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Clinton-Kaine-Beyer Signs

Arlington Democrats are happy to offer Clinton-Kaine-Beyer yard signs for a suggested donation of $5-$10 af the following farmers markets:
  • Thursdays – Ballston Farmers Market
  • Saturdays – Arlington Courthouse Farmers Market
  • Sundays – Columbia Pike and Fairlington Farmers Market

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Stop Trump! Find Your Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer to help register voters and elect Hillary Clinton and the Democratic ticket.

Voter Registration Events:

  • Mondays through Thursdays – 5pm-7pm, Pentagon City Metro
  • Mondays through Thursdays – 5pm-7pm, East Falls Church Metro
  • Mondays through Thursdays – 5pm-7pm, Ballston Metro
  • Mondays through Thursdays – 5pm-7pm, Clarendon Metro
  • Mondays through Thursdays – 5pm-7pm, Courthouse Metro

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Gold Card Event #1: Chili Cook-Off

Join ACDC this Monday for our 29th annual Chili Cook-Off!

Mike Murtha wins Samuel Gompers award at the 2015 Chili Cook-Off

Mike Murtha wins Samuel Gompers award at the 2015 Chili Cook-Off

Mike Murtha, 76, walking up to accept his chili award, the Samuel Gompers Award, on September 7, 2015. Murtha has been making chili for the Arlington County Democratic Committee for 28 years.

Arlington Democrats gather for food and speeches every Labor Day to officially kick off the Fall campaign. The chili cook-off was introduced in 1987.

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I Voted in Arlington

Democratic Voter Protection Effort

Calling all lawyers, law students, and legal professionals! The Democratic Party of Virginia’s coordinated campaign is recruiting poll observers for this year’s election. Poll observers play an integral role in helping to protect the right to vote by monitoring polling places across the Commonwealth of Virginia – from Arlington to Virginia Beach to Roanoke.

If you are interested, please sign up online. If you have any questions, please email Bailey Dowling, Regional Voter Protection Director for Northern Virginia, at


Sen. Tim Kaine Selected as VP Nominee

The Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement after Hillary Clinton selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her pick for Vice President:

“I am delighted that Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia’s Tim Kaine as her pick for Vice President – someone who is as experienced as he is kind. Tim Kaine is a true Virginian in every sense of the definition. He rose through the ranks from city council member, to mayor, to lieutenant governor, to governor, to U.S. senator- and he has never forgotten his Virginia roots or abandoned his progressive values. He has the respect of people from all political parties and more importantly, all walks of life.

“Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will draw upon their experience to lead this country with sound judgment, statesmanship, and unwavering commitment to the hardworking families that define the fabric of America.

“Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton know that we are stronger together. Americans need a partnership that will help our nation prosper by building upon the successes of the past 8 years and building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. There’s no path to the White House without Virginia and Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will be an inspirational and unstoppable force in November.”


8th District Democratic Committee Election

This is to call for an election for an Arlington male member to represent the party on the 8th District Committee as outlined in the Party Plan Section 6.2. This is a two year term, but this election is to fill a vacancy after one year. More information about it can be found here, and read the full rules for the election here.


Garvey Wins County Board Primary

The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) congratulates County Board Chair Libby Garvey on winning the Democratic nomination for the Arlington County Board. We thank Erik Gutshall for running a spirited, grassroots campaign.

Garvey won 55 percent (8,362 votes) to Gutshall’s 45 percent (6,878 votes) with 11 percent voter turnout (15,240 voters).

Garvey said, “I am proud to go on to November to represent you as the Democratic nominee for County Board,” Garvey said. “I have based my campaign, as I have my service, on my idea that Arlington is a great community, but we have the potential to be even better. It means working together to support each other in friendship, knowing that together we can achieve so much.”

Gutshall said, “Tonight I endorse Libby Garvey for County Board and look forward to voting for her in November. Now that the primary is over, it’s important that we come together as Democrats to ensure we keep Arlington blue, from the White House to the School House.”

Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement:
“Libby Garvey is already a consensus building Chair of the County Board and we are honored to have her as our nominee. We encourage all voters to vote for her and the full Democratic ticket on November 8th.”

For more information on the candidates, visit the campaign’s websites:


County Board Debate – NEW LOCATION

Lubber Run Community Center – Meeting at 7:15pm and Debate 8:00pm

On Wednesday, June 1st as part of its regular meeting, ACDC will host a second debate between County Board primary candidates Libby Garvey (incumbent) and Erik Gutshall.

This event has been moved to a new location. It will now be held at:
Lubber Run Community Center
300 N Park Dr, Arlington, VA 22203


Van Doren and Talento Win School Board Endorsement

Arlington, VA – May 21, 2016 — The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) announces that Nancy Van Doren and Tannia Talento won the ACDC School Board Caucus, earning ACDC endorsement for this fall’s election. We had four great candidates and thank Michael Shea and Chaz Crismons who ran vigorous campaigns.

Nancy Van Doren received a 959 votes out of 1,822 votes in the first round earning a majority (53 percent) and our first endorsement; in the second round, Tannia Talento received 1,203 of the redistributed votes. Both winners were endorsed by a majority of Arlington Democratic voters using instant runoff voting for each. Full results are listed below:

Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement:

“Nancy is already a terrific Vice Chair of the School Board and we are honored to endorse her. Tannia Talento will bring a valuable new voice for creative solutions and closing the achievement gap. Nancy and Tannia are excellent choices for the School Board. We encourage all voters to vote for them and the full Democratic ticket on November 8th.”

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

Full results (Explanation of ACDC’s official counting process is here, page 11)

Chaz Crismon Michael Shea Tannia Talento Nancy Van Doren Undetermined
1st Round 93 217 460 959 93
2nd Round 155 384 1,203 80

ACDC School Board Caucus – May 19 & 21

Four candidates – Chaz Crismon, Michael Shea, Tannia Talento, and Nancy Van Doren – are seeking the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) endorsement for two seats on the School Board.

ACDC will hold an unassembled caucus on Thursday, May 19, 2016, (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Drew Model School and Saturday, May 21, 2016 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at Washington-Lee High School.

The caucus will allow for instant run-off voting for both seats. Instead of voting a single choice, voters will be asked to rank their candidates in order of preference. Votes are then tallied by preference until a candidate receives more than 50% of votes. More information about this process can be read in the complete Caucus rules are here.

You can find statements and links to candidate websites and social media here.