County Board Candidate Debates

County Board Candidate Debates
Candidates running in the Special County Board election debated
 ● June 9 debate hosted by the Chamber of Commerce
 ● June 10 debate hosted by the Arlington Committee of 100

Left to Right: Bob Cambridge (R), Susan Cunningham (I), Takis Karantonis (D)

View Chamber of Commerce Debate
The debate starts at about the 5:30 minute mark.

View Committee of 100 Debate
The debate starts at about 9 minute mark.

● Candidates (Term to expire Dec 31, 2021)
 ● Takis Karantonis (D) website
 ● Bob Cambridge (R) website
 ● Susan Cunningham (I) website

Jul 7 County Board Special Election

County Board Special Election is Jul 7
Special Election to fill the seat vacated by the tragic passing of Board member Erik Gutshall.

Vote Absentee By Mail
Request your ballot by June 30.
Ballots must be mailed in time to be received by July 7th at 7pm.
Be sure to mail your ballot in plenty of time for mail delivery.
Absentee ballots need a witness to see you vote and sign the ballot envelope.
Confirm Your Voted Ballot Has Been Received

Vote Absentee In Person
Where: Bozman Government Center (Courthouse Plaza), 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
 ● May 23 – July 4, Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
 ● Saturday, June 20 – 8:30am – 4:30pm
 ● Saturday July 4, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Vote on Election Day
Where: Vote at your regular polling location
When: July 7, 6:00AM – 7:00PM

Candidates (Term to expire Dec 31, 2021)
 ● Takis Karantonis (D) website
 ● Bob Cambridge (R) website
 ● Susan Cunningham (I) website

Jun 30 Deadline To Request Absentee Ballots for County Board Special Election

Deadline To Request Absentee Ballots for County Board Special Election is Jun 30
The Virginia Department of Elections encourages voters to protect their health during the COVID-19 outbreak by voting absentee. Voters may choose reason “2A My disability or illness”.
Request An Absentee Ballot Online
6 Ways to Request a Mail Ballot
Confirm Your Ballot On Its Way To You
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Cristol Apologizes for Criticism of Beer Garden

Cristol Apologizes for Criticism of Beer Garden
On Saturday, Katie Cristol retweeted a photo which showed a large crowd, none wearing masks, outdoors at The Lot beer garden near LV. On Monday, Cristol tweeted that she was wrong after The Lot insisted that it followed “all CDC, state, and local guidelines.”

Cristol also stated in her tweet that “too many ppl = an administrative problem the County needs to fix.”

Katie Cristol Tweet

The issue stems from the Governor’s order using Certificates of Occupancy to set limits on bars and restaurants. This was an easy way to set a limit using existing data. Unfortunately, Certificates of Occupancy are intended for fire safety, not epidemic safety. The Lot is an outdoors beer garden, with an easy exit available in virtually every direction and therefore has a high occupancy limit of 750 people.

The crowded Lot demonstrates need for better way to set limits with epidemic safety in mind. Hopefully, the County will review Certificates of Occupancy in light of their new significance.

“Every community is one wild weekend away from falling off a cliff.”
— Dr Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi Chief State Health Officer

Proposed County Budget Slashed

Proposed County Budget Slashed
Arlington expects a $56M drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arlington Public Schools expect a $21.6M drop.

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Dorsey Resigns from Metro Board Amid Money Troubles

Dorsey Resigns from Metro Board Amid Money Troubles

Christian Dorsey resigned from the Metro board Thursday, Feb 6. This reportedly removes his obligation to repay a $10,000 campaign donation from the ATU, Metro’s biggest labor union.

Dorsey’s position will be temporarily filled by Loudoun Board of Supervisors member Matthew LeTourneau until the NVTC appoints a permanent replacement at its March 5 meeting.

Story at WaPo

Story at ARLnow

Nov 3 General Election

Nov 3 General Election
On the ballot will be the offices of President, U.S. Senate, U.S House of Representatives (8th District), County Board (1 Seat), and School Board (2 seats).
  ● Donald Trump (R) (Incumbent)
  ● Joe Biden (D)
U.S. Senate
  ● Mark Warner (D) (Incumbent)
  ● Denise Kim (I)
  ● Mary Knapp (I)
U.S House of Representatives (8th District)
  ● Don Beyer (D) (Incumbent)
  ● Mark Ellmore (R)
  ● Mike Webb (I)
County Board (1 Seat)
  ● Libby Garvey (D) (Incumbent)
  ● Audrey Clement (I)

More Amendments to County Zoning Ordinance Proposed

The south edge of Lyon Village is in the Clarendon Revitalization District…

ZOA-2020-01: An ordinance to amend, reenact, and recodify ACZO Articles 7 & 12 to permit the establishment of assisted living facilities, independent care living facilities, nursing homes, and continuing care retirement communities in the C-3 zoning district to enable their establishment within the Clarendon Revitalization District as shown on the General Land Use Plan, and for other reasons required by public necessity, convenience, general welfare, and good zoning practice.

Map of Clarendon Revitalization District
Map of Clarendon Revitalization District

Map from Clarendon Sector Plan 2006 page 170

Related Posts:
Recent Amendments to County Zoning Ordinance

County Expands Areas for Elder Care Facilities

County Board Writes FAA to Oppose Flight Path Changes

County Board Writes FAA to Oppose Flight Path Changes
On Nov. 4, 2019, the Arlington County Board sent a letter of opposition to the FAA regarding proposed changes to flight procedures at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

The FAA and the United States Secret Service (USSS) presented the proposed changes to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) DCA Community Working Group on May 23, 2019.

Read the full letter

Online Noise Complaint Form (FAA)

Candidates Night 2019 Meeting Recap

The October meeting featured three of the four County Board candidates running for the two open seats. Arron O’Dell did not attend.
Christian Dorsey (incumbent Democrat) Website
Katie Cristol (incumbent Democrat) Website
Audrey Clement (Independent) Website
Arron O’Dell (Independent) Website

Opening Statements



Question 1     
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Arlington’s Updated Energy Plan

Arlington’s Updated Energy Plan
The Arlington County Board adopted a sweeping update to the Community Energy Plan that sets ambitious targets for transforming the County’s energy sector.

The plan incorporates goals for buildings; resilience; renewable energy; transportation, County government actions, and education and human behavior. It envisions a carbon neutral Arlington by 2050 that will be more resilient, where all electricity will come from renewable sources, where more residents will drive electric vehicles and more will use transit, and where homes and buildings will be more energy-efficient.

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