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Report From Chairman Kip Malinosky

An Election to Protect Arlington’s Middle Class

Electing Democrats Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey to the County Board is critical to protecting the middle class in Arlington. After several debates and months of campaigning, this is the clear question in this election: will Arlington support two candidates committed to helping expand our schools, revitalize small businesses and make Arlington more affordable or will we support candidates who want to slash county services, cut funding from schools, and do nothing about affordable living in Arlington? Let’s examine these issues in detail.

Cristol and Dorsey are committed to continuing excellence in Arlington’s public schools. They know that at a time of expanding student enrollment we must not have stagnant or declining revenue for our schools. We need to build new schools and renovate some of our existing schools. Excellent schools are not free. Audrey Clement and Mike McMenamin, the independents running for County Board do not share this view. Clement wants to see sharp cuts in funding, at one point calling for a $5,000 cut per student, and McMenamin made clear at the Arlington Forest debate he wants to save money by reducing school funding. Clement suggested that we should be open to increasing class sizes. Arlington students and families deserve better.

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Get your Gold Card Today!

Your Gold Card directly funds our Joint Campaign efforts and grants you entry to three great events:

Labor Day Chili Cook-off
***LOCATION CHANGE due to renovations at Lyon Park
Monday, September 7, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
On Labor Day, join us at Barcroft Community House (800 S Buchanan St). Sample chili from a dozen or more Arlington Democratic kitchens. Help us choose the Best Democratic Chili in Arlington and support Democratic candidates to boot!

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ACDC Approves Rules for 2016 School Board Endorsement

On Wednesday, 08/05, Arlington Democrats approved the Rules for the 2016 School Board Endorsement of up to two candidates for Arlington County School Board in the November 8, 2016 election. An “unassembled caucus” will be held on Thursday, May 19 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Drew Model School and Saturday, May 21 (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 School 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 January 1, 2016, and before 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016.

Click here to read the Rules for the 2016 School Board Endorsement.


Report From Chairman Kip Malinosky

Excellent Schools for Arlington

Arlington has outstanding public schools. Last year Arlington Public Schools won an award for excellence in performance as a system. Six Arlington schools were recognized with the 2015 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence. And just weeks ago W-L High School students scored significantly higher than their the peers on the rigorous International Baccalaureate exams. This record of success was the result of thoughtful and consistent investments by the School Board and County Board in great schools and teachers.

Reid Goldstein, the winner of ACDC’s endorsement in May, is the best candidate for School Board to carry on this legacy. He has been involved with the schools for more than 20 years serving on PTAs, commissions and advisory councils. Reid, as a member of the Exemplary Project committee, successfully recommended that Thomas Jefferson middle school adopt International Baccalaureate, helping raise student achievement and focus on 21st century skills. He has been recognized by APS as the “Honored Citizen Award in 2011.”

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Cristol, Dorsey win Dem Primary for County Board

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.

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Democratic Primary – Tuesday June 9th

Today Tuesday June 9th, Arlington voters will choose two candidates to run as Democrats for the Arlington County Board in November. Some Arlington residents will also have the chance to vote for the Democratic nominee for the 45th House of Delegates District. (Do I live in the 45th?) Voting will be at your normal polling location. The polls are open from 6am to 7pm.

Where do I vote?

Who are the candidates?

Photo credit: Arlington Sun-Gazette


ACDC Announces Important Spring Election Dates

Arlington, VA — May 4, 2015 — The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) announces the following important dates related to elections this spring.  Candidate statements.

Monday May 18th is the last day to register to vote in the June 9th primary.  Information on how to register.

Absentee voting has begun.  Hours and location.

ACDC sponsored County Board debates will be held:
•    Thurs. May 21st, 7-9pm, Glebe Elementary School, 1770 N. Glebe Rd.
•    Mon. June 1st, 7-9pm, Campbell Elementary School, 737 S. Carlin Springs Rd.

