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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:


Climate Call to Action

Kip Malinosky is the Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee.

Last weekend more than 300,000 people took to the streets of New York to march for action to reduce climate change. This comes after the hottest August the world has ever experienced. With daily news reports filled with stories of droughts, floods and forest fires – the time for action has arrived. Actually that moment arrived decades ago and now it’s time for radical action. Naomi Klein argues in her wonderful new book, This Changes Everything, taking on climate change can and should transform our politics. She’s right. We need to aggressively reduce emissions and switch to alternative energies.

Arlington has been a leader in taking local action to address global warming. Jay Fisette led the creation of Arlington’s Community Energy Plan and Clerk of the Court Paul Ferguson, when he was on the County Board, spearheaded the Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions in 2007 (now Rethink Energy) which led to 10 percent reduction in emissions. However, we cannot afford to be content with our success to date. We must keep electing leaders who are committed to meaningful action on climate change.

This year we are lucky to have a Democratic ticket united from the U.S. Senate to the School Board that cares deeply about renewable energy. Senator Warner wants “to spur the development of offshore wind energy, tax provisions to make wind and solar projects more affordable and… encourage the U.S. military to continue developing alternative fuel sources.” These are a set of sensible climate-friendly policies that have a chance of breaking Republican filibusters, especially given Warner’s commitment to bringing people together.

Democratic Congressional nominee Don Beyer has been one of the most forceful and thoughtful advocates for climate action we have running for Congress. Beyer is calling for a carbon tax that “must include investments in clean energy and in energy efficiency, as well as protections for low-income households…. This is the single most important issue of our time, and we need to act now. We owe it to future generations.” He is crystal clear about the urgency of this issue and he will do everything can to get legislation to this end through Congress.

The sad truth, however, is that the Republican Party is in thrall to a Tea-Party ideology in both Washington and Richmond with enormous power to obstruct any progress on climate action. In the United States, the most promising climate action is often at the local level. This is why it is critical for us to elect our Democratic County Board Nominee Alan Howze.

Alan got his start in politics through environmental activism and has a strong set of proposals that will help reduce Arlington’s carbon footprint. He has called for combating climate change locally by supporting policies to make it easier to buy and install solar panels in Arlington, by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy for our commercial and county buildings, advocating for “Green Tech” companies and policies that encourage innovation to reduce energy use throughout the community and investing in mass transit including the streetcar. He has spoken about making our community more resilient and protecting Arlington’s infrastructure, such as our water-treatment plant from a hurricane Sandy-type storm surge. Alan will never support fracking in George Washington National Park. Howze’s forward thinking for Arlington will truly makes us a more walkable, livable, and sustainable community – so we can do our part to reduce global warming.

Working together, Warner, Beyer and Howze will lead the fight to address climate change and protect our community.


Messenger Delivery This Weekend

Join more than 500 Democratic volunteers who will walk their neighborhoods delivering copies of the Democratic Messenger on doorsteps throughout the county. The Messenger contains photos, bios and messages from all the Democratic candidates running in Arlington, from Congress to the School Board. It is our most important and most effective Get Out the Vote activity. Routes come with a map and normally take 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours to walk. To volunteer, contact your local precinct captain or Carol Fontein at

Click here to down load a copy of the messenger.


ACDC Passes Referenda on Bonds and Taxes

On Wednesday, Sept 3rd, the Arlington County Democratic Committee adopted two resolutions. The first urges Arlington voters to vote YES on the bond issues on the ballot in November. The second urges voters to vote YES on a constitutional amendment exempting surviving military spouses from real estate taxes.

Click here for the full text of the bond resolution.

Click here for the full text of the constitutional amendment.


Get Your 2014 Joint Campaign Gold Card

The Gold Card is an annual tradition, granting VIP admission to a trifecta of Joint Campaign fundraising events at a great discount! The proceeds from the Gold Card support all of our Democratic candidates on the ballot – maximizing the impact and efficiency of each volunteer and every dollar spent. Buying a gold card gets you discounted entry into these three events:

Sept 1 – Chili Cook-off
Oct 5 – A Toast to Charlene Bickford
Oct 17 – Golden Gala

Get your 2014 Joint Campaign Gold Card today!


