About Erik (full bio)
For years I’ve been involved in our community’s school, civic and business life. My wife Renee and I have lived in the Lyon Park neighborhood for the past 21 years where we are raising our three daughters, each of whom attends Arlington Public Schools. As a small business owner, Chair of the Planning Commission, and volunteer of Doorways for Women and Families, I’ve come to understand and value the different perspectives Arlingtonians have about their County and our government. These experiences have prepared me well to serve on the Arlington County Board.
Bold Ideas for the Future
I am listening carefully to your concerns, hopes and ideas and what I've learned is reinforcing my passion to serve this community. Our values shouldn't change but our solutions have to! I invite you to join me in this campaign to bring our shared progressive values to bear on creating a strong collective future. To ensure Arlington thrives in these challenging times, I'm focused on developing real solutions to our school capacity crisis, ensuring smarter growth, and bringing a hyper-focus to diversifying our economy.
It's time for innovative solutions - doing things differently, and doing different things!
As a County Board member, I will:
- Plan for school and community needs. I will collaborate with the School Board to squeeze the most out of our limited space and dollars. Together with the new Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC), a citizen-led County-Schools effort that I successfully lobbied for last year, I will develop creative solutions like reimagining a vacant office building as a school on the lower floors and a senior center above.
- Create neighborhood-scale "Missing Middle" housing along our transportation corridors. It's time for smarter growth policies to create appealing homes that fit the budgets of young families starting out, empty nesters, and everyone in between. I will use my planning and zoning to keep the middle-class from getting priced out of Arlington.
- Invest in our shared prosperity. I will focus on Arlington's entrepreneurs and innovators, helping them grow to build an economy for all. With a thriving, diversified economy freed from dependence on the federal sector, I will use my small business fiscal discipline to make strategic investments while keeping taxes low. Arlington's great Progressive success story can't continue without a solid thriving middle class.