Arlington Politics: Vihstadt Endorses McMenamin

Arlington Politics: Vihstadt Endorses McMenamin

County Board Independent candidate Mike McMenamin received the endorsement of John Vihstadt, Independent County Board member.

Like Vihstadt, McMenamin opposes overspending on high-cost infrastructure projects like the Columbia Pike streetcar and the million-dollar bus stop.

For the Nov. 3 election, Vihstadt also endorsed Democrat Christian Dorsey, saying that “Mike and Christian stand out for their community stature, multi-decade records of accomplishment and demonstrated independence.”

Vihstadt lauded McMenamin’s leadership as a two-term president of the Arlington County Civic Federation in a “fair and even-handed manner. Mike is a true consensus-builder and knows our neighborhoods,” he said.

“They’ve both shown a willingness to challenge the status quo, whether it be questioning County spending priorities or taking on establishment candidates in prior elections.” Vihstadt said.

McMenamin said that the board needs to take a second look at costly projects that past boards have taken for granted. “I believe we need to get back to basics and spend our tax dollars on core government services, such as paving our roads, updating our infrastructure, schools, and parks.” he said. “We should properly fund neighborhood conservation, so that neighborhoods can build the projects they need, e.g. curb, gutter, sidewalks, and storm water drainage.”