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Democratic Incumbents Sweep Arlington; Voters Reject Housing Authority

Fisette says he looks forward to working with the McAuliffe administration.

Democrat Jay Fisette is in line to become the next chairman of the Arlington County Board. Patch file
Democrat Jay Fisette is in line to become the next chairman of the Arlington County Board. Patch file
Arlington County Board member Jay Fisette will serve a fifth term, and the county's all-Democrat House delegation won re-election on Tuesday.

Fisette won 38,172 votes, or 66.33 percent of the total, on Tuesday, compared to Green Party candidate Audrey Clement's 17,894 votes, or 31.09 percent, according to unofficial results.

"After working on the front lines in the community for as many years as I have, to go out and talk to people and get re-elected is pretty gratifying," Fisette told Patch "I feel good about the overall election tonight."

Fisette, who is in line to become the next county board chairman, told Patch outside the Sheraton Premier Tysons Corner ballroom late Tuesday that he looked forward to working with the McAuliffe administration in Richmond on transit and clean energy issues. Democrat Terry McAuliffe held a victory celebration at the Sheraton to cap a long, bitter but successful run for governor.

Fisette said he would continue to work on the issues he's been focused on and cited the county's office vacancy rate as an area that needs attention.

Arlington's four-man House delegation all won re-election, according to unofficial results.

Del. Rob Krupicka won 73.7 percent of the vote, besting independent candidate Jeffrey Engle in a district that primarily includes Alexandria. Del. Patrick Hope won nearly 77 percent of the vote in his race against Libertarian Laura Delhomme. Del. Alfonso Lopez captured almost 78 percent of the vote in his district, trumping Independent Green Terrence Modglin. And Del. Bob Brink was unopposed.

Voters also again rejected creating a housing authority in Arlington County, with 69 percent of voters saying no on the referendum.

Democrat James Lander on the Arlington School Board was unopposed.

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