libby will also be an effective voice against the attacks we see in Richmond on women’s and minority rights,” continued Darner in a press release found on Garvey‘s website.
Darner, a speech therapist, was elected to the House of Delegates representing the 49th District in 1991, filling the seat that was vacated when Delegate Warren G. Stambaugh died.
While in office she sponsored various pieces of legislation regarding minority rights, repealing certain taxes, and education reform.
Reelected multiple times and typically winning with over 60 per cent of the vote, Darner would eventually retire during her 2003 primary race against Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-49).
“Karen’s work on our behalf is a true inspiration for how I plan to represent our community. I look forward to working with her and others to protect our rights and strengthen our public education system for all Virginians,” said Garvey.
Meanwhile, Delegate Ebbin received the endorsement of Arlington School Board member James Lander, a colleague of Garvey.
“I am supporting Adam because I know he’s the candidate who will stand up for our local priorities and ensure that our state government provides for the needs of every Virginian,” said Lander.
“Adam will also continue to be a fierce advocate for our public schools so that every child in Virginia has a chance to achieve their full potential,” continued Lander.
Elected to the Arlington School Board in 2009, Lander has been a longtime education reform advocate and also served in the First Gulf War. At present, he is an officer in the naval reserves.
Lander first ran for a Board position as one of six candidates in 2008. However he would lose in the caucus vote to Garvey and Emma Violand-Sanchez.