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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:   https://www.moniqueogrady.org/

County Board:  https://erikgutshall.ngpvanhost.com/

 

Reminder: 2017 School Board and County Board Unassembled Caucus

The unassembled caucus for endorsements for Arlington County School Board and County Board will be held:

  • Tuesday, May 9 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Francis Scott Key Elementary School,
  • Thursday, May 11 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Drew Model School and
  • Saturday, May 13 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at Washington-Lee High School.

Voter Registration Opportunities

We have an ongoing opportunity to help with voter registration every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7 pm at the Ballston Metro.  Please sign up for upcoming dates here.  The schedule runs through the June 13th primary.  Please consider signing up for a slot (or 2 or 3!).”

 

 
 

 

ACDC Press Release: Participating in the 2017 County Board/School Board Caucus

Participating in the 2017 County Board/School Board Caucus Is As Easy as 1, 2, 3 (or 4)

A Primer on Participating

On May 9th, 11th, and 13th, the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) will host an unassembled caucus to determine who will appear as the Democratic nominee for the Arlington County Board on the November 7th ballot. The Democratic endorsee for the Arlington School Board will also be selected. Candidates will be selected using Instant Runoff Voting or IRV.

 

What is an unassembled caucus?

Voting in an unassembled caucus, also known as a “firehouse primary,” is simple and easy.

The upcoming caucus is nothing like the caucuses you see every 4 years in Iowa. Unlike the Iowa Caucus–where voters not stand in the corner of a room to indicate their preference for their candidate– voters participating in the County Board/School Board Caucus will arrive any time during the specified voting period, register, sign a pledge stating that they intend to support the Democratic candidate, mark their ballot and leave.

It’s that simple and easy to participate in the 2017 County Board/School Board Caucus.

 

To read the rest of the press release, including more about the unassembled caucus and instant runoff voting, see here.

ACDC Press Release: County and School Board Candidates

Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) is pleased to announce that the following four candidates have filed for one seat on the County Board at the unassembled County and School Board Caucus:

The candidates that filed for to seek one seat on the School Board Endorsement are:

 
Instant Runoff Voting

Arlington Democratic caucuses have used IRV – Instant Runoff Voting – since 2014 in caucuses with more than two candidates for one slot. Under IRV, you indicate your numeric preference for the candidates – you mark “1” next to the name of your first choice candidate, “2” for your second choice and so on.  If one candidate receives more than 50% of the 1st choice votes, that candidate wins. If not, the candidate with the fewest number of 1st choice votes is eliminated and each of his/her ballots is re-distributed to the candidate listed as the 2nd choice on that ballot. The ballots are counted again and the process continues until one candidate receives more than 50% of the ballots, see www.fairvote.org/rcv#how_rcv_works.

Read the rest of the press release here.

Arlington County Democratic Committee’s Blue Families Initiative

Young families are a great untapped resource for Democrats in Arlington and nationwide.  The Arlington County Democratic Committee’s Blue Families initiative is aimed at helping folks with kids to fit progressive political activism into our busy schedules.   Blue Families’ plan is to harness that energy by providing resources and mentorship for planning and hosting kid-friendly, kid-compatible, and (dare we say it) fun events in our communities.

Read more about ACDC’s Blue Families Initiative here.

ACDC Approves Rules for 2017 County Board Nomination & Adds Date for School Board Endorsement

On Wednesday March 1st, Arlington Democrats approved the Rules for the 2017 County Board Nomination for one candidate for Arlington County Board and to endorse one candidate for Arlington County School Board on the November 7, 2017 election. An “unassembled caucus” will be held on Tuesday, May 9 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Francis Scott Key Elementary School, Thursday, May 11 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Drew Model School and Saturday, May 13 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at Washington-Lee High School. In order to be eligible for endorsement by the participants in the unassembled Caucus, candidates for Arlington County Board must file a letter of intent to seek the Democratic endorsement with the Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, or his/her designated representative, after March 1, 2017, and before 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Read the full County Board Caucus Rules here.
Read the Amended School Board Caucus Rules here.

Chair’s Column: Stepping up the Resistance

Despite record-breaking dishonesty as a candidate, it’s clear that President Trump intends to deliver on his most dangerous and destructive promises. Through executive orders alone, Trump has demanded: federal agencies to reduce enforcement of the Affordable Care Act, called for the expansion and acceleration of deportations, and imposed a temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. Furthermore, he has ordered a federal hiring freeze and directed the Environmental Protection Agency freeze all grants and contracts. This is utterly unacceptable…..

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