Retiring County Board Chair Jay Fisette endorses Erik Gutshall for County Board
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.”
“For me,” Fisette continued, “the board will benefit from Erik’s years of civic and community leadership, his knowledge and expertise in planning and environmental sustainability, and his experience as a small business owner and parent. Further, Erik has a strong character and serious vision for what he wants our community to be in the future. I would feel especially confident in Arlington’s future with Erik on the County Board, and I couldn’t be prouder to endorse his candidacy.”
On Chairman Fisette’s endorsement, Gutshall released the following statement:
“Arlington is a better place as a result of Jay’s thoughtful, responsible and progressive leadership on the County Board. Jay was a trailblazer in more ways than one, and his election paved the way for countless other Virginians to pursue public service. I am humbled to have Jay’s support and intend to honor his legacy by articulating a forward-looking vision for Arlington County that builds on our community’s success.”
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.