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VIDEO: In 60 Days, Virginia Has a Date with Destiny

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfXo2NXMUZY In just 60 days - or two months - from today, Virginians will be heading to the polls to pick their representatives from State...

May 1 Virginia Elections: Who Votes and Who Is Running? [UPDATED:...

UPDATE 9:30 pm: Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) tweets, "When I moved to Virginia in 1990s, there wasn't a single Korean American elected official here....

Last Tuesday Wasn’t the End, It Was the Beginning

November 7th, 2017 will go down in history as the day Virginia fired the opening volley in a war against hate and division in...

Dem House Leader David Toscano: “Virginia is One Election Away from...

Great stuff by Virginia's House Democratic leader, David Toscano! Just for the record, I've been harping on this theme since 2005, when I decided...

Blue Virginia’s Arlington County Board Interviews: Peter Fallon

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. The fourth interview, received a bit after the deadline, was with Kim Klingler. The fifth interview, also received a bit after the deadline, is with Libby Garvey (see here). The final interview, which you can read below, is with Peter Fallon, a bit past the "early Monday" deadline. Thanks to Mr. Lowe, Ms. Bondi, Mr. Sims, Ms. Klingler, Ms. Garvey, and Mr. Fallon for returning their Blue Virginia surveys (and to the first three for returning them on time). May the best candidate win!

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.  

Blue Virginia’s Arlington County Board Interviews: Terron Sims

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. The rest will follow shortly. Thanks to Mr. Lowe, Ms. Bondi, and Mr. Sims for returning their Blue Virginia surveys (on time is an added bonus!), and to the other candidates 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 a seat on the Arlington County Board because I want to serve our county in a greater capacity, and I feel that my public and private sector experience will allow me to make an immediate and positive impact.  I will bring a unique perspective in several respects.  

I am a West Point graduate with a Bachelors degree in systems engineering. I currently work for a private sector research company leading a team in developing an analytical database for the Department of Defense. As an Arlington home owner and taxpayer, I understand the challenges many of us face in making that mortgage payment each month. As past Chair of the Arlington Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee, I learned that as well managed as our county government is, there are ways we can make more effective use of our tax dollars.