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The Libertarian Party of Northern Virginia endorses Stevan Porter for Herndon Town Council.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2020 – Arlington, VA
Contact: chair@lpnova.org


The Libertarian Party of Northern Virginia (LPNOVA) proudly endorses Mr. Stevan Porter (51) for Herndon Town Council. The Herndon Town Council is a seven-member council with a Mayor and six councilmembers. The council functions include establishing local policy, acting on resolutions and ordinances, setting tax rates and approving the annual budget, and appointing town board members. Mr. Porter is seeking one of six at-large seats on the council with elections scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Porter’s campaign priorities of responsible government spending and protecting individual freedoms are rooted in the same belief system of LPNOVA. These include objectives that promote government accountability, protect individual and property rights, and make responsible changes to criminal justice and police programming. He also is strongly committed to community engagement and finding new ways to better involve the entire community – residents, businesses, and non-profits – to implement practical and cost effective solutions that are not primarily reliant on government provided resources.

Porter has previously represented the Libertarian Party as the 2018 U.S. House candidate in Virginia’s 11th District. He has also served in local Libertarian roles, most recently as LPNOVA’s Secretary during 2018-2019. Porter has been engaged in the community through the Herndon Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and his work as a volunteer paramedic and company officer with the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad. Porter is also a full time IT professional with 25 years of experience in the field.

Recently, LPNOVA Chair Adam Theo gave praise to Porter’s campaign and his dedication to principle. “Steve will be an incredible addition to the Town of Herndon’s governing council. He brings a fresh perspective, dedication to pursuing needed change, and openness in all of his dealings that people naturally trust.” noted Theo. “He showed complete dedication to transparency and pragmatism towards our organization’s governance during his appointment as LPNOVA’s Secretary. Steve has always displayed a strong sense of fairness and respect by talking through issues with anyone – rare qualities in politics right now, sadly. We can change that state of politics by electing Stevan Porter to help in Herndon’s Town Council.”

LPNOVA encourages people to learn more about Stevan Porter’s campaign for Herndon Town Council at www.porter4herndon.com and on Facebook @Porter4Herndon. Citizens who wish to learn more are invited to contact Porter at steve@porter4herndon.com.

A Joint Open Letter to the Arlington County Board to Drop the $23 Million Subsidy to Amazon

Dear members of the Arlington County Board: Christian Dorsey, Libby Garvey, Katie Cristol, Erik Gutshall, and Matt de Farranti;

Soon you will vote on a proposed incentives package from Arlington County to Amazon for its likely expansion into Northern Virginia. A part of this package is a $23 million subsidy to the company to be paid out over 15 years and funded from the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) on room stays from hotels and home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb, based on performance milestones.

This is such an important issue that two very different political organizations, the Libertarian Party of Northern Virginia and Our Revolution Arlington, have come together to urge all of you to reject this proposed $23 million subsidy to Amazon at the upcoming County Board meeting, currently scheduled for March 16th.

Despite our members having very different opinions on Amazon and its expansion into Northern Virginia, with some being optimistic for it, others desiring greater guarantees and community improvements, and some being against it on principled grounds, we can all agree that paying one of the largest and wealthiest companies in the world with public money is fundamentally wrong, unethical, bad economics, and even unnecessary!

There are many reasons

Poor Governance

Five years ago, the Arlington County Board was spending recklessly on pet projects such as a lavish aquatics center, a $1 million bus stop, and a streetcar that was continuously skyrocketing over budget, among many others. There was political upheaval, and new County Board members have promised to never make the same mistake. But you are. You are now ignoring immense public feedback at every event and are preparing to rubber stamp everything that Amazon wants with no pushback or modifications to the proposal.

This process risks damaging the good relationship between the County government and its citizens. This shouldn’t be the ‘Arlington Way’.

Unethical

Arlington prides itself on being an inclusive community and welcoming to immigrants, regardless of legal status. Our public dollars should reflect our values and should not go to a corporation that makes billions working with ICE and supporting their deportation agenda.

