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Honoring Erik

A Message from Erik

Dear Arlington Democrats,

Thank you for all the support that you've given me over these past many weeks as I undergo treatment for brain cancer. My family and I really appreciate all the kind words and encouragement while I've been dealing with this difficult diagnosis. As a result of this health issue, it saddens me deeply that I had to announce my resignation as an elected official from the Arlington County Board.

My family and I will always be grateful to the Arlington Democrats for your unwavering support and enthusiasm for those of us serving in elected positions. My time in office has been the fulfillment of a dream, and I can't thank you, my fellow Democrats, nearly enough for continuing to inspire me during even the most difficult of times. I hope that you stay safe and healthy during this current trying situation.

I'm looking forward to more blue victories in all of our futures.

With deepest admiration,

Erik Gutshall

News of Erik Gutshall’s death from brain cancer is difficult to process. Erik was a true servant-leader who always put the needs of the Arlington community first. Arlington Democrats are grateful for his service and will sincerely miss his voice on the County Board, where he sought common ground and practical solutions for the challenges facing our community. During this difficult time, Arlington Democrats stand with Erik's wonderful family, who are in our thoughts and our hearts.

While a public memorial for Erik is not possible now due to social distancing requirements, we still can express our gratitude for Erik's service and support for his family virtually. Please leave a personal note using the comment field below. Together, we can honor Erik and demonstrate just how much he and his family mean to the Arlington community.

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