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Clement to Run for County Board, Again

by ARLnow.com June 8, 2012 at 11:00 am 3,541 60 Comments

The Arlington Green Party is hoping the third time will be the charm for Audrey Clement.

Clement has been nominated as the Green Party’s candidate for County Board in this fall’s election. It’s her third County Board run in a year, after losses in the November 2011 general election and the March 2012 special election.

The Arlington Greens issued the following statement about Clement’s nomination:

The Arlington Green Party officially nominated Audrey Clement as its candidate for the Arlington County Board in the November 6, 2012 general election at its monthly meeting on June 6. Dr. Clement, who qualified for the ballot in April, has run for County Board twice before. She has pledged to make fiscal responsibility and providing for basic needs over big ticket capital spending projects the centerpiece of her campaign.

Ms. Clement said that she will vigorously oppose spending $300 million in Arlington local funds for an ill-designed trolley on Columbia Pike that will only serve to eliminate affordable housing, and waste funds urgently needed for public schools and other county projects.

Audrey is a long time Arlington resident, an IT consultant, and holds a Ph.D. in political science. She has run twice for the Arlington County Board as a Green against Democratic and Republican opponents. She is an avid bicyclist, environmentalist, and mass transit supporter. Her campaign website is: http://audreyclement.org/

The Arlington Green Party has had a candidate for Arlington county board election for the past six years; in 2009, the Green candidate received about 32 percent of the total votes cast.

  • truth be told

    She spoke at last night’s Pike Transit Initiative public meeting. Her points about the current Board’s hyper-develop and spend practices are dead on. It is time to get someone on the Board with some sense.

    Arlington Board: Put this Streetcar Stupidity on the ballot let the people decide!

    • Mary-Austin

      A referendum will never happen. That would put the streetcar pet project at risk. This is essentially about Chris Zimmerman leaving a parting “gift” to Arlington and his legacy. They are not going to risk that, especially after some of the precincts along Columbia Pike voted Republican in March for the first time in recent memory.

    • Get real

      Dead on??!!! She is a wing nut.

  • Narlington

    She should run as a Republican she might win this year.

    • drax

      “She is an avid bicyclist, environmentalist, and mass transit supporter.”


      • Andrew

        And she is great at buzz word bingo!

      • Arlington GOPer

        Hmmm, your statement confuses me. Are you saying that bicyclists, environmentalists and those who support mass transit couldn’t be Republicans?? (not that I am implying that Ms. Clement is in anyway a Republican, just focusing on your comment) I ride a bicycle for recreation purposes, I am all for mass transit and the expansion of it in a responsible and sensible way, and also consider myself an environmentalist of sorts, though not militant like some, just in favor of saying working towards a cleaner environment couldn’t hurt, and god forbid, I am also a proud Republican. How could that be?? And btw, perhaps the biggest environmentalist to ever call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave home was Theodore Roosevelt…a Republican.

        • drax

          No, I’m saying (for the second time, since my first post seems to have been lost in space) that she’s not likely to be elected by Republicans. Though, as you demonstrate, maybe Arlington Republicans might like her.

          The days of Teddy Roosevelt are loooong gone, unfortunately.

      • South Awwlington

        Avid transit supporter yet anti-streetcar. How do we reconcile this, and honestly so?

        • Andrew

          Just because you support mass transit doesn’t mean you have to support every mass transit project. Doesn’t seem that difficult to reconcile. Perhaps she has other ideas on how to improve the Pike?

          • South Awwlington

            Sounds more like “anti-gentrification that a streetcar would bring.” Let’s call it what it is.

        • truth be told

          Uh… $250M vs. $25M. That’s how.

          • drax

            Uh, no.

  • that guy

    how can you be a “mass transit supporter” and not support the Pike streetcar…?

    • WL95

      How can you be a mass transit supporter and not advocate revoking everybody’s right to drive and forcing them all onto mass transit?

      It’s all one way, or all the other, right that guy?

      • that guy

        other than the streetcar, what else is the county doing to upgrade or change the mass transit system?

        this thing is expensive, yes, but the money isn’t coming from personal taxes, and the growth it affords an area that needs something to kickstart business. the money wouldn’t be going to schools in the first place, if it wasn’t going here.

        mass transit is not about forcing anything, its about providing options. the bus option on the pike is not particularly great, and there is no metro accessibility without something like the streetcar.

        • WL95

          No metro accessibility? Get on the bus and go to Metro. Just like people on Lee Highway do. Just like people on Glebe Road do. Just like people on George Mason Drive do.

          “what else is the county doing to upgrade or change the mass transit system?”. Umm, nothing. Because they are focusing on the streetcar and only one corridor. Instead they should be thinking about the county as a whole.

          • John K.


            Although, to be fair some of the ART routes the county has created actually fill a transit need that Metro was not filling. The county is putting way too much effort in this stupid trolley thing, but I don’t think it is accurate to say they are only thinking of my corridor (or where they can put more speed bumps).

    • JohnB2

      Excessive cost is bad.

