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Looking Ahead

Thank you for pouring your heart into the 2016 campaign.  Because of you, we turned Virginia blue for the third Presidential election in a row.  The work you’ve done will help us continue the fight to elect Democrats who share our values.  Our successes this year include contributing toward:

  • 24,636 newly registered voters in Arlington County this year
  • 37,629 voters voted absentee by mail or in-person a new record
  • 121,241 Arlington voters voted, a new record; for 82 percent turnout of active voters
  • 91,879 Arlington voters voted for the Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton, 76 percent a new record.  

It’s been a rough election for all of us, but in recent days the Arlington County Democratic Committee has received an influx of people asking what they can do to help and get involved.  That’s a good thing because we need you now more than ever.

The Arlington County Democratic Committee is here all year long, and we continue to organize, advocate and grow.  Visit our Contact Us page to get in touch with us and to volunteer.  Visit our Calendar regularly to find Democratic and progressive events or to add your own event.  You are welcome to join us at our Holiday Party General Meeting on Wednesday, December 7 at the Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th St S. Arlington, VA 22204).

If you want to take action against President-Elect Trump’s ideas for a Muslim registry you can read a statement from the DNC here, his threats to action on climate change from Congressman Beyer here, and a letter signed by 169 House Democrats against White Nationalist Steve Bannon’s appointment here. Then you can write a letter or call the district offices of our US Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

One of the next big things coming up in January is the Virginia legislative session in Richmond.  Already, state Senators and Delegates are filing legislation.  You can visit this site to read the bills and see which ones you might want to support or oppose.

2017 is critical.  We will have elections next November for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and all 100 members of the House of Delegates.  But first, we’ll be nominating our candidates by primary, caucus or convention.  When information becomes available about supporting or becoming a candidate, we’ll post it on our website.  A number of candidates have already declared.  While we don’t endorse candidates in primaries, we do like to make information available and provide equal assistance to any Democrat who is running for office.
Candidates/Offices for 2017 (not all have announced):

Thanks and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

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Vote Tuesday!

It’s time! Time to get to the polls and cast your vote for the Democratic ticket!

Do you have a plan to vote on Tuesday? If not, we’re here to help.

Step 1: Find your polling location. Click here to look it up.

Step 2: Read about our Democratic candidates and then download the Arlington Dems Sample Ballot (print it out and take it with you!).

Step 3: Make sure you have a photo ID. Need more info on what constitutes a valid ID? Check out VA Dems guidelines here.

Step 4: Go Vote!

Need a ride to the polls on Tuesday? We’ve got you covered. Give us a call at 703-528-8588.

And it’s never too late to volunteer to get out the vote! Check here for volunteer shifts and locations, or send us an email at volunteer@arlingtondemocrats.org.

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GOTV Weekend Volunteer Opportunities

Canvassing (Nov 5, 6, and 7) shifts at 9am, noon, 3pm, & 6pm. Please RSVP to an organizer.
November 8: 8am, 11am, 2pm and 5pm.

Area Address Organizer
Rosslyn-Courthouse (MetroEast) 1536 N Scott St, Arlington, VA Andrea Holtermann
Clarendon-Ballston (MetroWest & Central) 1302 N Nelson, Arlington VA Manny Bakare
Laurie Davis
Northeast (River) 4946 Rock Spring Rd, Arlington, VA Colleen Ryan
Southwest (King & Four Mile) 1 S Lexington S, Arlington, VA Kim Egonmwan
Northwest (West) 3506 N Nottingham S, Arlington, VA Sam Hanoura
Crystal City & Columbia Pike (Southeast & CenterEast) 1521 23rd Rd S, Arlington, VA Guy Mentel
Sebastien Lasseur

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Help us elect Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and the Democratic ticket.

Canvassing Days of Action (10-22, 10-23; Nov 5, 6, 7, & 8) shifts at 9am, noon, 3pm, and 6pm
Please RSVP to the organizer nearest you.

Area Address Organizer
Rosslyn-Courthouse (MetroEast) 1536 N Scott St, Arlington, VA Andrea Holtermann
Clarendon-Ballston (MetroWest & Central) 1302 N Nelson, Arlington VA Manny Bakare
Laurie Davis
Northeast (River) 4946 Rock Spring Rd, Arlington, VA Colleen Ryan
Southwest (King & Four Mile) 1 S Lexington S, Arlington, VA Kim Egonmwan
Alejandro Castillo
Northwest (West) 3506 N Nottingham S, Arlington, VA Sam Hanoura
Crystal City & Columbia Pike (Southeast & CenterEast) 1521 23rd Rd S, Arlington, VA Guy Mentel
Sebastien Lasseur

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2016 Golden Gala with Amanda Renteria

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We are thrilled to announce that our special guest speaker for the 2016 Golden Gala will be Amanda Renteria, National Political Director of the Hillary for America campaign!

The first Latina chief of staff for a U.S. senator, Ms. Renteria is now working to ensure another “first”: the election of our first woman President, Hillary Clinton! She will share insights from the campaign trail and the strategy for ensuring success in these last few weeks before Election Day. The Golden Gala also will feature live music, tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, and a generous bar. This is an evening definitely not to be missed! Continue reading…

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

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 bdowling@vavictory2016.org.

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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.”

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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.