The Democratic primary election for County Board will be held Tuesday June 9th; voters cast ballots at their regular polling locations between 6am-7pm.

All these events and more are listed on the ACDC calendar.

Reid Goldstein

Reid Goldstein Wins School Board Caucus

Arlington, VA – May 16, 2015 — The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) announces that Reid Goldstein won the ACDC School Board Caucus, earning the ACDC endorsement for this fall’s election. Reid Goldstein received 1,252 votes; Sharon Dorsey received 648 votes.

Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement:
“We are proud to endorse Reid. He has demonstrated leadership on educational issues and in the larger community. Reid will not only be a great voice for balancing the needs of school facilities, but also for improving instruction for all of Arlington’s students.“

Reid Goldstein stated: “I am grateful for and humbled by the support of so many Arlingtonians, and I appreciate the work of the Arlington County Democratic Committee in making this possible. I want to thank my wife and daughters for their patience and support, as well as my campaign team for their outstanding hard work. I thank Sharon Dorsey for a positive, thoughtful and energetic campaign, and Abby Raphael for her years of service to Arlington families. Arlington has an outstanding public school system. We face the challenge of growing enrollment as families are drawn to Arlington by our tradition of excellent education. We must maintain that excellence going forward as we work to close the achievement gap, provide for growing enrollment, and ensure openness and respect for diversity. I look forward to working with Arlington Democrats in the November election campaign, and hope to earn election to the School Board to work for our schools for the next four years.”

Reid Goldstein is a 30-year resident of Arlington with a deep commitment to public education. He and his wife are both products of public schools, and he attended the public university in New York. He is the son of two public school teachers, and the father of two Arlington Public Schools (APS) graduates. One of his daughters, a graduate of the Virginia public university system (VCU), is a pre-school teacher; the other currently attends VCU and is planning to become a teacher.

2015 School Board Caucus

Voting begins tonight in the Arlington Dems 2015 School Board Caucus, a firehouse primary open to all Arlington Democrats.

ACDC’s two School Board Caucuses will be held:

Thursday, May 14, 7pm-9pm at Drew Model School
Saturday, May 16, 11am-7pm at Washington Lee HS

Click here to read ACDC’s Rules for the 2015 School Board Endorsement.

The candidates, in ballot order, are listed below with links to their websites, social media, and their campaign statements.

Reid Goldstein

Reid Goldstein
Website | Facebook | Twitter

My name is Reid Goldstein. I am running for Arlington School Board to bring 20 years of leadership and community experience in Arlington County to the challenges facing our expanding school system. My long history of active participation in school and County activities is directly relevant to the challenge of ensuring that APS maintains its high standards in the future.

As the son of two teachers and the father of two APS graduates, I pledge to use everything I have learned from 20 years of activism to provide collaborative leadership worthy of Arlington’s students, parents, educators and all our residents.

Through years of deep commitment to community service, I have learned the operations and know the elected and community leaders of both our schools and the county government — not just to “work the system,” but to improve how our government and schools work.

  • I served on the APS Advisory Council on Instruction, Superintendent’s Strategic Planning Committee and the County Council of PTAs in collaborative and leadership roles, nurturing students’ growth while challenging them for greater achievement.
  • As president of the HB Woodlawn Parent Advisory Committee, I promoted parent involvement through continuous flow of relevant information to parents and feedback to school officials, including reviving the county-wide APS Family Network.
  • As a member of the Exemplary Project committee that recommended adoption of the International Baccalaureate program at Jefferson Middle School, I saw close-up how challenging academic programs transform schools, spark the passion for learning, and raise achievement for all.
  • My work for Arlington Schools was recognized by APS’ Most Honored Citizen award in 2011.
  • As a civic association president and member of the Housing Commission, Affordable Housing Task Force, CPRO board, NCAC and Columbia Pike Land Use and Housing Working Group, I have advocated for our neighborhoods for over 20 years, promoting the values of inclusion, sustainability and quality of life that we Arlington Democrats share.