Rip Sullivan Wins Big in the 48th!

The Arlington County Democratic Committee is pleased to announce that Rip Sullivan has decisively won the Special Election in Virginia’s 48th District. In Arlington he won almost 63% of the 8,159 votes cast. He will replace Delegate Bob Brink who served more than 16 years representing the District in the House of Delegates in Richmond.

Rip has served our region on numerous boards and commissions, and has extensive experience in transportation, housing, education, and legal policy. His appointments include the Fairfax Consumer Protection Commission, Fairfax Transportation Advisory Commission, Fairfax Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and Fairfax Park Authority. He also served as president of the Legal Services of Northern Virginia, a non-profit institution providing legal services to low-income residents.

“Rip Sullivan’s decisive victory is a validation of the strong Democratic values held by the residents of the 48th District,” said Kip Malinosky, ACDC’s Chair. “Rip will go to Richmond and give our district a powerful voice on votes about the Commonwealth’s Medicaid expansion, gun safety laws, energy and environment investments, fair wage policies, transportation, equal rights, and of course education. Despite the best efforts of the Republicans, our voters made it clear that Rip Sullivan was the overwhelming choice in the 48th District.”

Washington Post Endorses Rip Sullivan for Delegate

The Washington Post recently endorsed Rip Sullivan for Delegate.

“Mr. Sullivan has taken forthright stances in favor of stricter gun control and insuring hundreds of thousands of Virginians by expanding Medicaid and against regulating abortion clinics out of existence. Bright, even-keeled and civic-minded, he has been heavily involved in promoting legal services for the poor, voting rights and affordable housing, among other issues.”

Read the full endorsement here.

For more information and to find out if you live in the district, visit

Rip Sullivan for the 48th

On Tuesday, August 19th, District 48 of the Virginia House of Delegates is holding a special election to fill the seat vacated by Delegate Bob Brink. A Democratic caucus was held on July 6 with seven candidates, and Richard “Rip” Sullivan Rip Sullivan was the winning candidate. Find out if you live in the 48th District here (Click Districts after the search).

It is critical to elect our Democratic Nominee Rip Sullivan on August 19th. The voting will be at your regular November polling place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you will be out of town on August 19, you can vote absentee-in-person at 2100 Clarendon, Suite 320 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, August 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can print an absentee voter application here.

Why is it important to elect Rip Sullivan? Rip will be a champion for the causes and values which voters in the 48th District hold dear. He knows that government works best when we are represented by leaders who believe we are all in this together. He will bring the same type of dedicated, practical and progressive service that Delegate Brink did for the last 17 years. Rip is already a community leader with extensive government experience. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Gov. Tim Kaine appointed him to the Virginia Commission on Civics Education.
  • He served on the Transportation Advisory Commission.
  • He is a former President of Legal Services of Northern Virginia, a non-profit which serves low-income residents.
  • He is a board member of the Park Authority.
  • He served on the Consumer Protection Commission.
  • He is former Vice-Chair of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

On issue after issue, Rip has relevant expertise and a commitment to move Virginia forward. He will work with the Governor and Arlington’s Richmond delegation to make progress on the following issues:

  • Closing the coverage gap, by finally expanding Medicaid.
  • Reducing testing in our schools and increasing investment to prevent overcrowding.
  • Promoting common sense gun safety, like limiting gun purchases to one per month.
  • Investing more in renewable energy and passing a mandatory renewable energy standard to spur further innovation and efficiency.
  • Raising Virginia’s minimum wage, while offering more support for small businesses.
  • Fully supporting marriage equality and letting women make their own reproductive health choices.

For all these reasons and more, vote for Rip Sullivan in the August 19, special election. And for more information please go or call him on his cell at (703) 969-6296.