Former State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, Former County Board Member Mary Hynes, and Former Delegate Karen Darner Join In Supporting Matt de Ferranti for Arlington County Board

Three Arlington leaders on education join a growing list supporting Matt de Ferranti

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ARLINGTON, VA – Ahead of the June 12th Democratic primary, three former elected officials – State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, County Board Member Mary Hynes and Delegate Karen Darner – announced their support for Matt de Ferranti, a candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2018 Arlington County Board seat.

“Matt is a thoughtful leader, whose commitment to Arlington values comes through clearly.” Ms. Whipple said, “On education, housing, and the ideals that I worked for as a School and County Board Member and in the Legislature, I trust him to listen and lead our community as we face the challenges ahead over the next four years. I encourage all Arlingtonians to vote for him on June 12 in the Democratic Primary.”

“From the first conversation I had with Matt, he was ready and willing to roll up his sleeves and get to work on some of the most difficult issues our community faces,” said former School and County Board Member Mary Hynes. “His support for education as the doorway to success means he will make sure Arlington County provides dependable funding focused on educating every student, while also working diligently to ensure that our schools are built efficiently and for reasonable cost. Matt’s experience on both the School Budget committee and JFAC make him the smart choice – he’ll hit the ground running and has skills that will strengthen and improve the partnership between the County Board and the School Board.”

“Matt’s the right choice to expand opportunity for everyone in Arlington, including those I served as a Member of the House of Delegates for over 13 years,” said Former Delegate Darner. “We need a leader with the courage to stand for an Arlington where everyone is valued and included, and everyone has a chance to achieve their version of the American Dream. Matt is that leader and I am honored to be supporting him in the June 12th Democratic primary.”

“I am thrilled to have the support of these three strong women leaders who each has served our County so well and helped build the community we love,” said Matt. “Each shares the commitment to funding that supports excellence in Arlington schools – one of my primary reasons for running this year. Each stands for the inclusivity that is at the heart of Arlington. And each inspires me with their leadership, judgment, and commitment to an Arlington that works for all of us.”

State Senator Whipple, County Board Member Hynes and Delegate Darner add three respected leaders on education to the six currently elected officials who have already announced their support for Matt ahead of the June 12th Primary: Clerk of the Court Paul Ferguson, Senator Adam Ebbin, Delegate Rip Sullivan, Delegate Alfonso Lopez, School Board Member Tannia Talento, and School Board Vice Chair Reid Goldstein.

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