Arlington, VA – Last night at Lubber Run Community Center, former Virginia Young Democrats President Maureen Coffey announced her candidacy for the Arlington County Board. Coffey is seeking the Democratic nomination for one of two open Arlington County Board seats in 2023.

Coffey is a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress and her work has focused on racial and gender equity. She previously served on the board of the Arlington County Civic Federation, and she was appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam to the Virginia Family and Children’s Trust. Coffey is running for the County Board in order to promote progressive legislation that strengthens our community, combats institutional bias and discrimination, and ensures the well-being of all Arlington residents.  

In her speech last night, Coffey said, “Arlington needs a vision for where we’re going. We know what our needs are, but we need a plan to meet the needs of our community and at the same time protect what we love about Arlington. We need to provide more opportunities for safe, affordable housing and increase access to quality child-care and mental-health resources.” 

Atima Omara, co-founder of Arlington for Justice shared her support of Coffey: “Maureen is someone who not only has the relevant professional, lived, and community experience to work with Arlington County government to meet its ever-changing constituents’ needs but is part of a new generation of folks seeking to make Arlington their home. Arlington is changing a lot and needs leaders like Maureen who are interested in finding solutions that meet the needs of all of its community, not just a few.”