J. Walter Tejada (D)

Age: 45

Residence: Dominion Hills.

Education: Course work in government affairs and communication at George Mason University, 1996-99.

Occupation: Business consultant; former aide to U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.).

Elected offices/civic activities: Arlington County Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission; Arlington Neighborhood Day Organizing Committee; Arlington County Sports Commission; Arlington County Affordable Housing Task Force; Arlington County Bicentennial Celebration Task Force; founding chairman, Shirlington Employment and Education Center; Virginia state director, League of United Latin American Citizens; chairman, Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations.

Why should voters elect you?

"In filling the seat held by the late Charles Monroe, Arlington voters must choose the candidate who shares their values. As a County Board member, I will work to protect the special character of Arlington's neighborhoods and will put community concerns first. I will lead new efforts to create after-school and mentoring programs for children and create more open spaces, parks and trails. I will vote to cut the property tax rate this year in a fiscally responsible manner. For years, I have worked in neighborhoods throughout Arlington, bringing people together to find common-sense solutions."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. I am a community-builder with a track record of turning Arlington's diversity into strength."

Web site: www.waltertejada.com

E-mail address: info@waltertejada.com