CORRECTION: (11/8/2014) Due to an error by the Office of the Registrar of Voters, the percentages by which the four General Obligation bonds passed were incorrect in the release issued on November 5, 2014. The percentages now included in the release are correct. We regret the error.
- Vihstadt re-elected with 56% of vote
- Voters approve $218 million in bonds
- Voter turnout of 48%
Arlington County voters on Tuesday re-elected John E. Vihstadt to the Arlington County Board. Mr. Vihstadt captured 56% of the vote, with 62,663 votes cast, to win his first four-year term on the County Board. To view all unofficial election results for Arlington County, visit the State elections website. The election results will be certified later this week.
Voters also approved four bond referenda, totaling more than $218 million, to fund Metro and transportation; local parks and recreation; community infrastructure and Arlington Public Schools (APS). The bond referenda approved were:
- Metro and Transportation: $60.24 million (71% of the vote)
- Local Parks and Recreation: $13.07 million (71% of the vote)
- Community infrastructure: $39.9 million (68% of the vote)
- Arlington Public Schools: $105.78 million (75% of the vote)
Projects to be funded by the bonds include:
- Transportation, road, pedestrian enhancement and transit projects.
- Arlington’s share of WMATA/Metro’s capital improvement program, including the Metro Capital Improvement Program.
- Park improvements and land acquisition for parks and open space.
- Funding for the Board-approved Neighborhood Conservation projects.
- Other capital improvement projects.
- APS’s capital improvement program, which includes the design and construction of school facility projects including new elementary, middle and high schools.
For more details on the voter-approved bond referenda, visit the County website.
“We had very few issues on election day,” said General Registrar Linda Lindberg. “I’d like to thank our election workers, who put in a long day, and our election partners, including our polling place hosts, and staff from Arlington Public Schools and County facilities.”
John Vihstadt was first elected to the County Board in April 2014 in a special election to complete the unexpired term of Christopher Zimmerman, who retired from the Board.
A former member of the County’s Planning Commission, Housing Commission and Advisory Commission on Aging, Mr. Vihstadt served as president of the Yorktown High School PTA and as Secretary and Vice Chair of the Arlington County Council of PTAs. He has lived with his wife and two sons in the Tara-Leeway Heights neighborhood since 1989. To read Mr. Vihstadt’s full biography, visit the County website.
Mr. Vihstadt’s swearing-in ceremony has not yet been scheduled.