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    John Vihstadt

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    "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

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    About John

    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.

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    Issues

    Economic Development

    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.

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    Schools

    In concert with my School Board colleagues, I will continue working to ensure that our schools remain top-ranked, both because our children deserve it and because our economic competitiveness depends on it.

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    Fiscal Sustainability

    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.

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    Transparency and Inclusion

    We need a “no surprises” civic engagement policy, to bring new voices to the community table, and insist on real-time, online transparency for government information.

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    Parks & Green Space

    Protect and enhance our parks, natural areas, and tree canopy through adequate maintenance, land acquisition, and mindful development decisions.

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    Energy and the Environment

    With climate change upon us, we must reaffirm our long-term commitment to clean, renewable energy and look for new ways to address stormwater management and the health of the Potomac River Watershed.

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    Transit and Transportation

    We cannot let Metro, our regional circulatory system, fail, and we must maintain our roads and streetlights, enhance our bike and trails network, improve traffic and pedestrian safety, and embrace new mobility technology.

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    Housing Affordability

    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.

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    Human Rights and Immigration

    We must keep Arlington a welcoming place for all people and hold to our local commitment to civil and human rights for everyone.

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    News

    Vihstadt Endorsed by Unite America

    October 17, 2018
    Unite America

    Independent Arlington County Board Member John Vihstadt announced today that Unite America, a new national movement formed to bridge the growing partisan divide, has endorsed his bid for re-election to the County Board.  

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    What the Community is Saying

    Carla de la Pava

    Carla de la Pava

    Treasurer of Arlington County

    "I've worked with John in County government since 2014. He knows the issues, he's fair-minded and he's connected to our communities. There is no substitute for that."

    Dave Foster

    Dave Foster

    Former Arlington School Board Chair

    John brought to the County Board a remarkable record of leadership in our public schools. Now, the County Board and School Board are working more closely than ever to meet our schools’ capacity and other challenges as efficiently as possible.

    Alexandra Bocian

    Alexandra Bocian

    Immediate Past President, John M. Langston Citizens Association

    "John cares about Arlington’s diverse communities. He’s responsive to Hall’s Hill/High View Park, and neighborhood residents appreciate his leadership. John listens to everyone." 

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    Sally Baird

    Former Arlington County School Board Chair

    "I appreciate the balance and perspective John brings to the Arlington County Board. I don’t always agree with his positions, but I am glad he is there. His presence ensures a broader dialogue. That  only makes Arlington stronger -- and better. At its core, for me, John at the table affirms the most fundamental of Democratic values: inclusiveness."

    Theo Stamos Commonwealth's Attorney

    Theo Stamos

    Commonwealth's Attorney for Arlington County

    As neighbors in the early 90s to now, I have witnessed John’s tireless work ethic, his deep understanding of Arlington, his accessibility, and his diversity of thought. His service benefits the community. He deserves another four-year term on the County Board.

    Dr. Alfred O. Taylor, Jr.

    Dr. Alfred O. Taylor

    Former President of NAACP & Nauck Civic Association

    John's honest, pragmatic and hopeful insight into our community's problems and needs, and his willingness to examine the issues sets him apart.

    Libby Garvey

    Libby Garvey

    Arlington County Board Member

    John keeps his word and makes our County Board team stronger.  He brings people to the table. Arlington is better with John on the Board.