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Arlington County Board Candidate Erik Gutshall Endorsed by Sen. Ebbin, Del. Lopez and Del. Sullivan


This is impressive; what’s unprecedented in Arlington is to have legislators (or any elected officials, for that matter) endorse against an incumbent County Board chair. In fact, of Arlington’s sitting elected officials, only ONE (Commonwealth Attorney Theo Stamos) has endorsed incumbent Libby Garvey. Also, note that NONE of Garvey’s colleagues on the County Board have endorsed her, and that her vice chair (Jay Fisette) has endorsed her opponent, Erik Gutshall. That really speaks volumes. Finally, I’d point out that even though Garvey served on Arlington School Board for 15 years, not a single School Board member has endorsed her, while one – Reid Goldstein –  has endorsed Erik Gutshall.

Of course, perhaps if Garvey hadn’t endorsed and actively campaigned for Republican John Vihstadt against Democratic nominee Alan Howze (who would have made an excellent County Board member, infinitely better than Vihstadt), it wouldn’t have come to this. It also might have helped if she had endorsed Rip Sullivan when he ran for House of Delegates. And if she hadn’t held a fundraiser with former Rep. Tom Davis (R). And, and, and… Anyway, I’m hoping to see a lot more Democratic elected officials endorse Gutshall soon; he’d make a far, far better County Board member than his opponent.

Gutshall Earns Strong Endorsements from Legislators

Unprecedented coalition of lawmakers endorse challenger to incumbent County Board Chair of same political party

Arlington, VA — For the first time in memory, a coalition of Democratic state lawmakers who, combined, represent 60% of Arlington voters are endorsing a primary challenger to the sitting County Board Chair of the same political party. Today, Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30) and Delegates Alfonso Lopez (D-49) and Rip Sullivan (D-48) announced their support for small business owner, civic leader, and APS parent Erik Gutshall in the June 14th Democratic primary for County Board. These lawmakers join other current and former elected officials in support of Gutshall’s candidacy.

“As former co-chair of the Virginia Progressive Caucus, I know how important it is to have progressive leaders at all levels of government,” said Senator Ebbin. “Erik has proven himself to be a forward-thinking leader on the planning, transportation, and economic development commissions, and will be a Board Member we can trust to put our Democratic values into action.”

Delegate Lopez continued, “South Arlington is at a crossroads, and while it’s easy to criticize and divide, my constituents need a County Board member dedicated to finding solutions to transportation, housing, and education issues. Arlington needs a leader who understands the diverse needs of my Columbia Pike community and who is committed to our success.”

“Erik has the experience and vision to ensure the County’s long-term prosperity, sustainability, and success,” said Delegate Sullivan. “History shows us the dangerous implications of short-changing critical investments, and I’m confident Erik will meet our community’s obligations to future generations in a budget-conscious way, as he has demonstrated time and again as a civic and business leader.”

The support of these lawmakers, who represent voters from Madison to Fairlington, from Claremont to Crystal City, demonstrates the diverse group of Arlingtonians who have come together to support a campaign dedicated to finding thoughtful solutions to the County’s challenges.

“Democrats recognize the difference between investments and expenditures,” said Gutshall, “and know that we didn’t become the community we are today by accident. Arlington is at a crossroads, and this election presents a clear choice. I’m honored to have the support of Senator Ebbin, and Delegates Lopez and Sullivan, along with voters all across this County. Together, we’ll make Arlington an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Ebbin, Lopez, and Sullivan join other current and former elected officials supporting Gutshall’s bid, including County Board Vice-Chair Jay Fisette, School Board Member Reid Goldstein, former Senators Mary Margaret Whipple and Ed Holland, former Delegates Bob Brink and Karen Darner, former County Board Members Mary Hynes and Joe Wholey, and former School Board Members Elaine Furlow and Ed Fendley.

  • More Arlington election news: endorsement for School Board candidate Tannia Talento

    School Board Member Reid Goldstein Endorsed Democratic School Board Candidate Tannia Talento in Upcoming Democratic Endorsement Caucus

    Arlington, VA- School Board Member Reid Goldstein endorsed Democratic School Board Candidate Tannia Talento for the upcoming Endorsement Caucus in May.

    Goldstein, who was elected to the office in 2015, highlighted Talento’s experience working actively in the school community as the main reason he has endorsed her in the race:

    “I am impressed and inspired by Tannia’s qualifications and passion for our schools. Her broad based community experience prepares her to be a strong leader from Day 1. I know that she will make a great partner on the School Board and I look forward to working alongside her,” Goldstein said.

    Talento, a 12-year resident of Arlington, had this to say about the endorsement: “I am grateful and humbled by Reid’s support and look forward to the opportunity to work alongside him in addressing the needs of our great school community.”

    Goldstein adds his name to a growing list of endorsers for Talento, including current School Board Member Emma Violand-Sanchez, Delegate Alfonso Lopez, former Delegate Karen Darner, former County Board Members Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada, and former School Board Member Noah Simon. Talento also recently earned the support of the Arlington Education Association PAC, the professional organization for APS teachers.

    Talento has lived in both north and south Arlington and has been involved in numerous Citizen’s advisory committees over the past 5 years. She is seeking the Democratic endorsement during the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s endorsement caucus, which takes place over two days: May 19th from 7pm to 9pm at Drew Model School and May 21st from 11am to 7pm at Washington Lee High School. For more information about Tannia or her campaign, please look at her website: http://www.tanniatalento.org.

  • South Awwlington

    It is time to propel Arlington forward once again.

    • Wait, didn’t Libby say she’s have cutting-edge bus transit running by now? LOL

      • South Awwlington

        Pants on Fire Garvey. Integrity? Never.