How partisan support impacts nonpartisan school board races (Prince William Times)

The same three candidates will face off for school board chair this year. But voter turnout is traditionally lower in Virginia’s “off-off-year” local elections – usually about 30 percent. And that could make the partisan endorsements even more important, said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

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