Tuesday, August 23 is primary day – four General Assembly seats (three of which include Arlington) are up, as well as local offices, including the Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney. Check here for your polling place (and contested offices in your districts). There really are not a lot of ideological differences among the Arlington candidates – they are all solid progressives, so personal qualities including experience, capability, and vision are key.
In the House 49th District, Alfonso Lopez is the clearly the most qualified candidate and will be in a position to represent us well from Day 1. See here and here. I plan to help him at the polls on Tuesday. Also Alfonso has an event with Gov. Kaine on August 20th.
The Arlington Commonwealth’s Attorney race is another easy call – Theo Stamos has served in that office with distinction for many years and has the experience, judgment, and skill to be a great prosecutor for Arlington and Falls Church.
The 30th Senate race is a much harder choice – Adam Ebbin, Libby Garvey, and Rob Krupicka would all be very good State Senators. I have known Libby for many years and she has great character and has served with distinction on Arlington’s school board. I have known Adam for even longer, and he has always fought for noble causes with tenacity and vision. Adam has served the area well in the House of Delegates and can hit the ground running in the Senate.
The 31st Senate race is also hard, although there we have a couple of good people – Barbara Favola and Jaime Areizaga-Soto – who have run not very good campaigns. Barbara has long been active in community activities and on the Arlington County Board. Jaime has an impressive background and brings a new perspective. I look forward to supporting the nominee.