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Video: Arlington County Board Democratic Debate; Election Next Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday

Here's some video from last night's Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) debate, with four candidates - Erik Gutshall (who I've endorsed), Vivek Patil, Peter...

Video: Michael Pope Moderates Arlington Young Dems County Board Debate

Great job last night by the Arlington Young Democrats in organizing the well-run, well-moderated (by Virginia Public Radio's Mmmmmichael Pope) Arlington County Board Democratic...

Video: Del. Alfonso Lopez’s Straw Poll Results, Speeches from Candidates for...

First, here are the straw poll results from tonight's campaign kickoff for Del. Alfonso Lopez: GOVERNOR -- Ralph Northam 67.5%-Tom Perriello 32.5% LT. GOVERNOR...

Blue Virginia Q&A: Kim Klingler for Arlington County Board

On May 19, I sent all four Democratic Arlington County Board candidates Blue Virginia Qs & As and asked for responses by April 5....

Do Arlington Board Candidates Only Like Smart Growth in Theory?

UPDATE 1/10: Read more on the positions of Melissa Bondi, Libby Garvey & Kim Klingler on these issues in their Greater Greater Washington questionnaire responses (Peter Fallon & Terron Sims did not respond).

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.

Blue Virginia’s Arlington County Board Interviews: Kim Klingler

Arlington is gearing up for a special election to replace Senator-elect Barbara Favola on the County Board, with the caucus dates now set for 2/2 and 2/4 (at the NRECA Building and Kenmore Middle School, respectively), and with numerous candidates announcing at this past Wednesday's ACDC meeting (see videos of their speeches here). I recently sent out questionnaires to all the announced Democratic candidates, with a deadline of this morning. The first interview, with Elmer Lowe, is available here. The second interview, with Melissa Bondi, is available here, and the third interview, with Terron Sims, is available here. This interview, which was received about an hour past the agreed-upon deadline, is with Kim Klingler. The remaining two interviews will follow, hopefully soon, but obviously depending upon if/when they're received. Thanks to Mr. Lowe, Ms. Bondi, Mr. Sims and Ms. Klingler for returning their Blue Virginia surveys (and to the first three for returning them ON TIME!), and to the remaining two candidates (Libby Garvey and Peter Fallon) in advance for their responses as well.

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.  

Video: Yet Another Arlington County Board Candidate Throws Her Hat in...


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.

Arlington County Board Race Kicks Off with Early Endorsement


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.