Walter Tejada Endorses Gutshall for County Board

Arlington, VA – 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."

"Diversity strengthens our County, and through friends and business partners I hear firsthand about the pain and fear in Arlington's immigrant communities," said Gutshall. "On the County Board, I'll be an unwaivering voice resisting any efforts by the federal government to harass our law-abiding residents who every day work hard for their families and community."

Gutshall continued, "Arlington's immigrant community contributes to every facet of our economy, and I respect and value a diverse workforce. On the County Board, I will insist that our community development plans preserve and protect the infrastructure vital to many of our diverse businesses on Lee Highway, Four Mile Run Drive, and beyond. I am honored to have Walter's endorsement, and will work hard to continue his legacy of fighting for all Arlingtonians."

Tejada joins a long list of current and former Arlington County Board members endorsing Gutshall, including current chairman Jay Fisette and former members Mary Hynes, Barbara Favola, Paul Ferguson, Chris Zimmerman, John Milliken, Mary Margaret Whipple and Joe Wholey.

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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.