Arlington elects first non-Democrat to County Board in 15 years

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - Arlington residents elected their first non-Democrat to the County Board of Supervisors in 15 years, reports.

Independent John Vihstadt won Tuesday night's special election to replace former supervisor Chris Zimmerman, who retired in February. Vihstadt received 57 percent of votes, beating out fellow candidates Alan Howze, Janet Murphy and Stephen Holbrook. reports that Vihstadt received endorsements from both the Republican and Green parties, and resonated with voters on two of the biggest hot-button issues of the election - big-spending projects like the Columbia Pike streetcar and Long Bridge Park aquatics center.

Vihstadt is expected to be sworn in to office as soon as vote counts have been certified, the county said.

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