Independent wins special election for Arlington board; first non-Democrat to win since 1999
Independent John Vihstadt, 61, defeated Democrat Alan Howze, 39, and two other independent challengers, Janet Murphy and Stephen Holbrook for the seat vacated when Chris Zimmerman stepped down in December.
An ex-Marine has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2009 slaying of a fellow service member, and now faces a possible death sentence.
Tuesday's special election for a seat on the Arlington County Board is eliciting strong feelings, but it isn't drawing many voters.
As the weather has warmed up, Arlington's box turtle population is coming out of hibernation and making its way onto roads and lawns. That has led county naturalists to ask for the community's help in helping to protect the shelled reptiles.
A jury has heard closing arguments in a death-penalty case against an ex-Marine accused of killing a fellow servicemember back in 2009.
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