Arlington School Board Member Barbara Kanninen Endorses Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Delegate Hala Ayala’s campaign for Virginia Lieutenant Governor today announced the endorsement of Arlington School Board Member Barbara Kanninen. 

“I am so honored to be endorsed by Barbara,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “Barbara has been an advocate for children and families her entire career and she deeply understands the challenges facing our Commonwealth and how to fix them. I look forward to working with her on how we can ensure our schools and teachers get the resources they need and every child can have a good quality education and a chance to succeed.” 

“With her background as a grassroots Democratic activist, PTA mom, and cybersecurity professional, Hala brings the skills, compassion, and progressive values that will best serve our Commonwealth's children and families,” Said Dr. Barbara Kanninen. "I hope you will join me in supporting Hala as Virginia's next Lieutenant Governor."

Dr. Barbara Kanninen joined the Arlington School Board in 2015 and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Audit Committee, and Liaison to the Legislative Process and Facilities Advisory Council. Barbara has previously served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board, as well as Liaison to the Advisory Council on Instruction, Budget Advisory Committee, South Arlington Working Group, Whole Child Working Group, Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, and Student Advisory Board.

Ayala’s other endorsements include: 

  • 314 Action Fund 
  • Higher Heights for America 
  • Senator Lionell Spruill 
  • Delegate Luke Torian 
  • Delegate Delores McQuinn 
  • Delegate Danica Roem 
  • Delegate Josh Cole
  • Delegate Clint Jenkins
  • Mayor Derrick Wood, Dumfries
  • Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger, Manassas
  • Vice Mayor Monae Nickerson, Dumfries
  • Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch, Richmond
  • Councilman Mike Jones, Richmond
  • Councilwoman Amy Jackson, Alexandria
  • Councilman Mark Wolfe, Manassas City 
  • Supervisor Andrea Bailey, Prince William County 
  • Supervisor Victor Angry, Prince William County 
  • Councilwoman Cyndy Neville, Dumfries 
  • Councilwoman Selonia Miles, Dumfries 
  • Councilman Brian Fields, Dumfries 
  • Vice Chair Barbara Kanninen, Arlington 
  • School Board Member Loree Williams, Prince William County 
  • School Board Member Lillie Jessie, Prince William County 
  • Commonwealth Attorney Bryan Porter, Alexandria 
  • Clerk of Court Greg Parks, Alexandria 
  • Sheriff Alisa Gregory, Henrico 
  • Treasurer Patricia Ritchie Folks, Manassas 
  • Councilman Haseeb Javed, Manassa City Park 
  • Stacey Sher, Executive Producers of FX’s Ms. America and women’s right’s activist 
  • Kim Howard, Former candidate for Senate District 7 
  • Susan Hippen, Former candidate for Senate District 7 
  • Steven Burkarth, Former candidate for Henrico County Board of Supervisors 
  • Marques Jones, Former candidate for Henrico County Board of Supervisors
  • Richard Jessie, Prince William County Community Leader
  • Cozy Bailey, Prince William County NAACP Chapter President 
  • Amanda Linton, Women for Biden State Leader and At-Large Biden Delegate
  • Cragg Hines, Biden-Harris Elector
  • Jalmeen Soni,  AAPI Community Leader and Biden State Delegate 
  • Dewita Soeharjono,  AAPI Community Leader and Biden State Delegate  
  • Charley Conrad, Community Activist and Biden State Delegate 
  • Carter Turner,  9th Congressional District Biden National Delegate 
  • Gary Schatz, 7th Congressional District Biden National Delegate 
  • Jeffery Person, At Large Biden National Delegate.  
  • Paul Ruiz, At Large Biden National Delegate.  
  • Carole Lieber, 8th Congressional District Biden National Delegate.
  • Terron Sims, Vice Chair for DNC Veterans and Military Families Council 
  • Mike Velasquez, Regional Coordinator of DNC Veterans and Military Families Council
  • Lisa Sales, Women's Rights Advocate and At-Large Biden National Delegate
  • Monica Hutchinson, Henrico County Community Leader and At Large Biden Delegate 
  • Ernestine Jenkins, Prince William County Community Leader 
  • Al Brooks, Prince William County Community Leader 
  • Frank Callahan, Henrico County Community Leader 
  • Sara Townsend, Prince William County Leader
  • Jennifer Jessie, Prince William County Leader