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Climate Call to Action

Kip Malinosky is the Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee.

Last weekend more than 300,000 people took to the streets of New York to march for action to reduce climate change. This comes after the hottest August the world has ever experienced. With daily news reports filled with stories of droughts, floods and forest fires – the time for action has arrived. Actually that moment arrived decades ago and now it’s time for radical action. Naomi Klein argues in her wonderful new book, This Changes Everything, taking on climate change can and should transform our politics. She’s right. We need to aggressively reduce emissions and switch to alternative energies.

Arlington has been a leader in taking local action to address global warming. Jay Fisette led the creation of Arlington’s Community Energy Plan and Clerk of the Court Paul Ferguson, when he was on the County Board, spearheaded the Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions in 2007 (now Rethink Energy) which led to 10 percent reduction in emissions. However, we cannot afford to be content with our success to date. We must keep electing leaders who are committed to meaningful action on climate change.

This year we are lucky to have a Democratic ticket united from the U.S. Senate to the School Board that cares deeply about renewable energy. Senator Warner wants “to spur the development of offshore wind energy, tax provisions to make wind and solar projects more affordable and… encourage the U.S. military to continue developing alternative fuel sources.” These are a set of sensible climate-friendly policies that have a chance of breaking Republican filibusters, especially given Warner’s commitment to bringing people together.

Democratic Congressional nominee Don Beyer has been one of the most forceful and thoughtful advocates for climate action we have running for Congress. Beyer is calling for a carbon tax that “must include investments in clean energy and in energy efficiency, as well as protections for low-income households…. This is the single most important issue of our time, and we need to act now. We owe it to future generations.” He is crystal clear about the urgency of this issue and he will do everything can to get legislation to this end through Congress.

The sad truth, however, is that the Republican Party is in thrall to a Tea-Party ideology in both Washington and Richmond with enormous power to obstruct any progress on climate action. In the United States, the most promising climate action is often at the local level. This is why it is critical for us to elect our Democratic County Board Nominee Alan Howze.

Alan got his start in politics through environmental activism and has a strong set of proposals that will help reduce Arlington’s carbon footprint. He has called for combating climate change locally by supporting policies to make it easier to buy and install solar panels in Arlington, by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy for our commercial and county buildings, advocating for “Green Tech” companies and policies that encourage innovation to reduce energy use throughout the community and investing in mass transit including the streetcar. He has spoken about making our community more resilient and protecting Arlington’s infrastructure, such as our water-treatment plant from a hurricane Sandy-type storm surge. Alan will never support fracking in George Washington National Park. Howze’s forward thinking for Arlington will truly makes us a more walkable, livable, and sustainable community – so we can do our part to reduce global warming.

Working together, Warner, Beyer and Howze will lead the fight to address climate change and protect our community.


Messenger Delivery This Weekend

Join more than 500 Democratic volunteers who will walk their neighborhoods delivering copies of the Democratic Messenger on doorsteps throughout the county. The Messenger contains photos, bios and messages from all the Democratic candidates running in Arlington, from Congress to the School Board. It is our most important and most effective Get Out the Vote activity. Routes come with a map and normally take 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours to walk. To volunteer, contact your local precinct captain or Carol Fontein at

Click here to down load a copy of the messenger.


ACDC Passes Referenda on Bonds and Taxes

On Wednesday, Sept 3rd, the Arlington County Democratic Committee adopted two resolutions. The first urges Arlington voters to vote YES on the bond issues on the ballot in November. The second urges voters to vote YES on a constitutional amendment exempting surviving military spouses from real estate taxes.

Click here for the full text of the bond resolution.

Click here for the full text of the constitutional amendment.


Get Your 2014 Joint Campaign Gold Card

The Gold Card is an annual tradition, granting VIP admission to a trifecta of Joint Campaign fundraising events at a great discount! The proceeds from the Gold Card support all of our Democratic candidates on the ballot – maximizing the impact and efficiency of each volunteer and every dollar spent. Buying a gold card gets you discounted entry into these three events:

Sept 1 – Chili Cook-off
Oct 5 – A Toast to Charlene Bickford
Oct 17 – Golden Gala

Get your 2014 Joint Campaign Gold Card today!


Rip Sullivan Wins Big in the 48th!

The Arlington County Democratic Committee is pleased to announce that Rip Sullivan has decisively won the Special Election in Virginia’s 48th District. In Arlington he won almost 63% of the 8,159 votes cast. He will replace Delegate Bob Brink who served more than 16 years representing the District in the House of Delegates in Richmond.

Rip has served our region on numerous boards and commissions, and has extensive experience in transportation, housing, education, and legal policy. His appointments include the Fairfax Consumer Protection Commission, Fairfax Transportation Advisory Commission, Fairfax Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and Fairfax Park Authority. He also served as president of the Legal Services of Northern Virginia, a non-profit institution providing legal services to low-income residents.

