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Blue Arlington: An Evening with the Arts – September 22

Please join us for a Silent Auction and Reception to promote the arts in Arlington, and to support Erik Gutshall for Arlington County Board and Monique O’Grady for Arlington School Board. Bid high and often while enjoying live performances from local artists, tasty treats, and great company! Save the date and buy your ticket now for a unique, fun event!

September 22, 7 pm – 10 pm

Lyon Park Community Center
414 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201

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Tickets are available here!

ACDC Gold Card: One Donation, Three Great Events!

The 2017 election in Virginia provides a unique opportunity for Democrats to send a message that will be heard around the country: Progressive change is coming, and it starts with Virginia.

We invite you to support our efforts to elect the full Democratic ticket in Arlington by purchasing a Gold Card. Your Gold Card directly funds the Arlington Democratic Joint Campaign.   Past elections have proven that Arlington’s votes can make the critical difference in close races.  Indeed, Mark Herring was elected in 2013 by a margin of only 907 votes. YOU can make the difference — right now — by supporting the efforts of the Arlington Democrats to spread the positive Democratic message and get out the vote in November.

Buy tickets here!

Press Release: Arlington Democratic Nominees Stand Against Racism and Bigotry

Arlington, VA – August 19, 2017 — Arlington leaders stood for equality and diversity when the Arlington County Board and School Board condemned the hate and bigotry in Charlottesville.

The Arlington County Board stated, “Arlington rejects the hateful speech and actions of the KKK, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the alt-right movement. As many yard signs across Arlington proclaim: ‘hate has no home here.’”

Read the rest of the press release here.

Joint Campaign 2017 Yard Signs Are Available for Pre-Order

​Show your Democrat pride and help get out the vote by displaying a yard sign!  The Arlington Dems are now accepting pre-orders for tri-candidate yard signs, at a cost of $2 per sign.  Yard signs are expected to be ready for pickup by the end of August.  Pre-order now while supplies last!

Democratic Candidates & Message

The Voice: Your Democratic Statewide Ticket

The June gubernatorial primaries produced a number of surprises, and they mostly pointed positive for Democrats looking forward to November. First of all, the Democratic gubernatorial primary turnout set a record with 542,816 voters, 10.1 percent more than the previous record, set more than a third of a century ago when 493,108 turned out for the barnburner race between Henry Howell and Andrew Miller in 1977. But the GOP didn’t set a record. Its gubernatorial race drew just 365,782 voters—32.6 percent below the Democratic turnout and 9.0 percent below its old record set in 1989 when J. Marshall Coleman beat two other candidates.


Continue this story and see many others in the latest issue of The Voice.

ACDC Press Release: Statement on Primary Election

Arlington, VA – June 13, 2017 — The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) congratulates the winners of the Democratic Primaries across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and in particular Ralph Northam, who has secured the nomination for Governor and Justin Fairfax, who has secured the nomination for Lieutenant Governor.

Arlingtonians came out again in record numbers to participate in the Democratic primary this year: 28,167 votes strong is the highest gubernatorial primary turnout in Arlington’s history, and 25,717 votes strong is historically high turnout for the lieutenant gubernatorial primary. The surge of enthusiasm in our party is proof that Democrats across Virginia — and especially in Arlington — will vote for progressive, Democratic candidates in November.

Four years ago in the Commonwealth, women’s reproductive rights, the right to marriage equality, and progress on renewable energy were all at risk. But in the four years since we regained the Governor’s mansion, our Governor has stood up for Planned Parenthood, supported marriage equality, expanded access to voter registration and absentee voting, and strengthened protection for victims of domestic violence. The ACDC is committed to building upon these achievements by electing a Democratic ticket and helping elect more Democrats to the House of Delegates.

Read the full release, including a statement by ACDC chair Kip Malinosky here.

2017 Primary Elections Information

Voting Starts Tuesday, June 13th

Important election information below:

2017 Elections

All polls are open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Election Days.

Where Do I Vote??

Photo Voter ID Requirements

June 13, 2017 Primary Elections – Democratic and Republican primaries for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Dual Primary Info for Voters

June 13, 2017 Democratic Sample Ballot

June 13, 2017 Republican Sample Ballot

Problem with voting calls the Virginia Democratic Party Voter Hotline at: (844-482-8683).

8th Congressional District Committee Members

The following State Central Committee Members were elected at the 2017 Eighth Congressional District Democratic Convention on Saturday, May 20, at Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, VA:

City of Alexandria:
Susan Kellom
PJ Palmer Johnson
Patrick Mulloy
Clarence Tong

Arlington County:
Margo E. Horner
Maureen Markham
Kimberly “Kim” Phillip
Steve Baker
Charles B. “Charley” Conrad
Joshua David Katcher
Jason Rylander

Fairfax County:
Rose Chu
Sherry B. Feggins
Alessia (Alex) Kirkland
Catherine (Kate) Spears
Christopher Ambrose
Edward Pierce Blue
Colin Flanigan
Dan Lagana

Falls Church City:
Margaret (Peg) Willingham


See the rest of the results here.

2017 County Board/School Board Results

Arlington County Democratic Committee Announces Caucus Winners:
Erik Gutshall for County Board and Monique O’ for School Board

Arlington, VA – May 13, 2017 — The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) is pleased to announce its nominee and endorsee for a seat on the Arlington County Board and a seat on the Arlington School Board. The unassembled caucus, which was held over three days at locations across Arlington, welcomed a record-breaking 5972 voters who stepped up to demonstrate their commitment to maintaining Arlington’s world-class education system, its decades of careful community planning, and its economic strength and diversity.

Both winners were chosen by Arlington Democratic voters using instant runoff voting, which ensures that each has majority support. Full results are listed below:

COUNTY BOARD: Erik Gutshall won the ACDC County Board Caucus, earning the party’s nomination for this fall’s election. All four candidates have committed tremendous time and resources to our community in the form of civil service, volunteer work, and their progressive campaigns; thank you to Peter Fallon, Kim Klingler, and Vivek Patil.

Erik Gutshall received a 2,877 votes out of 5972 votes in the first round and a total of 3,209 votes – or 55.2% of the vote in the second round. Full results are listed below:

  Peter Fallon Erik Gutshall Kim Klingler Vivek Patil Undetermined
1st Round 945 2,877 1,116 986 49
2nd Round n/a 3,209 1,416 1,189 n/a


SCHOOL BOARD: Monique O’Grady won the ACDC School Board Caucus, earning the party’s endorsement for this fall’s election. We are proud of all three of our candidates who ran vigorous issue-oriented campaigns; thank you to James Lander  and Maura McMahon.

Monique O’Grady received 2,743 votes in the first round and a total of 3,441 votes – or 59.4% in the second round.  Full results are listed below:

  James Lander Maura McMahon Monique O’Grady Undetermined
1st Round 2,119 965 2,743 143
2nd Round 2,336 n/a 3,441 n/a


Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement:

“Local politics is where Democratic values matter most because our elected officials make decisions every day that help shape our neighborhoods, our schools, and our sense of community. We are grateful to all the candidates and the voters who came out over three days to select our nominees.  Erik Gutshall and Monique O’Grady are committed to making Arlington a more inclusive community, with great schools and opportunities for all. We can’t wait to elect them in November.”

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

School Board:

County Board: