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 wonderful daughters, Ava, Marlena and Lindy, 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
Last year I listened carefully to your concerns, hopes and ideas and what I learned reinforced my passion to serve this community. 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. As Chair of the Planning Commission, I know we have to squeeze the most out of our limited space and dollars. I will work with the new Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC), a citizen-led County-Schools effort that I successfully lobbied for last year, to 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 that incentivizes development of low and medium-density housing that is affordable to young families starting out, seniors aging in our community, and everyone in between. We can use our planning and zoning to keep the middle-class from getting priced out of Arlington.
- Keep Arlington affordable. As a small business owner and liaison to the Economic Development Commission, I understand the imperative that we invest in people and infrastructure to diversify our employment base, fill our empty office buildings, and keep taxes low. Arlington's great Progressive success story can't continue without a solid thriving middle class.