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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.


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?

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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

* 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.


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:


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.