As he was sworn in as a new member of the State Board of Elections, Bob Brink said he would draw inspiration from the efforts made at the local level.
Arlington “provides a culture that places a premium on maximum participation in the electoral process and is willing to invest the resources to make that a reality,” Brink said after taking the oath of office from Clerk of the Circuit Court Paul Ferguson on March 12.
Brink, who previously served in the House of Delegates and in the McAuliffe administration, was one of three new members of the Board of Elections tapped by Gov. Northam. The trio – two Democrats and a Republican – replaces existing board members who were not reappointed.
On hand at the ceremony were county elections chief Linda Lindberg, some of her staff and two of the three members of the Arlington Electoral Board – Charlene Bickford and David Bell. The third member, Scott McGeary, was unable to attend but sent his regards.
Bell, who serves as vice chairman of the Arlington Electoral Board, said Brink would be a good fit in his new slot.
“In addition to his obviously impressive résumé, Bob brings his well-known competence, diligence and dedication to this job,” Bell said. “The fact that he comes from a jurisdiction that conducts at least one election every year is a plus also. We are proud for him and delighted for the commonwealth.”
Brink in 1997 was first elected to the House of Delegates representing the 48th District, which includes portions of Arlington and McLean. He held the seat until 2014, when he resigned to take a post with McAuliffe and was succeeded by Rip Sullivan.
“Over the past four decades, I’ve been involved in dozens of elections here in Arlington – as foot soldier, manager, treasurer, and primary and general-election candidate,” Brink said. “It’s been an important and enjoyable part of my life, and not just because of how those elections turned out – though the results were usually pretty good.”
The Board of Elections is set to gear up for the 2020 presidential election (although it has 2019 primary- and general-election races to contend with first). In his remarks, Brink said he would work to ensure the entire commonwealth was prepared.
“I’m certain Arlington is up to the challenge, and I want to be sure all of Virginia’s 133 local election operations are in the same shape,” he said.