Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital, today issued the following statement on the anniversary of the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol:
“One year ago today insurrectionists launched a violent assault on the home of American democracy.
“The crowd that attacked the Capitol included white supremacists and violent rightwing paramilitary groups. They constructed a gallows, and called for the assassination of the Vice President and the Speaker of the House. Incited by the Big Lie of a lawless President bent on retaining power at any cost – a fact we know is true because the insurrectionists themselves repeatedly confirmed it – they hoped to halt the peaceful transfer of power and overturn the results of an American election. They failed.
“They failed because of the courageous actions of heroes in uniform, many of whom have not fully recovered from the significant injuries they suffered that day. Some of them lost their lives. Today we remember the pain and suffering inflicted on those who defended the Capitol, and their incredible heroism. We remember USCP Officers Brian Sicknick and Howie Liebengood and MPD Officers Jeffrey Smith, Kyle DeFreytag, and Gunther Hashida, and the anguish their families still feel.
“Donald Trump and his insurrectionists also failed because of our collective determination that democracy must prevail. Congress’ return to the House Chamber that night to finish the work of certifying the election results ensured that the will of the people would win the day. It was a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.
“But that night also foreshadowed what would follow. Radicalized Republicans took the floor to spread the lie that ‘Antifa’ or ‘leftists’ had staged a false flag attack, just hours after several of them helped incite the crowd that marched on the Capitol. Two thirds of House Republicans voted against certifying the election results, including their party leaders. They justified their votes with thinly disguised versions of the same Big Lie cherished by the insurrectionists.
“In the months that followed, many Republicans became bolder in spreading lies about what happened on January 6th, even as they opposed the creation of a bipartisan commission to establish the truth. Donald Trump’s malign influence spread in statehouses across the country, where legislators wrote laws empowering state officials to overturn the will of the voters. Voter suppression laws proliferated while Senate Republicans blocked action to protect Americans’ voter rights.
“Over the past year, the House has worked to right these wrongs. We created a Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack and establish the truth. We passed bills to ensure that Americans can vote, and that their votes determine who leads this country. It is vital that the Senate take the actions necessary to enact these reforms. Protecting our elections is vastly more important than arcane rules and procedural precedents. My Senate colleagues must remember the crucial lesson of January 6th: democracy must prevail.
“Finally, on this anniversary I send my best wishes, support, and love to the Capitol Hill community and the D.C. region. The aftershocks of trauma and heartbreak of January 6, 2021 are ever-present for many, and this will surely be a difficult day. Let us take care of each other, be unafraid to ask for help when we need it, and go forward together in the knowledge that none of us are alone.”
Beyer represented Officers Sicknick, Smith, and DeFreytag, and represents many other officers who responded to the Capitol on January 6th, including retired MPD Officer Michael Fanone.
On Monday, Marymount University administrators shared with its community members an enhanced COVID-19 vaccination policy that will require a booster shot for all students, faculty and staff who will be physically present on campus during the upcoming semester, a precautionary measure designed to ensure the best possible protection against the virus.
The institution is requiring proof of a booster shot by January 18, 2022, or within two weeks of booster eligibility. The Pfizer booster shot, which is recommended following initial shots of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, will be available by appointment for all Marymount students and employees at the on-campus Student Health Center. Community members also have the option to receive the booster shot off campus in locations such as doctor’s offices, clinics and pharmacies.
Prior to the University returning to a fully in-person learning and living model for the Fall 2021 semester, it required COVID-19 vaccination for all community members and offered on-campus vaccine clinics to provide efficient access. This policy resulted in an eventual 98 percent vaccination rate across the institution – and over the course of the semester, only 40 positive COVID-19 cases were reported on campus overall.
“Our outstanding vaccination rate is a credit to all of our University members, who since the beginning have demonstrated a commitment to stopping the spread,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “Here at Marymount, we are well known for our core value of service to others. By receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot, you are protecting not just yourself but those around you as well from serious health complications. In the face of an ongoing, dangerous pandemic, what better way to demonstrate your servant’s heart?”
