Susan for Arlington

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ArlNow Candidate Statement: Why I’m Seeking Your Vote

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I am seeking election to the Arlington County Board – and your vote – because I believe Arlington’s best days are ahead and we need elected leaders with experience and common sense to get us there. From the divisive missing middle housing debate to urgent challenges facing our youth, we clearly have important work to do to bring our community back together. My priorities include: Smart growth and planning that gets housing right – with diverse options for ownership and rental across life stages and incomes. This includes revisiting lot coverage, closely monitoring and revising the...


Public Comment to County Board on Plan Langston Boulevard

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Susan Cunningham recently gave a statement to the Arlington County Board on the Plan Langston Boulevard project, in which she encouraged the board to recommit to smart growth and planning; do more on climate, environment, affordable housing, and public space than the plan now does; and take steps to strengthen transparency and trust in the planning process. "I have lived, played, worked, and shopped along Langston Boulevard for over 25 years (from my first post-college bike wreck to commuting on the 3Y, to teaching my teenager to drive these last few months)," Cunningham said. "I am...


Editorial: Our picks for County Board seats

Susan Cunningham recently snared the top endorsement in the upcoming race for Arlington County Board from the Gazette Leader, who noted, "she does have the best résumé of civic involvement and works to foster a culture of conciliation." Full article here.  


Democratic County Board Candidates Call for Improved Government Transparency

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Did you miss the recent candidate debate sponsored by the Arlington County Civic Federation? You can watch it here. As Arlington Now reported, "The County Board forum began with topics such as police staffing and the office vacancy rate, but heated up during a later question about transparency. The question elicited criticism from every candidate about how the county makes information available. Multiple candidates suggested an overhaul of how Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are handled, saying the status quo is laborious for staff and expensive for residents." “We’ve not...


Statement on the Death of Abonesh Woldegeorges

For immediate release: As speakers were gathering early Sunday morning at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington to continue the fight against injustice and inequality, Ms. Woldegeorges was found unresponsive only two miles away at the Arlington County Jail. Following the death of Paul Thompson in February 2022, the Arlington County Sheriff reportedly implemented health and medical care reforms to improve medical care, including medical devices to “track heart rates and alert workstations.” Were these precautions in use? Did they effectively ensure timely emergency aid? If not,...


“Ranked Choice” Voting Debuts in Arlington

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Final results from our Democratic Primary in Arlington County were recently summarized in this graphic created for, the website of the Virginia Public Access Project: "Ranked Choice Voting — a method adopted by the state Republican Party to select its 2021 statewide ticket — made its debut Tuesday in a nomination contest for a local elected office. In Northern Virginia, Arlington County Democrats were given a ballot that allowed voters to rank their top three choices in a field of six seeking two party nominations on the November ballot. First-ballot results were released on...


June 23 Statement from Susan: Honored to Be Your Nominee

Photo shows a sign that says Our #1 Choice, Susan Cunningham.

It's (almost) official! I am honored to be elected as a Democratic nominee for the Arlington County Board general election in November. With all votes now tabulated in this first Virginia primary election using Ranked Choice Voting, I am thrilled to have earned the most first round votes and now the Democratic endorsement after all second and third votes have been considered. I am humbled by our community’s vote of confidence, and I am ready to get to work to earn the final vote in November’s general election. THANK YOU to the other candidates for offering their ideas and service to our...


Cunningham and Coffey Are Likely Democratic Nominees for County Board

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The preliminary results are in, and it looks like Susan Cunningham and Maureen Coffey will be the Democratic Party's nominees for Arlington County Board in the November election. Results are still not official yet, but nearly all ballots have been counted. Here's how the ranked choice process played out, according to early results posted at approximately 6:30 PM on the Virginia Department of Elections website. In the first election day round of voting, Susan won the most votes, with about a quarter of all voters' first choice votes. She then picked up about 11% of Jonathan Dromgoole...


Great News: Susan Got the Most 1st Choice Votes! Thank You!

Susan Cunningham at the polls

The campaign to elect Susan Cunningham to the Arlington County Board has some good news to share: with 98% of precincts reporting, round one primary results look promising. Thank you so much for your support! Election results of first choice votes in Arlington's Democratic primary for county board show Cunningham with 25%, Natalie Roy with 24%, Maureen Coffey with 22%, and JD Spain with 20% of first picks. Tony Weaver also received 5% and Jonathan Dromgoole got 4%. The county now begins the process of tabulating votes in the new ranked choice voting system. In each round of tabulation,...


More Endorsements!

Reid Goldstein

We'd like to report more endorsements from local leaders in support of Susan for Arlington. These include "1st choice" endorsements from Libby Garvey, vice-chair of the Arlington County Board; Nancy Iocomini, past chair of the Arlington County Planning Commission; Reid Goldstein, chair of the Arlington County School Board; Dr. Barbara Kanninen, past Arlington County School Board member; Chanda Choun, former board candidate; and Andrew Schneider, former director of Arlington Thrive. Now it's time to go vote! See you at the polls...


Cunningham Leads in Fundraising, Garners Endorsements, as Primary Vote Approaches

Fundraising graph showing Susan as one of the three leaders in fundraising

Susan Cunningham is a leader in fundraising and racking up endorsements, heading into the June 20th primary vote. Cunningham emerged in the lead during the most recent campaign filing period, besting other candidates in fundraising down the stretch. Since April 1, Cunningham — who ran in 2020 as an independent — raised $41,810 and loaned herself $10,000. “I am grateful for the broad support across Arlington — donations, volunteers, and early votes for Susan #1,” Cunningham said in a press release. “Voters I talk with every day are enthusiastic about my background and experience and what I...


More Letters to the Editor in Support of Susan for Arlington

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We are pleased to share more letters that have been published in support of Susan's bid for county board. Please click on the links to read more! Letter: Cunningham deserves to be top pick in County Board race "In working with Cunningham on a variety of volunteer projects, I have seen first-hand how she can bring together people who have competing ideas and find productive ways of moving forward." — Dennis Carter-Chand Letter: Cunningham, Roy are top options in County Board primary "Two of the six candidates running in the primary have been clear that they would not have voted in favor of...


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