Tag: Peter Fallon
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 to continue Arlington's tradition of good government built upon qualified candidates with years of broad-based community experience, strong record of commitment to local public service, while embracing Arlington's community values.
Local issues have always been important to me, and over the past 20 years I've devoted thousands of hours to a broad range of issues in Arlington. These issues have included schools, transportation, zoning, parks and recreation, fiscal management, and public safety among others. The Code of Virginia requires that every town, city and county have a planning commission to advise it on these matters.
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.