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ACDC Announces Confirmed Nominees

Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) has confirmed the following nominees for the Tuesday November 3, 2015 election:

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court: Paul Ferguson
  • Commonwealth’s Attorney: Theo Stamos
  • Commissioner of Revenue: Ingrid Morroy
  • Sheriff: Beth Arthur
  • Treasurer: Carla de la Pava
  • VA Senate, District 30: Adam Ebbin
  • VA Senate, District 31: Barbara Favola
  • VA Senate, District 32: Janet Howell
  • VA House of Delegates, 47th District: Patrick Hope
  • VA House of Delegates, 48th District: Rip Sullivan
  • VA House of Delegates, 49th District: Alfonso Lopez
  • Nominees for two positions on the Arlington County Board and for VA House of Delegates, 45th District will be determined in a June 9 primary. Candidates are:

    County Board (in alphabetical order):

  • Katie Cristol
  • Christian Dorsey
  • Peter Fallon
  • James Lander
  • Andrew Schneider
  • Bruce Wiljanen
  • VA House of Delegates, 45th District (in alphabetical order):

  • Larry Altenburg
  • Craig Fifer
  • Julie Jakopic
  • Mark Levine
  • Clarence Tong
  • Kip Malinosky submitted verification of the nominees for Arlington County Board to the Virginia Department of Elections at 5:01pm EDT today.

    The Democratic primary election for County Board will be held Tuesday June 9; voters cast ballots at their regular polling locations between 6am-7pm.

    ACDC also added a third school board debate to the roster; it will take place Friday, April 24th, 7pm-9pm at NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd.

    Debate, caucus, and other important dates are listed on the ACDC calendar.

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    ACDC Announces Debate Dates

    Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) and the Arlington Young Democrats will host a number of debates for candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement for Arlington School Board and to become the Democratic nominees for Arlington County Board. They are:

    School Board Debate

    • Wednesday April 1st, 7pm-9pm, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. — During the monthly ACDC meeting

    County Board Debates

    • Wednesday April 15th, 7pm-9pm, NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd. — Hosted by the Arlington Young Democrats
    • Wednesday May 6th, 7pm-9pm, George Mason University Founder’s Hall, 3351 N. Fairfax Dr. — During the monthly ACDC meeting
    • Thursday May 21st, 7pm-9pm, Glebe Elementary School, 1770 N. Glebe Rd.
    • Monday June 1st, 7pm-9pm, Campbell Elementary School, 737 S. Carlin Springs Rd.

    ACDC’s School Board Caucus will be held:

    • Thursday May 14th, 7pm-9pm, Drew Model School, 3500 23rd St. S.
    • Saturday May 16th, 11am-7pm, Washington Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St.

    The Democratic primary election for County Board will be held Tuesday June 9; voters cast ballots at their regular polling locations between 6am-7pm.

    All these events are listed on the ACDC calendar available here: http://www.arlingtondemocrats.org/calendar/

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    Candidates Begin Filing with ACDC for County Board and Constitutional Offices

    Tonight at 5pm, Kip Malinosky, Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC), began accepting filings from Democratic candidates for the Arlington County Board and five constitutional offices.

    Candidates who filed simultaneously at 5pm were:

    • County Board (in alphabetical order):
      • Katie Cristol
      • Christian Dorsey
      • Peter Fallon
      • Andrew Schneider
    • Treasurer: Carla de la Pava
    • Commonwealth’s Attorney: Theo Stamos
    • Sheriff: Beth Arthur
    • Clerk of the Circuit Court: Paul Ferguson

    “This will be an exciting year for Arlington,” said Malinosky. “We have exceptional public servants standing again for their offices, and we have exciting candidates running to be first-time County Board members. This blend of excellent and experienced constitutional officers with new and dynamic county board candidates will help Arlington stay one of the best places in the country to live, raise a family and start a business.”

    Later this month the Registrar will hold a drawing to determine ballot order for both the June 9th County Board primary and the November 3rd general election. Candidates who signed an attendance roster between 4:15-5pm, prior to filing, were deemed to file simultaneously.

    Candidates may file with Kip Malinosky through 5pm on Thursday March 26th; to schedule a time please contact Kip at info@arlingtondemocrats.org. Candidates are encouraged to file early so they may correct any errors or supplement any incomplete filings before the deadline. If any filing is determined to be incomplete, ACDC will deem that campaign to have filed only when the filing is complete.  ACDC will certify all candidates with the State Board of Election on Thursday, March 31st.

