November 8, 2016
General and Special Election.
County Board candidates Libby Garvey (D) and Audrey Clement (I)
These candidates, as well as school board and congressional 8th district candidates participated in a recent forum hosted by the Arlington Civic Federation.
You can watch the recording on youtube.
Highlights from recent articles about the candidates:
Democrat, age 65
Profession: property manager, served for a long time on the school board
Supports education and economic development, public safety, & infrastructure.
Pushed for workshop meetings to be webcast & wants to “find more ways for people to participate.”
Supports increased space for school enrollment
Supports changes on 66 & 395
Supports single family homeowners renting out part of their house
Supports Bus Rapid Transit along Columbia Pike and into Crystal City & more services between North and South Arlington
Wants to raise and possibly double board members’ pay from $55K to $110K per year
Denounced the Columbia Pike Street Car and was instrumental in reducing the budget for the Long Bridge Park Aquatic Center
Quotes: “You can’t stop change, you can only manage it, and if we work well with developers, this county will be in a good place.”
Previous Green Party, now Independent age 67
Profession: federal government analyst, bikes to work
Supports: fiscal responsibility, preservation of parks, greenspace and affordable housing, renewable energy, more recycling and local tax abatement
Is worried about the pace of “hyper-development” and impact of development on streets, schools & green space such as the increased density approved at the Wilson school site where the densely developed neighborhood will lose scarce park and recreation space & Rosslyn Plaza development impacts.
Wants a moratorium on “smart growth which is a euphemism for gentrification”
Skeptical of the Georgetown-Rosslyn gondola
Supports tax cuts for residents and business to stop the “exodus of federal agencies” from Arlington
Supports creating a housing authority and would support using eminent domain to stop the sale and destruction of privately owned affordable housing
Believes the County Board needs to review the School Board budget more closely, not rubber stamp it
Supports on-site renewable energy installed throughout the county & electric vehicles charged by renewable energy sources.
Will seek “fiscal impact analysis of every major site plan development” to assure it benefits the County and its impacts are adequately addressed.
Quotes: “When you have one-party rule for so long, it is very easy to dismiss community sentiment. ” “Arlington elected officials are mere rubber-stamps for the development community” “I will place meeting the needs of all Arlington residents first and the wants of wealthy special interests last on my agenda when elected to County Board”
ArlNow, August 2, 2016
Inside Nova, Sept 9, 2016, by Scott McCaffrey
The Connection, October 5, 2016, by Vernon Miles
The Washington Post, October 21, 2016, by Patricia Sullivan
Candidate press releases
Aurora Highlands Civic Association
Wednesday. November 9, 2016 at 7pm.
Aurora Hills Community Center/Library.
Please make sure to contribute your annual dues in advance or you can pay at the meeting.
Annual dues are $20.00 per household. You can pay on Paypal on the AHCA website.
The candidates were nominated at the October meeting and are running unopposed:
- Natasha Atkins for President
- Rob Sidman for Vice President
- Scott Miles for Second Vice President
- Heather Spence for Corresponding Secretary
- Maureen Quinn for Recording Secretary
- Galo Valarezo for Treasurer
If you’d like to volunteer for a committee or other activities, please see some of the opportunities on the AHCA website.
2016 Democratic Primary Election for County Board.
Candidates Libby Garvey and Erik Gutshall’s responses to Arlington Parks Coalition’s invitation and questionnaire regarding Arlington’s parks.
Candidate Responses 5-26-2016 (Original PDF format document)