I believe in Service ★ I believe in Representation ★ I believe in Arlington
A Humanitarian Campaign for Arlington and America
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America is more divided than ever. It doesn’t have to be this way. I’ve striven my entire life to belong in this world and to make sure others feel that they belong as well. I believe that we can unite diverse peoples and neighborhoods with common pride, passion, and presence. One of my core platform priorities is A Shared Identity. Main points include:
- Arlington Pride: Instill local pride in the heart of every resident; set a goal that every Arlingtonian join a nearby civic, service, or hobby group.
- Love Your Neighbor: Cultivate a culture of care, friendship and empathy that breaks down the anxiety, loneliness and hate of today’s segregated, digital-dependent world.
- Buy Local: Foster a unique Arlington arts, culture, and entertainment scene; shift economic development resources from big corporations to small businesses.
What I tell everyone is that there are so many people and groups all around us that would be excited to have someone new join and make the world a better place. Here are some recommended local organizations and activities that I have volunteered for, participated in, or helped lead. All you have to do is show up!
Buckingham Community Civic Association: serving my third year as Vice President (and Treasurer). Civic associations are a key component to finding out what is happening in your neighborhood and taking official action on nearby issues.
Arlington County Civic Federation: the umbrella organization of civic associations and local advocacy groups. As an attending Delegate, I recently voted yes to resolutions in support of a holistic “livable” approach to urban development and adding additional auditing oversight for Arlington’s budgets.
Arlington Committee of 100: as a member and regular attendee, I love the monthly dinners at Marymount University where we dine together and then hear a panel of speakers talk topics of local import.
Optimist Club of Arlington: we foster a positive outlook on life together and then fund local youth sports and high school essay contests through an annual Christmas tree sale.
EcoAction Arlington: as a volunteer I have cleaned Arlington parks, collaborated with fellow environmentalists, and canvassed restaurants to record current plastic waste practices.
Arlington Food Assistance Center: great opportunity for teamwork on sorting vegetable produce for more than 2000 families in need to later pick up each week.
Arm&Arm Peer Recovery: we can empower each other, whether we are returning from war or from incarceration.
Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization: the Pike is where I usually go for fun and food. CPRO wants to make sure Arlington’s “oldest and newest main street” remains open for business.
Arlington Chamber of Commerce: to roughly quote President Calvin Coolidge’s misquote: “the business of Arlington is business.” The Chamber has been an excellent resource for me to meet fellow folks who run businesses and share priorities for keeping our local economy going.
Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission: no need to be a member to sit and participate in meetings! Go to get hands-on with various County department budgets and speak directly with the managers.
Arlington Partnership For Children, Youth & Families: as a member of the Out of School Time Council, I see it is apparent that more enrichment activities (with adequate staffing) are needed for children after school and during the summer to close the achievement/opportunity gap.
John Lyon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3150: help maintain and provide a safe, social place (off of Lee Highway) for military veterans who have served overseas in support of combat operations.
Friends of the Arlington Public Library: we need to maintain a strong public library system as an information resource for all residents as well as further libraries’ evolution into dynamic community centers.
Arlington Arts: “Because.. love. Art is what makes us human. It is one of the greatest expressions of our humanity!” — my reply when asked at an Arlington Arts community meetup why patronize the arts
As our County continues to grow, I am the right representative to be the unifying bridge between Arlington’s past and Arlington’s future. We must unite the diverse neighborhoods and peoples of Arlington from Yorktown to Columbia Pike; from Green Valley to Crystal City. Big ideas and big projects require buy-in and understanding from all parties.
Reminder: the Arlington Democratic nomination process starting this May 5th for the County Board Special Election is unfortunately very quick, and the only people allowed to vote for now are the perhaps 250 or so Arlington Democratic Party “members of its Steering Committee and County Committee, which consist of elected party officials (including Precinct Captains), appointed party officials (including Precinct Leaders and Arlington Young Democrats officers), and Democratic elected officials who reside in Arlington.”
If you are one of the identified Arlington Democratic party members, please choose me as your #1 choice. If you are not one of the designated members, please reach out to folks you know with a vote and share kind words on my behalf. Thank you all for everything. I have been honored to be part of this public service journey.
Candidate for Arlington County Board
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VOTE ON JUNE 9 , 2020
CHANDA CHOUN ★ DEMOCRAT FOR ARLINGTON COUNTY BOARD
CHANDA CHOUN CURRENTLY SERVES PART-TIME IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE. USE OF HIS MILITARY RANK, TITLES, OR PHOTOGRAPHS IN UNIFORM DO NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT BY THE ARMY OR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.