Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee announces that Carla de la Pava is the only candidate to file to seek the Democrats’ nomination to be the next Arlington County Treasurer. Because she was the only candidate to file by today’s deadline, de la Pava is now automatically on the agenda for formal nomination by ACDC at its regular meeting on August 6 (Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.), and her endorsement is likely to be overwhelmingly approved.
Earlier this month, Frank O’Leary, who served for more than 30 years in the position, retired, triggering a special election to fill his unexpired term. Prior to that election, de la Pava was sworn in as Treasurer.
A special election to fulfill the remainder of the term (until December 2015) has been set for November 4th, when Arlingtonians will also vote for Democrats Mark Warner for U.S. Senator, Don Beyer for U.S. Congress VA-8, Alan Howze for Arlington County Board, and Barbara Kanninen for School Board. Nancy Van Doren is likely to be the Democratic endorsee for an additional Arlington County School Board seat in yet another special election the same day.
For the past six years, de la Pava served as Chief Deputy Treasurer under Frank O’Leary. During her tenure, Arlington’s tax delinquency rate was reduced to an all time low of less than 0.4%, helping to distinguish the Treasurer’s Office as one of the best in Virginia and the United States. She has an MBA from Harvard and a degree in Economics from Wesleyan University, and worked at Continental Bank of Illinois and The Price Company, which owned and operated Price Club (now Costco).
Carla has been actively involved in many community organizations including the Warren G. Stambaugh Memorial Foundation, the Arlington County Civic Federation and the Arlington Soccer Association. She is also a member of the Arlington Committee of 100, the Arlington Historical Society, the Better Sports Club of Arlington, Organized Women Voters and Leadership Arlington (Class of 2010). Although she unfortunately grew up in Alexandria, she did marry life-long Arlingtonian Mark Dola, and they have raised their three sons here.
For more information, visit the campaign website: http://www.carlafortreasurer.com/
Quote from Frank O’Leary:
“After six years of excellent service to the Arlington County Treasurer’s Office and Arlington County citizens, Carla de la Pava is well prepared and highly qualified to be Arlington County Treasurer. Experience does count!”
Quote from Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky:
Carla de la Pava is the perfect person to be Arlington’s Treasurer. She has a passion for relating to people and working with money. And in addition, she has been learning from the best, Frank O’Leary, for the last six years.
Quote from Carla:
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of continuity in the Treasurer’s Office and I am committed to continuing the office’s tradition of excellence. It will be an honor and privilege to receive ACDC’s nomination and to run for Arlington County Treasurer in the special election on November 4th.
Because only one candidate filed to be the Democrats’ choice in the School Board and Treasurer special elections, ACDC’s announced Caucus on August 4th is now canceled.