September 10, 2019
CONTACT:  Morgan Mentzer
Communications Coordinator
(703) 525-2400 ext. 203
Event featured discussion of topics relevant to the business community by County Board candidates. 
ARLINGTON VA - Yesterday evening, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce held the 2019 
Arlington County Board Candidate Forum at U.Group. This businesses-themed forum featured a moderated  discussion with the four candidates running for two seats on the Arlington County Board; current County Board Chair, Christian Dorsey (D), and Member, Katie Cristol (D), and challengers, Audrey Clement (I) and Arron O'Dell (I). Alex Koma of the Washington Business Journal moderated the discussion which centered on topics relevant to the Arlington business community, and provided candidates the opportunity to address these issues and engage with local business leaders.
Arlington County Board Candidates: County Board Chair, Christian Dorsey (D), Member, Katie Cristol (D), and challengers, 
Audrey Clement(I) and Arron O'Dell (I)
The questions covered priorities, including growth, housing affordability, environmental goals, and Arlington's overall future direction. The moderator asked each candidate what the most important priority is, how they plan to deliver these goals, and what they want to see Arlington look like in 30 years. The candidates offered insight into the government's role in assuring housing affordability and spoke about how they would achieve this matter if they were elected. The question and answer session ended with a response from each candidate on how they would make it easier for businesses to operate in Arlington.
Moderator Alex Koma of the Washington Business Journal asks the 
candidates a series of questions
"This forum provides an opportunity for the Arlington County Board candidates to address vital issues of concern to the business community," said  Kate Bates , Chamber President & CEO. "We are proud to offer our members and the entire Arlington community a chance to gain an inside look at the candidates' views, so they can make an informed decision when they cast their votes in November's election."

The Chamber opened up the forum to the whole Arlington community to engage more people in the conversation with candidates by recording the moderated discussion on Facebook Live. Watch the full question and answer session on the Chamber's Facebook page

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