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ACDC Statement on April 8th Special Election

“We congratulate John Vihstadt, but of course are disappointed in the result of the special election,” said Kip Malinosky, Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee. “It is a loss for our community, as Alan Howze could have shared his expertise on how governments like ours can implement strategies and initiatives to reduce costs and improve the delivery of our government services.

“However, we look forward to rallying behind Alan in the fall when he runs for a full four year term on the Board, and we are confident he will be victorious then.”


Special Election For County Board On April 8, 2014

Alan Howze is an experienced community leader. Alan brings to the Arlington County Board race a strong combination of public and private sector experience. He works for IBM as a management consultant and communications leader in the company’s Public Sector and Commercial Sector services businesses. He has focused on bringing innovation to government and has worked with federal, state and local government leaders on a variety of strategy and transformation initiatives to reduce costs and improve the delivery of government services.

Vote on April 8, 2014.
Polling Place Hours: 6 am-7 pm

In case you can’t make it to the polls on April 8th, please review absentee voting eligibility. Absentee voting runs through April 5th.

Hours for in-person absentee voting at:
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Arlington, VA 22201

Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm except as follows:
Thursday, April 3: 8 am-7 pm
Saturday, April 5: 8:30 am-5 pm


Warner Joins Senate Finance Committee

Sen. Mark Warner has now joined the Senate Finance Committee, the body that tackles taxes, debt, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. The appointment should make him an even bigger player in the money issues where he has already made a mark.

Warmer was named to the panel Thursday (February 13) as something of a Valentine’s Day gift from Majority Leader Harry Reid. Warner got the seat when Finance Chairman Max Baucus resigned from the Senate to become ambassador to China.

Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon moved up to chair the Finance Committee.
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VA Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

In a sweeping decision on Virginia’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen struck down the law as federally unconstitutional. Citing the 14th Amendment’s equal protection provision, and even quoting Mildred Loving (whose 1967 case overturned VA’s interracial marriage ban), Judge Wright Allen mooted the law but also stayed her decision pending appeal (read the full decision here).

Newly-elected Attorney General Mark Herring, who just weeks ago reversed Virginia’s position in the Bostic v. Rainey case, issued the following statement:

“This decision is a victory for the Constitution and for treating everyone equally under the law. It is the latest step in a journey towards equality for all Virginians, no matter who they are or whom they love. But Judge Wright Allen’s eloquent decision is only one step in what I suspect will be an extended legal process to definitively answer the questions raised in this case. When we announced the decision to change Virginia’s legal position in Bostic v. Rainey, I said that the case presented fundamental questions that need to be decided by a court, and may ultimately need to be decided by the Supreme Court. That remains true today. The legal process will continue to play out in the months to come, but this decision shows that Virginia, like America, is coming to a better place in recognizing that every Virginian deserves to be treated equally and fairly.”


LG Northam Waits Out Storm

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, facing a major snowstorm Wednesday night but wanting to make sure he would be on hand to preside over Thursday’s State Senate session, bedded down on the couch in his office.

Northam reported he faced only one problem. The legislature’s office building has a security system that turns the lights on whenever it detects motion. So, every time Northam rolled over, the lights came on in his office.

Northam lives in Norfolk but rents space near the University of Richmond during the session. That’s in Richmond’s West End neighborhood, far from the Capitol Building. Furthermore, when the storm began Wednesday night, Northam was speaking at the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association dinner in downtown Richmond.
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Zimmerman Resigns, Special Election Set for April 8

County Board member Chris Zimmerman made his resignation official yesterday, February 10th. Today, the Arlington County Registrar wasted no time in declaring a special election to fill his seat. The special election for Arlington County Board will be held on April 8th, 2014.

Arlington Democrats recently nominated local activist Alan Howze to represent them in the special election.

ACDC Chair Kip Malinosky released the following statement: “Alan Howze is the only candidate who will continue the progressive Democratic leadership that has made Arlington great. In the next 55 days, we will work hard to make our case to the voters and are confident that Alan Howze will be the next member of the Arlington County Board.”

For more information on Alan Howze, visit


ObamaCare Definitely Not Killing Jobs

The GOP is marching around the track doing high-fives and boasting that Obamacare is fried now that a nonpartisan report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says Obamacare will wipe out 2.5 million jobs.

That is devastating for Obamacare — or it would be if the CBO said anything like what the GOP is claiming.
Virginia’s own Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, is one of the loudest voices calling Obamacare a job killer.

Shortly after the study was released February 4, Cantor said: “The CBO’s latest report confirms what Republicans have been saying for years now. Under Obamacare, millions of hardworking Americans will lose their jobs and those who keep them will see their hours and wages reduced.”

You can expect to hear this from many of your Republican friends as well as folks who are trying to assess Obamacare and hear this charge shouted over and over again.

But there’s no truth to the job-killer argument. PolitiFact Virginia looked at the assertion and at the CBO report and dismisses the Cantor cant.
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Bipartisan Redistricting Moves Forward

The effort to bring bipartisan redistricting to Virginia has taken a step forward as the State Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to hold a statewide referendum on whether an independent commission should draw voting district boundaries.

The bill, SB 158, was patroned by Arlington Senators Adam, Ebbin and Barbara Favola plus Democratic Sen. John Miller of Newport News and Republican Delegate Joseph Yost of Blacksburg.

The bill passed the Senate 36-4 on February 5 and now goes to the House.

The referendum would be held at this November’s general election, exactly 100 years after Virginia held its last referendum. Senator Miller, with eyes presumably rolling, said, “I think it’s fitting that every 100 years we ask the people what they think.”
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Mark Warner Faces Stiff Challenge

What was expected to be a sleepy campaign leading up to the re-election this fall of Senator Mark Warner got a wake-up call in January as a major GOP figure decided to challenge Warner.

Ed Gillespie, 52, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee who has never held elective office, announced he was running against Warner. Gillespie is renowned as a lobbyist, fund-raiser and political fixer.

The Gillespie challenge poses an interesting irony for the GOP, however. Republicans spent most of last year decrying the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee who had never held elective office. Republicans said he was nothing but a fund-raiser and political fixer, and that he was more Washington than Virginia. Now they will have to defend a resume they called offensive just months ago.
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Howze Wins Democratic Endorsement for County Board Special Election

Alan Howze, a civic activist and Arlington native, has been elected the Democratic candidate for the April Special Election to fill the Arlington County Board seat vacated by the resignation of Chris Zimmerman.

Mr. Howze won with 52% of 3585 votes cast during the two caucuses held Thursday January 30 and Saturday February 1 by the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC). Entrepreneur Cord Thomas received 30%, and former Planning Commission Peter Fallon received 18%.

Alan was born in Arlington, and he and his wife Pam and three young children live in the Highland Park-Overlee Knolls neighborhood. He has a strong history of civic work in Arlington, and currently serves as the President of the Highland Park-Overlee Knolls Civic Association, Vice-Chair of the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission (FAAC), and a Board Member of the Alliance for Housing Solutions. A graduate of James Madison University with an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Alan is a management consultant at IBM where he has worked with federal, state and local government leaders on a variety of strategy and transformation initiatives to reduce costs and improve the delivery of government services. For more information visit the campaign website:

Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement regarding the vote:

Kip Malinosky: “Arlington Democrats are thrilled to rally around Alan Howze. He has an outstanding record of service to our community and a vision for greater Arlington. We know how important it is to have our Democratic values represented at all levels of our government.”

The date of the special election will be set by the Circuit Court; most likely it will be on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.