“Throughout the semester and going back to the beginning of the pandemic, we have prioritized the health and safety of our campus community above all else,” added Dr. Laura Finkelstein, Associate Vice President of Student Health and Well-Being and Title IX Coordinator at Marymount University. “This policy decision is in line with our goal of maintaining protection for our students, faculty and staff against COVID-19, and is a proactive step in keeping us ahead of potential disruptions from the Omicron variant.”
Marymount approved a very limited number of medical and religious exemptions to the vaccination policy during the fall semester, based on stringent standards. Those exemptions, and any approved for newly-admitted Spring students, will be upheld for the Spring 2022 semester, but no other exemptions will be granted at this time. Those who have received an exemption must be tested weekly for COVID-19 during the spring semester.
In addition to the booster requirement, Marymount is requiring students to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before they return to campus following the upcoming holiday break. During the Spring 2022 semester, the University is planning to once again coordinate a random COVID-19 testing program community-wide as well to limit the spread of the virus.
Arlington Community Foundation (ACF) launched its 2022 scholarship application today, providing Arlington high school students with an opportunity to compete for more than 70 scholarships worth over $525,000 in student aid. A single, common application gives students an easy way to apply for an award from more than 55 individual scholarship funds, each with their own unique criteria, ranging in size from $1,000 to $5,000. Several of the awards are renewable. Students must submit their application by January 31, 2022 to be considered.
Generous individuals, families, companies and organizations fund the scholarships, which have their own unique eligibility criteria, including scholarships for students of immigrant parents, students who participate in a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) program, and students entering STEM and healthcare programs, among several others.
Earlier this year, former scholarship recipients shared their stories, struggles, and words of inspiration for the new scholars. Enji Tuvshinzaya, who received an ACF scholarship from 2014 to 2018 while attending James Madison University, reflected, “When I received the scholarship, I cried. It meant an open door and new opportunities. It was special because I felt supported by my community.”
“Each and every student who completes high school should have a chance to continue their education, and we want to see as many of our local students apply for an award as possible to make that goal attainable,” said Jennifer Owens, Arlington Community Foundation president and CEO. “We are deeply grateful to our many donors and community partners who generously support the Foundation’s scholarships, as well as the dozens of volunteers who review the applications to help us make good decisions about these awards.”
Each scholarship award is made possible by the generosity of numerous individuals, families, businesses, and organizations who have established named scholarship funds or provided gifts to our Community Scholarship Fund. For information on how you can start a new scholarship fund or contribute to an existing scholarship fund to help deserving Arlington students attend college, please call 703-243-4785 or email [email protected].
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About Arlington Community Foundation: Arlington Community Foundation was established in 1991 to serve as a permanent community endowment built by the gifts and charitable legacies of individuals, families, and businesses for the betterment of Arlington County. As a grantmaker, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the needs of Arlingtonians, and address the most critical issues of our time to ensure that our community provides opportunity for everyone. For more information on Arlington Community Foundation please visit our website at www.arlcf.org or call 703-243-4785.
Leading tech repair provider uBreakiFix® by Asurion has opened its newest location in Pentagon City at 1101 S. Joyce St., Suite B-12 on Pentagon Row. The store offers professional repair services for anything with a power button, from smartphones, tablets, and computers to game consoles, smart speakers, and drones–and everything in between.
While common repairs include cracked screens, battery issues, and water damage, uBreakiFix repair experts have fixed more than 13 million devices and can help with most tech mishaps, with most basic repairs completed in two hours or less.
“What I love most about uBreakiFix is its customer-friendly business model,” said Tristan Johnson, uBreakiFix District Manager. “Broken devices are more than just an inconvenience when so much of our work, education, and daily lives revolve around technology. We have an experienced team of professionals who are well-versed in customer service which allows us to provide a positive repair experience.”
The store’s expert repair technicians fix all types of electronics, regardless of make or model, and uBreakiFix is an authorized repair provider for some devices, including Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel smartphones. Customers can book a repair appointment online or stop by the store for walk-in service. uBreakiFix offers free, no-obligation diagnostics on all gadgets, as well as a low-price guarantee and 90-day warranty on all repairs.
uBreakiFix was founded in 2009 after Co-founder Justin Wetherill dropped and shattered his own smartphone, sparking the idea for a convenient, affordable repair option. Wetherill partnered with David Reiff and Eddie Trujillo to bring the concept to life, and it has since grown from a single storefront in Orlando, Florida, to more than 700 locations across the U.S. and Canada. uBreakiFix joined the Asurion family in 2019 and now operates as a subsidiary of the tech care company.
