The blog site Arlington Yupette – where right-thinking Arlington-Amurricans get most of their local news – had an item up at the start of the week that Audrey Clement was considering a run for School Board in 2018.
It’d be her second bid for that post, and she’s run either six or seven times for County Board, as well. Just about every time, she’s either garnered (if she was the lone non-Democrat on the ball) or shared (if there were more than one) the roughly 30 percent of votes cast against the dominant political party in A-town.
I say this as one who likes Clement and thinks she brings valuable points of view to the community conversation: It’s time for her to stop running for office.
In fact, I – or rather than Sun Gazette editorial page (not always one in the same) – suggested that two years ago, but it didn’t stop her from additional bids for office. Not sure this will, either.
But really, it’s time to stop. She isn’t going to win, and to make a run after run after run after run, without building a base of support outside those voters who want to send a message to Democrats, is just not the way to influence the public discourse.
Ah, well. It’s a free country, and Clement is adept at fulfilling the requirements for ballot access, so if she wants to run, she’s going to run. But that doesn’t mean we have to give it prominent coverage.
Two, Two, Two Options for Facebook Users
It’s a long story – stories involving us usually are – but last September, our Facebook presence moved over from SunGazetteNews to the broader InsideNoVa site.
But now, with the company being split up (an amicable separation, for those who are wondering), we have the chance to not only keep our coverage flowing on InsideNoVa, but bring back SunGazetteNews with fresh daily coverage.
So, if you haven’t gone to our SunGazetteNews Facebook site lately (or ever), drop on by, become a follower and find access to our fresh coverage. And keep up with InsideNoVa, too, as it has the most broad coverage of the regional news.