“The question is not even close: Theo Stamos has done a remarkable job as our Commonwealth’s Attorney and deserves to be reelected. Falls Church is safe in large part because we are fortunate enough to have a top prosecutor who is smart on crime. Theo has and always will seek justice for victims, for the accused, and for the community. And for that she has my unequivocal respect and support. Please vote for Theo on June 11th. She has the experience, judgment, and heart to do this job.”
We proudly endorse Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos in her bid for reelection without hesitation.
Last year, 91% of Arlingtonians felt safe in this community. Our public safety success story is not the work of the police department alone. It is through our partnership with Theo Stamos that our community is able to achieve the enviable goal of low crime and low incarceration rates, while maintaining high satisfaction with the way we continue to maintain public safety.
In a small community like Arlington, the Commonwealth’s Attorney is not a distant figure who sits in a remote office. We engage with Theo and her prosecutors on a daily basis. We know that we can call her at any time to answer difficult legal questions. We are uniquely able to assess Theo’s tireless work ethic and her dedication to not only the law enforcement community, but as a lifelong public servant, to our whole community. We have seen the strength of her character as she has had to make difficult decisions, knowing that she is always grounded in the law and with justice as her guiding principle.
Theo’s work to combat the opioid crisis, her continued support of the multitude of community policing initiatives, and her participation in across-the-board training with law enforcement clearly demonstrate that she is the right leader for Arlington County. The men and women of the Arlington Coalition of Police and the Arlington Police Beneficiary Association have seen Theo’s leadership, temperament, and experience first-hand. She has earned our respect through her hard work and her constant collaboration to strengthen this community. We wholeheartedly support her reelection, and urge the citizens of Arlington County do the same.
“In the 33 years I have worked in the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office – 18+ as the Sheriff – I have worked with four Commonwealth’s Attorneys. I have never worked with a Commonwealth’s Attorney that did not treat everyone equally and all “ensured nobody was above the law.” I support Theo Stamos for re-election, because I do believe she is committed to and has embodied a 30+ year career of ensuring nobody is above the law.
The job of the Commonwealth’s Attorney is to ensure justice for all and that includes for victims, witnesses, and defendants. They need to look at every case brought before them objectively and without bias. They have to put public safety front and center. The Commonwealth’s Attorney must be willing to work with all parts of the community, put public safety before politics, and bring prosecutorial experience to the job. At a time in our country when people are being attacked simply for being who they are, the CA must also have the experience to work with all parts of law enforcement to ensure that underrepresented communities feel safe, included, and heard.
The people of Arlington need a Commonwealth’s Attorney who is empathetic, but looks at the facts as well as the law. The recent accusation of “police brutality” by an Arlington County Police Officer was stunning given the facts of that case. And I stand with the Arlington Coalition of Police and the Arlington Police Beneficiary Association.
Arlington County is a public safety success story. We have achieved a low crime rate and it has been done by using numerous alternatives to incarceration. The Arlington County Detention Facility is at an all time low population averaging 370 inmates a day. Arlington residents are safe and give the Arlington Police Department a high approval rating, per the recent Arlington Resident Survey. These results have been accomplished though enlightened policing, smart prosecuting, and by putting public safety first. Theo Stamos deserves credit for her leadership and for championing programs like the Drug Court, the Second Chance Program, and for working with the General District Court to develop a Mental Health Docket.
Theo Stamos is a proven leader that has balanced public safety with decency by ensuring dangerous criminals are vigorously prosecuted and those just needing a hand are given the help they need – whether they are dealing with addiction, a mental health disorder, or homelessness. I have worked with Theo for 30+ years, and I know that honesty, integrity and ensuring nobody is above the law embodies who she is as a person and as a prosecutor.
While other communities and politicians tout their “tough on crime” efforts, we proudly point to our “smart on crime” results. A vote for Theo Stamos is a vote for the Arlington Public Safety Success Story.
“Theo is a terrific prosecutor whose decades of experience are accompanied by a vibrant drive to always do right AND better. The City of Falls Church is a safe, progressive, and decent place to live because of public servants like Theo. There is a reason Falls Church is #TeamTheo. She has my endorsement, my support, and my vote. On June 11th a vote for Theo is a vote for public safety, not politics.”