I have the experience to lead the transition to a new era for Arlington schools, welcoming new students and families while maintaining Arlington’s signature feature: high quality schools!

  • APS is challenged by dramatic enrollment growth, and must compete with County priorities for land and funding. I have the experience to help the School Board and County Board to act jointly, rather than in parallel.
  • While we build more classrooms, we cannot lose focus on what goes on inside them. I will maintain the high academic standards and performance that the community expects.
  • I will maintain competitive teacher compensation. I will not balance budgets on the backs of our skilled and dedicated teachers and staff.
  • I will provide the resources to secure an exceptional future: close the achievement gap, promote STEM, advance foreign language instruction including FLES, support early childhood education, and realize effective integration of technology.

My website is I am asking for your vote at the ACDC endorsement caucus, May 14 and 16. Thank you in advance for your support!

Sharon Dorsey

Sharon Dorsey
Website | Facebook | Twitter

I’m Sharon Dorsey and I’m running for School Board because I believe every child in Arlington deserves a chance to succeed. I don’t need to tell you that, here in Arlington, we’re at a crossroads on many issues and there’s a lot of work to be done in our schools and for our children.

In the next few years, School Board members are going to be grappling with the issues of overcrowding in our classrooms and tight budgets constraints. We need a leader on the Board who doesn’t shy away from difficult decisions, who can build consensus, and bring new ideas to the table and find solutions that work for all of Arlington’s children. I promise to be that candidate.

I’ve lived in Arlington for 32 years. I know firsthand how great Arlington’s schools are. My two children, Samantha and Jack, both attended Arlington Public Schools and are now settling into the community so their kids can grow up in our schools.

I’m a former teacher and today I’m still teaching reading and writing through the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. I have 30 years of business experience that I will bring with me to help manage our budget and fiscally stay on track.

Arlington’s schools are great, but we can do better.

We need to bring schools and the community together to deal with overcrowding and establish a sustainable plan for growth that puts education first and works for students, parents and the entire Arlington Community.

We need to make sure tax dollars are spent efficiently and wisely on programs that focus on classroom learning. The vast majority of our taxpayers don’t have children in our schools. We need to be proactive communicators and always be accountable for each dollar invested.

We need to keep class sizes so every student can get personalized, quality education and we need to give teachers the support, training and tools they need so our students have a quality learning environment.

We need to strengthen STEM programs by investing in science and technology along with art, music and writing programs. We need more hands-on learning opportunities in and out of the classroom so our kids can gain real world skills beyond textbook learning.

I promise to roll up my sleeves and tackle the hard decisions head on so every child in Arlington’s schools can get the very best education we can offer.

I would be honored to have your support on May 14 and 16. Together, we can create better schools for all of Arlington’s kids. For more information, please visit


ACDC Announces Debate Dates

Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) and the Arlington Young Democrats will host a number of debates for candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement for Arlington School Board and to become the Democratic nominees for Arlington County Board. They are:

School Board Debate

  • Wednesday April 1st, 7pm-9pm, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.
  • Friday April 24th, 7pm, NRECA Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd.

County Board Debates

  • Wednesday April 15th, 7pm-9pm, NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd. — Hosted by the Arlington Young Democrats
  • Wednesday May 6th, 7pm-9pm, NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd — During the monthly ACDC meeting
  • Thursday May 21st, 7pm-9pm, Glebe Elementary School, 1770 N. Glebe Rd.
  • Monday June 1st, 7pm-9pm, Campbell Elementary School, 737 S. Carlin Springs Rd.

ACDC’s School Board Caucus will be held:

  • Thursday May 14th, 7pm-9pm, Drew Model School, 3500 23rd St. S.
  • Saturday May 16th, 11am-7pm, Washington Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St.

The Democratic primary election for County Board will be held Tuesday June 9; voters cast ballots at their regular polling locations between 6am-7pm.

All these events are listed on the ACDC calendar available here: