Why I’m Running For County Board

I’m Audrey Clement, the Independent candidate for Arlington County Board. As a 16-year Westover resident, long time civic activist, and current member of the Transportation Commission, I’m running for County Board because the Board has pushed harmful policies resulting in: overcrowded schools, traffic congestion, gentrification, and an effective tax rate that is twice the rate of inflation. 

The coronavirus has challenged residents’ ability to absorb double digit tax assessment increases, with many businesses shuttered and people out of work. Also while the County deserves credit for abiding by the Governor’s lock down order, it needs to leverage its authority under Virginia’s Local Emergency Statute,  to curtail the spread  of COVID-19 within the County. This my opponent Libby Garvey refuses to do, insisting that the Governor’s approval is needed for any actions that she takes. 

Another area where I clash with opponents is replacing single family homes with so-called “missing middle” housing–multi-family dwellings like duplexes, triplexes and apartments. Contrary to what they say, “missing middle” is a euphemism for upzoning that will not make housing more affordable. Instead it will lead to: higher housing prices, overcrowded schools, traffic congestion, loss of  tree canopy, increased runoff and more air pollution. If elected, I pledge to:

  • Act aggressively to curtail the spread of the coronavirus locally.
  • Oppose upzoning.
  • Seek immediate tax relief for residents and businesses.
  • Emphasize basic services like: streets, schools, libraries and public safety.
  • Install efficient renewable energy on public buildings.
  • Promote substantive rather than symbolic social justice reforms.

If you share my agenda, then:

  • Spread the word about my candidacy.
  • Donate to my campaign.

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

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