31st State Senate District Democratic Candidates Speak at Business Forum

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    See here for my report on the 49th House of Delegates district and here for the 30th State Senate district forums held yesterday morning in Falls Church by the Northern Virginia Democratic Business Council. Last but not least, here’s the 31st State Senate district forum, with Democratic candidates Barbara Favola and Jaime Areizaga-Soto.

    In his remarks, Areizaga-Soto talked about his background (Attorney, business, Obama administration, JAG, policy advisor to Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple). According to Areizaga-Soto, we need representation to “stand up to the extremism and demagoguery we see every day in Richmond.” We also need transportation solutions, including a “dedicated source to fund them.” “I believe everyone should have the opportunity for a world-class education…the opportunity to succeed and thrive.” He promised to fight the “narrow-mindedness that threatens progress.” “I want to go to Richmond and fight for our Democratic values.”

    Barbara Favola said she’s running for two reasons: 1) her long career in local government (14 years on the Arlington County Board) and her local perspective; 2) she wants Richmond to be more progressive, more compassionate. She talked about the many successes we’ve had in Arlington, including connecting land use and transportation decisions (“that mindset I think will serve us very well in Richmond”). She believes we need to invest more in K-12 and higher education. She called for a dedicated funding stream for education. She noted her work on behalf of the environment and her endorsements by “Sen. Saslaw, Sen. Whipple, Sen. Howell, Sharon Bulova, David Poisson and others.”

    P.S. I haven’t endorsed in this race, but am watching it closely and hope to do so in coming weeks. By the way, the primary elections in all these races will be on August 23.