Arlington County Board member Barbara Favola easily defeated fellow Democrat, lawyer Jaime Areizaga-Soto, in one of the state’s most negative races to fill an open Senate seat that includes parts of Arlington,
Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
Favola said she ran an “issues-based” campaign, not a smear one.
“People would rather have candidates talk about issues that are important to them, and that’s what I tried to do in my campaign,” she said. “People want it relevant to their lives, and tearing down another person is not something’s that’s relevant.”
Areizaga-Soto called Favola around 9 p.m. to concede defeat. In a voicemail message, he wished her the best of luck in her campaign, but in an interview afterward, he would not say whether he would encourage his supporters to support Favola.
“I have like five people next to me to say hi or goodbye, and I need to go,” he said when asked the question by a reporter. When asked again, he said, “I will at this point— I am digesting. I’ll talk to my supporters at the right time and the right way.”
In response, Favola said she will “take his word” on the congratulations.