If any endorsement matters in the Democratic nomination contest for Arlington County Board, to fill the seat vacated by Senator-elect Barbara Favola, it’s probably this one (see press release below) — by Barbara Favola of Libby Garvey. Certainly, there’s a subset of Arlington Democrats who aren’t big Favola fans, but my guess is that they’re a fairly small minority, given that Favola won Arlington 64%-36% in the Democratic primary over Jaime Areizaga-Soto this past August. Also, in an extremely low-turnout caucus, in which mostly diehard Democrats will be voting, Garvey’s high name ID compared to the other candidates, Favola’s endorsement, and the fact that the other candidates may all end up splitting the non-Garvey/non-Favola vote (if there is such a thing), could really make the difference. Right now, I’d have to say that Libby Garvey is favored to win on January 21, but we’ll see…
UPDATE: It’s also worth noting that Melissa Bondi has been endorsed by Arlington County Board members Chris Zimmerman and Walter Tejada, plus several other well-known Arlingtonians. For his part, Terron Sims has been endorsed by Rep. Jim Moran and several others. To my knowledge, neither Peter Fallon nor Kim Klingler have announced any public endorsements.
SENATOR BARBARA FAVOLA ENDORSES LIBBY GARVEY
Arlington, VA – Senator-elect Barbara Favola today endorsed Libby Garvey for the County Board seat being vacated as a result of Favola’s election to the Virginia Senate. Senator-elect Favola issued the following statement:
“Libby Garvey is a proven leader and has served the community for 15 years on the School Board. Libby’s skills and experience will enable her to be an effective County Board member and advocate for the progressive values we all care about. Libby will work to protect our core services including human services, affordable housing, and public schools as we continue to grow and change as a community.”
Senator-elect Favola was first elected to the County Board in 1997. This past November Favola won her State Senate campaign and will take office this January after resigning from the Arlington County Board. Libby Garvey offered this reaction to Senator Favola’s announcement.
“I’ve known Barbara for over 25 years, both as a friend and a fellow public servant. I could not be more pleased and honored to have her support.”