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How to Address a Member of a School Board

Are members of school boards addressed as ‘the Honorable’?  I know mayors, judges, sheriffs, etc., are.

Does this apply to local elected school board members as well? Consistency of all the elected officials would suggest the answer is “yes,” but I’ve never observed a school board member so addressed.
————–– Jim How to Address a Member of a School Board

Dear Jim:
The broad tradition is those elected in a general election are entitled to be addressed as the Honorable (Full Name).

Such address is consistent at the Federal level. At the state level it’s more or less consistent. But at the municipal/city level it’s a patchwork of local traditions.

For example – I grew up in Arlington, Virginia. There by local tradition no local elected officials are addressed as the Honorable.  I now live in New York City. Here members of school board are addressed as the Honorable (Full Name).

Take away: one needs to be alert for local tradition.  Call their office and find out.

– Robert Hickey How to Address a Member of a School Board

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