“This has been a whirlwind 60-day campaign in a nearly all-virtual world. I wish Takis Karantonis well as our newest Arlington County Board member,” said Susan Cunningham, a progressive Independent candidate for the position. “I thank both Takis Karantonis and Bob Cambridge for a spirited and hard- fought race.”
“Tonight I want to thank each and every voter in Arlington,” she continued. “And I also want to thank my daughters and my husband, along with an incredible army of volunteers, who pulled out all the stops during a pandemic. This was always an uphill battle -- not just against my opponents but also against an entrenched one-party system in Arlington.
We fought hard. We came up short. But I truly hope we started some important conversations about the perils of one-party rule and the need for greater accountability.”
“There are really challenging times ahead, with a lot of hard decisions. I hope all of our elected officials will get serious about transparency, accountability and improved School-County collaboration. I have been deeply honored to meet and talk with so many Arlington residents. I look forward to many more discussions in the future,” Cunningham concluded.
I am heartbroken by the ongoing violence against Black people across our nation, including the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
Every place in America has been shaped by systemic racism and the ongoing struggle for civil rights. For some, this continued systemic racism is an uncomfortable truth. For others, it is a system they don’t notice or want to change. For many people of color, it is a daily struggle and fear that any activity could result in their death.
As poet Damien Barr wrote, “We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”
Here in Arlington, progressive rhetoric and the County Board’s new equity policy are not enough; we need to act, invest, and implement well. White Arlingtonians can’t be bystanders. It is time for every one of us to be strong allies, listen carefully, and act proactively to dismantle racism. Our government and residents must engage boldly, admit mistakes, and work to build and sustain trust that unites our community.
I, for one, am ready to do this work, through training and policy, in close partnership with interfaith and community partners like Arlington Public Schools, Black Parents of Arlington, Challenging Racism, Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), Virginia Poor People’s Campaign, and Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE).
Please join me - channel your grief and good intentions to bold action that makes our community welcoming and safe for all. I’ll be at the Arlington March for Black Lives on Saturday, June 6th starting at noon at Courthouse. Let’s walk together and lead together.
[Susan]”...knows the system, but has not been captured by it.”
Susan answers environmental questions from Arlington Students
"Susan has a knack for bringing diverse minds together, cutting to the chase and getting things done."
In response to a question about Arlington becoming a one-party county at the Civic Federation debate on June 16th, here are the candidate responses.
In the last 8 meetings of 2020, 45 of 46 motions were passed by unanimous vote by the County Board and an additional 135 were on the Consent Agenda.
WHICH DO YOU PREFER? MORE OF THE SAME OR AN INDEPENDENT VOICE?
A BOARD MEMBERS WHO ANSWERS TO THE VOTERS OR TO A POLITICAL PARTY?
I will work for our common good and all Arlingtonians, regardless of party affiliation.