Broadens Cross-Party Coalition with de la Pava Endorsement
Arlington County Board member John Vihstadt, the only Independent on the five member body, formally kicked off his re-election campaign on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
He announced the endorsement of County Treasurer Carla de la Pava (D), who said “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.” de la Pava joins two other incumbent Democratic office-holders who endorsed Vihstadt in his initial bid four years ago: County Board colleague Libby Garvey (D) and Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos (D).
Vihstadt plans to focus on his first term accomplishments, including the hiring of a new independent County Auditor and bringing “true debate” to County decision-making, He also laid out his vision for “community-centered government” over the next four years, focusing on three key challenges:
- Managing Arlington’s growth,
- Ensuring greater openness, transparency and accountability in County Government, and
- Instilling a stronger sense of fiscal discipline in County programs and operations.
“Four years ago, you took a chance on me,” said Vihstadt to an enthusiastic crowd of over 160 Arlingtonians at the Lyon Village Community House. Voters across the political spectrum came together to forge a rainbow coalition in every sense of the term. They demonstrated that citizens want their local officials to concentrate on the nuts and bolts of local government—core services like education, public safety, community infrastructure, public transit, our social safety net and neighborhood quality of life. We have a wonderful place to call home. Let’s make it sustainable for all of all of us!”
Said County Board member Libby Garvey, “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.”
Former Northern Virginia Congressman Tom Davis (R) rounded out the event’s endorsements, and talked of working across political divides to get things accomplished. “At the local level, there is no partisan way to fill a pothole.
David Foster (R), former School Board Chair and two term School Board member, observed in an earlier statement that “Thanks in part to John, the County Board and School Board are working more closely than ever to meet our schools’ capacity needs and other challenges as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
The 2018 general election is November 6.
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