James Lander

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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
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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

Arlington Public Schools is located in Arlington County, VA
Arlington Public Schools is located in Arlington County, Virginia. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Arlington County is home to 207,627 residents.[5]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Arlington County overperformed in these areas by a fairly wide margin. The graduation rate was 92.6% compared to 86.6% statewide. The average household income was $99,651 compared to $63,302 in the entire state. Arlington County had a poverty rate of 7.1%, while the poverty rate for Virginia was 10.7%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Arlington County (%) Virginia (%)
White 77.3 71.1
Hispanic or Latino 15.4 8.4
Asian 9.9 6.0
Black 8.9 19.7
American Indian 0.8 0.5
Two or More Races 3.0 2.6

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[7][8]

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