“We are excited to serve people in Pentagon City with fast and affordable tech repair,” said uBreakiFix CEO Dave Barbuto. “We all rely on our phones and laptops more than ever before, and at uBreakiFix our mission is bigger than repairing shattered screens and broken charge ports. We fix tech because people rely on tech to stay connected to things that are important to them. I look forward to serving this community through our new Pentagon City location.”
For more information, to view a service menu, or to book a repair appointment, visit ubreakifix.com/locations/
uBreakiFix Pentagon City
1101 S Joyce St Suite B-12, Arlington, VA 22202
Real estate leader American Real Estate Partners (AREP) has completed an $11 million reinvention of 2000 15th St. N. (formerly known as Arlington Plaza) in Arlington, Virginia. This reimagined business destination features a 16,000-square foot lushly landscaped outdoor plaza for work and gathering, the largest outdoor plaza of any office building in the R-B corridor, a bright new 5,300-square-foot conference center and tenant lounge, full-floor tenant availability, and unobstructed views of monuments in neighboring Washington, D.C.
“Virginia has once again been ranked by CNBC as the number one place for business and AREP is creating some of the most exciting places in Northern Virginia for business locations. The transformation of 2000 15th St. N. is emblematic of our commitment to deliver inspired experiences that go beyond the expected and environments where people and businesses prosper,” said Paul Schulman, Principal and Chief Operating Officer at AREP. “The renovated plaza, wired for connectivity, extends the office to the outdoors, offering all season, year-round use as a work and meeting space, and provides a spectacular backdrop to the indoor conference and amenity spaces, creating an urban oasis,” he said.
The former Arlington Plaza has been reinvented to amplify the holistic balance of nature in the workplace with the ability to excel in a collaborative, highly productive, and wellness-centered environment. A refreshed ceremonial lobby welcomes tenants and visitors. With its stunning array of mature elms and dogwoods with additional landscaping of lavender, Echinacea, and American Hollies, the outdoor plaza provides a calming and relaxed feel to this extension of the amenity space.
In addition to the abundant outdoor workspaces, 2000 15th Street North incorporates rigorous health and wellness features that include MERV 13 filters, electrostatic cleaning, and air purifiers in the elevator cabs. AREP’s focus on enhanced health and safety protocols and standards at 2000 15th St. N. have helped it earn the UL Industries Verified Healthy Building Mark for Indoor Air (AREP is the first in the country to achieve this recognition portfolio-wide) and the International Well Building Institute’s WELL Health- Safety rating, also portfolio-wide.
“As the pandemic eases its grip and companies return to work, we are ready to welcome them back to elevated and dynamic places where they can feel comfortable, confident and inspired to work and be at their best,” Schulman said.
The 11-story, 195,128 square foot office tower, at one of the highest elevations in Arlington’s Courthouse neighborhood, offers light-filled spaces throughout, clear views of Washington’s monumental core from its upper floors and 14-foot ceilings on the elevated outdoor plaza level.
Steps from the Courthouse metro station, 2000 15th St. N. is easily accessible from Rt. 50, I-66 and a main Arlington thoroughfare of Wilson Boulevard and offers ample parking exceeding market norms. Immediate road and transit access provides exceptional connections to downtown D.C., the Pentagon, and Amazon’s HQ2 at National Landing. Nearby amenities include 130 restaurants and retail destinations.
On Small Business Saturday 2021, November 27th, Arlington and Falls Church shoppers will get a chance to participate in a shopping “Passport” program to discover unique shops, find deals, keep their shopping dollars local and be eligible to win prizes.
Led by One More Page Books, the Passport enables shoppers who are looking to participate in the national #shoplocal effort to easily discover small businesses near them.
