Primaries for Nov 2 Election Democratic Primary: Apr 23 to June 5
The primary will select statewide candidates for attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor. The primary in Arlington will also select a candidate to fill an empty seat on the County Board. The County Board candidates are Chanda Choun website and Takis Karantonis website. Incumbent State delegates are running unopposed so will not be on the primary ballot. Sample Ballot
● Early in-person voting starts Friday, April 23 at 3 locations:
• Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Blvd.
• Madison Community Center (3829 N Stafford St.
• Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th St. S More Information (VADEMS)
● Absentee ballots will be sent on April 23 to early applicants and then as applications are received. The deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is May 28. Deadline for returning ballots in person is 7PM on June 8 or postmarked by June 8 and received by 12PM on June 11.
● Deadline to register to vote in the Primary is May 17. Request A Vote By Mail Ballot and Register to Vote To apply for an Absentee ballot you will need to provide your Virginia Driver’s license or state ID number, date of birth, and Social Security number.
Democratic School Board Caucus May 17 – 23
School Board candidates run as independents in Virginia and cannot be nominated by a party in a primary. The Arlington Democrats is running an endorsement caucus. The caucus will be conducted using online. Voting will be open 24/7 during the week of May 17-23. For more information and to vote during the voting week go to the VaDems School Board Caucus Page
Candidates are Miranda Turner website and Mary Kadera website.
The Republican Party will hold a state convention on May 8. Arlington GOP
General Election Nov 2
On Election Day, all Arlington polling places are open from 6AM to 7PM.
Choun – Karantonis Rematch in County Board Primary
County Board member Takis Karantonis, who is serving a partial term after being elected in a special election last year, will again face Chanda Choun in the Democratic primary. The two previously ran against each other in the the special election to fill the late Erik Gutshall’s seat. The Democratic primary is June 8 with early voting beginning April 23. ARLnow 2018 Candidate Essay: Chanda Choun 2020 Candidate Essay: Takis Karantonis
Metro Clamps Down for Inauguration
Metro will close 13 stations: 11 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Stations will remain closed until Friday morning. Trains will pass through the closed stations without stopping. Beginning Friday and continuing for 6 days trains will operate on a Saturday schedule: every 15 minutes, except every 12 minutes on the Red Line. On Jan 16 (Sat) Metro Center & Gallery Place will also close.
Buses on 26 routes will detour around the security perimeter from Fri to Thur. Buses will operate normal service on weekdays and weekends, except on Jan 20 buses will operate on a Saturday schedule. News Release
Oct 12 General Meeting is a Virtual Candidates Night
When: Monday October 12 (Columbus Day), 8PM
Where: Online via Zoom
The October meeting will feature the two County Board candidates running for one open seat on the County Board.
● Libby Garvey (incumbent Democrat) website
● Audrey Clement (independent) website
In addition to opening and closing remarks by the candidates, you can ask the candidates about the issues that are important to you.
The meeting will be conducted online via Zoom (see below for details). ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House. A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Oct 12); just click the link in the email to join the meeting. Please join the meeting a bit early, like 7:50 PM, so you will be ready when we start promptly at 8 PM. The meeting is limited to 100 attendees so latecomers may not be able to join. Click to Continue Reading…
Constitutional Amendment #1: Gerrymandering
The Democratic Party of Virginia, which has long advocated for some kind of redistricting reform, is urging local committees to tell their members to vote no. The Republican Party is telling its members their vote for yes will be among their most important votes in 2020. Courthouse News Service
Takis Karantonis Wins County Board Special Election
Karantonis’ term will run through Dec 31, 2021. The 19,866 votes cast were less than the 22,264 votes cast in the 2014 special election. News Release
Invitation to Join the LVCA Executive Committee
Help LVCA make a difference for the neighborhood. We are always interested in welcoming new people and have several officer positions needing someone to step in. This could be you!
If you are interested, please email LVCA President John Carten. He will be happy to answer your questions about community needs and how LVCA helps meet those needs.
LVCA will elect new officers for the 2020-2021 year at its next in-person general meeting. Meetings are currently on pause due to COVID-19 restrictions. All terms are for one-year starting in September. Current Members & More Information
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)
Democrats Endorse Diaz-Torres & Priddy for School Board
Cristina Diaz-Torres and David Priddy have emerged on top of a five-candidate field for the Democratic school board endorsement. The mail-in ballot resulted in high voter turnout: “More than 5,700 ballots were cast, far exceeding the 1,994 ballots cast in the 2019 in-person School Board Caucus.” These candidates will compete in the Nov 3 general election against Independent candidate Symone Walker.
There are two open seats. Election day is Nov 3. Democratic Candidates
● Cristina Diaz-Torres website
● David Priddy website
● Sandy Munnell website
● Terron Sims website
● Steven Krieger website
Democrats will compete in a mail-in primary. All ballot requests, both online and mailed, must be received (not postmarked) by the Arlington Dems by May 7, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Filled-in ballots must be mailed back in the provided envelope in time to be received (not postmarked) by Arlington Dems by May 30. Arlington Dems expects to announce their endorsement by June 9.
Two new School Board members will be elected at the Nov 3 general election because the two incumbent School Board members, Tannia Talento and Nancy Van Doren, are not running for reelection. The latest candidate to announce is Steven Krieger.
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