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Washington Post: Fallon picks up endorsements from two state delegates in Arlington race Print


Created:  Tuesday, March 17, 2015 


Peter Fallon, one of five Democrats who have announced plans to run for one of two open seats on the Arlington County Board, has picked up endorsements from two state legislators, giving his campaign a boost nine days before the filing deadline.

Fallon, a former planning commissioner and tax accountant, is vying for one of the seats that will be left open when County Board chair Mary Hynes (D) and vice-chairman J. Walter Tejada (D) step down at the end of their terms. He lost primary bids for board seats in 2012 and 2014.

On Tuesday, he won the backing of Dels. Richard "Rip" Sullivan (D-McLean) and Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), both of whom represent substantial portions of central and north Arlington.

"Arlington is losing a lot of experience on the County Board this year," Hope said in a statement. "Peter Fallon has the planning expertise that the board will need. He knows this community well, and that's why I support" him.

Sullivan cited Fallon's "record of deep commitment and significant contribution."

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), who had endorsed Fallon in his 2014 board race, said she will not decide whom to back in this contest until May.

The Democratic primary is June 9. The top two vote-getters that day will become the party's nominees in November's general election.

Other Democrats who have said they will run include Arlington School Board chairman James Lander; Christian Dorsey, head of government affairs for the Economic Policy Institute, who lost to Tejada and unsuccessfully challenged then-incumbent board member Chris Zimmerman in two previous nominating caucuses; Andrew Schneider, alumni manager for the College of William and Mary, who ran unsuccessfully last summer for the party's nomination to represent the 48th legislative district; and Katie Cristol, an education consultant and a political newcomer.

Audrey Clement, who has run for the county board in the past as a representative of the Green Party, will be on the November ballot as an independent. Republicans plan to select their nominees at a party caucus; they have until June 9 to announce their picks.

The county board consisted of five Democrats until last spring, when Zimmerman resigned and independent John Vihstadt won the election to replace him.