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Erik Gutshall, Monique O’Grady Win Convincingly for Arlington County, School Boards


Happy to report that both candidates I endorsed – Erik Gutshall and Monique O’Grady – won big time tonight. 🙂

Arlington County Democratic Committee Announces Caucus Winners:
Erik Gutshall for County Board and Monique O’Grady for School Board

The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) is pleased to announce that Erik Gutshall will be our nominee for County Board and Monique O’Grady will be our endorsee for School Board.

Both winners were chosen by Arlington Democratic voters using instant runoff voting, which ensures that each has majority support. Erik Gutshall and Monique O’Grady both led after the first round of voting. After the second round, Gutshall won with 55.2 percent of the vote and O’Grady won with 59.4 percent.

ACDC chair Kip Malinosky issued the following statement:

“Local politics is where Democratic values matter most because our elected officials make decisions every day that help shape our neighborhoods, our schools, and our sense of community. We are grateful to all the candidates and the voters who came out over three days to select our nominees.  Erik and Monique are committed to making Arlington a more inclusive community, with great schools and opportunities for all. We can’t wait to elect them in November.”

The unassembled caucus, which was held over three days at locations across Arlington, welcomed 5,972 voters, who stepped up to demonstrate their commitment to maintaining Arlington’s world-class education system, its decades of careful community planning, and its economic strength and diversity.  This exceeded the previous ACDC caucus record turnout (4,951 votes in 1993) by over one thousand votes.

More detailed information on the vote tallies will be posted shortly on ACDC’s website.

Onward to victory in November!

  • Erik Gutshall statement:

    “I am honored to accept the Democratic nomination and would like to thank the thousands of voters who placed their trust in me this past week. While the general election campaign still lies ahead, if elected, on the County Board I pledge to serve in the same way I have run this campaign: honestly, inclusively and focused on the future. From addressing housing affordability and transportation, to ensuring our children have access to world-class public schools, we have our work cut out for us. I look forward to the general election campaign where I will continue to seek input from Arlingtonians and share my vision for our County’s future.

    “As the nomination process comes to a close, I want to commend and thank my fellow candidates: Kim Klingler, Vivek Patil, and Peter Fallon. Running with these fine leaders the past few months made me a stronger candidate, and I look forward to continuing to work with them in various capacities in the months and years ahead. I also want to thank Jay Fisette for his decades of service to Arlington County. We are a stronger community thanks to Jay’s contributions and vision. Lastly, I want to congratulate Monique O’Grady on winning the School Board endorsement, and to James Lander and Maura McMahon for running strong campaigns.

    “I’d also like to thank my terrific campaign team for their efforts and my family for their love and unwavering support. Lastly, I’d like to thank the thousands of Democrats who cast their votes this past week. I will work hard to represent all of our shared progressive values in the general election and on the County Board.”

  • A small part of the winning Gutshall team


  • A happy new School Board member-elect, Monique O’Grady (who I’m happy to have endorsed)


  • Love this photo by Adele Em of the two winners last night in Arlington


  • Statement by the impressive Vivek Patil, who I believe has a bright future ahead of him in Arlington politics, if that’s what he chooses to pursue…

    “CONGRATULATIONS Erik Gutshall and Monique O’Grady on becoming our Democratic nominees for County and School Board ! You both ran strong campaigns, positively engaged our community and inspired so many people to come out and vote. It was a privilege running in the caucus with you Erik Gutshall, Kimberley Erin Klingler and Peter Fallon. Our conversations and engagement together made me a better, more informed candidate. You all inspired me with your commitment and long public service to Arlington. I look forward to working with all of you to strengthen and advance our lovely community ! Thank you !!!”