I’m Audrey Clement, the Independent candidate for Arlington County Board. As a 17-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, gentrification, loss of green space, and an effective tax rate that is twice the rate of inflation.
The coronavirus has challenged residents’ ability to make ends meet, with many businesses shuttered and people out of work. In response Fairfax County and Alexandria plan to trim their tax rates. Not so Arlington. On February 20, the County Manager submitted a budget with an increased storm water surcharge that will in combination with rising assessments increase the effective local tax rate by 6 percent.
Another Board priority that I challenge is its push for so-called “missing middle” housing–multi-family dwellings like duplexes, triplexes and apartments in single family neighborhoods. Contrary to what the County says, “missing middle” is a euphemism for up-zoning that will not make housing more affordable. Instead it will inflate land values, resulting in higher housing prices, overcrowded schools, more traffic congestion, loss of tree canopy, increased runoff and more air pollution. If elected, I pledge to:
- 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.