1.22.14 Press Release




Independent County Board candidate John Vihstadt welcomed last Friday’s endorsement of his candidacy by the Arlington Green Party as further evidence that “Arlingtonians across the political spectrum and regardless of party labels yearn for balance and a fresh perspective on the County Board.”

Continued Vihstadt,  “Our shared opposition to costly public works like the $310 million Columbia Pike streetcar and the over-budget aquatics and fitness center, as well as our common commitment to core community needs, including grappling with burgeoning public schools enrollment, public safety and infrastructure maintenance, have brought us together on some of  the critical issues confronting  our County.”

Vihstadt is also seeking the endorsement of Arlington Republicans, a process expected to conclude by month-end.

The Voters for Vihstadt campaign also released a number of prominent additional members of his Honorary Campaign Steering Committee today, including*:


  • Sarah Summerville, chair, African-American Leadership Council of Arlington, who said “We need more independent thinking on the County Board.  That’s why I’m supporting John.”
  • Jack Goodman, former chair of both the Housing Commission and the Planning Commission noted that, “I served with John on both the Housing and the Planning Commission and observed first-hand his commitment to affordable housing solutions and transit-oriented development.   He always asked the right questions.”
  • Cathleen Drew, who served with John on the Arlington Urban Agriculture Task Force, said that, “John was the perfect choice for Task Force Chair.   He led us with expertise, diplomacy and good humor.   Those traits are key in public office.”
  • Ken Ingram, former president, Arlington County Civic Federation and Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association, commented  that  “John knows that Arlington’s strength resides in its neighborhoods, from Rosslyn to East Falls Church and from Donaldson Run to Douglas Park.”
  • Ralph Perrino  observed  that “John and I worked together in the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) in the mid-80’s.  John was a voice of reason then;  he’s a voice of reason now.   John will strive for consensus thoughtfully and honestly on the many challenges facing Arlington today.”


Other new endorsementments include:

Craig Esherick, chair, Arlington Sports Commission

Anne Reynolds, former president,  Arlington County Council of PTAs

William Browning,  former Washington-Lee High School PTA president and vice chair, Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth & Families

Bill Ross, Parks & Recreation Commission member and former chair, Landlord-Tenant Commission

Linc Cummings, former chair, Arlington Committee of 100.


*titles or positions for identification purposes only and do not signify group endorsement