Our Candidates

From Arlington Election Office: 2017 Elections

General Election November 7, 2017

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November 7, 2017 General Election – on the ballot are:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Virginia House of Delegates (45th, 47th, 48th, and 49th Districts)
  • County Board
  • School Board


School Board

Monique O’Grady

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I am Monique O’Grady. After years of volunteering and serving in our community and Arlington Public Schools (APS), I am proud to seek the Democratic endorsement for Arlington School Board.

I am running to ensure that as we deal with the capacity challenges APS stays focused on its students. I also want to help APS ensure there is a love of learning for ALL students. When we love what we do, we try harder and we succeed. I will work to fulfill this goal by focusing on the ABCs: Academics, Boundaries, Capacity & Communication.

Academics. Instruction must be put first. When construction strategies are separated from instructional goals we are not strategic in helping make the best academic decisions for our students.

Boundaries. We can respect communities while embracing diversity when we consider school boundary changes. We can help make sure APS students are ready to succeed in a multicultural world by creating and supporting diversity in our schools.

Capacity & Communication. The School Board must work more closely with the County Board to get in front of our challenging capacity crunch. Furthermore, we need to expand effective communication with our students, teachers and community.

I am a passionate 25-year Arlington resident, 19-year APS parent, longtime community advocate, and communications professional. My husband Mike and I live in Arlington Heights where we have raised three children – two are Washington-Lee graduates and our youngest is a 7th grader at Gunston Middle School.
My motivation for running for School Board is built upon years of advocacy for our children. I have a proven track record of bringing people together and creating solutions.

I have worked inside schools and across the APS system to bring positive change for students, teachers and the greater community. I’ve led a PTA organization and served on several critically important Arlington Public Schools committees that helped shape boundaries, educational, and capacity priorities. I am proud to have been recognized by the Arlington School Board with an Honored Citizen Award and asked to co-chair the successful 2016 Bond Campaign.

I believe that my experience coupled with my dedication to ensuring a love of learning for all will allow me to be a successful member of the School Board serving the residents of Arlington County.

Learn more about me at www.MoniqueOGrady.org. Twitter and Facebook @ Monique4APS. I hope to earn your vote on May 9, 11 or 13.


County Board

Erik Gutshall

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I’m Erik Gutshall, I am focused on the future, and I’m asking for your support to be the next member of the Arlington County Board. When my wife and I moved to Lyon Park in 1995, we didn’t expect to stay long, but like many of you, we quickly fell in love with our new community. Impressed by what Arlington county and schools offered, we put down roots, and are raising our three wonderful daughters here. We learned that Arlington’s success story was written by ordinary citizens, with shared values, working together to tackle the challenges of their day. Wanting to give back, I volunteered with my civic association, a local family shelter, and eventually our planning and transportation commissions. I have met so many great people that I know we can tackle the challenges of tomorrow if we work together. But as a small business owner, I also know that if you don’t innovate, you stagnate. Our values haven’t changed, but our solutions have to.

As a parent of three APS students, I know how important solving the capacity crisis is to Arlington’s future. Last year I lobbied for the Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JAFC) because the School Board and County Board must work together to squeeze the most from our limited space and dollars. On the Board, I will work with the JFAC to look for creative solutions like reimagining a vacant office building as a school on the lower floors and a senior center above.

I also know the anxiety of a parent who wonders if his daughters will be able to afford to make Arlington their home. I will use my planning and zoning experience to create neighborhood-scale “Missing Middle” housing along our transportation corridors. The market will create this housing without taxpayer money, and we can keep young families starting out, empty nesters, and everyone in between from being priced out of Arlington.

Our progressive values are ones of shared prosperity with an economy that works for everyone. I will make targeted investments to help our entrepreneurs and innovators grow and create a thriving, diversified economy freed from dependence on the federal sector. Combined with my small business fiscal discipline, this economy for all will allow us to keep taxes low.

My deep and broad experience, and my perspective as a small business owner, qualifies me to be your next board member. I hope you will make me your number one choice. To learn how I am focused on the future, please visit Erik4Arlington.com. Voting is on May 9, 11, and 13.



Ralph Northam

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Lieutenant Governor


Justin Fairfax

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Attorney General


Mark Herring

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House of Delegates

45-Mark Levine

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47-Patrick Hope

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48-Rip Sullivan

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49-Alfonso Lopez

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