He mentioned he selected to hunt safety underneath federal chapter legislation as a result of was confronted with foreclosures on his household’s house within the Columbia Forest neighborhood in South Arlington.
Carrying first and second mortgages and an auto mortgage, along with the bank card debt, he tried to work out mortgage modification, however his collectors didn’t conform to it. His Chapter 13 petition was filed Oct. 16 within the federal chapter courtroom within the Japanese District of Virginia.
“That is the accountable approach to deal with it,” mentioned Dorsey, who gained a second time period on the all-Democratic Arlington board Tuesday after dealing with no main opponent and solely nominal opposition within the common election. “I’m following … the method. I would definitely like to be able to pay it off. However I made a option to do public service, and that sacrifice means my earnings dropped.”
Dorsey advised The Washington Publish on Tuesday that the delay was an oversight. On the request of board chairman Paul Smedberg, he agreed to return the donation from Amalgamated Transit Union Native 689, which represents most of Metro’s workforce and is making ready to sq. off with administration over the deliberate privatization of some operations of the Silver Line’s Part 2.
Dorsey raised $38,606 for his reelection marketing campaign this 12 months, and had $1,892 left in his marketing campaign coffers as of Oct. 24. The $10,000 ATU donation represents about 26 % of his donations.
As chair of the Arlington County Board, Dorsey is being paid $60,662 this 12 months. That job rotates between members yearly, and when he relinquishes it in January, he’ll make the common member’s wage of $55,147. He additionally works as a communications and coverage advisor, incomes $60,000 yearly, the chapter petition mentioned.
Earlier than being elected, Dorsey labored as a senior government on the Financial Coverage Institute, and as a advisor. He mentioned he earned considerably extra then, however he didn’t specify what his wage was.
Chapter “is embarrassing,” Dorsey mentioned. “I’d moderately it not be the case.”
The chapter petition exhibits Dorsey has mortgage and auto mortgage debt of $484,807, in addition to bank card or unsecured debt of $86,733. He additionally faces an IRS tax lien of $27,595.
Dorsey advised The Publish final month that Arlingtonians ought to vote for him as a result of he has “the health to resolve Arlington’s greatest points — [someone who will] be sure we’ve got an actual housing plan, who has the capability to give you a storm water administration plan that’s fiscally accountable and can work.”
On Thursday, he mentioned he didn’t think about telling voters of his private monetary travails through the marketing campaign as a result of “the general public’s curiosity is to see that I’m capable of do the general public’s enterprise.”
Different county board members reached Thursday expressed help for Dorsey and declined to debate particulars of the chapter petition.
“What I’ve felt from him is full integrity,” mentioned board member Matt de Ferranti.
Cristol mentioned: “At this level, primarily based on what I learn about it, it impacts him and his household. I doubt if it impacts his glorious work as an Arlington County Board member.”
Sandy Newton, president of the Arlington County Civic Federation, a nonpartisan assortment of neighborhood associations, mentioned she was unhappy for Dorsey.
“I don’t assume it might have made a lot of a distinction within the election anyway,” she mentioned. “I feel he’s a succesful individual. However he’s bouncing quite a lot of balls within the air.”
Dorsey mentioned the few members of the Arlington County group who learn about his monetary state of affairs have been supportive and expressed concern for his household. His spouse, Rachel Feldman, is a homemaker, in response to the petition, and has been coping with well being issues. Dorsey declined to elaborate.
Their three-bedroom brick house is listed as price $790,000 on the chapter petition. They purchased it for $625,000 on Aug. 14, 2008, county land information say.