    • drax

      Kind of like you can be a mass transit supporter and not oppose every single road project.

  • Unlike MANY who comment on the streetcar, I live in South Arlington along the PIke and AM OVERJOYED that our portion of the County will no longer be negelected.

    The development is and will follow will bing ALL of Arlington where it should be.

    In terms of full transparency, it would be cool to see how many people who comment in opposition to the streetcar are 1) not from North Arlington and 2) aren’t ghost posting under various names to try to appear as though they have support for old timey transit options that in five years they’d regret supporting.

    • that guy

      right on. i’m with you 100% and I also live along the pike… and for what it’s worth, i moved down here in the past year from clarendon, so i feel like i can see both sides… of rt 50.

      • Zoning Victim

        So where will you move to when this area becomes as expensive as Clarendon is, now? I don’t really get the point of moving out of somewhere and then advocating for the county to make the new place just like the old place.

        • JohnB

          No one is advocating that Columbia Pike become like Clarendon. That is YOUR fear. I do not think it will come to pass or I wouldn’t support the Street Car.

          • Zoning Victim

            Since economic development is part of the point of the street car, it’s not a fear, but a consequence that both sides of the debate have foreseen. One side hopes for that consequence and the other would rather our area keep the personality is has. If you want the street car, that’s fine, but you can’t use economic development as a reason for putting in the street car and then say that none of the ramifications of economic development, which Clarendon personifies, will be felt in this area; you just can’t factually work both sides of that equation.

          • JohnB

            There are two issues in your first statement.

            1 – Cost:

            There is 2-3 times the density in Clarendon as will be allowed along the Pike. The increased construction cost of high rise along the orange line vs mid rise along the pike, the additional amenities the increased density allows for, and the higher level of regional connectivity afforded by heavy rail vs street car combine to result in a higher cost per sq ft in Clarendon than will be achieved along the Pike.

            2 – “…advocating for the county to make the new place just like the old place.”

            This is what I was originally responding to, but let me amend my comment because I do not know your fears:

            No one is advocating that Columbia Pike become like Clarendon. That is a fear of some opponents of the Street Car. I do not think it will come to pass or I wouldn’t support the Street Car. I think the neighborhood’s desire to “keep the pike funky” is supported by the plans that have been adopted and is an omnipresent objective in all of the planning processes that are on-going.

          • Zoning Victim

            Fair enough, but wouldn’t supply and demand normally mean that this’ “There is 2-3 times the density in Clarendon as will be allowed along the Pike[…],” would work to make land along the Pike more expensive?

            I mean, I understand that Clarendon is a different place and we’ll never be equal in cost of living because Clarendon will keep rising in cost as we rise in cost, but I’m not sure we have to reach that level before the nature of our area completely changes. I certainly hope I’m wrong since the trolley seems like a done deal, but I just don’t see how places like Rincome and Restaurant Abi (and even biger places like the Cinema and Draft House) will hold out for very long once the rents start to rise.

    • TGEo^

      cool STORY bro

    • JohnB2

      I just don’t see how the streetcar will fit on CP. I’ve been to Portland and ridden the one there (and Germany, FWIW). The thing that works about the PDX streetcar is that the roads on which the streetcars travel are much wider than ther Pike. When the roads are the size of the Pike or smaller (without dedicated lanes), they use buses like any sane person would.

      For comparison, the Fairfax/Wilson/Clarendon corridor is wide enough for a streetcar in most places.

      To me, Glebe is more of a concern than the Pike, especially near Lee, 50, and the Pike.

      • drax

        Yeah, I think the Pike is perfect for a streetcar except for the small problem of there simply not being enough room.

        • Walker

          Agreed. They will have to reduce the sidewalk width on both sides. The roadway is too narrow to make this work properly.

          • Elmer

            Query: If the sidewalk is narrowed to make more room for the trolley and the county permits developers to build right up to the edge of the street/sidewalk-Where will they put the pedestrians?

            One solution: Body Mass Index criteria for all peds in Columbia Pike. Only people of a healthy size (width) can walk the Pike.
            Mayor Bloomberg would approve.
            Is this coming to “Planet Arlington”?

          • drax


          • Josh (Yoda) S

            Based on what do you make this statement?

    • Zoning Victim

      I live within walking distance to Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Dr., and I’m against the trolley. I think trolleys are cool but unnecessary, and I don’t want perpetually snarled traffic (after years of snarled traffic and torn up roads during rail construction) when I believe they could use articulated busses and achieve the same transit goals for a lot less money. If I wanted where I live to be like Clarendon, I’d just sell my house and move to Clarendon.

    • JohnB

      I live on the pike and +100. I’d also like to see the opposition who complain about how the money could be better used for other priorities to point out an underfunded line item(s) in the budget and how the investment of $100 million of Arlington’s money would result in a better outcome for the county as a whole.

    • South Awwlington

      I too live on the Pike and support the Streetcar. Those that do not can only argue their fears: increased taxes and congestion and loss of affordable housing. Development has consequences and this is valuable property. Things aren’t going to stay the same as they were in 1900.