“We loved creating this program in 2019 and missed doing it again last year because of Covid,” said One More Page Books owner, Eileen McGervey. “Small Business Saturday is an important day every year to our business and to many others in Arlington and Falls Church. All of the stores and restaurants participating in the Passport program hope to see many familiar faces as well as new customers who get to discover our local businesses on the 27th.”
Customers can pick up the Passport at any of the participating businesses. Many of the businesses will also be running special deals on Nov. 27th. To be eligible to win one of three Grand Prize Baskets of goods and gift certificates, customers need to collect “stamps” from at least five of the participating businesses on Nov. 27th. Once completed, the Passports can be dropped off at One More Page Books, or they can be left at the last participating business customers visit that day. Winners of the baskets will be randomly drawn from all completed Passports on Sunday, Nov. 28th at 3pm at One More Page Books and notified via email.
More information about the Passport program, participating businesses and their Small Business Saturday deals and a Google Map of the participating stores can be found here: https://www.onemorepagebooks.com/small-business-saturday-2021-arlington-and-falls-church-shopping-passport
Businesses participating in the Arlington/Falls Church Small Business Saturday Passport Program:
- Ayers Variety & Hardware
- Bakeshop (Arlington and Falls Church)
- Cafe Kindred
- Dopplehopper 4 Kids
- One More Page Books & More
- Preservation Biscuit Company
- Rare Bird Coffee Roasters
- Stylish Patina
- TINT – A Modern Makerspace
- Two the Moon
- Urban Farmhouse
Small Business Saturday®, founded by American Express in 2010, is a day designated by the national Shop Small® movement to support small businesses around the country and encourage holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Always celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday® takes place on November 27th this year.
Next week, Taco Bamba debuts a free coffee program to promote breakfast. Beginning November 17, all six Taco Bamba locations in Northern Virginia and Rockville, Maryland will open at 9am. Their all-day breakfast menu is a mix of old and new dishes, including bacon, egg, and cheese empanadas, Migas tacos, and an extra-large breakfast sandwich called the Torta de Huevos. Free coffee will be available until noon at all locations with any purchase.
Why free coffee?
“For years, we’ve offered some really delicious breakfast items on our menu, and they’ve always been available all day, every day. But, we don’t serve coffee, and I think a lot of people want coffee with their breakfast. So, we’re giving away free coffee until noon all day every day, and we’re offering some great brunch cocktails to match at all locations except Falls Church. I want people to come in and enjoy these menu items during breakfast and brunch hours, but all items will still be available all day.” -Victor Albisu
If you prefer a cold beverage at breakfast, Taco Bamba is also selling cold brew and cold brew lattes, and all locations (except Falls Church) will offer brunch-friendly cocktails like Bloody Marys, Bloody Marias, Mimosas and a Oaxacan Sunrise.
To promote the breakfast menu and the free coffee program, Taco Bamba is giving away branded coffee tumblers to the first 50 guests at each store who purchase a breakfast item. See the giveaway schedule below:
- Wednesday, November 17: Fairfax & Falls Church
- Thursday, November 18: Springfield & Vienna
- Friday, November 19: Ballston & Rockville
Bird is rolling out its Bird Three, the world’s most eco-friendly shared scooter, in Arlington. Arlington will be one of the first cities in the DMV to have an exclusive fleet of Bird Three e-scooters.
When Arlington residents choose to ride a Bird Three down to dinner at the Crossing Clarendon or to start their holiday shopping early on Rosslyn, they’ll have the safest and smartest riding experience possible. More than just a scooter, the Bird Three is the culmination of four years of experience working in partnership with cities, like Arlington, to create accessible eco-friendly transportation options and to reduce reliance on gas-powered vehicles and the congestion they create.
The Bird Three was developed by Bird‘s in-house team of top engineering and vehicle design experts with an unrelenting focus on sustainability. Key highlights include:
Dual Independent Brakes: Superior braking performance on each wheel that results in a shorter stopping distance.
Autonomous Emergency Braking: The industry’s only active safety technology designed to prevent brake failure.
Speed Zone, Parking and Sidewalk Compliance: Bird OS enforces strict adherence to speed limits, no-ride, no-parking and reduced-speed zones in cities, including improved sidewalk detection, built into the scooter.
