I wanted you to be among the first to know: This upcoming Wednesday, I’ll be announcing my campaign for re-election to the Arlington County Board.
I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past four years, tackling the issues and challenges that matter most to our community: Housing affordability, regional transportation, school facilities. It makes me especially proud to know that in 2015, you believed, and Arlington took a chance on the idea, that women’s voices mattered in local government. And because of that trust, we’ve made huge gains in areas like childcare affordability and response to sexual assault.
At every step, we’ve proved that progress is only possible when we collaborate, and that we can achieve great things through the Power of Together.
So when I look at Arlington County, and our challenges ahead - from economic equality and preventing to displacement, to sustainable budgeting, to doing our part on climate change through planning and transportation - I still feel optimism. That in this dispiriting age of our national politics, we still have power. To grow this community in the image of our progressive values. To do hard things in Arlington, when we do them together.
I’m all in. And I hope you are, too: I’ll need your help this year. We’re anticipating a significant challenge this race, and in a predicted low turn-out year, we’ll be in for a fight. But I think our Arlington future is worth fighting for, and I hope you agree.
So please, take a minute and visit the newly redesigned www.katiecristol.com to sign up to volunteer to talk to neighbors, or host a campaign event. Let us know if you’d like a sign for your yard, to get the conversation going early. If you’ve got a few bucks to spare, help us build up the resources to pay our staff and start disseminating our message by donating.
Most importantly: Join us on Wednesday at the Arlington Democrats meeting, 7 pm at Key Elementary School. And mark your calendars for our official Campaign Kick-Off Party: Thursday, February 21st at 7 pm at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Crystal City.
I can’t wait to launch this campaign -- together.