Arlington elects first non-Democrat to County Board in 15 years

For the first time in 15 years, Arlington residents elected a non-Democrat to the County Board of Supervisors. Independent John Vihstadt won Tuesday night’s special election to replace former supervisor Chris Zimmerman, who retired in February.

Vihstadt captured 57 percent of the vote to Democrat Alan Howze’s 41 percent. ARLnow.com reports that Vihstadt had the endorsement of the local Republican and Green parties.

“We won the race by a higher margin than my most aggressive expectations,” Vihstadt told supporters at his victory party tonight. “The most exciting and gratifying measure of our victory was that it was north to south and east to west. There really is one Arlington, not two Arlingtons.”

According to ABC 7 News-WJLA, Vihstadt will be sworn in to office as soon as vote counts have been certified, the county said.

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