Also, since this subsidy comes from the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), a.k.a. the “Hotel and Airbnb tax”, it would force people who host through home-sharing platforms and independent motel owners to subsidize Amazon, a company that many of those taxpayers do not wish to support.

Bad Economics

Corporate subsidies for big, well-connected corporations are unfair to competitors, especially smaller local businesses that never get those kinds of benefits.

Additionally, the County faces an approximately $20 million budget shortfall for 2021. Why is the Arlington county board giving public money, which is utterly insignificant to Amazon but incredibly important for our own county budgets, for the company to do nothing more than move in?

Unnecessary

Regardless of the performance aspect of how this subsidy would be handed out to Amazon based on how much office space they occupy in the Crystal City and Pentagon City neighborhoods, the milestones that Amazon must meet to obtain these public funds are low and easily achieved. Amazon coming in and occupying office space is the entire point of their expansion into Arlington. Why are we paying them to do something they are promising to do anyway?

This amount of $23 million is less than one hour of revenue for Amazon. It’s absurd to think the company would refuse to expand into Arlington based on losing this subsidy. If they want to come, then come. If they walk away, then it shows they were not serious about being good neighbors after all.

Say ‘No’ to the $23 million Subsidy to Amazon

In addition to writing this joint open letter together, we have also begun a social media campaign to bring in voices of the public, your constituents. You’ve heard them at the various town halls, civic association meetings, and other county events, but we fear you’re ignoring them.

Therefore, these people who live or work in Arlington will be reaching out to your official political social media profiles using the hashtag #No23toAmazon in one last attempt to be heard before you rubber stamp Amazon’s deal.

Public Statement

The organizers will also be making a public statement to the Arlington County Board during its scheduled meeting this Saturday, March 16th, when the Board plans on voting on its incentives package, including this $23 million subsidy.

Who we are

This joint open letter statement is released by the Libertarian Party of Northern Virginia and Our Revolution Arlington in an unprecedented joint effort. The organizers have also initiated the #No23toAmazon grassroots social media campaign to show that Arlington County constituents are also against this subsidy. The organizers can be contacted for media inquiries or community outreach about this effort during normal business hours.

Libertarian Party of Northern Virginia Endorses Arlington Child Care Initiative to Lower Regulatory Burden for Childcare Providers


March 10, 2019, Arlington, VA – The Libertarian Party of Northern Virginia (LPNOVA) board voted to endorse the Arlington Child Care Initiative aimed at lowering the cost of child care by reducing the regulatory burden on child care providers within the county. The LPNOVA board voted to endorse the initiative noting they hope local governments will also take action to reduce the regulatory burden placed on numerous other local businesses. The Arlington Child Care Initiative aims to make it easier for child care providers to attain and maintain licensing, increases the number of families a provider may serve, and decreases the burdensome requirements for licensure- changes which should lead to lower child care costs for Arlington families.

“The Child Care Initiative’s research, particularly the ‘Risk and Reach’ Study, confirmed that Arlington’s childcare crunch isn’t just an anecdotal challenge for individual families, it’s a systemic problem that affects Arlington’s economic competitiveness, and our goals of achieving equitable outcomes for all our kids and families,” said Board Member Katie Cristol, who proposed the initiative as the Board’s 2018 Chair. “These proposed changes to our Zoning Ordinance and Childcare Codes represent a coordinated, comprehensive approach to the problem, and reflect nearly two years of dedication, analysis and compromise among stakeholders in the initiative.”

LPNOVA Chair, Adam Theo, stated: “This is a great move on the part of the Arlington County staff to try to streamline and even eliminate over-regulation of occupational licensing requirements for Lead Teachers at local Child Care Centers. I have no doubt this change will open this career path to many more dedicated people who otherwise could not have afforded the lengthy and cumbersome requirements that are currently imposed. This will result in greater quality of teachers and other child care providers while bringing down costs and increasing availability of child care in every neighborhood of the County. We commend the hard work of County staff and their willingness to tackle this problem through smart legislation and urge the County Board of Directors to approve this initiative.”