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  • Local Candidates Praise Arlington County Board Stand Against Racism and Bigotry

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    August 17, 2017

    Today, Arlington’s five Democratic candidates for local and state office applauded a powerful statement from the Arlington County Board rejecting racism and bigotry, adding their voices to the call for authority from the General Assembly to rename both Jefferson Davis and Lee highways within the county. 

    As a county, Arlington is not authorized by law to name state highways such as Jefferson Davis and Lee highways.  Next door, however, cities such as Alexandria have the power to do so.  Arlington residents were recently appointed to an Alexandria advisory group established to recommend a new name for its section of Jefferson Davis Highway.  Interested Arlington citizens and businesses are encouraged to submit suggested names in an on-line survey through September 15.   [Reed Full Press Release]


  • Erik Gutshall on Tree Preservation in Arlington

    Friday, August 18, 2017 | Falls Church News Press

    [Erik Gutshall]: There is a connection between losing tree canopy and housing stock, he said. Most doable now is exploring “voluntary incentives.” Example: “You petition the county with an application to have it designate one or more trees on your yard as `specimen trees.’ That protects them from removal or injury even after the home is sold,” he said.  


  • Letter: Gutshall has experience in Arlington planning process

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Sun Gazette

    Editor: Erik Gutshall has served since 2013 and currently chairs the Arlington Planning Commission, the primary

  • Delegates Lopez, Sullivan Endorse Gutshall

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    April 24, 2017

    Arlington, VA – Today, Delegates Alfonso Lopez and Rip Sullivan endorsed Erik Gutshall in the Democratic firehouse primary for the Arlington County Board on May 9, 11, and 13.

    "Erik Gutshall has the experience, passion, and progressive values that Arlingtonians deserve from their County Board members," said Delegate Lopez. "Erik's extensive experience in transportation, planning and entrepreneurship will bring a unique voice to the County Board, and I trust Erik to fight every day for all Arlingtonians."

    "Erik's impressive resume as a small business owner and community activist will bring a valuable voice to the County Board," said Delegate Sullivan. "As a father of children enrolled in Arlington County's public schools, Erik understands the importance of supporting our public schools. As an entrepreneur, Erik appreciates strong financial stewardship. Finally, as a civic leader, Erik respects the value of broad community input." [Read Full Press Release]


  • Walter Tejada Endorses Gutshall for County Board

    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    April 17, 2017

    Today, former Arlington County Board member and Latino community leader Walter Tejada endorsed Erik Gutshall for the Arlington County Board. Tejada served on the County Board from 2003 - 2015 and has a distinguished record serving on a number of local, state and national advocacy boards and councils. He currently serves as the president of the Virginia Latino Leaders Council.

    "Small, locally-owned businesses are the heart and soul of Arlington," said Tejada. "As a small business owner himself, Erik is best positioned to support other entrepreneurs, including minority- and women-owned businesses. Through his service in our community and on the board of Doorways for Women and Families, I also know Erik to be an outspoken advocate for vulnerable and underserved Arlingtonians. With the nation's anti-immigrant despot just across the river, I know Erik will be a loud and proud voice for all of Arlington's families on the County Board." [Read Full Press Release]


  • Gutshall Wins Del. Lopez Straw Poll

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    April 12, 2017

    On Wednesday, April 14, Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) hosted the second straw poll of the 2017 campaign for the Democratic nomination for the Arlington County Board. On the heels of his victory in the campaign's first straw poll on Saturday(link to press release here), Erik Gutshall again emerged victorious, winning Delegate Lopez' straw poll where all four candidates competed.

    "Delegate Lopez is a tireless advocate for his constituents," said Gutshall, "and I'm honored to earn the backing of his supporters. I pledge to work with Delegate Lopez and Arlingtonians in the 49th district and beyond on the County Board." [Read Full Press Release]


  • Gutshall Wins First Straw Poll for County Board

    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    April 8, 2017

    Arlington, VA – On Saturday evening at the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s annual Blue Victory Dinner, Erik Gutshall won the first straw poll ahead of next month’s County Board firehouse primary.

    “This campaign is about planning for our school and community needs, creating ‘Missing Middle’ housing solutions along our transportation corridors, and investing in our shared prosperity,” said Gutshall. “It is gratifying to win this straw poll and have the support of Arlington Democrats behind our progressive, inclusive vision for Arlington.” [Read Full Press Release]



  • Favola endorses Gutshall

    Monday, April 3, 2017


    April 3, 2017

    Arlington, VA -- Today, State Senator Barbara Favola (D-31) endorsed Erik Gutshall for County Board in the Democratic firehouse primary to be held May 9, 11 and 13. Before her election to the Virginia Senate, Sen. Favola served on the County Board for 14 years, including three years as chair. The endorsement is the first endorsement by any of Arlington's seven state legislators in this year's County Board primary.

    In her endorsement, Sen. Favola said, "Erik Gutshall is a proven, results-driven leader who will bring a fresh perspective to the board. He has deep roots in the community and a passion for making Arlington an inclusive and welcoming community. We can trust Erik to put Arlington's shared progressive values into action." [Read Full Statement]


  • Video: Erik Gutshall Kicks Off Campaign for Arlington County Board

    Saturday, March 11, 2017 | Blue Virginia

    In his speech (video below), Gutshall thanked a long list of people supporting him, talked about his decision to “put down roots” in Arlington (and what a great – welcoming, diverse, inclusive, prosperous, sustainable – community it is), said he’s a big believer that there’s “no such thing as the status quo – you either innovate or you stagnate.” He listed a few things he wants to work for on the County Board: 1) getting out in front of the school capacity crisis by doing things like taking a vacant office building and turning it into a school on the lower floors with a senior center above; 2) creating neighborhood-scale “missing middle” housing to create walkable communities that are affordable to young people just starting out, seniors, and everyone in between; 3) making sure that Arlington remains affordable to all income levels; and 4) being fiscally responsible and being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. Gutshall referred to Donald Trump as the “elephant across the river, or in this case maybe it’s the horse’s ass,” and how it means that we cannot take for granted our progressive values — a welcoming/inclusive community, environmental protection, immigrants rights, LGBTQ equality, etc.


  • Fisette Endorses Gutshall

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    March 2, 2017

    Arlington, VA -- Today, Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette endorsed Erik Gutshall for County Board. Fisette released the following statement:

    “For nearly 20 years it has been my honor to serve this wonderful community Bob and I call home. I have never made any endorsement lightly, and I have given particular consideration to this one. The field is taking shape and I know and respect each of the candidates. That said, I firmly believe that Erik Gutshall combines the community experience, commitment to core progressive values, and personal style and skills to serve our dynamic and diverse community at this time.” [Read Full Statement]