Celebrating the Life of Carrie Johnson

Celebrating the Life of Carrie Johnson

Celebrating the Life of Carrie Johnson


Carrie Johnson, who passed away on May 5, 2018, worked over many decades to build a better Arlington community and a stronger local Democratic Party. Carrie served on the Arlington County Planning Commission for almost two decades, from 1986 through 2005, becoming one of the longest tenured commissioners ever. Among her other achievements, Carrie was instrumental in the creation of Long Bridge Park. Carrie also worked tirelessly to improve the effectiveness of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, ArlDems. Carrie established and for many years maintained accurate volunteer and voter lists, becoming widely known as “the list lady.” She also pioneered the local use of data in post-election analysis and in support of ArlDems’ outreach efforts. Generations of ArlDems volunteers sought her assistance. Her warmth, dedication, and quiet competence will be deeply missed.

WHEREAS ​Carrie moved to Arlington in 1979 after a career on the Hill and at the Washington Post and soon became heavily involved in local civic affairs;

WHEREAS​ among her achievements at the Arlington Planning Commission was the establishment of Long Bridge Park, a large, open, multi-use space with sports fields, garden and nature walks, esplanade and monument views, public art, and a soon-to-be aquatic and health facility;

WHEREAS​ Carrie also worked extensively on planning and zoning issues in many other areas of Arlington, including Pentagon City, Virginia Square, Fort Myer Heights, and Four Mile Run Valley;

WHEREAS​ Carrie continued to serve as a member of the Arlington Site Plan Review Committee until 2015;

WHEREAS​ Carrie continued working to improve the community despite her recent illness, speaking at the County Board meeting as recently as April of this year;

WHEREAS​ Carrie worked over many years to solidify and strengthen ArlDems as a force for progressive policies;

WHEREAS​ Carrie helped build ArlDems into an effective political organization;

WHEREAS​ Carrie served as a mentor everywhere she worked, both on the Planning Commission and with ArlDems, and is fondly remembered by the many people whose lives she touched; and

WHEREAS​ Carrie was beloved within ArlDems; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED ​that the Arlington County Democratic Committee hereby notes with great sadness the loss of Carrie Johnson; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER​ that the Arlington County Democratic Committee will prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Carrie Johnson, as an expression of respect and affection for Carrie and appreciation for her service to the Committee and to Arlington County.

Passed and Approved this Resolution on the 6th day of June, 2018.