Photos: campaign websites. Illustration: Steve Thurston
Before every contested race at the county level in Arlington, the Mercury sits down and interviews the candidates. These are extended interviews and get the candidates off their normal talking points. In this case, the rough interviews lasted between 25 and 35 minutes and have been edited here to about 15 minutes, or fewer. We maintained what we thought were the most news worthy portions.
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Early voting is already open. Election day is next Tuesday Nov. 6.
In these interviews, we spoke with Democrat incumbent Libby Garvey who is running to keep the seat on the county board, a seat she won in a three-way race during a special election last March. One of her opponents this cycle, Green Party Candidate Audrey Clement ran against Garvey last March and garnered 7 percent of the vote to Garvey's 49 percent. (Republican Mark Kelly took 43 percent).
For this race, Garvey and Clement are joined by candidate Matt Wavro, a Republican in his first run for countywide elected office.
The questions for these interviews were based on the candidates' websites, policy statements, other news stories about them, and what they have said at various debates and forums.
We intended to have these interviews posted by Tuesday morning at the latest, and then Hurricane Sandy hit. We apologize to the candidates and their staffs for the delay.
The interviews took place on Wednesday Oct. 24.
In the interview with Audrey Clement, the discussion turned to her wish for a housing authority in Arlington, how she would make reality a campaign promise of rolling back a recent tax hike, and why she believes the county would do better with voting districts rather than voting at-large for county board.
In the interview with Libby Garvey the discussion turned to keeping a neighborhood's character, to development along Lee Highway, her decision to abstain in a vote regarding the Columbia Pike streetcar project and her subsequent public choice of Bus Rapid Transit for mass transit along the Columbia Pike corridor, among other topics.
With Matt Wavro, the discussion turned to Market-rate affordable housing, how he would get more civic activism on the board, and his choice of articulated bus service for the Columbia Pike corridor, and why he thinks the county board needs to revisit that topic.