Increased Capacity: With capacity for smart batteries of up to 1 kWh, Bird Three can travel farther and remain on the street longer while requiring significantly fewer recharges.
The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC)–led by Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA)–released a new issue brief highlighting how defaulting on the federal debt would create a financial crisis on par with that of 2008, resulting in catastrophic economic damage with millions of jobs lost, businesses shuttered and a banking system in chaos.
The debt limit allows the federal government to make good on financial obligations Congress has already incurred. Failure to raise the debt ceiling would make it impossible for the federal government to keep its existing financial obligations, including payments to the military, veterans, Social Security and health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, which make up the majority of federal spending.
“For 18 months, the biggest threat to the U.S. economy was the pandemic, which led to the worst recession in this country since the Great Depression,” said Chairman Beyer. “Today, the greatest threat comes from the minority party intentionally risking a default that could undo all of this year’s progress on job creation, wreck our economy, and send the country into an even worse economic crisis.
“The latest issue brief from the Joint Economic Committee details how obstructionism to raising the debt limit threatens economic harm to millions, including potentially halting the income of Social Security recipients, military families, and the federal workforce.
“By filibustering legislation that would prevent a default, they are gambling with the full faith and credit of the United States. This is poor economic stewardship. The responsible course of action is to increase the debt ceiling to prevent a catastrophic default.”
Since 1960, Congress has raised the debt limit 78 times. According to recent estimates, defaulting on the federal debt could result in six million jobs lost, an unemployment rate of nearly 9%, the elimination of $15 trillion in household wealth and a decline in real GDP of 4%.
Past debt-limit brinkmanship crises led to uncertainty for businesses, declines in the stock market and consumer confidence and higher borrowing costs for taxpayers and consumers. Even though a default was ultimately avoided, it resulted in the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and cost the country billions of dollars in lost economic activity.
September 20, 2021
During an Arlington County Circuit Court sentencing hearing Sept. 3 for a man who had plead guilty to armed robbery and a firearms offense, Chief Judge William T. Newman made audible note of a reality that seldom is adequately recognized by the Arlington community and those who run it.
“We live in a time when a lot of people who have actually sometimes done nothing have been killed by police for things, and here, this was not a situation where you had not done anything. You had,” Judge Newman told the man. “Literally, what for the restraint shown by these police officers, you – you could be dead.”
That man had taken a vehicle at gunpoint and later run from Arlington police officers through a residential neighborhood. As officers – some of whom had their guns drawn – closed in, the man pulled a firearm from his waistband. Faced with a highly stressful, extremely dangerous situation, the officers demonstrated a degree of prudence commonly shown by the Arlington County Police Department.
The man tossed the gun aside, no shots were fired, and he was taken into custody without further incident. Judge Newman acknowledged the gravity of the discipline those officers exhibited, and if that composure is a trait Arlingtonians value in their cops, there are some other sobering truths they should know.
The Arlington County Police Department is hemorrhaging officers. Thus far in 2021, 41 Arlington cops have left or have put in notice to leave the department – approximately 14 percent of its functional strength – and in a survey conducted this month by the Arlington Coalition of Police, 99 officers said they plan to leave ACPD within the next year. Twenty of those officers said they plan to depart within the next three months.
Should even half of those decampments come to fruition, the quality of service the Arlington community receives from its police force will diminish. Fewer officers means less time and resources for investigations of every sort. It means the officers that remain will be asked to work more hours with less help. It means that when officers encounter armed subjects that just committed violent offenses, they will be operating under more cumulative stress and deeper cumulative exhaustion.
County leaders – who will convene Tuesday evening – are aware of this issue and have yet to demonstrate that they value the quality of service ACPD provides to the extent that they are willing to take immediate and drastic steps to attempt to stop the bleeding. Perhaps this is Arlington’s way of defunding the police without having to publicly proclaim that agenda.
ACPD has not yet had to pull investigators back to patrol in an attempt to sufficiently address 911 calls for service, but with each week that passes, more Arlington officers trade in their badges for more lucrative and less dangerous jobs elsewhere.
