Dave offers more than just a fresh perspective on the critical issues facing our City. He has the background and experience to affect real change and achieve better results.
A commercial real estate and land use attorney in Northern Virginia for 20 years, he has dedicated his legal career to facilitating smart, well managed growth for the betterment of communities. Dave has played a key role in a number of high-profile redevelopment projects, primarily in Arlington, that have brought substantial economic success while preserving community integrity. His road map for Falls Church includes utilizing these successful models for Smart Growth here. Click here to see some of his and his firm's projects.
The Sierra Club recently recognized Dave's vision for a vibrant, walkable downtown Falls Church with their endorsement of his candidacy. In making their endorsement, the Sierra Club praised his “solid understanding of smart growth challenges, bicycling/walking/transit options, and use of LEED in commercial developments”. Click here to read more.
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Dave has seen areas such as Clarendon and Shirlington, decaying neighborhoods in his youth, transformed into attractive, desirable communities with self-sustaining financial situations. He believes Falls Church can also convert its aging commercial corridors into a vibrant, walkable downtown that provides the economic underpinnings for great schools and plentiful community services.
As a principal of a small law firm, David understands the
challenges of businesses and working families and will bring this needed perspective to City Council. His legal peers have given him an "AV" (Preeminent, Highest Legal Abilities, Highest Ethical Standards) rating. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.
For the past four years, David has served as the Chair of the Falls Church Economic Development Authority. During his tenure as Chair, the EDA has:
Dave was also the Interim Falls Church City Attorney in 2008, working closely with City staff and familiarizing himself with the inner workings of Falls Church government.
Attracted to Falls Church by the excellence of its schools and strong sense of community, Dave and his wife, Karen Schools, and their children, David, Cole and Anna have lived here for almost nine years. His children have been part of the City’s school system from the start and even attended preschool at the Falls Church Community Center.
David, Dave and Karen's oldest, is a fifth grader at Mary Ellen Henderson. Their twins, Cole and Anna are third graders at Thomas Jefferson. Karen, an attorney by training, now attends to student health needs as the Clinic Aid at Mt. Daniel. She is also a Brownie Troop leader for Troop 6644. The Tarter family resides on Little Falls Street.
Dave is also working to ensure that Falls Church seizes the opportunity to use its 2.2 miles of area wisely, as a walkable/bikable community that's green, quiet and beautiful. To that end, he serves on the Falls Church Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Calming Committee. He has walked or biked one or more of his children to school for the past 6 years.
Dave is global as well as local. He has lived and worked overseas in Riga, Latvia; Tokyo, Japan; and London, England.