ARLINGTON, Va. - Democrat Walter Tejada became the first Hispanic elected to the Arlington County Board when he defeated three-time Republican candidate Mike Clancy 55 percent to 45 percent in a special election.
He will fill the term of the late County Board Chairman Charles Monroe, who died of an aneurysm just a few weeks after taking over as chairman in January.
Almost 22,000 of Arlington's 118,000 registered voters went to the polls Tuesday.
Tejada, 45, is a business consultant who lives in the Dominion Hills community.
He tells WTOP his priorities will be fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget and more flexibility from Richmond.
After the results are certified by county elections officials, Tejada will be sworn in and will officially attend his first County Board meeting on Saturday.
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