Arlington Democrats, Today we learned that the special election to fill the seat on the Arlington County Board that is now vacant due to Erik Gutshall’s untimely death has been set for July 7. We ran responses to our questionnaire Monday from the four candidates: Chanda Choun, Barbara Kanninen, Takis Karantonis, and Nicole Merlene. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville) – allows for ranked-choice voting in a wide array of races statewide on a 10-year trial basis, starting in 2021. “I am running for Arlington County Board to bring my experience as a trusted, collaborative leader to fight for our community at this difficult time,” said Kanninen, who has served on the Arlington School Board … Greater Greater Washington agrees with the Arlington Democratic Party in preferring the special election could happen later, so that all Arlington Democrats could vote by mail. The special election to replace retiring County Board member Chris Zimmerman is the closest thing Arlington will probably have to a referendum on the streetcar. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism The process continues in multiple rounds until a candidate hits the 50-percent threshold. “The devil’s always in the details – it’s important to get this right,” said board vice chairman Matt Weinstein. We should make it easier for developers to build affordable units within market rate affordable buildings, because right now the formula disincentives this action. When filling out ballots, voters are allowed (but not required) to rank candidates in order of preference; should no candidate receive 50 percent of the vote on the first ballot, the lowest scoring candidate is eliminated, and his/her votes are reallocated based on voter preferences. The list of candidates will be updated as more information is available. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. On Thursday, May 7, a select group of Arlington County Democratic party members will choose a candidate to represent their party in a July special election to replace former supervisor Erik Gutshall. Also rank 2nd and/or 3rd: Nicole Merlene and Chanda Choun. arlington democratic incumbents cristol, dorsey return to county board (washington post, nov. 5, 2019) sparring in arlington continues over transparency in amazon negotiations (inside nova, march 19, 2018) state bill would provide big tax breaks to arlington country clubs The special election to fill the seat on the Arlington County Board that is now vacant due to Erik Gutshall’s untimely death has been set by an Arlington County Judge for July 7, 2020. accounts, the history behind an article. Between the pandemic crisis and the fact that the 2020 County Board race saw only two candidates (Democrat Libby Garvey and independent Audrey Clement), board members did not move forward on considering enactment of the instant-runoff process. Kanninen’s answer on stormwater planning, which explained why redevelopment in Arlington results in improved stormwater outcomes, deserves particular praise. It's readily obvious that these aliases repeatedly share the same syntax, both above and in comments on other articles. We would like to note that Merlene returned her questionnaire beyond the deadline, and that, while she’s wonderfully enthusiastic and knowledgeable about public transit improvements, her responses contained less detail than others’ on how she would actually execute the policies that she favors. And, he boasts endorsements from many of the officials and committee members we work with and/or have supported. Candidates running in Arlington County explain why voters should choose them in the Nov. 3 general election. A sinkhole and erosion ate a third of Baltimore’s light rail stops. Incumbent Libby Garvey, 69, has served eight years on the Arlington County Board and is the current Board chair. Arlington's elections are already rigged. To add your business to the stream, email email@example.com or click on the green button below. This year, GGWash staff and volunteers spent over 500 hours on our elections coverage. Their voices, as a renter and small-business owner, and immigrant and veteran, are much-needed to ensure that Arlington fairly represents all its residents. We ran responses to our questionnaire Monday from the four candidates: Chanda Choun, Barbara Kanninen, Takis Karantonis… The impact of ranked-choice voting already is evident in the composition of the Arlington County Board. Election software used by the county allows for ranked-choice voting, but only in elections with three or fewer candidates. In addition, the state government would be required to certify all system upgrades, something that may not be high on the Virginia Department of Elections’ priority list, given only one jurisdiction is involved. This week, a select group of Arlington Democratic party members will choose a nominee for the county board seat held by Erik Gutshall, who tragically died of brain cancer in April. Be Proactive. That means much density has already been baked into the plans. The Office will be closed Monday & Wednesday, January 18 & 20 in observation of County holidays. The Arlington Office of Voter Registration & Elections received a Candidate Withdrawal Form from Chanda Choun. Continue the conversation about urbanism in the Washington region and support GGWash’s news and advocacy when you join the GGWash Neighborhood! She is running for reelection. Doing local endorsements is