Arlington, VA – On December 4, the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC), at its general membership meeting, approved dates and rules to govern the process for endorsing candidates for County Board and School Board in 2014.
- For the County Board: For the special election to fill the Arlington County Board seat soon to be vacated by Chris Zimmerman, ACDC will hold an unassembled caucus on Thursday, January 30, 2014 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Key Elementary School and Saturday, February 1, 2014 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at Kenmore Middle School. All current and potential candidates for the Democratic nomination must file a letter of intent with the Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, or his designated representative, after January 1, 2014, and before 7:00 p.m. on January 20, 2014. Only those candidates who have properly filed by 7:00 p.m. on January 20, 2014, will be listed on the official ballot and be eligible for nomination.
Three candidates—Peter Fallon, Alan Howze, and Cord Thomas—announced their intention to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for County Board at ACDC’s December meeting. A date for the Special Election will be set by the Circuit Court once Mr. Zimmerman vacates the County Board seat.
- For the School Board: For the School Board endorsement, ACDC will hold an unassembled caucus on Thursday, May 15, 2014, (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Drew Model School and Saturday, May 17, 2014 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at Washington-Lee High School. To be eligible for endorsement, candidates 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, 2014, and before 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014.
In a change from past years, ACDC will use a voting process for both caucuses known as ”instant run-off voting.” Instead of voting for a single candidate, voters will be given the opportunity to rank their candidates in order of preference. Votes are then tallied by preference, with “instant runoffs” among the top candidates until a candidate obtains a majority. More information about instant run-off voting is available at http://www.fairvote.org/what-is-irv/.