“Rip Sullivan’s decisive victory is a validation of the strong Democratic values held by the residents of the 48th District,” said Kip Malinosky, ACDC’s Chair. “Rip will go to Richmond and give our district a powerful voice on votes about the Commonwealth’s Medicaid expansion, gun safety laws, energy and environment investments, fair wage policies, transportation, equal rights, and of course education. Despite the best efforts of the Republicans, our voters made it clear that Rip Sullivan was the overwhelming choice in the 48th District.”

Washington Post Endorses Rip Sullivan for Delegate

The Washington Post recently endorsed Rip Sullivan for Delegate.

“Mr. Sullivan has taken forthright stances in favor of stricter gun control and insuring hundreds of thousands of Virginians by expanding Medicaid and against regulating abortion clinics out of existence. Bright, even-keeled and civic-minded, he has been heavily involved in promoting legal services for the poor, voting rights and affordable housing, among other issues.”

Read the full endorsement here.

For more information and to find out if you live in the district, visit

Rip Sullivan for the 48th

On Tuesday, August 19th, District 48 of the Virginia House of Delegates is holding a special election to fill the seat vacated by Delegate Bob Brink. A Democratic caucus was held on July 6 with seven candidates, and Richard “Rip” Sullivan Rip Sullivan was the winning candidate. Find out if you live in the 48th District here (Click Districts after the search).

It is critical to elect our Democratic Nominee Rip Sullivan on August 19th. The voting will be at your regular November polling place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you will be out of town on August 19, you can vote absentee-in-person at 2100 Clarendon, Suite 320 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, August 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can print an absentee voter application here.

Why is it important to elect Rip Sullivan? Rip will be a champion for the causes and values which voters in the 48th District hold dear. He knows that government works best when we are represented by leaders who believe we are all in this together. He will bring the same type of dedicated, practical and progressive service that Delegate Brink did for the last 17 years. Rip is already a community leader with extensive government experience. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Gov. Tim Kaine appointed him to the Virginia Commission on Civics Education.
  • He served on the Transportation Advisory Commission.
  • He is a former President of Legal Services of Northern Virginia, a non-profit which serves low-income residents.
  • He is a board member of the Park Authority.
  • He served on the Consumer Protection Commission.
  • He is former Vice-Chair of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

On issue after issue, Rip has relevant expertise and a commitment to move Virginia forward. He will work with the Governor and Arlington’s Richmond delegation to make progress on the following issues:

  • Closing the coverage gap, by finally expanding Medicaid.
  • Reducing testing in our schools and increasing investment to prevent overcrowding.
  • Promoting common sense gun safety, like limiting gun purchases to one per month.
  • Investing more in renewable energy and passing a mandatory renewable energy standard to spur further innovation and efficiency.
  • Raising Virginia’s minimum wage, while offering more support for small businesses.
  • Fully supporting marriage equality and letting women make their own reproductive health choices.

For all these reasons and more, vote for Rip Sullivan in the August 19, special election. And for more information please go or call him on his cell at (703) 969-6296.


de la Pava Sole Candidate for Treasurer Nomination

Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee announces that Carla de la Pava is the only candidate to file to seek the Democrats’ nomination to be the next Arlington County Treasurer. Because she was the only candidate to file by today’s deadline, de la Pava is now automatically on the agenda for formal nomination by ACDC at its regular meeting on August 6 (Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.), and her endorsement is likely to be overwhelmingly approved.

Earlier this month, Frank O’Leary, who served for more than 30 years in the position, retired, triggering a special election to fill his unexpired term. Prior to that election, de la Pava was sworn in as Treasurer.

A special election to fulfill the remainder of the term (until December 2015) has been set for November 4th, when Arlingtonians will also vote for Democrats Mark Warner for U.S. Senator, Don Beyer for U.S. Congress VA-8, Alan Howze for Arlington County Board, and Barbara Kanninen for School Board. Nancy Van Doren is likely to be the Democratic endorsee for an additional Arlington County School Board seat in yet another special election the same day.

For the past six years, de la Pava served as Chief Deputy Treasurer under Frank O’Leary. During her tenure, Arlington’s tax delinquency rate was reduced to an all time low of less than 0.4%, helping to distinguish the Treasurer’s Office as one of the best in Virginia and the United States. She has an MBA from Harvard and a degree in Economics from Wesleyan University, and worked at Continental Bank of Illinois and The Price Company, which owned and operated Price Club (now Costco).

Carla has been actively involved in many community organizations including the Warren G. Stambaugh Memorial Foundation, the Arlington County Civic Federation and the Arlington Soccer Association. She is also a member of the Arlington Committee of 100, the Arlington Historical Society, the Better Sports Club of Arlington, Organized Women Voters and Leadership Arlington (Class of 2010). Although she unfortunately grew up in Alexandria, she did marry life-long Arlingtonian Mark Dola, and they have raised their three sons here.

For more information, visit the campaign website:

Quote from Frank O’Leary:
“After six years of excellent service to the Arlington County Treasurer’s Office and Arlington County citizens, Carla de la Pava is well prepared and highly qualified to be Arlington County Treasurer. Experience does count!”

