Arlington City Council Candidate Survey on the Environment
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The Arlington Candidate Survey on the Environment was created by the Arlington Climate Action Coalition in order to provide voter education on Arlington City Council candidates' positions on environmental and climate issues.

June 18 RUNOFF CANDIDATES

District 6 (at large)
Albert Parra
Long Pham

SURVEY QUESTIONS
Survey Responses

YES

NO

QUESTION 1

Will you commit to opposing any new gas wells within 600 feet of a protected use as defined in the city’s gas well ordinance, including preschools, schools, day cares, homes, and medical facilities?

Parra

YES

While I support property rights, anything that could potentially harm another citizen will need to be looked at and scrutinized careful as to avoid any further harm, especially our youngest citizens and most vulnerable. 

Pham

No response

QUESTION 2

Do you support holding public hearings on all new gas well permits and oppose using administrative approval to pass permits in order to ensure Arlington residents have a voice in this process?

Parra

YES

Citizen participation is vital to ensuring transparency and that the voices of Arlington are heard. 

Pham

No response

QUESTION 3

Do you support requiring gas wells in Arlington to do 24-hour air monitoring at the gas well site in order to understand the pollution impacts on surrounding homes, schools, and businesses?

Parra

NO

Having an understanding of how something impacts our environment and the citizens around it are crucial.  I’d like to hear more before making a decision on a particular time frame as stated above.  We would need to see if that time frame is able to give the proper time to gather the information requested

Pham

No response

QUESTION 4

Will you commit to passing a climate action plan to mitigate and protect Arlington from the impacts of climate change, including reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases?

Parra

YES

Climate change is something all citizens can rally around.  As a country, we are making steps to transition to renewable resources, Arlington would be no exception.  We have the opportunity to be innovative on how we address climate change

Pham

No response

QUESTION 5

Do you support fully transitioning away from fossil fuel energy usage, including methane gas, to 100% renewable energy by 2045. Will you pursue policies to support that transition in Arlington?

Parra

YES

As stated in previous question, we have an opportunity to be bold in how we address climate change.

Pham

No response

QUESTION 6

Will you sign the No Fossil Money Pledge by committing to prioritizing the health of Arlington residents and pledging to not take contributions over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, and PACs?

Parra

YES

At this time, I am not accepting donations from these entities

Pham

No response