After the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services closed five of the state’s eight adult mental health institutions in July due to a dramatic increase in staff resignations and unsafe working conditions, Arlington police officers were tasked with having prolonged interactions with those in the county suffering mental crises. With nowhere to take those most in need of help from experienced mental health professionals, ACPD has staffed coverage of these patients at Virginia Hospital Center around the clock for days at a time.
The community has said it wants to limit the interactions police have with those in mental crisis – a desire overwhelmingly shared by Arlington officers. But as is commonly the case, when the community has a problem few others want to address, it turns to the police.
Nine days before the sentencing hearing in which Judge Newman highlighted the temperateness of Arlington’s officers, a man approached several ACPD officers outside the police station and asked them to shoot him. He then pulled two steak knives out of his pockets and approached the officers with one knife in each hand. The officers created space, utilized less-lethal weapons, and took the man into custody without anyone involved suffering injury.
Two days before that incident, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police honored an ACPD officer who prevented a man suspected of having just committed an armed bank robbery from jumping in front of an oncoming train on a Metro platform. In the process, the officer suffered a fractured tibia. The arrestee was uninjured.
None of this is to suggest that Arlington cops have not or would not use lethal force when absolutely necessary to protect their lives or the lives of others. It also is not to suggest that ACPD officers are beyond reproach. The department has proven willing and able to hold its officers accountable when they demonstrate errors in judgment.
But the components of the police department that help keep Arlington safe and out of the national spotlight for negative reasons – the commitment and capabilities of its officers – are fragile. The average years of service of the 41 officers who have left ACPD in 2021 is 14.7. And of late, only approximately 30 percent of the applicants who sign up for the department’s entry exam actually show up to take the test.
Arlington is struggling to find highly qualified people who want to serve as police, and the county affords its current officers little reason to stay. Officers know some members of the public will have little sympathy for the fact that after promising police officers a 5.5 percent annual merit increase in pay in 2019, county leaders stopped following through on that after the first year. They know some people will not care that officers struggle to afford to live in Arlington despite the abundance of overtime opportunities that exist due to depleted staffing levels.
What ACPD officers are hoping is that they are wrong about Arlington’s ambivalence toward the department’s plummeting personnel numbers. They believe it is time for the county they serve to stop taking them for granted.
Adam Theo (who goes by “Theo”) has launched a campaign for Arlington County Board as an independent candidate. This 2021 bid will establish an organization, raise issues, and build name recognition. He intends to run again in 2022 or 2023 to win a seat on the Arlington County Board to fix serious problems in the community that a monopoly of one-party rule does not address.
Theo, aware of the time and resources needed along the road ahead, remarked: “Having just one political party is bad for everyone. It creates a government and elected officials that are unresponsive, slow, and poorly plan for looming crisis in housing affordability, public safety, protecting local businesses, and school overcrowding. The power of the Arlington Dems over Arlington isn’t in the quality of their ideas or candidates. It’s in their organization and fundraising prowess, and that’s where a challenger needs to be ready.”
A self-described “Independent Progressive Libertarian”, Theo will bring new ideas and practical solutions to real problems facing Arlington County. He is deeply concerned about the financial suffering that homeowners and small businesses have faced– even well before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, he fears for the community if “Missing Middle” and affordable housing opportunities are not immediately expanded. To Theo, the challenges of police reform, public safety, government transparency and accountability, as well as a successful recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic are all tied together.
Theo currently serves as the Secretary of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association (BVSCA) and is a voting delegate to the Arlington County Civic Federation. He has never affiliated as a member of either major party. Since 2018, he has served as the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Northern Virginia (LPNOVA), the local affiliate of the national Libertarian Party. As Chair, he has tripled its active volunteer base; established dedicated communications, policy, and community service teams; and expanded the organization into Loudoun County.
A long-time communications consultant and video producer, he has worked within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Navy, and public television. He is also a veteran and served almost a decade in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, deploying to eastern Afghanistan in 2011 as a structural civil engineer.
Bringing a unique perspective to Arlington County politics, Theo has gone through the criminal justice system in his home state of Florida, having served four months in county jail there in 2000. He has also twice been homeless, living out of a backpack or a car as recently as 2010. These are formative stories he is happy to share and have made him uniquely suited to empathize with and serve all Arlingtonians.