Meet Dave

It has been my great honor and privilege to serve on the Falls Church City Council and as your Mayor these past years.  The City is a special place that my family and I are proud to call home.

During my tenure, we have made significant progress throughout the City in areas such as economic development, schools, stormwater and other infra-structure, walkability, and parks.  Despite our progress, much additional work remains to be done.

I look forward to meeting you and discussing the issues that are important to you and to making our great City an even better place to live.

I hope that you will give me the opportunity to continue to serve you.

– Dave Tarter

Dave’s Background

Dave Tarter is proud to be a citizen of Falls Church.  He and his wife, Karen, were first attracted to the Little City by the excellence of its schools and strong sense of community.  Since moving here more than a decade ago, Dave has been actively involved in making it an even better place to live.

As a Northern Virginia native, Dave is familiar with the issues that affect the region.  A commercial real estate and land use attorney in Arlington for more than 20 years, Dave has dedicated his legal career to facilitating smart, well managed growth for the betterment of communities.  He has worked to reinvigorate Falls Church’s commercial corridors into a more vibrant, walkable downtown that provides the economic underpinnings for great schools and plentiful community services.

Dave also has strong ties with the school system.  He and Karen have three children currently in the City’s public schools: David is in the ninth grade at George Mason High School, and Cole and Anna are in the seventh grade at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School.  Karen takes care of the City’s youngest students as the Clinic Aide for Mt. Daniel School.  David and Karen’s niece is also a junior at George Mason.

Dave received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.  He graduated from St. Stephen’s School in Alexandria.

Demonstrated Leadership and Experience.

Dave has years of experience in local government and public service. Since moving to Falls Church, Dave has been working hard to improve our community. His work has included:

  • Mayor of Falls Church City
  • Falls Church City Council Member
  • Vice President of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Corporation (Regional Body)
  • Past, Interim Falls Church City Attorney
  • Past Chairman of the Falls Church Economic Development Authority

As a principal of a small law firm, David understands the challenges of businesses and working families and brings this needed perspective to City Council. His legal peers have given him an “AV” (Preeminent, Highest Legal Abilities, Highest Ethical Standards) rating.