The chairman of the Arlington Republican Party said the search is already underway for a candidate to challenge new County Board member Libby Garvey in November.
Charles Hokanson, who took over the chairmanship of the Arlington GOP in January, knocked down a local media report that local Republicans would skip the November general election as “totally false.” He said he has already identified a new candidate recruitment director to lead the search for a candidate, “well in advance” of the Nov. 6 election.
“Yesterday, the Arlington GOP narrowly lost our closest election to the County Board since 1999 with an outstanding Republican nominee, Mark Kelly, who ran a positive, active campaign that was financed on par with his Democrat opponent,” Hokanson said in an e-mail. “Arlington voters are calling more than ever for new voices and independent thinkers who will question run-away spending and poorly thought-through proposals from the County Board.”
Kelly, in an election night interview, said neither he nor his wife were eager to run again, but he did not rule it out, citing the political adage to “never say never.”
If there is a Democratic challenger to Garvey, he or she needs to file paperwork by 5 p.m. Thursday in order to be on the June 12 primary ballot. Garvey’s paperwork is already in, said registrar Linda Lindberg.