Let’s face it: the current Arlington County Board is unresponsive, slow, and plans poorly. It has failed on so many critical issues. Despite warnings and signs, it continues to prioritize luxury amenities and foolish spending over our basic needs such as public safety, affordable housing, protecting our local businesses, and schools.
The County Board needs a big change. This one-party rule by Democrats makes our government complacent and without any drive for solving problems. It instead just tinkers with the status quo while running up more debt and raising taxes and fees. It’s time for a government that reflects new ideas and practical solutions.
Adam Theo is an Independent Progressive Libertarian running for Arlington County Board to apply those practical solutions to real problems. He will pull bold new ideas from across the country as well as “tried-and-true” practices we’ve used before to get it done. He is using 2021 to establish a campaign organization and build name recognition, with the intent of running again in 2022 and/or 2023 to take a seat on the Arlington County Board.
He could use your help. Ready to make change in Arlington?
About the Candidate: Adam Theo
Hello. I’m Adam Theo (but I usually just go by my last name of “Theo”). I have worked as a communications consultant and video producer within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the past nine years alongside police, firefighters, and national security researchers from across the country to promote new technologies and best practices for national security and public safety. For almost a decade I proudly served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a structural civil engineer – practicing carpentry, roofing, masonry, welding, forming concrete and asphalt, and even a bit of plumbing.
More recently, I’ve served my neighborhood as Secretary of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association (BVSCA), learning of concerns over unsafe streets and noisy development. I’m also a voting delegate to the Arlington County Civic Federation, keenly following their task force on voting and government reform. By 2017 I became disaffected with traditional Democrat-Republican partisan politics, and followed my principles to the Libertarian Party (LP), quickly becoming the Chair of the local affiliate in Northern Virginia (LPNOVA). I’ve more than tripled the active volunteer base; established dedicated communications, policy, and community service teams; and expanded our coverage into Loudoun County.
Ready for the “bad stuff”? In my teenage years I became involved in petty financial crime, which resulted in going through the criminal justice system and serving four months in county jail in Florida, where I saw first-hand the injustice of the criminal justice system for minorities. Twice in my life I’ve been homeless – first in Florida in my mid 20’s and again as I moved up here to the DC area in 2009. I also refused to pay income taxes for many years when younger as a protest against unfair tax laws, overseas military campaigns, and bailouts of banks. I have long since reformed, repaying all taxes owed, and cleaning my record with the IRS and state.
To my knowledge I would be the only Arlington County Board member who has served in the military, experienced incarceration and homelessness, and worked professionally alongside law enforcement. It is these formative life experiences that make me uniquely suited to empathize with and serve all Arlingtonians.
On the Issues
C’mon, I know you’re curious.
My Latest News
I and the other candidates headed to Lyon Village’s candidate forum, where about 80% of the questions were about housing, development, and residential zoning.
Learn where I and the other candidates stand on the issues of spending, transparency, and overcrowding for our schools
The Courthouse West site is a prime example of “in-fill development”, being mostly a surface parking lot smack in the middle between Clarendon and Courthouse Metro stations. The developer has stepped forward with a bold request to re-zone and change the land-use designation far higher than the surrounding blocks. I’m fully supportive of changing the […]
The excellent Alliance for Housing Solutions has compiled our candidate responses to the Arlington Branch NAACP’s candidate guide
For a couple of different reasons, I’m cautiously in favor of using automated smart cameras and other sensors in Arlington, including the new “Safety and Innovation Zone” pilot program on a block Clarendon.
A few years after I first moved into Arlington, during one excursion into the Courthouse neighborhood I spotted a full-length mural on the backside of a commercial building.