Our Candidates

General Election

November 8, 2016

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Hillary Clinton
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  • Fighting for children and families
  • Fighting for healthcare and human rights
  • Serving her country
  • Fighting for equality-at home and abroad

Hillary Clinton has served as secretary of state, U.S. senator from New York, first lady of the United States, first lady of Arkansas, a practicing lawyer and law professor, and an activist. But the first thing her friends and family will tell you is that she’s never forgotten where she came from or who she’s been fighting for throughout her life.

Hillary knows we are stronger together. “Whatever position one holds, whatever kind of background one has, getting up every day trying to make the most out of your own life, trying to get your family to go through barriers and obstacles to make the most out of theirs, reaching out to neighbors, being part of this dream that we all share — the American dream is not limited, my friends. The American dream is as big as we make it. And with your help, we’re going to make it bigger than ever. Let’s go win in November.”

Vice President

Tim Kaine Headshot

Sen. Tim Kaine
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  • As governor, Tim closed critical loopholes to help prevent gun violence in Virginia
  • Tim is a staunch defender of women’s reproductive rights and health care access
  • Tim is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and equality

Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation’s history. He’s also a man of relentless optimism who believes no problem is unsolvable if you’re willing to put in the work. That commitment to delivering results has stayed with him throughout his decades-long career as a public servant.

Hillary chose a running mate who will be a real partner and help bring our country together in these divided times. Tim’s experience at the local, state, and national level makes him uniquely qualified to help build an economy that works for everyone—not just those at the top—and keep American families safe.

US House of Representatives, VA 8th District

Don Beyer

Rep. Don Beyer

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Don Beyer was inaugurated on January 6, 2015 to his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Virginia’s 8th Congressional District in Northern Virginia. He has spent the past 40 years building his family business into a successful, community-based collection of retail automobile dealerships. In 1989, Rep. Beyer was elected Virginia’s lieutenant governor and served in that position for two terms. He was a champion for Virginians with disabilities, helped pass the state’s landmark welfare reform legislation, and helped pass permanent pro-business reforms. As Pres. Obama’s ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Rep. Beyer worked to impose tough international sanctions to bring Iran to the bargaining table and led efforts to crack down on Swiss bank secrecy. Rep. Beyer has four children, Don, Stephanie, Clara, and Grace, and two grandchildren, Ava and Will. He and his wife Megan live in Alexandria.

Arlington County Board

Libby Garvey

Libby Garvey

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  • Chair, Arlington County Board (Member since 2012)
  • Arlington School Board (1997-2012) (Chair ’99-’01, ’04-’05, ’07, ’10-’11)

Libby Garvey has dedicated her life to public service, and has spent her career making a difference for Arlington County. From the Peace Corps to the School Board to the County Board, Libby Garvey brings experience and a passion for innovation.

From Aging to Zoning, Libby Garvey will keep us moving forward. Libby Garvey will work to:

  • Support our schools by making sure they are adequately funded; that we have enough space for all our students; and that Arlington stays a great place to raise a family
  • Improve transportation by facilitating regional cooperation; improving access to mass transit; adding state-of-the-art bus systems; and monitoring State changes to I-66 and I-395
  • Encourage housing that is affordable for all income levels by encouraging the development of mixed income communities; and removing barriers to non-profit groups that want to provide affordable housing
  • Make government more accessible by video streaming of county meetings; and using technology to help people get information and voice their opinions
  • Make government more responsive by facilitating coordination between departments like permitting and zoning; and eliminating unnecessary barriers that make it harder for small businesses to grow and thrive.

Arlington County School Board

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Tannia Talento
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  • Community Facilities Study Member
  • Vice Chair, Advisory Council on Instruction
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages/High Intensity Language Training (ESOL/HILT) citizens’ advisory committee

Tannia Talento has immersed herself in Arlington Public Schools and the issues facing our students by directly working on numerous committees and with organizations dedicated to improving the quality of education in Arlington. Through parenting 5 children in Arlington Public Schools (three stepsons and two children of her own), she is familiar with every level of our school system in both North and South Arlington. Tannia has been involved in the Community Facilities Study, Advisory Council on Instruction, Math Citizens’ Advisory Committee, ESOL/HILT Citizens’ Advisory Committee, and the Superintendent’s Master Planning Working Group. She is actively involved in the W-L Hispanic Parents Committee, Challenging Racism organization, W-L Band Boosters, and the Career Center Parent Advisory Committee. Tannia also mentors students and young adults in financial management, college admissions, and navigating success at NOVA community college. On the School Board, Tannia will work towards creative and responsible solutions to address our capacity needs, support the APS’ Whole Child Initiative, and create solutions to close our achievement gap by undertaking a granular analysis of the data to determine root causes across all facets of the gap.

Nancy Van Doren

Nancy Van Doren

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  • Chair, Arlington School Board
  • Experienced education advocate for children, particularly students with disabilities
  • Problem solver who listens and works to find solutions

Nancy Van Doren believes every child must have the opportunity to reach his or her potential. She knows Arlington has the resources and talent to ensure every child succeeds. She works tirelessly with school and community leaders to make this happen.

Since joining the Board in 2014, Nancy has worked to ensure the highest educational standards for all students. She worked to increase specialized interventions for struggling readers, to ensure students with disabilities succeed alongside non-disabled peers, to set high expectations for English language learners, and to expand foreign language classes to all elementary schools. Nancy supports APS’s digital learning initiative, which provides all students with access to technology and individualized learning. Nancy supports the launch of Arlington Tech, APS’ STEM-centered high school program. Nancy fully supports APS’ 2016 Capital Improvement Plan, which lays out projects necessary to meet capacity needs. She will work to ensure these projects are completed on time and within budget.

Nancy’s priorities are clear: Focus on educational excellence for each and every student. Build a strong infrastructure to meet the needs of Arlington’s expanding student population.

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution of Virginia

“Right to Work”
Vote No

This amendment does not belong in the Virginia Bill of Rights because: it would inappropriately elevate a labor law issue to the status of a fundamental constitutional right; it would infringe upon the freedom of employers and employees to voluntarily structure their labor relations; and it would be needlessly redundant, since Virginia has had a law on the books prohibiting “closed shops” for more than 70 years. Read more.

Property Tax Exemption
Vote Yes

The Constitution of Virginia should be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide to the localities an option to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of a first-responder who was killed in the line of duty. Read more.

Arlington Bond Referenda

Vote Yes

Arlington voters will decide whether to authorize the sale of bonds to meet important long-term capital needs. Thees projects to be funded by these bonds were identified in Arlington County’s Capital Improvement Plan, which was unanimously adopted by the County Board in July 2016 after extensive community input. Furthermore, the levels of proposed borrowing are consistent with retaining our AAA bond rating from the three bond rating agencies, and is under our self-imposed debt limit. We urge Arlington voters to vote Yes on all four bond referenda. Read more.