    Candidacy requirements are here: http://elections.virginia.gov/Files/BecomingACandidate/CandidateBulletins/2015Nov_LocalOffices.pdf

    Candidates wishing to file for seats in the Virginia Senate or House of Delegates that represent all or parts of Arlington should submit their filings to the appropriate nominating chairs before 5pm on Thursday March 26th. Information is available by emailing info@arlingtondemocrats.org. Three Senate seats and four House of Delegate seats are on the ballot this fall, listed below with their current office holders:

    • VA Senate, District 30: Adam Ebbin
    • VA Senate, District 31: Barbara Favola
    • VA Senate, District 32: Janet Howell
    • VA House of Delegates, 45th District: Rob Krupicka
    • VA House of Delegates, 487h District: Patrick Hope
    • VA House of Delegates, 48th District: Rip Sullivan
    • VA House of Delegates, 49th District: Alfonso Lopez

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    Two Seek ACDC Endorsement for School Board

    By the deadline of 7:30pm ET today, two people filed with the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) Chair Kip Malinosky their letters of intent to seek the ACDC endorsement for Arlington County School Board. One seat will be filled in the November 2015 election; the seat is currently held by Abby Raphael, who is not seeking re-election.

    Candidates drew lots this evening for placement on the ballot and candidate briefing order. The candidates are, in ballot placement order: Reid Goldstein, Sharon Dorsey

    “We have two strong candidates and look forward to hearing about their visions and ideas for our schools,” said Malinosky.

    ACDC’s two School Board Caucuses will be held:

    • May 14, 7pm-9pm at Drew Model School
    • May 16, 11am-7pm at Washington Lee HS

    More details are here: ACDC’s Rules for the 2015 School Board Endorsement.

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    Report From Chairman Kip Malinosky

    Bringing Back Vanishing Voters

    Voters in Arlington are great at voting in presidential elections. In 2012, we had a record number of voters head to the polls with 85 percent turnout overwhelmingly Democratic. In 2008, 77 percent of Arlington voters went to the polls, again strongly Democratic. When the President is not on the ballot, however, our turnout trends are disturbing. We have not cracked 50 percent turnout for any non-presidential election in the last 15 years, with the exception of the heated and razor-thin 2006 Senate election. In the constitutional year, such as this one when all the local Constitutional officers are elected, our turnout has been below 30 percent since 2000. Our challenge for 2015 is to reverse the trend and aim for at least 30 percent of our voters voting. How do we get there?

    Continue reading…

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    ACDC Approves Primary for 2015 County Board Election

    Arlington County Democratic Committee Approves Primary for 2015 County Board Election; Announces School Board Caucus Dates

    Arlington, VA – At its monthly meeting this evening, the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) voted unanimously in favor of a primary for local candidates in the November 2015 election. By state law, the primary will be held on Tuesday, June 9th* at all of the 52 polling locations in Arlington County. Polls will be open from 6am to 7pm. Absentee voting will be available both in person and by mail through the Office of the Registrar.

    Kip Malinosky, Chair of ACDC said, “We’re Democrats; we want more people to vote. We believe a County primary will result in greater voter turnout as it provides more citizens with easier access to the ballot box. We also want voters to be informed, so the Committee is planning to host five County Board debates in May and early June.”

    The Committee also approved a School Board Caucus, if it is required.

    • May 14 – School Board Caucus, Drew Model School, 7pm-9pm (early voting day)
    • May 16 – School Board Caucus, Washington Lee HS, 11am-7pm

    Other important dates for citizens wanting to run for office and/or to vote:

    • March 2 – School Board Candidate Filing Deadline & Training 7pm
    • March 9 – Candidates in all other races can begin filing with the Party Chair
    • March 26 at 5:00pm – Deadline for Candidate Declarations filed with Dept. of Elections
    • May 18 – Last day for voters to register to vote for the primary June 9 – Primary Election Day

    For more information about running for office please visit the read the State Department of Elections bulletin here. For questions please email info@arlingtondemocrats.org.

    * Note: The Virginia General Assembly is considering moving the official primary date from the second Tuesday in June to the third Tuesday in June. If passed, the primary date may be changed to June 16, 2015.

