|If I have yet to personally thank you for your email, card, phone call or other message in the wake of the election, apologies. I’m still catching up!|
AN EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE
Meanwhile, I’m sharing with you the link to our Saturday, December 15 County Board meeting, where my colleagues Katie Cristol, Christian Dorsey, Libby Garvey and Erik Gutshall hosted a remarkable and very generous tribute to my years of service. Nearly two dozen speakers provided heartfelt encomiums and accolades, with hundreds more in the audience and at a reception immediately following. I spoke, as well, in particular noting that, even in Arlington, partisanship maintains an increasingly toxic grip on full participation in community affairs and too often discourages talented and qualified people from even considering a run for County Board or School Board. Watch what happened. The tribute begins at about the 1:30 mark (or go directly by tapping Item IV. Additional Items under the video).
In my letter to you of last month, I briefly reprised my proudest accomplishments in my four years and eight months on the County Board, including the independent County Auditor, turning away from extravagant, ill-conceived projects, a renewed emphasis on basics like schools, public safety and community infrastructure, and, just this fall, a carryover of 75% of our FY 2018 budget surplus for holistic consideration in the next fiscal year, rather than the usual custom of immediately spending it all on certain favored projects with barely any debate.
But I’ll be frank with you. Unfortunately, with my County Board exit on January 1, 2019, I’m no longer in office to pursue to fruition several other initiatives for which I fought so hard. To name a few:
If you’re still interested in hearing from me, notwithstanding my commoner status, please be on the lookout for my next missive to your inbox, or visit my website, for Vihstadt’s Voice, the perfect place to catch my brief thoughts on issues of the day, and where you can share what’s on your mind, as well.
Thank you again for allowing me the honor and privilege of serving you on the County Board since April 2014.
Best wishes for a healthy, happy and calm New Year!
P.S. Consider amplifying your voice by joining your neighborhood civic association or attending an Arlington County Civic Federation meeting.