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Tarter Adds Name List of City Council Candidates

First time candidate wants to see city revitalized.

A short walk through a revitalized City of Falls Church with businesses pumping money into the local economy is what P. David Tarter envisions.

That vision has prompted Tarter, 46, to enter the race for city council. Tarter, commercial real estate lawyer said his background would make him an asset to the council if elected.

“Right now when you go and look along the city’s main corridor you have tool shops and rental businesses and I think we can do better,” Tarter said. “I think it would be great if we could walk downtown and go see a movie or go to different restaurants.”

Tarter joins , , City Councilman and Mayor on the May city council ballot. Baroukh is running for re-election to city council and according to the city's website, with the seating of a new council, the council members elect the mayor and vice mayor for a two-year term.

For the last four years, Tarter has chaired the Falls Church Economic Development Authority and has acted as Falls Church Interim City Attorney. He is also a member of the Falls Church Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Calming Committee.

Tarter said he has four major points in his platform: revitalize the city’s commercial corridor; get good value for Falls Church Water; update the city’s aging infrastructure and maintain a high level within Falls Church City Public Schools.

“With three kids in the schools here, I have a lot at stake,” Tarter said.

Like Duncan, this is Tarter’s first attempt at running for a public office. He said his wife and family have given him their support and he is hopeful that his first go at running an election will be successful.

“It seemed like this was the right time,” he said.

For more information about Tarter, click here.

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