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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.

Arlington County Democratic Committee’s Blue Families Initiative

Young families are a great untapped resource for Democrats in Arlington and nationwide.  The Arlington County Democratic Committee’s Blue Families initiative is aimed at helping folks with kids to fit progressive political activism into our busy schedules.   Blue Families’ plan is to harness that energy by providing resources and mentorship for planning and hosting kid-friendly, kid-compatible, and (dare we say it) fun events in our communities.

Read more about ACDC’s Blue Families Initiative here.

ACDC Approves Rules for 2017 County Board Nomination & Adds Date for School Board Endorsement

On Wednesday March 1st, Arlington Democrats approved the Rules for the 2017 County Board Nomination for one candidate for Arlington County Board and to endorse one candidate for Arlington County School Board on the November 7, 2017 election. An “unassembled caucus” will be held on 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. In order to be eligible for endorsement by the participants in the unassembled Caucus, candidates for Arlington County Board must file a letter of intent to seek the Democratic endorsement with the Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, or his/her designated representative, after March 1, 2017, and before 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Read the full County Board Caucus Rules here.
Read the Amended School Board Caucus Rules here.

Chair’s Column: Stepping up the Resistance

Despite record-breaking dishonesty as a candidate, it’s clear that President Trump intends to deliver on his most dangerous and destructive promises. Through executive orders alone, Trump has demanded: federal agencies to reduce enforcement of the Affordable Care Act, called for the expansion and acceleration of deportations, and imposed a temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. Furthermore, he has ordered a federal hiring freeze and directed the Environmental Protection Agency freeze all grants and contracts. This is utterly unacceptable…..

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1 of Many Weekend of Action Image Gallery

Arlington County Board Statement Affirming Inclusive Community

Today the Arlington County Board released a powerful statement, in English and in Spanish, affirming that our beautiful, diverse community is and will remain inclusive and welcoming to all, regardless of legal status.

Please share with friends and neighbors! See the images below to see the full statement.

Inclusive Community

Comunidad Inclusiva

1 of Many Weekend of Action

You are not alone.
You are 1 of Many for a Commonsense Commonwealth.


Please join fellow Virginians for a positive Weekend of Action — coinciding with Inauguration Weekend — that will provide opportunities for meaningful civic engagement and political activism.  Civic-minded Virginians of all political views are welcome, as are supporters from elsewhere.  Whether you participate in one event or the entire weekend of activities, you will be one of many working for a Commonsense Commonwealth.  


Click here for more information!

Support Democratic candidates in Special Elections in Virginia being held on January 10, 2017

Support Democratic candidates in Special Elections in Virginia being held on January 10, 2017

Phone banking to voters planned from Arlington Democratic HQ, on Dec. 13 and 20 and Jan. 3, 5 and 9