very time intensive. If you are a party candidate nominated by a method other than a primary then you do not need to submit a Declaration of Candidacy unless required by your party. Takis Karantonis by the candidate’s website. At the request of Del. ARLINGTON, VA — In addition to voting for the president and vice president, one member of the U.S. Senate, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 8th congressional district, the Arlington County Board and School Board, two amendments to the Constitution of Virginia, and five bond questions for Arlington County. All text, and images marked as created by the article's author, are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. It only makes sense as they will also be building hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail where workers will not be high earners. The candidates so far are: Barbara Kanninen; Chanda Choun; Nicole Merlene; Takis Karantonis. ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va. — During the 2020 General Election, Arlington County residents will have the chance to decide on members of the Board of Education for the county's school system. Michael O'Connell, Patch Staff Posted Thu, Oct … County Board Member Libby Garvey, in April 2014, resigned from the Arlington Democratic Committee after supporting Vihstadt's campaign over Ferranti's. Candidate appointed to the most advisory commissions / committees / working groups (by Arlington's Democratic Old Guard) and who most supports the status quo - as defined by the Dem Old Guard and the Media - typically wins, And ranked choice voting would rig elections even more. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Audrey Clement is a 50-year-old SAS developer. The positions of Chair and Vice Chair rotate annually. to trying to figure this out.”. You have permission to edit this article. The latest Tysons progress report shows mixed results on housing policy, Montgomery County is working on a plan to tackle racial equity, public health, and climate change, Central Virginia is planning a 41-mile trail from Ashland to Petersburg. Arlington’s elections office, meanwhile, is expected to announce today that it will not be running a party nomination event ahead of the November County Board general election. Instructions on how to request absentee ballots online, and to register to vote for residents not yet registered, are on the Arlington Democrats website. July 2020 Arlington County Special Election Candidates; June 23, 2020 Primary Elections (Election date changed per Governor's Executive Order 56) Certified Candidates in Ballot Order; June 4, 2020 General and Special Elections. Some voters also find ranked choice voting confusing, so there would have to be a significant outreach program to all voters. ARLINGTON, VA — In addition to voting for the president and vice president, one member of the U.S. Senate, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 8th congressional district, the Arlington County Board and School Board, two amendments to the Constitution of Virginia, and five bond questions for Arlington County. Libby T. Garvey: 82,007 votes, 71.37 percent ... Metro and Transportation (Arlington County) While many of the goals set by the Arlington County Board for 2016 were familiar, like expanding school capacity, signs of the new perspectives and new leadership began to take hold at its Jan. 1 meeting. While Hope’s bill applies exclusively to Arlington and exclusively to County Board races, another measure – successfully patroned by Del. But before any County Board decision, there needs to be assurances that “we’re all on the same page,” said Reinemeyer, a sentiment shared by Electoral Board members. We'd love to hear eyewitness This is the official endorsement of Greater Greater Washington. There's one major media outlet that's so biased against non-Democrats that it sat on major league negative news about a Democrat running for re-election to Arlington Board of Supervisors until a couple days after the 2019 elections; another media outlet whose Editor perennially calls non-Democrats "losers"; and another media outlet where friends of the Owner-Publisher continually trash non-Democrats in blog comments. Let us know what's going on! One of Erik Gutshall’s strengths was his experience with planning as a practice rather than a theory; Karantonis is the best-equipped candidate to continue to provide this expertise. GGWash is supported by our members, corporate supporters, and foundations. Karantonis is an urbanist, and a progressive. . or anything. Takis Karantonis by the candidate’s website. Gerald N. "Jay" Fisette Jr. (born February 25, 1956) is an American politician in Arlington County, Virginia.He became the state's first openly gay elected official when he was elected to the five-person Arlington County Board in 1997. Arlington’s efforts to create “instant-runoff” County Board elections may hinge on how an upcoming meeting between county and state officials and technology vendors goes. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, MEMBER OF COUNTY BOARD. Politics By Endorsements May 5, 2020 15. © Jamie Gardner Audrey Clement, 50, is running for one of the two County Board seats being contested in the 2020 election. This week, a select group of Arlington Democratic party members will choose a nominee for the county board seat held by Erik Gutshall, who tragically died of brain cancer in April. With zero interest rates, we should also consider increasing our bonding of affordable housing funds. We like them both a great deal and believe that they are each deserving of votes from the eligible committee members. “We want to have an inclusive process at the appropriate moments.”