FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2014
Contact: Laura Saul Edwards
Community Leader Andrew Schneider
Announces Candidacy to Succeed Delegate Bob Brink (D-48)
Arlington, VA-Andrew Schneider announced today his candidacy to replace Delegate Bob Brink (D-48) in the Virginia House of Delegates.
“I will bring passionate, effective leadership and advocacy to the House of Delegates, ” said Schneider, who is known in community and professional circles for listening to all views, and resolving challenges with balance and common sense to achieve meaningful results.
“The 48th District is vibrant and growing because of our shared progressive values, such as equality, pragmatism and innovation. These core values unite our many diverse citizens living and working in North Arlington, Crystal City and McLean,” and according to Schneider, “these values will guide my service in Richmond.”
Pledging to build on Delegate Brink’s legacy, Schneider points out that “however, we must do better in Virginia by fighting for full equality for LGBTQA citizens, a woman’s control of her own reproductive decisions, expansion of health care coverage and stronger gun laws. I’m eager to continue this fight.”
Schneider, 39, raised in Arlington, graduated from Arlington public schools (Tuckahoe, Swanson, Yorktown), and earned a BA in History and Government from the College of William & Mary and an MBA from University of Maryland (where his peers chose him to deliver the commencement address). His political experience has taken him from Capitol Hill working for Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE) to the White House working for Vice President Al Gore (D-TN) to promoting U.S. business opportunities as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Skopje, Macedonia.
Schneider is currently serving in a number of leadership roles in Arlington, including president of the Yorktown Civic Association, where he is working to update Chestnut Hills Park and has taken an active role in the Lee Highway Revitalization Project; as vice chairman of Community Residences, a non-profit founded in Arlington serving over 500 disabled adults; and was treasurer of the Overlee Community Association when it undertook a $4 million renovation. An avid swimmer and swimming coach at the Overlee, Donaldson Run and York swim clubs, Schneider also is a proud graduate of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2011.
In a rapidly changing world, Schneider has a proven record of seizing a challenge and developing effective and profitable solutions, as he has done for The Washington Post and as he is doing now as the director of William & Mary’s Washington Area Alumni Business Alliance (WAABA). Schneider’s effort on behalf of more than 16,000 alumni encompasses voters in all precincts of the 48th District. He vows to “bring the same practicality and high energy that guides these efforts to my work in Richmond on behalf of the people of the 48th District.”
Schneider had this to say about why he is running and why now: “Now is the time for putting my years of civic engagement to good use in Richmond, on behalf of the 48th District.”
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Authorized by Friends of Andrew Schneider