      • Elmer

        “Things aren’t going to stay the same as they were in 1900.”

        So they didn’t have streetcars in the 1900s?
        Nice to know.

        • drax

          I thought you were old enough to tell us, Elmer.

          • Elmer

            A personal insult. So very like you, drax.

    • JM

      I will vote for her. The County neglects infrastructure for decades then says it has to be torn down. Courthouse Plaza is starting to look shabby, deteriorated brick sidewalks have to be replaced at great expense with new brick sidewalks, which immediately begin deteriorating. Buildings are dated and dirty. County Government doesn’t care whether businesses succeed or fail, whether property owners upgrade or don’t upgrade properties, or even whether property owners on major arterials maintain and improve the landscape on their properties.

      • C

        Deteriorated brick sidewalks around Courthouse Plaza? How about the street lights on my street? How about the street paving on my street? How about the trees on my street? How about everyone driving down my street one to a vehicle because there is no ART bus service?

        County Board does not care, old infrastructure, new infrastructure, it all gets neglected.

  • J. Smith

    Let’s see if she once again shows us what kind of “environmentalist” she is, by littering our streets and parking lots with campaign flyers, like she did the last time!

    • Mike

      Her signs were also the last to be taken down, and her organization placed not one, but two robo-calls to my cell phone.
      I would like to a change of personnel on the County Board, but Clement is really annoying and I’m not sure she would be any better than what we have now.

      • Tabs

        Agree. I like her stand on styrofoam containers, but she has a lot to learn.

        Clement: “Would you like to sign this blahblahblah…”

        me: No thank you.

        Clement: *glares*

        A minute later, I pass by again.

        Clement: “Would you like to…”

        Me: “You asked me already.”

        Clement: *confused, somewhat alarmed look*

        Geez, there were fewer than 15 people in the vicinity, I’m wearing a purple rain jacket, FFS, and you don’t recognize people you saw a minute ago?!

      • barry

        Her signs were the first to be taken down, they were all gone in 4 days. A week after the election I took Mark Kelly’s signs down myself from in front of my home and put them on a street corner with some of his other signs.

  • Douglas Parker

    She has nice teeth.

  • UptonHiller

    I feel like the only thing this headline is missing is a “[sigh]” at the end.

    • Tabs


  • Wilbur

    Do you think this time the “Green” “Environmental” candidate will have any chance of cleaning up her garbage, er, I mean campaign signs? Last election she left them on the medians of Arlington roads for *months*

  • JimPB

    Great to have a ballot with some diversity.

    Go, Gal, Go.

  • Yeah But…

    Um, hello? Did ArlNow take down my earlier post about seeing her doing the nod and jerk at the Columbia Pike Transit meeting last night? If so, why?

  • John Snyder

    Congratulations! Success! There is already no plan to spend $300M in local money for the Pike streetcar, and no money will be shifted from schools (the $112M Arlington funds will come from the commercial property transportation surtax, which cannot be spent on schools) and notwithstanding Green Party opposition, a new land use policy for the Pike is being developed to preserve affordable housing on the Pike. With her stated goals met, Audrey Clement can now concentrate on changing the land use policy in her neighborhood to preserve affordable housing in her neighborhood. Or does she want affordable housing only on the Pike?

    • SoArl


    • Dan Snyder

      I can coordinate to take down all the historic trees to make the streetcar happen. I have great success with that although my Redskins are worthless with me. But I make lots of $$ off those losers.

    • Cindy

      When does my neighborhood (condo community adjacent to North Fairlington) get ART bus service? There are 15,000 people living in and around Fairlington aka SOV City who don’t have ART bus service. When does additional emergency egress infrastructure from Metrorail tunnels get funded? It’s all new transit infrastructure that can and should be funded from the real estate surcharge before any streetcar systems are even considered.

  • Charlie

    Audrey Clement’s and my Westover neighborhood would be a lot more affordable if Arlington’s ‘affordable housing’ non-profits left landlords of small multi-unit apartment buildings alone. Ditto for the owners of apartment buildings on the Pike.

    • John Snyder

      So you are saying that affordable housing non-profits are preventing you and Audrey Clement from advocating for land use policy changes? Hmmn. I am skeptical about that.

  • Pike’s Streetscape is Shabby and Dirty

    I oppose any more “redevelopment” that leaves Arlington’s streetscape looking shabbier and dirtier every year. Columbia Pike is a prime example. Just ride in a Metrobus or as a passenger in a vehicle and take a good look at the Pike’s streetscape as you roll by. A few beds of flowers here and there. But mostly median and curbside landscaping that’s untended. Where is CPRO? Where is the “revitalization”? They’re all letting the Pike go to ruin so they can say the Pike is an eyesore, let’s bring in the out-of-state developers, architects, planners, REITS, and so on and make the Pike look really great. How do they accomplish that? By planting a few street trees in planters in front of monster buildings, like 5500. What a charade.


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