. Ranked Choice Voting used to select BOTH the Arlington School Board and Arlington Board of Supervisors candidates by the Arlington Democratic Party this year were riddled with fraud. Learn more. Be Truthful. On the ballot will be the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, House of Delegates (45th, 47th, 48th, and 49th Districts), County Board (1 seat), and School Board (1 seat). Arlington is better for Choun, Kanninen, and Merlene’s candidacies, and we look forward to seeing them lead the county into the future in their individual capacities, or in future political roles. Party Canvass of the Arlington County Republican Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia to nominate a candidate for Member of the Arlington County Board. Presidential Ticket Want to know more about the delegate selection process? Bob Cambridge (R), Susan Cunningham (I), and Takis Karantonis (D) are running for the County Board seat left vacant by Erik Gutshall's passing. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot for that election is 5 p.m. on June 30. The county seat is Arlington.. Ballotpedia provides comprehensive coverage of the 100 largest cities in America by population.This encompasses all city, county, and special district elections appearing on the ballot within those cities. But so long as the election is happening as it is, we recommend eligible party insiders select Takis Karantonis as their first choice and then Nicole Merlene or Chanda Choun as second and/or third choices in the ranked-choice ballot. Chanda Choun and Nicole Merlene would both make excellent second and/or third choices in Thursday’s primary, in either order. In his questionnaire, he wrote that “signal priority and off-vehicle fare collection will be at the top of my short and medium term agenda,” and that he would “further initiate a study of dedicated bus lanes during morning and evening peak-times.”. The Circuit Court of Arlington County chose that date for the special election to fill the vacancy on the Board caused by the death last month of Vice-Chair Erik Gutshall. Be Nice. Special Election Down the Pike for Arlington County Board Democrat and independent to face off in April special election. It seems like the progressive thing for a self-professed progressive community to do: Switch Arlington County Board elections from winner-take-all to ranked-choice (or “instant-runoff”) formats. Submit this form along with the Petition of Qualified Voter forms to the Arlington County General Registrar. Winds light and variable. Low 23F. ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va. — During the 2020 General Election, Arlington County residents will have the chance to decide on members of the Board of Education for the county's school system. We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Meet The Candidate: Audrey Clement For Arlington County Board Michael O'Connell 10/8/2020 Pentagon, D.C. officials point fingers at each other over Capitol riot response Vihstadt upended Arlington politics in 2014 by becoming the first non-Democrat to land a seat on the county board in 15 years, winning on the strength … Washington Building First Floor 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219 Phone (804) 864-8901 And the legislature insisted, as a condition of passing Hope’s bill, that all costs involved with a switch to ranked-choice voting be paid by the Arlington government, which these days is pleading poverty every time a new initiative is proposed. We appreciated Karantonis’ thorough responses to our questionnaire, which demonstrated a fluency in urbanism and how it works in practice. New Year’s Resolutions for Arlington County Board New leadership faces new challenges and old problems. Then people couldn’t find the buses. Merlene had, in effect, already answered a number of our questionnaire prompts in columns for ArlNow, and we endorsed her for General Assembly last year. Takis Karantonis by the candidate’s website.. Add your reaction. Supporters of the concept say it helps to ensure that fringe candidates do not emerge victorious in a large field of candidates, and encourages candidates to be nicer to one another in hopes of becoming the second, third or fourth choices of voters attached to another contender. The biggest current challenge? We need to evaluate where the opportunities for infill or modest expansions are and how we can allow those increases while also meeting our need for affordable housing in the HQ2 neighborhoods. . Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion. Viewing 2020 County Board Member Special General Election Arlington County. Choun was the only candidate to explicitly mention renter protections as part of an affordable-housing strategy, writing, “I would work with the state on tenant empowerment, targeted annual rent increase caps and housing vouchers to give Arlington’s majority renter population peace of mind and prevent displacement of long-time residents.” And we appreciated his unwavering and direct responses to reallocating space away from cars and their drivers to people walking, biking, and taking transit. 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