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Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring to Kickoff Arlington Dems Labor Day Chili Cookoff


They join fellow 2021 candidates and Rep. Don Beyer for a fun-filled start to the critical 2021 campaign season

Sunday, September 5, 2021, ARLINGTON, Va.—The Arlington County Democratic Committee (Arlington Dems) will welcome Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring to its annual Labor Day Chili Cookoff on Monday, September 6. With near-perfect weather conditions forecasted, this in-person, outdoor event will mark the official start of the 2021 campaign season.

Gov. McAuliffe and AG Herring, both of whom are seeking reelection this year, will be joined by all of the local candidates on Arlington’s 2021 ballot: Virginia Delegates Patrick Hope, Alfonso Lopez, and Rip Sullivan; candidate for delegate and current Alexandria Vice Mayor, Elizabeth Bennett-Parker; County Board Member Takis Karantonis; and School Board candidate Mary Kadera. In addition, the event will feature Arlington’s congressional representative, Congressman Don Beyer, and former candidate for lieutenant governor and current delegate representing Roanoke, Sam Rasoul.

The 2021 election is high-stakes for Virginia, as it will decide control of the Governor’s Mansion and the House of Delegates. Under unified Democratic leadership over the past two years, Virginia has enacted commonsense gun reforms, abolished the death penalty, expanded access to healthcare, safeguarded voting rights, responded to the pandemic crisis, and begun rebuilding an economy that works for everyone.

“To continue this steady progress, which is unique among the Southern states, all voters are urged to come out in support of the full Democratic ticket -- by joining campaign events and by voting early,” said Arlington Dems Chair Jill Caiazzo. She continued: “Every single race on the Arlington ballot is contested, which means that we need every single Democratic voter in Arlington to show up this year. Democrats can take nothing for granted.”

Early voting in the 2021 election begins on Friday, September 17 and continues through Saturday, October 30. For the first time, early voting also will take place on one Sunday (October 24). Election Day is Tuesday, November 2. More information about early and Election Day voting is available at arldemsold.local/vote. To volunteer in support of Democratic candidates, please visit arldemsold.local/take-action. The Chili Cookoff will take place on Monday, September 6, from 2-5 p.m., at the Lyon Park Community Center located at 414 N Fillmore Street in Arlington. In addition to inspiring speakers, it will feature chilis from more than a dozen local contestants and a cereal drive for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). For more information and to purchase tickets to the Chili Cookoff and all of the Arlington Dems fundraising events in support of the 2021 campaign, please visit arldemsold.local/goldcard.

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