Re-Elect Democrat Christian Dorsey

Christian is running for reelection confident that he has fulfilled the promise of providing effective, progressive, principled and inclusive leadership for Arlington.

The next General Election will be November 5, 2019. Offices on the ballot in Arlington will be Senate of Virginia (30th, 31st, and 32nd Districts), Virginia House of Delegates (45th, 47th, 48th, and 49th Districts), Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, two County Board seats, and School Board.

Please cast one of your County Board votes for Christian Dorsey and the other for Katie Cristol!

You may also vote absentee either in-person or by mail. Visit Arlington's Elections Registrar for details including eligibility hours and location.

A Leader for Arlington and our region

Since being elected in 2015, Christian has been a principled, progressive and effective leader for Arlington and is a recognized leader on transit, housing and other issues in the National Capital region.

Arlington
-County Board Chair in 2019
-County Board Vice Chair in 2018

The Region
-Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board Vice Chair
-COG Smart Region Task Force Chair
-National Association of Regional Councils Board Member

Christian has influenced the Council of Governments to adopt Housing Affordability and Equity as regional priorities.

Transit 
-WMATA (Metro) Principal Board Member
-Northern Virginia Transportation Commissioner
-Transportation Planning Board Member (2018)

Christian is the first WMATA Board Member chosen to represent all Northern Virginia Metro jurisdictions.

Our Accomplishments 

Working with County Board colleagues and the community, Christian is proud to have led on:

Housing Affordability – Added and preserved nearly two thousand units for income constrained families, many near high capacity transit and broadly distributed throughout Arlington;

Responsible Budgeting – Developed and supported operating budgets that have grown less than those of neighboring jurisdictions while ensuring capital projects are delivered cost-effectively;

Smart Economic Development – Reduced office vacancy by over 20% since 2015, and supported investment by Amazon that is estimated to deliver a 14:1 return on investment

Parks and Open Space – Facilitated maintaining an open space parcel for community use instead of private development and enhancing public space to include a reflective garden and memorial to victims of gun violence; and

Equitable Public Investments – Strengthened communities by prioritizing public investments in historically marginalized communities.

Priorities

Inclusive Development

Managing Amazon-fueled growth

Housing Affordability

Toward a more inclusive Arlington

Sustainability

Enhancing the quality of life for current and future Arlingtonians

Plan for our future

Confront Climate Change by establishing and achieving goals for a carbon-free energy future and making sure infrastructure investments and land use policies lead to increased environmental sustainability.

Realize Equity by implementing policies, programs and practices to eliminate disparities caused by discrimination. 

Pursue Inclusive Growth so that economic growth and increased revenues can be invested in improving opportunities for all.

Pursue Expanded Local Authority to: regulate where firearms are sold in Arlington; require a living wage be paid to workers by all who contract to do business with the County; and require that all private development sufficiently mitigate its environmental impact.

Making the Case

Four years ago, I promised progressive, principled and inclusive leadership. I seek your support for reelection with the confidence that I have delivered on that promise.   

Then, Arlington’s economic engine was stalled, and high commercial vacancy rates created significant budget pressures. The rate has since decreased to 16.6% from over 21% and is poised to move even lower.

I have worked to control costs of our capital projects, and our operating budgets now grow less than the regional average. This has allowed us, even during times of fiscal stress, to invest in our community and in our people.

I am proud to have created a consumer protection office that helps our residents and businesses fight back against fraud and unfair business practices. And, Arlington was the first Northern Virginia jurisdiction to fund legal services to immigrants threatened by Trump’s policies.

To address our most persistent policy challenge, I am proud that during my tenure we have preserved and improved Arlington’s stock of existing affordable units, and among the many hundreds of units approved over the last four years, will create hundreds of units within walking distance of Metrorail, and to serve the needs of our military veterans

I was honored to be the first individual selected by other Northern Virginia jurisdictions to represent all our interests as a voting member on the WMATA Board. Helping Metro along the path to being safe, reliable, and useful has been critical in meeting our comprehensive goals. 

I am proud of the progress we have made, but I am by no means satisfied. My passion for guiding Arlington to become even stronger remains. This year, I introduced EQUITY as a lens through which decisions are to be made. Arlington should not continue, unwittingly, through systemic discrimination, to negatively influence the outcomes of its residents based on their social characteristics.

Arlington, as part of an increasingly interconnected region, cannot pursue policy and investments in a vacuum if we are to achieve the best possible outcomes. I have earned the trust of our neighbors in leading on coordinated policy approaches to transportation and housing, while ensuring that anticipated economic growth is equitable and inclusive.

No greater imperative exists than making Arlington more resilient in the face of climate change. I will ensure that we develop effective stormwater mitigation projects that fortify us against devastating events, while we implement  a comprehensive energy plan that achieves a carbon-free future.

I am confident that my experience, leadership, and willingness to implement innovative solutions over these previous four years will help Arlingtonians successfully persevere through these challenges. And, together, we will make substantial progress toward our shared vision of a community that is climate-resilient, environmentally and economically sustainable, and ensures suitable housing is affordable.

I hope you will agree that, in four years, Arlington can achieve even more to ensure each person has the tools and the opportunity to thrive.

-Christian

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