- Chris Zimmerman makes a victory speech in Arlington last night. (Photo: TBD Staff)
While people may have been glued to election results in other parts of the state and country, elections in Arlington provided few surprises last night as Democrats maintained their seats at the federal and local levels.
Rep. Jim Moran (D) beat his Republican opponent Patrick Murray handily, winning 39,806 votes in Arlington to Murray's 21,618. Green Party candidate Ron Fisher won 1,490 votes in the race.
Democrats also prevailed in the county races, with incumbents Chris Zimmerman and Sally Baird holding their seats on the county board and school board, respectively.
Zimmerman got 32,887 votes to Republican challenger Mark Kelly's 20,574 and Green Party candidate Kevin Chisholm's 3,427. In the school board race, Baird won 39,566 votes to Green Party candidate Miriam Gennari's 12,486.
Voters in Arlington also approved almost $160 million in bonds: $102 million for schools, $34 million for Metro, $18 million for neighborhood infrastructure and $6 million for parks.
Zimmerman was "feeling pretty good," last night, he said, despite Democrats' losses in other parts of the country. "I think the residents showed what kind of government they want to see in Arlington, and what kind of leadership they support," he said. "And I think we've done a pretty good job of making sure they get it."