From Matty Rhoades. Email him at matty[AT]borderstan.com.
Jack Jacobson officially kicked off his campaign for the Ward 2 DC Board of Education seat on Saturday night with a fundraiser at The Chastleton, 16th and R Streets NW.
“People should always understand that everything revolves around public education. Public safety, economic development… everything goes back to good public schools,” Jacobson told the crowd.
Jacobson announced on March 12 that he was running for the seat; incumbent Mary Lord confirmed that she will seek re-election. Jacobson is now an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC 2B/Dupont, representing District 04. There is no primary for the non-partisan School Board seats, and the candidates will be on the November 6 general election ballot.
“I want to make sure that our schools are places where everyone is supported — students, families, teachers,” said Jacobson.
During his remarks on Saturday, Jacobson again emphasized his involvement with public education in DC —citing his work as a reading mentor at Marie Reed Learning Center with Everybody Wins, to becoming a charter member of the DC Public Education Fund’s Young Professionals Committee, to participating in Ross Elementary School’s Safe Routes to School Program.
Lord was first elected to the Ward 2 Board of Education seat in a special election in August 2007, and then to a full term in 2008. Jacobson was first elected to his ANC seat in a special election in March 2008, and then elected to full terms in November 2008 and 2010.