New State Senate Contender?

by ARLnow.com April 15, 2011 at 7:00 am 4,472 29 Comments

A source tells us that Jaime Areizaga-Soto, who’s rumored as a potential Democratic candidate for the 31st District state Senate seat, announced to co-workers yesterday that he has decided to enter the race.

Areizaga-Soto is a senior attorney at the U.S. Agency for International Development, a Stanford Law grad, and a senior advisor to Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, the retiring occupant of the 31st District seat. An Arlington resident, Areizaga-Soto is active in the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia, the Arlington County Democratic Committee and the National Puerto Rican Coalition.

Areizaga-Soto is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the JAG Corps of the District of Columbia National Guard. According to this biography, he is fluent in Portuguese, French and Spanish.

If he is indeed running — we have not been able to independently confirm his candidacy — he will face County Board member Barbara Favola in this summer’s Democratic primary. A third potential candidate, political consultant and blogger Ben Tribbett, has also indicated that he may enter the race.

The 31st District was recently redrawn and, pending final approval, will include parts of North Arlington, eastern Fairfax County and eastern Loudoun County.

Photo via Sorensen Institute/University of Virginia

  • BoringDan

    IMHO, impressive qualifications.

    • Christopher

      I guess, but when you strip away all the capitalized words, he’s essentially a politically active lawyer and an Obama administration appointee.

      • DD

        Oh, another yes-man. He will fit in quite nicely with THEM.

    • Lyon Park

      Barb’s flip ‘do fell when she heard the news. Jamie is a fresh alternative to Barb’s tired, weak leadership – did I mention “self-serving”? Go get ‘er, Jamie!

      • FedUp


  • Anyone But Barbara

    A far, far stronger candidate than the incredibly weak Barbara Favola.

    • jan

      I agree with you

    • charlie

      oh please, ALL our Arlington candidates are weak. anyone could challenge them if they wanted to do it — but who does?
      look at the great amazing success we have in Richmond..

  • G. Clifford Prout

    He should work on a new PR photo and lose the jackolantern smile.

    • charlie

      good point. because right now I definitely would not vote for him for the school board..

    • Arlwhenever

      Like get a Barbara Favola style photo, poised to suck on a finger?

      • G. Clifford Prout

        Let’s get a look at Babs. Post a photo. That will hellp me make up my mind.

      • Lou

        Is there some sort of photo like that floating around? Just, idle curiosity, that’s all.

    • J

      Hmmmm…you have a point…

  • G

    He kind of resembles Don Draper from Mad Men

    • I thought the exact same thing.

    • Bekah

      That was the first thing I thought too!

    • Ashton Heights

      Don Draper’s (and Jamie’s) 1960s hairdo looks far better than Barb’s 1960s-style hairdo. Besides, I’m concerned about all the hairspray fumes Barb’s inhaled over all these years.

    • Savvy

      i second that emotion

    • OX4

      He looks like Don Draper sitting on a nail.

  • Wayne Kubicki

    As I recall, Favola worked in the Clinton administration, and was a major Hillary Clinton supporter in 2007-2008.

    Mr. Areizaga-Soto is an Obama appointee.

    At some level, perhaps this has something to do with Areizaga-Soto’s possible candidacy?

  • charlie

    Has an Arlington-only elected official ever won a wider election that included non-Arlington voters? (8th district has always been an Alexandria person, for a number of years)

  • ChrisG

    This might get really interesting w/ the Governor’s veto.

  • Jamie

    P.S. – it’s “Jaime” not Jamie.

    • Good luck. Please do us all a favor and try and pressure Babs to resign from the CB while she is campaigning for this new office.

    • Got it.

  • Jack

    I don’t think it should be required that one resign one position to run for another if the terms overlap. If it becomes the case that one is not credibly doing their job because of the election effort, then voters have a fail-safe way of addressing that at the next election.


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