Is A Good Thing
Being Independent Is A Good Thing
"One party government is rarely a good thing. In my four years on the County Board, we’ve brought true debate and discussion to the community table. I’ve added balance to the Board - and I need your help to keep it there!" - John Vihstadt
A long time civic leader, John was elected to the Arlington County Board following 30 years of schools and neighborhood activism. As the only political Independent on the Board, he has brought true debate, discussion, and balance to our local government. He works for our community - not a political party. Read more about John
Why I Am Running
Four years ago, voters from every Arlington neighborhood and from across the political spectrum rallied to our Independent campaign...a campaign that focused on the nuts and bolts of local government and community empowerment, not the corrosive partisanship that plagues our federal and state governments.
We must accelerate our efforts to reduce the commercial office vacancy rate through aggressive business recruitment and retention efforts, business and tax base diversification, a less cumbersome and more user friendly permitting and approvals process, and a reasonable tax and regulatory environment.
We should invest in core services first—our public schools, transit, community infrastructure, public safety and our social safety net—while ensuring that our independent County Auditor is adequately funded and mindful that Arlington’s taxpayers do not have unlimited resources.
As living in Arlington becomes even more expensive, I will work to make affordable housing preservation and development more competitive and less expensive, saving tax dollars and increasing supply, via new housing forms, streamlining development conditions, and property tax relief.
“The decision to save, rather than spend, the bulk of the surplus also is a vindication of sorts for County Board member John Vihstadt, who long has advocated such a course.” Read MoreRead More