“When it comes to depth of civic engagement there is a clear winner in the race to be our next Commonwealth’s Attorney: Theo Stamos. Theo does ALL of the things we expect from our top prosecutor: she chairs the state-wide committee on best practices for prosecutors, she works with organizations that help to reintegrate citizens returning back into the community, and she is a frequent speaker in the community on important issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and juvenile justice. Theo has very deep roots in our community, like I do, and I can’t tell you how important that is in order to be an effective public official. You need to know your constituents, and more importantly, you need to know their values, and Theo does.”
“When my good friend Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos asked for my endorsement, I told her I was all in!
Arlington County is a Public Safety Success story, and Theo deserves a lot of the credit. As a School Board member, I can tell you that one of the reasons our schools are safe and our kids aren’t being prosecuted for childhood mistakes is because we have a progressive prosecutor for our Commonwealth’s Attorney.
For example, Theo is a founding supporter of “Second Chance,” a program aimed at diverting kids who find themselves in the early stages of drug or alcohol use.
More generally, Theo has never been involved in the type of heavy-handed prosecution you hear about where a juvenile is tried as an adult for a petty offense.
Arlington is a Public Safety Success story. And that success has been built on smart, progressive prosecuting — which is exactly how Theo has run her office for these past 7 years. We are lucky to have her, and she has my unequivocal endorsement as she runs for re-election.
Please join me in voting for her on June 11th.”
“As Arlington’s Commonwealth’s Attorney, Theo has balanced the necessity of justice with compassion for victims and the safety of our community. She has kept Arlington as one of the safest counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia while providing opportunities for alternatives to incarceration and diversion programs for offenders. She has earned my support for re-election.”
“I’ve known Theo Stamos for over 30 years and have the utmost respect for her ability and integrity as a prosecutor. When she first ran for the top job, I told her of my concern that those suffering from addiction could be handled more humanely by the legal system and urged her to consider establishing a drug court program. She agreed and got the job done! That’s the kind of prosecutor Theo is!”
“Arlington is a safer place because we have Theo Stamos as our Commonwealth’s Attorney. She is fair, steady, and committed to doing what’s right.”
“My wife and I have known Theo personally and professionally for many years and fully support her re-election. She has served the community ably and on a daily basis makes the difficult decisions to balance the rights of victims with those of the accused. She has been a progressive leader among local prosecutors in supporting the LGBTQ community accessing the criminal justice system, the Second Chance program for our youth involved in alcohol and drug use, and comprehensive programs to support victims of sexual assault.”
“I really got to know Theo when she reached out to me as one life-long Democrat to another, asking for advice about her first campaign for Commonwealth’s Attorney. I was overwhelmingly impressed by her commitment to fairness, balance, and justice. Since that first election, Theo has continued to display those qualities. She started the County’s first drug court, supported the creation of the Second Chance program for young offenders, and devised alternative sentencing options in a whole range of cases. I enthusiastically support Theo as a proven, principled, ethical Democrat who deserves to be re-elected.”
“Theo brings 30 years of experience as an Arlington prosecutor, and is widely respected for her service as a leader of Virginia’s Commonwealth’s Attorneys. Her experience is irreplaceable and, like the team she has built, is widely admired for her professionalism and deep roots in the community. Arlington Democrats should be proud of Theo’s service to our party and our community.”
Dear Arlington County and Falls Church Voters,
As local attorneys and community members, we the undersigned members of the Bar, wholeheartedly endorse the re-election of Theo Stamos for Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. As former Alexandria CA Randy Sengel wrote in a recent letter to the editor of The Washington Post, Theo brings “vastly superior qualifications and experience” to the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Theo stands out as a reform-minded prosecutor who has achieved impressive results. She has a well-earned reputation as someone who knows when to take a stand against violent and career criminals, but appreciates that incarceration isn’t the answer to people who make mistakes or suffer from illness or addiction. Theo has a record of accomplishments that the legal community of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church can be proud of.
Crime in Arlington County is at an all-time low. And that’s because of Theo’s advocacy for alternative sentencing and diversion programs, such as Arlington’s first Drug Court and the Second Chance program for young people, and endorsement of dispositions which avoid that first criminal conviction.
While we may not always agree, Theo has always maintained an open-door policy, listens respectfully to opposing counsel and responds in a principled, thoughtful, and responsible way. We urge the voters of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church to support Theo’s re-election bid in the upcoming June 11th primary.
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Editor: I am not the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington and Falls Church – but I wanted to be.
