I am deeply humbled by the support I received and the opportunity to lead as our party’s candidate for the July 7th special election. This is not a responsibility I take lightly.
We find ourselves here today due to a great loss, the passing of Erik Gutshall. Our community has lost a committed public servant, a tireless advocate, and a friend. Erik’s presence on the County Board is truly missed and his is a spirit that will never be replaced.
I congratulate and thank my fellow Democratic candidates, Dr. Barbara Kanninen, Chanda Choun, and Nicole Merlene for their thoughtfulness, energy and values throughout this campaign. I also thank the Arlington Democrats for making every effort to ensure the nomination process was as open and transparent as possible under extraordinary and limiting circumstances.
Today, we unify as a Democratic party. We join together and continue to uphold our Democratic values. I am committed to ensuring that our community builds on our legacy of safe and walkable neighborhoods; ethnic and cultural diversity; excellent schools, public places and facilities; fiscal responsibility and accountable governance; and an unwavering commitment to community involvement.
These values provide the framework for successfully overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic by first and foremost standing with the thousands of Arlingtonians currently in distress, our businesses and nonprofits.
Together, we will build the better Arlington that everyone deserves. It is an honor to be the Democratic Nominee for the July 7th special election for the County Board.