Arlington's Elected Leaders Endorse Katie Cristol for Arlington County Board

Tuesday, September 29th

Arlington, VA – Twenty elected officials, comprising all of Arlington’s School Board, Constitutional Officers and Richmond delegation, and much of the County Board, today endorsed Katie Cristol’s campaign for Arlington County Board.

Citing Cristol’s policy background, community experience and new perspective, Arlington’s longstanding leaders are supporting her bid for one of two open seats on the County Board this year.

All five of Arlington’s current School Board members, including Chair Emma Violand-Sánchez, Vice Chair Nancy Van Doren, Barbara Kanninen, James Lander and Abby Raphael have endorsed Cristol for her commitment to education and the Arlington Public Schools. School Board Chair Emma Violand-Sánchez said, "As an educator and advocate for more than three decades in Arlington, I know how important it is to have County Board members committed to the success of all our children. I'm endorsing Katie because of her background and experience working with APS and in school systems across the country, and her passion for a more inclusive and diverse Arlington. I look forward to working with her to ensure that our kids have the school and County resources they need to learn, grow and thrive."

Four of Arlington’s current County Board members, including Libby Garvey, Jay Fisette, Chair Mary Hynes and Vice Chair J. Walter Tejada, have also shared their support for Cristol. In a statement, County Board member Libby Garvey noted, “Katie Cristol will bring new energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to listen to Arlington voters. Katie works with school districts, states, philanthropies, and nonprofits to tackle strategic planning and implementation challenges—skills that would be a great asset to the County Board."

In addition, all of Arlington’s five Constitutional Officers, including Treasurer Carla de la Pava, Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy, Sheriff Beth Arthur, Clerk of the Court Paul Ferguson and Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos, are endorsing Cristol’s campaign. “Katie will be an excellent addition to the County Board. She combines progressive Arlington values with new insights and perspectives. I know that she is committed to hearing from all parts of the Arlington community and will be uniquely responsive to neighborhood issues on the Board,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos this week.

Arlington’s State Senators and Delegates are also backing Cristol, citing the valuable partnership she will offer for their work in Richmond. “I enthusiastically endorse Katie Cristol for the Arlington County Board,” said Senator Barbara Favola of the 31st District. “Katie knows our values and knows how to translate those values into policy.  I need a strong partner like Katie in local government to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed.  Katie will work to create a bright future for all Arlingtonians.” Senator Favola is joined in her support of the Cristol campaign by Senator Adam Ebbin of the 30th District, Senator Janet Howell of the 32nd District, Delegate Patrick Hope of the 47th District, Delegate Rip Sullivan of the 48th District and Delegate Alfonso Lopez of the 49th District.

“I’m humbled and energized by the overwhelming support of Arlington’s elected leaders,” said Cristol. “I believe that Arlington can grow and evolve to meet our current challenges without abandoning our progressive values. We need County Board members who are good stewards of the public’s trust and resources, and I am honored to have this extensive support in my campaign to be such a Board member.”  

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