Submit Content

Libertarian Announces for County Board

Evan Bernick (photo via LinkedIn)Libertarian Evan Bernick has announced his intention to run for the Arlington County Board seat being vacated by Chris Zimmerman.

Bernick, a legal fellow for the conservative Heritage Foundation, says he wants to reduce spending, cut taxes and require that County Board members be elected by district, rather than at-large.

The date of the special election will be set after Zimmerman formally resigns — which is expected by the end of the month.

In a statement, Bernick said he opposes the Columbia Pike streetcar and the Long Bridge Park aquatics center, and wants to “restore accountability and transparency to our political process and release Arlington’s private sector from the burden of wasteful spending.” The full statement follows.

Arlington is a wealthy, beautiful, inclusive, and diverse community. It’s a great place to live and work, and it has a bright future ahead of it.

The only thing that can hold us back is the poor governance we have seen recently. I’m running for Arlington County Board as a Libertarian Party candidate in order to restore accountability and transparency to our political process and release Arlington’s private sector from the burden of wasteful spending.

I moved to Arlington in 2011 after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. I’ve spent the last three years at non-profits, researching, writing about, and supporting litigation efforts in defense of, individuals who have been victimized by government overreach. In that short time, I’ve grown to love it here— this is my home.

Like many Arlingtonians, I’m concerned about our government. Over the past year, the Arlington County Board has engaged in jaw-droppingly reckless expenditures, like a million-dollar bus stop, that have been mocked in the national press. To add insult to injury, it has arrogantly brushed aside any and all criticism.

Upon taking office, I will focus spending on core government functions that Arlingtonians depend upon. I will not support any more million-dollar bus stops. I will not support the construction of a $72 million Long Bridge Park aquatic and fitness center. And I will not support a $300 million streetcar in Columbia Pike. The novelty of a streetcar will wear off quickly and its costs will burden private enterprise and divert resources from more pressing governmental priorities for years to come.

But voting against a couple of disasters waiting to happen won’t solve Arlington’s problems. I have three proposals for making our Board more transparent, more accountable, and less burdensome to taxpayers:

1.) Ensure that big-ticket spending items, like the Long Bridge Park facilities, are no longer hidden in generally worded bond referendums.

2.) Require Board members to be directly elected by districts, to ensure that the Board is more responsive to localized concerns.

3.) Scale back property taxes, putting thousands of dollars back in homeowner’s pockets.

If elected, I will bring moderation and fiscal responsibility to a Board that’s in desperate need of both and I will protect each individual’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Photo via LinkedIn

Recent Stories

Tour Country Club Hills to discover its lush herbage, mature trees, and the Victorian and frame houses of the area in Neighborhood Spotlight.

A soggy weekend is on tap after an otherwise pretty nice final week of September. Obviously this week’s big story was the devastation in Florida, the huge scale of which…

Share your input on the Arlington Forestry and Natural Resources Plan by October 3.

A proposed bridge for bicyclists and pedestrians between Crystal City and the Southwest Waterfront area of D.C. has received $20 million in federal funding to move forward. When complete, the…

Now you can have fun with your family and friends when deciding where to eat!

Just hop aboard The Lunch Train and set the destination for: breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or nightlife!

Features:
– No app necessary. Simply go to the website if you’d like!
– No account necessary
– Use your current location or a desired location
– Add restaurants you’re interested in, invite your friends, and play the game!

https://www.thelunchtrain.com/

Submit your own Community Post here.

Lyon Park & Ashton Heights’ biennial home & garden biennial tour is back. The tour will include contemporary custom homes, older historic bungalows as well as renovated properties. One of the stunning homes on the tour is pictured above.  In addition to beautiful & unique homes, the Villa & Vistas ’22 event will conclude with a festive reception at the Lyon Park Community Center at 414 N Fillmore Street, Arlington VA 22201. What could be better right?

All proceeds from this event will go to the Lyon Park Citizens Association (LPCA) towards our neighborhood jewel & hub, the Lyon Park Community Center (LPCC).

When: Sunday, October 2nd, Noon – 4 PM. 

Where: Meet to get your tickets and the tour map at the Lyon Park Community Center (414 N Fillmore Street) We will have a table with information outside.

Read More

Submit your own Community Post here.

Vini Franchetti Wine Dinner

Join us as we explore Vini Franchetti & their two sister vineyards Passopisciaro (Sicily) and Vini Franchetti (Tuscany) for our Sicily/Tuscany Wine Dinner!

Sunday, Oct 9 @ 6pm

Special Guest: This wine dinner we will be hosting the wine maker

Homebuying 101: Steps to Getting Pre-Approved

Are you ready to jump into homeownership or started considering it but don’t know where to start? Financial preparation is key when thinking about purchasing your first home and the first step to getting pre-approved. Join ACFCU for our Homebuying

×

Subscribe to our mailing list