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    Report From Chairman Kip Malinosky

    Helping the Middle Class on All Levels of Government

    President Obama in his State of the Union addressed one of the fundamental challenges of our time: how will we make sure all Americans prosper? Are we going to settle for only a few doing spectacularly well or are we going to commit ourselves to rising incomes for all? The President calls this middle class economics and of course he is not alone. Representative Van Hollen has released an ambitious plan to give the middle class a raise (through a series of tax cuts) paid for with a financial transaction tax mostly aimed at Wall Street. This plan is backed by our own Representative Don Beyer. Furthermore, the Center for American Progress just released a 160 page study demonstrating that the middle class is struggling in many rich democracies, and that most countries needs to repair the link between growth and middle class prosperity.

    Of course the Republicans now control Congress and they are almost universally opposed to any policy supported by President Obama, especially policies that benefit the middle class by taxing the wealthy. If national legislation is not now the answer, perhaps more can be accomplished in Virginia. In one year, Governor McAuliffe has closed on 235 economic development projects creating 18,790 jobs. The Governor is committed to “building a broad-based foundation for economic growth with benefits that extend to all Virginians.” He has introduced an array of bills in the General Assembly to help make this goal a reality.

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    ACDC Approves School Board Caucus Rules

    On Wednesday, 12/3, Arlington Democrats approved the Rules for the 2015 School Board Endorsement, should one be necessary. An “unassembled caucus” will be held on Thursday, May 14 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Drew Model School and Saturday, May 16 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at Washington-Lee High School. In order to be eligible for endorsement by the participants in the unassembled Caucus, candidates for Arlington County School Board must file a letter of intent to seek the Democratic endorsement with the Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, or his designated representative, after January 1, 2015, and before 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015.

    Read the complete rules here.

    Democrats Warner, Beyer Win in Arlington

    County Elects Democratic Treasurer and Democratic-Endorsed School Board Members

    Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) is pleased to announce that Senator Mark Warner, Congressman Don Beyer, Treasurer Carla de la Pava, and School Board Members Barbara Kanninen and Nancy Van Doren decisively won their elections in Arlington.

    Warner won Arlington by an overwhelming margin, with more than 70% of the vote. Beyer secured more than 65% of votes in the County, and Kanninen received 65%. De la Pava and Van Doren, who both ran unopposed, received 97% of the vote each.

    Kip Malinosky, Chair of ACDC said, “Today Arlingtonians voted to send progressive leaders back to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as to the Arlington School Board and Arlington Treasurer’s Office. These dedicated public officials will fight for opportunity for all, bringing people together, and being fiscally responsible. We are thrilled to have them represent us.

    “Unfortunately, we fell short on the County Board. Alan is a man of high integrity with a strong vision for the future of Arlington, and he ran an honorable campaign.”

    Make a Plan to Vote on Nov 4

    Election Day is Nov 4. Do you have a plan to vote? If not, here’s the steps you need to follow.

    1. Vote the Full Democratic Ticket

    Here’s who we recommend in Arlington:

    U.S. Senate Mark R. Warner
    U.S. House Donald S. Beyer, Jr.
    Arlington Treasurer Carla F. de la Pava
    Arlington County Board Alan E. Howze
    Arlington School Board Barbara J. Kanninen
    Arlington School Board Nancy Van Doren
    VA Constitutional Amendment Yes
    Arlington Metro and Transportation Bond Yes
    Arlington Parks and Rec Bond Yes
    Arlington Community Infrastructure Bond Yes
    Arlington Public Schools Bond Yes
    And here’s a sample ballot that you can print to take with you:




    Click here to learn more about the candidates.

    2. Remember Your Photo ID

    Virginia enacted new voting laws this year that require a photo ID to vote. Not sure what’s a valid ID for voting and what’s not?

    Visit Got ID Virginia? to find out what you need.

    3. Find Your Polling Place

    Note – Lyon Park’s polling place has moved!
    Lyon Park voters will not be voting at Lyon Park Community Center as normal. The polling place has moved to Garfield Park, 925 N Garfield St.


    4. Questions or Concerns

    The Democratic Party of Virginia is dedicated to ensuring that all Virginians can exercise their rights to register, vote, and have their votes counted. More resources and info at: http://www.vademocrats.org/your-vote