Gutshall Wins First Straw Poll for County Board

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.”
“Though three of the four candidates in this race have previously run for the County Board,” said Gutshall campaign manager Laura Saul Edwards, “this was the first opportunity for all of this year’s candidates to appear on a ballot together. Given the opportunity to choose among our party’s four talented candidates, Arlington Democrats clearly chose Erik Gutshall. This is just the latest evidence of strong momentum for the Gutshall campaign ahead of next month’s firehouse primary.”
Gutshall previously ran for the Arlington County Board in 2016 and earned over 6,800 votes.


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.