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The Voice: Your Democratic Statewide Ticket

The June gubernatorial primaries produced a number of surprises, and they mostly pointed positive for Democrats looking forward to November. First of all, the Democratic gubernatorial primary turnout set a record with 542,816 voters, 10.1 percent more than the previous record, set more than a third of a century ago when 493,108 turned out for the barnburner race between Henry Howell and Andrew Miller in 1977. But the GOP didn’t set a record. Its gubernatorial race drew just 365,782 voters—32.6 percent below the Democratic turnout and 9.0 percent below its old record set in 1989 when J. Marshall Coleman beat two other candidates.


Continue this story and see many others in the latest issue of The Voice.

ACDC Press Release: Statement on Primary Election

Arlington, VA – June 13, 2017 — The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) congratulates the winners of the Democratic Primaries across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and in particular Ralph Northam, who has secured the nomination for Governor and Justin Fairfax, who has secured the nomination for Lieutenant Governor.

Arlingtonians came out again in record numbers to participate in the Democratic primary this year: 28,167 votes strong is the highest gubernatorial primary turnout in Arlington’s history, and 25,717 votes strong is historically high turnout for the lieutenant gubernatorial primary. The surge of enthusiasm in our party is proof that Democrats across Virginia — and especially in Arlington — will vote for progressive, Democratic candidates in November.

Four years ago in the Commonwealth, women’s reproductive rights, the right to marriage equality, and progress on renewable energy were all at risk. But in the four years since we regained the Governor’s mansion, our Governor has stood up for Planned Parenthood, supported marriage equality, expanded access to voter registration and absentee voting, and strengthened protection for victims of domestic violence. The ACDC is committed to building upon these achievements by electing a Democratic ticket and helping elect more Democrats to the House of Delegates.

Read the full release, including a statement by ACDC chair Kip Malinosky here.

2017 Primary Elections Information

Voting Starts Tuesday, June 13th

Important election information below:

2017 Elections

All polls are open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Election Days.

Where Do I Vote??

Photo Voter ID Requirements

June 13, 2017 Primary Elections – Democratic and Republican primaries for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Dual Primary Info for Voters

June 13, 2017 Democratic Sample Ballot

June 13, 2017 Republican Sample Ballot

Problem with voting calls the Virginia Democratic Party Voter Hotline at: (844-482-8683).

8th Congressional District Committee Members

The following State Central Committee Members were elected at the 2017 Eighth Congressional District Democratic Convention on Saturday, May 20, at Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, VA:

City of Alexandria:
Susan Kellom
PJ Palmer Johnson
Patrick Mulloy
Clarence Tong

Arlington County:
Margo E. Horner
Maureen Markham
Kimberly “Kim” Phillip
Steve Baker
Charles B. “Charley” Conrad
Joshua David Katcher
Jason Rylander

Fairfax County:
Rose Chu
Sherry B. Feggins
Alessia (Alex) Kirkland
Catherine (Kate) Spears
Christopher Ambrose
Edward Pierce Blue
Colin Flanigan
Dan Lagana

Falls Church City:
Margaret (Peg) Willingham


See the rest of the results here.

2017 County Board/School Board Results

Arlington County Democratic Committee Announces Caucus Winners:
Erik Gutshall for County Board and Monique O’ for School Board

Arlington, VA – May 13, 2017 — The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) is pleased to announce its nominee and endorsee for a seat on the Arlington County Board and a seat on the Arlington School Board. The unassembled caucus, which was held over three days at locations across Arlington, welcomed a record-breaking 5972 voters who stepped up to demonstrate their commitment to maintaining Arlington’s world-class education system, its decades of careful community planning, and its economic strength and diversity.

Both winners were chosen by Arlington Democratic voters using instant runoff voting, which ensures that each has majority support. Full results are listed below:

COUNTY BOARD: Erik Gutshall won the ACDC County Board Caucus, earning the party’s nomination for this fall’s election. All four candidates have committed tremendous time and resources to our community in the form of civil service, volunteer work, and their progressive campaigns; thank you to Peter Fallon, Kim Klingler, and Vivek Patil.

