At the July 16, 2013 meeting of the Arlington County Board, Libby presented the following remarks. Watch them here or read on for the full text.
Many folks write wanting to know Libby’s stance on Arlington’s proposed streetcar line for Columbia Pike. You can read her take in this April 19th Washington Post Editorial:
“Arlington streetcars fail the cost-benefit test”
And be sure to check out Libby’s interview with WJLA (ABc 7) News from May 10th.
Finally, be sure to head over to Arlingtonian’s for Sensible Transit and sign up today.
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:
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.