From the homey (a summer picnic) to the high-tech (an expanded social-media presence), the chairman of the Arlington County Republican Committee says the local GOP is making some strides.
“We’re slowly building momentum as we grow our ranks in Arlington,” Andrew Loposser said in an e-mail to the party rank-and-file. “We’re using an aggressive digital strategy to recruit new Republicans to join us, and it’s working.”
Loposser also pointed to the party’s summer picnic, held at the Knights of Columbus, as a sign things are moving in the right direction.
“More than 70 people attended – even more than last year,” Loposser said. “We raised more money, as well. This will allow us to further invest in our efforts to reach new audiences here in Arlington.”
For the most part, Arlington Republicans will be sitting out the November general election – the party did not field candidates for the County Board, School Board and most legislative races on the ballot, although there are several non-Democrats who are running that might attract GOP support.
While it has been many years since Republicans have been at parity with Arlington Democrats in local politics, the county GOP took a major hit in 2016. Donald Trump may have garnered 44 percent of the vote statewide, but he won a paltry 17 percent in Arlington – and elections in 2017 and 2018 suggested that some of the traditional Republican vote in the county had not yet returned to the fold.
But the party chairman said he was confident local Republicans would continue to rebuild.
“One of the most exciting parts of [the] picnic was when a handful of people admitted it was their first Arlington GOP event,” said Loposser, who earlier this year was elected to succeed Jim Presswood as party chair.