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Del. Lopez Picks Up New Challenger in Candidate Terry Modglin


A new independent candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to challenge Del. Alfonso Lopez’s bid for re-election this year. Terry Modglin is a retired U.S. Army officer who’s running against the Democratic incumbent to represent parts of Arlington and Fairfax County in the Virginia House of Delegates. This is the second candidate to run against Lopez, who recently defeated Democratic challenger Julius “JD” Spain, Sr. in the primary election.

VaNews July 11, 2019

Del. Lopez picks up a challenger for November

Inside NOVA

If the name of Terry Mogdlin rings a vague bell, it should – he ran in 2013 for the 49th District House of Delegates seat and in 2015 for the 35th District state Senate seat under the banners of the Green Party and Independent Green Party, respectively. Neither bid caused much of a ripple in the body politic, but Mogdlin will again be on the ballot in this year. He has qualified to run for a second time for the 49th House seat, where he will take on Democratic incumbent Alfonso Lopez.

VaNews June 17, 2019

Incumbent Lopez headed to victory in 49th District primary


Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) was brushing back a challenge by Julius Spain Sr. in the Democratic primary June 11, and will be unopposed in the November general election.

VaNews June 12, 2019

Two Arlington lawmakers attacked by challengers over ethics

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia Sen. Barbara A. Favola and Del. Alfonso H. Lopez have been stalwarts of the Northern Virginia Democratic delegation since 2012, dependable liberal voices in a General Assembly controlled by Republicans. Now, with Democrats hoping to take control of the legislature in November, Favola and Lopez find themselves being contested in the June 11 primary not on their progressive records but over questions of ethics and judgment — Favola for her work as a consultant and Lopez for his previous work with an immigration detention center.

VaNews May 13, 2019

Del. Lopez touts ability to promote local values in Richmond


Del. Alfonso Lopez kicked off his bid for a fifth two-year term saying he is the right person for the 49th District into the future, particularly if Democrats win control of the House of Delegates. “We are so close. Just think of the good we can do with a majority . . . [to] lift up those who are poor and sick and oppressed and afraid,” Lopez said in March 6 remarks before the Arlington County Democratic Committee.

VaNews March 11, 2019

Lopez budget proposal aims to support college-bound Latino students

Inside NOVA

A proposed state-government budget amendment would provide funding to support efforts by local Latino students to apply for colleges and universities and to seek financial aid. Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-49th District, is asking for a $168,500 appropriation for the coming fiscal year on behalf of the Shirlington Employment & Education Center, which would administer the program.

VaNews January 22, 2019

As Amazon Looms, Lopez Pushes for More State Money to Fund Affordable Housing Development


With Amazon gearing up to move into his neck of the woods, Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th District) is angling to substantially beef up state spending on affordable housing development. Lopez, who represents a variety of South Arlington neighborhoods surrounding the tech company’s planned headquarters in Crystal City and Pentagon City, is eyeing a two-pronged approach to the issue in this year’s General Assembly session.

VaNews January 17, 2019

Legislative town hall in Arlington dissolves into chaos over immigration

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A town hall with local Virginia lawmakers dissolved into chaos Saturday and police were called after Latino activists confronted Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) about his previous consulting work for a private company that operates detention facilities for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

VaNews May 14, 2018

Legislators: Following the Golden Rule can pay dividends in Richmond


Janet Howell has been in the Virginia state Senate for nearly 30 years. But with the political and economic gaps between regions of the commonwealth still significant, she has devised a way to try and bridge the chasms. A road trip. Howell (D-32nd) and her husband are planning a 10-day summer excursion through Southwest Virginia, aiming to try and bring together regions of the state that, on the surface, would seem to have little in common.

VaNews April 25, 2018

Legislators: ‘We’re going to get there’ on state budget, Medicaid


Members of the Arlington legislative delegation say they expect a deal on Virginia’s biennial budget to be hammered out. But nailing lawmakers down on when that might happen is proving more elusive. “We sit and sit at home. We don’t meet, we make no progress,” sighed state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd), who serves as one of the Senate’s budget negotiators and who, for weeks, has been frustrated by a lack of movement.

VaNews April 24, 2018