Hello and Happy New Year!
First, 2014 was a full year for me as County Board Chair – and is reflected well in this short video.
As for 2015, per tradition, the County Board met on January 1st. We welcomed Mary Hynes as the new Chair and Walter Tejada as Vice Chair. My brief statement that day captures the essence of Arlington’s success and proposes what is important to our future. You can watch my remarks at ArlingtonTV.
…Arlington has always excelled in the provision of our core services (public safety, education and roads/transportation) – and we still do. We must and will scrutinize every dollar spent and get the best value possible. Yet what has always distinguished Arlington, and made us a GREAT community, was the proud and thoughtful pursuit of our core values that stretch us beyond the standard services to value the arts/culture, help those less fortunate with affordable housing and human services, do our part to protect the environment, and provide quality recreation, trails, parks and transit.
Moreover, we value diversity and embrace people’s differences as a source of this community’s strength. These core progressive values fuel our pride and our passion for Arlington. This is what makes Arlington Arlington and what I will stand for and fight for every day….
As we look South at the Virginia General Assembly that just began its 6-week session, and we look North to the new Congress – we see we are surrounded by conservative policies and politics that are working hard to move our state and our country backward – away from smart investments and progressive policies. Democrats appear to be on the defensive everywhere. Let’s keep Arlington moving forward!
I am excited about the work ahead. Please know that I value and appreciate your support and friendship. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any ideas or questions, or if you are interested in joining one of our advisory commissions.
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