01/03/2013 08:58 am ET

Latino-Latina Leadership Milestone For Virginia Localities

Here’s one for the history books: Arlington on Jan. 1 became the first jurisdiction in Virginia history to have its two local elected bodies headed by Latinos.

As expected, Walter Tejada was selected by his colleagues that day to chair the County Board for 2013. He joins Emma Violand-Sanchez, who is halfway through a term chairing the School Board.

“This is an important milestone for our community,” said County Board member Libby Garvey, who served with Violand-Sanchez on the School Board and now serves with Tejada.

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