Last week, we invited the two candidates running in the general election for House of Delegates race for the 45th District to write a post about why our readers should vote for them next Tuesday (Nov. 2).
Here is the unedited response from Elizabeth Bennett-Parker:
My name is Elizabeth Bennett-Parker and I’m the Democratic nominee for Delegate in the 45th House District, which includes the precincts of Aurora Hills, Oakridge, Fairlington, Shirlington, and Abingdon, as well as parts of Alexandria and Fairfax.
Both of my parents were in the Navy, and they instilled in me a sense of service to our community and our country. My mom used to always tell me that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. I’ve applied that to my entire career.
I worked at the National Governors Association with Democratic and Republican governors on bipartisan policy solutions to help move our country forward. I also started a small business to fight food waste and now co-lead a nonprofit that serves women returning from the criminal justice system, women experiencing homelessness, women surviving abuse, and more. In turn, that experience inspired me to run for the Alexandria City Council, and I currently serve as the Vice Mayor.
I have a proven record of service and delivering results for our community. Working with my colleagues, we have increased access to early childhood education, which will be one of my top priorities in Richmond. I also led the effort to: invest an additional $1 million for affordable housing this year; declare a climate change emergency; and reform public building standards to reduce emissions and fight climate change. We’ve also banned firearms from public buildings and parks, amended our human rights code to include gender identity as a protected class, and passed collective bargaining for our employees. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve and the ways I engage with our community. I knock doors outside of campaign season to ask for input on upcoming votes or issues, and I started Volunteer with the Vice Mayor events to bring residents together in service at local nonprofits.
As Delegate, I will continue to engage with residents and work to keep Virginia moving forward on these issues and other critical issues for Arlingtonians, such as expanding access to affordable health care, ensuring quality public education for all of our children, protecting reproductive choice and voting rights, advancing criminal justice reform, supporting workers and small businesses, and making sure that our Commonwealth is an equitable and inclusive place for all.
I am the only candidate in this race who will support common-sense gun safety legislation, make sure our local governments have funding to increase pay for teachers and first responders, fight to protect reproductive choice, and vote for paid family and medical leave.
I have been endorsed by:
- The Virginia Firefighters Association
- The Virginia Education Association
- The League of Conservation Voters
- The Sierra Club
- Virginia NOW
- Planned Parenthood
- The AFL-CIO
- Virginia LGBTQ+ Democrats
- The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
- The Virginia Farm Bureau
- Congressman Don Beyer
- Senator Adam Ebbin
- Arlington County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti
- Arlington County Board Vice Chair Katie Cristol
- Arlington County Board Member Libby Garvey
- Christopher Meloni, Actor, Law and Order
- Billy Crudup, Actor, The Morning Show, and more.
My experience as a local elected official, nonprofit leader, and small business creator will ensure I’m an effective advocate and leader in Richmond for this district. Residents should vote for me because I am the only candidate in this race with a record of delivering results for our community and an agenda focused on progress for all.
I hope I can earn your vote now through October 30th or on Election Day. Learn more about me on my website and visit IWillVote.com/VA to find your polling place.
In loving memory of Joseph Robert Kapacziewski, who passed away in 2023 at the age of 41.
In loving memory of James Stuart Edmonds, who passed away in 2023 at the age of 84.
A man was shot in front of a lounge on Columbia Pike early this morning, continuing a string of violent incidents.
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YULA’s ultimate frisbee spring season is now open for registration. We offer programs for middle and high schoolers – open to all players, whether they are new or have previous experience.Middle SchoolIn the Middle School league, mixed-gender teams practice once during the week and have games on Sunday afternoons. Spring league is a fun, safe, and positive environment. The season begins mid-March and wraps up with a tournament in early June. There are several options for practice days, so we can often work around schedule conflicts with other sports & activities.High SchoolThe High School program is organized by school of attendance and teams are classified by gender. New players will learn the basics in a supportive, welcoming environment. Experienced players will continue to develop their skills, and enjoy competition with other high school programs. The season concludes with a state level championship tournament in late May.All players are guided by experienced coaches who emphasize sportsmanship and good spirit. Ultimate is a fun sport with great camaraderie!YULA does not want finances to limit anyone from participating. Our middle school program offers a “Pay What You Can” cost structure and our our high school program is offering a $50 discount to new players.Visit our website to register and learn more. Sign up with a friend, but don’t delay, the season starts in March!http://www.yula-ulti.org
The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Valentine gifts for someone special or for yourself are here at George Mason University from noon -4pm on February 14, 2023. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Kingsbury Chocolates, find a handmade bag from Karina Gaull, pick up treats from Village