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James Lander
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Board Member, Arlington Public Schools, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2009
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMassachusetts Maritime Academy
Master'sUniversity of Virginia
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army Lieutenant Commander
Years of service25
ProfessionProgram manager
Campaign website
James Lander is a current seat holder on the Arlington Public School Board, where he is also Board Vice President. He was re-elected in an unopposed race on November 5, 2013.


Lander was educated in the Philadelphia Public Schools. He has his Bachelor's degree in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and his Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a retired officer, having ascended to the rank of lieutenant commander during his service and completing more than 25 years of combined active and reserve experience. He currently works as the veterans and military families national program manager for Goodwill Industries International.[1]



See also: Arlington Public Schools elections (2013)


Lander won re-election in an unopposed race on November 5, 2013.


Arlington Public Schools, At-Large, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJames Lander Incumbent 96.1% 51,945
     Independent Write-in votes 3.9% 2,132
Total Votes 54,077
Source: Arlington County, Virginia, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


In May 2013, Lander won the endorsement of the Arlington County Democratic Party, beating out Barbara Kanninen, by 47 votes in a two-day caucus.[2]


Lander reported $12,423.30 in contributions and $10,513.02 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $1,910.28 on hand.[3]


Arlington Public Schools, At-Large, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJames S. Lander 96.7% 42,490
     N/A Write-in votes 3.3% 1,470
Total Votes 43,960

Campaign themes

Lander stated his major campaign priorities as the following:[4]

  • Expanding critical programs in Arlington Public Schools
  • Empowering parents to be active participants in their children’s education
  • Engaging the community to support the schools and students

What was at stake?

One seat was up for election on the Arlington Public School board. Board Vice Chair James Lander was re-elected in an unopposed race.

About the district

See also: Arlington Public Schools, Virginia
Arlington Public Schools is located in Arlington County, Virginia.
Arlington Public Schools is located in Arlington County, Virginia. The county seat of Arlington County is Arlington. Arlington County is home to 224,906 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] In the 2011-2012 school year, Arlington Public Schools was the 13th-largest school district in Virginia and served 21,892 students.[6]


Arlington County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 71.7 percent of Arlington County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 35.2 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Arlington County was $103,208 compared to $63,907 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Arlington County was 8.0 percent compared to 11.3 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race Arlington County (%) Virginia (%)
White 77.3 70.8
Black or African American 8.9 19.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.5
Asian 9.9 6.1
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.1 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 15.6 8.6

Presidential Voting Pattern, Arlington County[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 69.1 29.3
2008 71.7 27.1
2004 67.6 31.3
2000 60.1 34.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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