Quote from Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky:
Carla de la Pava is the perfect person to be Arlington’s Treasurer. She has a passion for relating to people and working with money. And in addition, she has been learning from the best, Frank O’Leary, for the last six years.

Quote from Carla:
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of continuity in the Treasurer’s Office and I am committed to continuing the office’s tradition of excellence. It will be an honor and privilege to receive ACDC’s nomination and to run for Arlington County Treasurer in the special election on November 4th.

Because only one candidate filed to be the Democrats’ choice in the School Board and Treasurer special elections, ACDC’s announced Caucus on August 4th is now canceled.


Van Doren Sole Candidate for School Board Endorsement

Nancy Van Doren Sole Candidate for Arlington County Democratic Committee Endorsement for Arlington County School Board Special Election

Arlington, VA – The Arlington County Democratic Committee announces that Nancy Van Doren is the only candidate to file to seek the Democrats’ endorsement to fill the Arlington School Board seat being vacated by Noah Simon this November. Earlier this month, Simon announced his intention to resign effective August 1.

Van Doren recently finished a close second to Barbara Kanninen in securing the Democrats’ endorsement in the May 2014 ACDC School Board caucus (1,812 to 1,794). Because she was the only candidate to file by today’s deadline for an August 4 “firehouse primary,” Van Doren is now automatically on the agenda for formal endorsement by ACDC at its regular meeting on August 6 (Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.), and her endorsement is likely to be overwhelmingly approved. Earlier this month, the third candidate in May’s caucus, Greg Greeley, endorsed Van Doren for this fall’s election.

An Arlington Public Schools Honored Citizen in 2011, Van Doren served on the county’s Multi-Modal Transportation and Student Safety Special Committee, Arlington Career Center Parent Advisory Committee, Family and Community Engagement Working Group, and ADHD Task Force. She also served as chair of the Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee, on the steering committee of the Evaluation of Services for Students with Special Needs Committee, and on the Advisory Council on Instruction and County Council of PTAs.

She also has been an active community leader, founding ArlingtonADHD and ArlingtonReading parent support groups and the Arlington Latino Network, organizing the Latino Education Summit, and working with the Safe Busing Now Coalition. Van Doren is married to Jack Zetkulic, an international consultant and educator. Their four children have attended Arlington Public Schools. Van Doren served as president of the Jefferson Middle School PTA and on the Washington-Lee Crew Boosters.

For more information, visit the campaign website:

Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement: “Nancy Van Doren is a strong leader who has worked in all areas of education to improve Arlington schools for students, parents, and our community. She will bring great expertise and experience to our School Board as well as a passion for engaging the larger community. I look forward to having her join our Democratic ticket this fall.”

“I am honored to have this opportunity to run for School Board with the endorsement of the Arlington Democrats. I look forward to the Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting on August 6, when the Democratic endorsement will be officially affirmed,” said Van Doren. “I pledge to bring the same level of enthusiasm and commitment through to the general election November 4 and thank all of my supporters for their continuing efforts on behalf of my candidacy.”

The election for Simon’s vacated seat is expected to be held on the same day as the regular November election, in which Kanninen already has the Democrats’ endorsement for a full-term seat. Thus, Kanninen and Van Doren would both have the Democrats’ endorsement in their respective, separate races.

The announced August 4 caucus was to have decided both this School Board endorsement as well as the Democrats’ nomination in the special election for Arlington County Treasurer. The deadline to file for the Democrats’ nomination for Treasurer is Friday, July 25. At the time of this release, only one candidate, Carla de la Pava, has filed for Treasurer. If no other candidates file by the deadline, the August 4 caucus will be cancelled.


Arlington Democrats Caucus for two vacancies

The Arlington County Democratic Committee will hold an unassembled caucus (firehouse primary) on Monday night, August 4, 2014 to nominate and endorse candidates to fill two vacancies. Treasurer Frank O’Leary resigned effective July 7. School Board Member Noah Simon is resigning effective August 1. Special Elections will be called by the Arlington County Circuit Court likely on the same date as the general election November 4. We are expecting political parties to be required to submit a nominee for Treasurer by August 15 at 5pm, which will also be the deadline for School Board filing. Therefore, the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) is calling for a Caucus on Monday, August 4 to both nominate a candidate for Treasurer and endorse a candidate for School Board.

The Treasurer and School Board Unassembled Caucus (firehouse primary) will be held at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center 3501, 2nd St S, Arlington, VA 22204, Monday, August 4 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Click here to read the Call to Caucus.

Click here to read the Caucus Rules.

The filing deadline for the School Board endorsement is Friday, July 18 at 9:00pm. The filing deadline for the Treasurer’s nomination is Friday, July 25 at 9:00pm. If fewer than two people file for each race the Caucus will be canceled.

Click here for the School Board Caucus Candidate filing form.

Click here for the Treasurer’s Caucus Candidate filing form.