Delegates Lopez, Sullivan Endorse Gutshall

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."

"I am honored to earn the support of Delegates Lopez and Sullivan," said Gutshall. "In the General Assembly Delegates Lopez and Sullivan, both members of the Democratic leadership, have championed efforts in support of working class families, like housing affordability, education and transportation. As state leaders, they understand the importance of working together with regional partners, appreciate responsible budgeting, and have a record of putting progressive values into action. On the County Board, I'll work closely with our partners in Richmond and the region to make Arlington an even better place to live, work and raise a family."

Delegates Lopez and Sullivan join Senator Barbara Favola in supporting Gutshall. Every current state legislator who represents Arlington and who has endorsed in the Democratic firehouse primary has endorsed Gutshall.


Erik Gutshall is a longtime community activist in Arlington, a lifelong progressive, and an award winning small business owner. He also serves as chair of the Planning Commission and liaison to the Economic Development Commission. His volunteer experience over the past 15 years includes several neighborhood-planning projects, president of the Lyon Park Citizens Association, and non-profit board member. Erik and his wife Renee settled in central Arlington 21 years ago and their three daughters attend Arlington public schools.