Sen. Barbara Favola Endorses Gutshall in County Board Primary
Today, State Senator Barbara Favola (D-31) endorsed Erik Gutshall for Arlington 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."
Thanking Sen. Favola for her endorsement, Gutshall said, "On the County Board, Barbara Favola was a champion for Arlington's children and families, and she helped establish mental health services in our public schools. Senator Favola's tireless work for Arlington County has continued in Richmond, where she is a leader on education issues and domestic violence prevention. As the father of three wonderful girls and a former board member for Doorways for Women and Families, I am particularly honored by Senator Favola's endorsement. On the County Board, I look forward to partnering with Senator Favola to continue to deliver upon our community's shared progressive values."
Erik Gutshall is focused on the future of Arlington. A longtime community activist inArlington, lifelong progressive, and an award-winning small business owner, Erik 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 in the metro transportation corridor, president of the Lyon Park Citizens Association, and non-profit board member of Doorways for Women and Children. Erik and his wife Renee settled in central Arlington 21 years ago and their three daughters attend Arlington Public Schools.