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)
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
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.”
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
County Board Member Erik Gutshall Resigns Due to Illness
Arlington County Board Vice-Chair Erik Gutshall today announced that he is resigning from the Board, after undergoing treatment for brain cancer for the past month. Gutshall said he will be quarantining with his family at their home. News Release
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). President
● 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)
The south edge of Lyon Village is in the Clarendon Revitalization District…
THE FOLLOWING CASE TO BE HEARD BY PLANNING COMMISSION AND COUNTY BOARD on January 25, 2020:
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.
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.
Metro board weighs penalizing Dorsey for $10K ATU donation Story at WaPo
Dorsey to return $10,000 donation from ATU Local 689. He will be reprimanded by the Metro Board and removed as chairman of Metro finance committee.
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
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.