Tag: Kim Klingler
Every Democratic candidate running for Arlington County Board claims to support smart growth. But when smart growth runs up against single-family homeowners' interests, are they willing to make tough choices? At a recent forum, statements from most candidates weren't promising.
The board has an open seat since Barbara Favola was elected to the state senate in November. Arlington Democrats will select a party nominee (who's almost certain to then win the official special election) at 2 caucuses on Thursday, January 19th and Saturday, January 21.
Wednesday night, the Arlington County Democratic Committee hosted a forum with the candidates. The forum spotlighted the paradoxical views of Arlington Democratic voters: They want candidates to express concern about things like smart growth, affordable housing, and transportation, but may be reluctant to support the density increases, transit projects or higher taxes to pay for affordable housing programs that may actually deliver it.
1. Why are you running for Arlington County Board and what makes you the most qualified candidate at this time?
I am running for the Arlington County Board because I believe that, with my broad-based community involvement and professional experience, I will bring a critical - and currently unrepresented - perspective to the County Board. I bring a business, community, and political perspective. We need a strong voice for health and human services, we need a leader for the preparation of the Metro Silver Line, and we need a champion for county board and school board collaboration. We need someone who is truly connected to the community, and understands the needs of all Arlingtonians, including those aging in place. I am that leader.
Yet another candidate, self-described "health care advocate, first responder, community volunteer, and political activist" Kim Klingler, throws her hat in the ring for the Arlington County Board seat being vacated by Barbara Favola, who is moving on to the State Senate in January 2012. The field's certainly getting crowded, with Libby Garvey's announcement yesterday, and with last week's announcements by Melissa Bondi and Terron Sims.
In addition, Arlington Planning Commission member Peter Fallon; NAACP Arlington Chapter President Elmer Lowe; and who knows who else -- appear to be running as well. The caucus is scheduled for the first week of February, with candidates announcing at the next Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting in early December. This should certainly be interesting to watch; I'll be looking at the criteria listed here in making my own, personal decision of who to support. How about you? What qualities are you looking for in your next Arlington County Board member?
UPDATE: I've now had a chance to thoroughly review her website, and to watch her video all the way through. My findings? The website's basically a disaster, filled with grammatical errors, really bad prose, broken links, bizarre stock photos that have nothing to do with the subject matter, no substance whatsoever, simply not ready for prime time. What's weird is that the candidates here all had many months to prepare, as it was generally assumed that Barbara Favola would win her election and that there would be a vacancy on the Arlington County Board. Why put up a website that looks like it's been (barely) slapped together in a few hours? As for the video, I just can't get past the weird hand gestures, totally disconnected from the content of what is being said. Finally, no endorsements whatsoever, grassroots or otherwise? Hmmm. All in all, this just isn't a serious campaign launch. Cross one candidate off my list.
With Senator-elect Barbara Favola set to head to Richmond, the Democratic primary race in the special election to fill her Arlington County Board seat is quickly heating up. Already announced:
- Melissa Bondi, community activist on issues including affordable housing & smart growth
- Terron Sims, active in veterans issues and a former school board candidate
Among those rumored to be considering a run:
- Peter Fallon, Arlington Planning Commission member
- Libby Garvey, school board member and most recently a candidate in the 30th state senate district Democratic primary
- Kim Klingler, civic activist and health care consultant
- Stacey Whyte, Arlington Heights Civic Association president
So far, the biggest news in the campaign has been Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) already endorsing Sims. To state the obvious, Jim Moran has been working his tail off for Northern Virginia since before your humble blogger was born and he does not need my or anyone else's permission to endorse whomever he pleases. But in conversations with Arlington progressive activists, I'm hearing less enthusiasm for this endorsement than I am questions about why Rep. Moran would not only take sides in a local Democratic primary, but do so even before the full field comes into focus.