Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey have won the Democratic Party primary, becoming the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s (ACDC) nominees for the November election for Arlington County Board.
Katie Cristol won 4,476 (22.5%) of the 19,932 votes cast for County Board candidates, and Christian Dorsey won 4,420 (22.2%). Votes cast for other candidates were: Peter Fallon, 4,007 (20.1%); Andrew Schneider, 3,536 (17.7%); James Lander; 2,806 (14%); and Bruce Wiljanen 687 (3.4%). The total number of voters was 10,857; voters could vote for two candidates.
Kip Malinosky, Chair of ACDC said, “Katie Cristol has a passion for engaging a new generation in local government, and Christian Dorsey is committed to revitalizing small businesses, and both are dedicated to excellence in our schools and improving housing affordability. We are thrilled to have these two outstanding nominees represent our progressive values and Democratic party in Arlington.”
Katie Cristol said: “I’m honored to earn the support and nomination of Arlington County Democrats, and extend my thanks to the party, my tireless team of supporters, and all who participated in today’s election and cast their ballots for Arlington’s future. It’s been a pleasure to campaign alongside Christian, Peter, James, Andrew and Bruce. We are looking forward to November.”
Katie is a policy professional and community advocate for women, families and students, running to bring new perspectives and renewed energy to the Arlington community.
She is an appointed member of the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women; as the Commission’s Research and Investigation Chair, she led the development of a major research report on the issues affecting women and girls in the Arlington community. As an education policy consultant, Katie works with schools and advocacy groups across the county seeking to improve academic and life outcomes for students. She also serves on the Arlington Public Schools Advisory Council on Instruction, and is a longtime volunteer at Randolph Elementary School in South Arlington.
Christian Dorsey said: “I am grateful to the voters for placing their trust in me to serve as a Democratic nominee for County Board. I congratulate Katie Cristol on her nomination and look forward to a general election campaign where we offer a vision for Arlington that will overcome our challenges and lead to an even brighter future.”
Christian has spent substantial periods of his career working to improve our Arlington community. He had the privilege of serving as executive director of The Reading Connection, promoting literacy development for children facing housing insecurity. He also led the Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation, which provided essential community services and jump-started a moderate-income housing development in the Nauck neighborhood.
Christian has had the privilege of serving Arlington community as a volunteer, including serving on the boards of directors of the Arlington Free Clinic, A-SPAN, Leadership Arlington, and Arlington Independent Media, chairing the Committee of 100, and serving on County Board advisory commissions (Tenant-Landlord, chairman; Planning, member). He is a senior executive at the Economic Policy Institute.
On Wednesday, June 10 at 7pm, ACDC hosts a Democratic Unity Event with all six County Board candidates and their supporters to officially endorse the two winning nominees.