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Va. educator group backs Lopez re-election

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The Virginia Education Association (VEA) has endorsed the re-election bid of Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington-Fairfax), who is facing a challenge in the June 8 Democratic primary.

“Since being the recipient of the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award in 2012, Del. Lopez has had a lifetime ‘A’ rating with the Virginia Education Association,” said VEA president James Fedderman. “Alfonso has always been a fearless advocate for our public schools, staff and teachers.”

“From helping secure historic teacher pay raises, to reducing class sizes and to broadening pre-kindergarten participation, his excellent record in support of our issues speaks for itself,” Fedderman said.

Lopez’s mother was a lifelong teacher and guidance counselor in the Arlington school system, influencing him to pursue a career in public service.


“With my mother’s background, this endorsement means a great deal to me. I have always said that if I don’t receive an ‘A rating’ from the VEA after [a legislative] session, then I haven’t done my job.”

Lopez was first elected in 2011, and is being challenged in the primary by Karishma Mehta. The winner moves on to the Nov. 2 general election.

The 49th District includes portions of Arlington around the Columbia Pike corridor, as well as adjacent areas of Fairfax County, and is a reliably Democratic stronghold.

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