August 17, 2017
Today, Arlington’s five Democratic candidates for local and state office applauded a powerful statement from the Arlington County Board rejecting racism and bigotry, adding their voices to the call for authority from the General Assembly to rename both Jefferson Davis and Lee highways within the county.
As a county, Arlington is not authorized by law to name state highways such as Jefferson Davis and Lee highways. Next door, however, cities such as Alexandria have the power to do so. Arlington residents were recently appointed to an Alexandria advisory group established to recommend a new name for its section of Jefferson Davis Highway. Interested Arlington citizens and businesses are encouraged to submit suggested names in an on-line survey through September 15. [Reed Full Press Release]
April 24, 2017
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." [Read Full Press Release]
April 17, 2017
Today, former Arlington County Board member and Latino community leader Walter Tejada endorsed Erik Gutshall for the Arlington County Board. Tejada served on the County Board from 2003 - 2015 and has a distinguished record serving on a number of local, state and national advocacy boards and councils. He currently serves as the president of the Virginia Latino Leaders Council.
"Small, locally-owned businesses are the heart and soul of Arlington," said Tejada. "As a small business owner himself, Erik is best positioned to support other entrepreneurs, including minority- and women-owned businesses. Through his service in our community and on the board of Doorways for Women and Families, I also know Erik to be an outspoken advocate for vulnerable and underserved Arlingtonians. With the nation's anti-immigrant despot just across the river, I know Erik will be a loud and proud voice for all of Arlington's families on the County Board." [Read Full Press Release]
April 12, 2017
On Wednesday, April 14, Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) hosted the second straw poll of the 2017 campaign for the Democratic nomination for the Arlington County Board. On the heels of his victory in the campaign's first straw poll on Saturday(link to press release here), Erik Gutshall again emerged victorious, winning Delegate Lopez' straw poll where all four candidates competed.
"Delegate Lopez is a tireless advocate for his constituents," said Gutshall, "and I'm honored to earn the backing of his supporters. I pledge to work with Delegate Lopez and Arlingtonians in the 49th district and beyond on the County Board." [Read Full Press Release]
April 8, 2017
Arlington, VA – On Saturday evening at the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s annual Blue Victory Dinner, Erik Gutshall won the first straw poll ahead of next month’s County Board firehouse primary.
“This campaign is about planning for our school and community needs, creating ‘Missing Middle’ housing solutions along our transportation corridors, and investing in our shared prosperity,” said Gutshall. “It is gratifying to win this straw poll and have the support of Arlington Democrats behind our progressive, inclusive vision for Arlington.” [Read Full Press Release]
April 3, 2017
Arlington, VA -- Today, State Senator Barbara Favola (D-31) endorsed Erik Gutshall for 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." [Read Full Statement]
March 2, 2017
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.” [Read Full Statement]
March 1, 2017
Arlington, VA – Erik Gutshall will announce his candidacy for the Arlington County Board at tonight’s Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) meeting at Arlington’s Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. Gutshall’s announcement comes after longtime County Board Member Jay Fisette announced he would not seek re-election. Gutshall is seeking the Democratic Party’s endorsement in a caucus to be held on Thursday, May 11, at Drew Model School (3500 23rd St S) and Saturday, May 13, at Washington-Lee High School (1301 N Stafford St). Gutshall ran in the Democratic primary for County Board in 2016, earning more than 6,800 votes.
"I want to congratulate Libby Garvey and her supporters for their victory. This was a hard-fought campaign, and Arlington is stronger because of it. While Libby Garvey and I had some differences, it's always been clear that Chairwoman Garvey loves this community, and my family and I are grateful for her nearly 20 years of service to Arlington.
March 27, 2016
Democratic County Board candidate Erik Gutshall on the Gun Shop in Lyon Park: As an Arlington parent and an engaged neighbor in the Lyon Park community, I am utterly dismayed by the threat a gun shop poses to the character of our neighborhood and to the economic vitality of our neighborhood retail center. Furthermore, I join John Goldener, President of the Lyon Park Citizens Association, in calling for the Arlington County Board to be a more collaborative partner with the community when it comes to timely communication of extremely urgent and important information such as an application for a retail gun shop.