Erik Gutshall received a 2,877 votes out of 5972 votes in the first round and a total of 3,209 votes – or 55.2% of the vote in the second round. Full results are listed below:

  Peter Fallon Erik Gutshall Kim Klingler Vivek Patil Undetermined
1st Round 945 2,877 1,116 986 49
2nd Round n/a 3,209 1,416 1,189 n/a


SCHOOL BOARD: Monique O’Grady won the ACDC School Board Caucus, earning the party’s endorsement for this fall’s election. We are proud of all three of our candidates who ran vigorous issue-oriented campaigns; thank you to James Lander  and Maura McMahon.

Monique O’Grady received 2,743 votes in the first round and a total of 3,441 votes – or 59.4% in the second round.  Full results are listed below:

  James Lander Maura McMahon Monique O’Grady Undetermined
1st Round 2,119 965 2,743 143
2nd Round 2,336 n/a 3,441 n/a


Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement:

“Local politics is where Democratic values matter most because our elected officials make decisions every day that help shape our neighborhoods, our schools, and our sense of community. We are grateful to all the candidates and the voters who came out over three days to select our nominees.  Erik Gutshall and Monique O’Grady are committed to making Arlington a more inclusive community, with great schools and opportunities for all. We can’t wait to elect them in November.”

For more information on the winning candidates, visit the campaigns’ websites:

School Board:

County Board:


Reminder: 2017 School Board and County Board Unassembled Caucus

The unassembled caucus for endorsements for Arlington County School Board and County Board will be held:

  • Tuesday, May 9 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Francis Scott Key Elementary School,
  • Thursday, May 11 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Drew Model School and
  • Saturday, May 13 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at Washington-Lee High School.

Voter Registration Opportunities

We have an ongoing opportunity to help with voter registration every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7 pm at the Ballston Metro.  Please sign up for upcoming dates here.  The schedule runs through the June 13th primary.  Please consider signing up for a slot (or 2 or 3!).”




ACDC Press Release: Participating in the 2017 County Board/School Board Caucus

Participating in the 2017 County Board/School Board Caucus Is As Easy as 1, 2, 3 (or 4)

A Primer on Participating

On May 9th, 11th, and 13th, the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) will host an unassembled caucus to determine who will appear as the Democratic nominee for the Arlington County Board on the November 7th ballot. The Democratic endorsee for the Arlington School Board will also be selected. Candidates will be selected using Instant Runoff Voting or IRV.


What is an unassembled caucus?

Voting in an unassembled caucus, also known as a “firehouse primary,” is simple and easy.

The upcoming caucus is nothing like the caucuses you see every 4 years in Iowa. Unlike the Iowa Caucus–where voters not stand in the corner of a room to indicate their preference for their candidate– voters participating in the County Board/School Board Caucus will arrive any time during the specified voting period, register, sign a pledge stating that they intend to support the Democratic candidate, mark their ballot and leave.

It’s that simple and easy to participate in the 2017 County Board/School Board Caucus.


To read the rest of the press release, including more about the unassembled caucus and instant runoff voting, see here.

ACDC Press Release: County and School Board Candidates

Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) is pleased to announce that the following four candidates have filed for one seat on the County Board at the unassembled County and School Board Caucus:

The candidates that filed for to seek one seat on the School Board Endorsement are:

Instant Runoff Voting

Arlington Democratic caucuses have used IRV – Instant Runoff Voting – since 2014 in caucuses with more than two candidates for one slot. Under IRV, you indicate your numeric preference for the candidates – you mark “1” next to the name of your first choice candidate, “2” for your second choice and so on.  If one candidate receives more than 50% of the 1st choice votes, that candidate wins. If not, the candidate with the fewest number of 1st choice votes is eliminated and each of his/her ballots is re-distributed to the candidate listed as the 2nd choice on that ballot. The ballots are counted again and the process continues until one candidate receives more than 50% of the ballots, see

Read the rest of the press release here.