"Libby Garvey has a deep understanding of the critical issues confronting our community and public schools. I have often drawn on her knowledge and experience in addressing the challenges of the federal-state partnership in K-12 Education."
Below is the full text of Libby’s remarks to the Arlington County Board on priorities and outlook for 2013.
Happy New Year!
I have been on the Board for 9 months now and, so far, this position has been all I thought it would be …..and more. I’m enjoying the work very much.
Congratulations to Walter Tejada on his second County Board Chairmanship. As noted, this is the first time that Walter is the Chair of this Board when a Latina, my good friend Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez, is chairing the School Board. This is an important milestone for our community.
Congratulations also to Jay Fisette, our new, but very experienced, Vice Chair. Since I joined the Board, Jay has been particularly helpful in showing me the ropes, which I much appreciate. I know we are all in good hands with Jay and Walter at the helm.
I want to add my thanks to Mary Hynes for her leadership as Chair in 2012. I’ve seen that, just like on the School Board, all Board members work hard, but the Chair does 2-3 times more than the rest of us. That’s a lot of good hard work. Thank you, Mary.
And… I’d also like to thank everyone who helps to make this County what it is. Arlington is not perfect, but we’ve got a lot going for us: Continue reading…
On Friday, December 14th, Libby was sworn in at the Arlington County Building for her first full term, starting January 1st. Thank you to all who attended, you can watch her swearing in below (video courtesy Clarendon Patch) and read the transcript of the full remarks after.
What a wonderful day it is for Democrats and for the country!
As you know, my concentration this cycle was doing whatever we could to help elect the President and Tim Kaine. And we did it! We had a clean sweep for Democrats in Arlington and statewide.
We’ve had a whirlwind year – three local elections in Arlington just in 2012. I certainly couldn’t have made it through such a grueling campaign schedule without you and the support you’ve given me over the last several years. Now I’m looking forward to simply getting down to the job of representing you.
I want to congratulate Matt Wavro and Audrey Clement on their campaigns. They deserve a lot of credit for debating the issues and getting people around the County engaged in the process. That’s truly the Arlington Way.
Again, thank you so much for your continuing support. It has meant so much to me, and I’m excited to continue working with you all as we move Arlington forward.
Election Day is tomorrow! What you do in Arlington over the next 36 hours could be the difference in electing Barack Obama, Tim Kaine, Jim Moran, and our whole Democratic ticket. If you are not already committed to volunteer, please sign up for an opportunity below. Or simply come to ACDC HQ (2050 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 200 – enter through 2055 N. 15th St.) and we will put you to work.
And most importantly, please make sure you encourage all of your friends, family, and co-workers to vote tomorrow. Thanks for all you do. 36 hours to victory!