Green Party candidate Audrey Clement took part in a recent candidate forum for county board candidates in Arlington, Virginia. The Arlington Sun-Gazette reported on the forum:
“The County Board is in bed with developers,” Clement charged at the forum, using a line of attack that has been familiar fodder for the Green Party during recent runs at the local level. Although County Board members tout their commitment to environmental sustainability when it comes to development, “the only thing green about it is the dollars in developers’ pockets,” Clement said. “I pledge to make developers pay their fair share.”
Clement grumbled about the decreasing supply of affordable housing, rising rents, rising taxes, crumbling infrastructure and hundreds of millions of dollars spent on what she termed County Board vanity projects like the Artisphere cultural center and Columbia Pike streetcar.
Prodded by questioner Melissa Bondi – herself mentioned as a potential County Board contender next year – to list a few things she actually liked about Arlington, Clement pointed to bike trails, public transit and libraries, although she rapped the current County Board for cutting funds to the library system.