In 2011, when Dick Trodden announced his retirement, I saw the opportunity to fulfill a professional dream. Having been a prosecutor in Fairfax for three years, then practicing as a defense attorney in Northern Virginia for 11 years, I decided to run for office. I knew Arlington County and the city of Falls Church, having practiced in all levels of the Virginia court system, and had worked with Theo Stamos when she was a deputy and then when she became chief deputy of the office.
As a prosecutor, Stamos always had been fair to work with. She was always willing to engage with not just defense counsel, but the community as a whole both as a prosecutor and a resident. I had great respect for her then – so much so that when I made the decision to run for office, I made an appointment to see her. I wanted to be the one to tell her directly about my intention to challenge her face-to-face, because as a professional, it was the right thing to do.
The voters disagreed with me in 2011 and elected Stamos. I do not regret for one moment having made the choice to run, nor the choice to challenge her. I continue to regularly practice at all levels of our courts in Arlington and Falls Church, from traffic offenses to serious felonies. I have never feared that there would be a negative consequence for having challenged here. Why? Because Stamos remains the same consummate professional that she always has been.
The notion that defense attorneys have to support Stamos or their clients will suffer the consequences is simply untrue. If anyone is uniquely positioned to make that statement, it’s me – having challenged her directly, I could have easily expected to be treated harshly when I had cases with her office. That may happen in other jurisdictions with other leaders, but Stamos is not just another leader.
My respect for Stamos has grown, rather than diminished, since she has been in office. My law practice takes me to many jurisdictions; her open-door policy is something other offices around the commonwealth should emulate. She is always willing to engage in a dialogue about a case and to truly listen when defense counsel from both the court-appointed and private bar approach her with issues. She has always taken this job seriously, as she should, and her judgment has always been grounded in the law, fairness and with justice for the community in the forefront of her mind.
There are certainly times when we have to agree to disagree, but that is the function of our adversarial system as a whole, not because Stamos is a prosecutor who rides roughshod over defendants when their attorneys want a different outcome.
The narrative that is being pushed by her challenger in this election is not based in the realities of practicing here in this community. That should not be a surprise, as challenger Parisa Tafti has zero experience in our courthouse. She has zero experience working with our courts, our community partners in the criminal-justice system, our law enforcement, or even our local bar association.
Since she was elected in 2011, Stamos has implemented progressive policies that have contributed in making Arlington the public safety success story that it is today. She started Arlington’s drug court for adults, she started Second Chance for juveniles, and Operation Safe Station, all efforts to combat substance abuse in our community. She long has been engaged with Project PEACE which focuses on domestic violence and sexual assault. She is part of the Arlington Restaurant Initiative, which includes a bar-bystander campaign. She works with Arm & Arm, a returning-citizens nonprofit organization. She continues to find ways to partner with community stakeholders to work to make Arlington and Falls Church a safe and fair community for everyone.
Would I like to see more changes that would benefit my clients? Of course I would. But I am a defense attorney and have only my clients’ interests to consider. The job of the commonwealth’s attorney is to balance all of the needs of the entire community, not just defendants.
Not only have I practiced in this legal community for many years, but I have been a resident of Arlington since 1994. My wife and I are proud to be raising our daughters here, knowing that the values of our community are reflected in our leaders.
Without a doubt, Theo Stamos is a leader who embodies those values and has the experience that demonstrates a long commitment to Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. I am proud to support her in her re-election, and I believe that our community should do the same.
Hon. James Almand, Arlington County Circuit Court Judge, retired and Former Member, Virginia House of Delegates
Hon. David Bell, Former Clerk of the Court
Hon. Karen Darner, Former Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
Hon. Carla de la Pava, Treasurer, Arlington County
Hon. Helen Fahey, Former Commonwealth’s Attorney, Arlington County and the City of Falls Church
Hon. Libby Garvey, Arlington County Board
Hon. Patrick Hope, Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates
Hon. Mike Herring, Commonwealth's Attorney, Richmond
Hon. La Bravia Jenkins, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Fredericksburg
Hon. Jim Moran, Former U.S. Representative, Virginia’s 8th district
Hon. Frank O’Leary, Former Arlington County Treasurer
Hon. Bryan Porter, Commonwealth's Attorney, Alexandria
Hon. Abby Raphael, Former School Board Member
Hon. Stuart Raphael, Former Virginia Solicitor General
Hon. Randy Sengel, Former Commonwealth’s Attorney, Alexandria
Hon. Richard Trodden, Former Commonwealth's Attorney, Arlington County and the City of Falls Church
Hon. John Vihstadt, Former Arlington County Board Member
Hon. Frank Wilson, Former School Board Member
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