Why I’m Running

I’m Audrey Clement, the Independent candidate for Arlington County Board. As an 11-year Westover resident and civic activist–with a PhD in political Science and service as a Congressional Fellow–I’m launching a new campaign for County Board because Arlington faces several crises that County Board has failed to address. And I’m the candidate who is most likely to deal with them effectively.

At 22.8 percent Arlington’s office vacancy rate is at an all time high. In Rosslyn the vacancy rate approaches 30 percent.  More than 2.7 million square feet of office space sit empty, including a 35-story trophy office building at 1812 N. Moore Street that remains vacant a year and a half after construction. In addition federal agencies previously located in Arlington have relocated elsewhere due to escalating rents driven by higher taxes.

In response, County Board recently hired a new Economic Development Director who promises to eliminate office vacancies by attracting entrepreneurs but has offered few specifics and no tax relief.  In fact the County nearly doubled its assessment on 1812 N. Moore Street in each of the past two years even though it’s unoccupied.

The County also faces a school enrollment crisis that the Board has failed to adequately address. The School Board itself predicted a 2,500 classroom seat deficit in spite of a $450 million capital budget approved in 2014.

While Arlington County Board plays lip service to the so-called “Arlington Way” citizen input and advice is routinely ignored.

For example, County Board recently voted to raze historic Wilson School to further a private development agreed to in secret in 2013 over the objections of the Rosslyn civic leaders and the Arlington Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board (AHALRB).

If elected, I pledge to restore democracy to County government by listening to and acting upon what you say, not simply going through the formality of public hearings. To do that I need your help.

Please consider:

  • spreading the word about my candidacy
  • donating to my campaign

Together we can make the “Arlington Way” more than an empty phrase.