Recap: Committee of 100: Candidates Night, 2021

Recap: Committee of 100: Candidates Night, 2021
The Committee of 100 sponsored the first candidate forum of the fall general election season. This year 4 candidates are competing for the single seat on the County Board and 2 candidates for the one School Board seat.
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County Board Candidates
● Takis P. Karantonis (D) Website
● Audrey Clement (I) Website
● Michael T. Cantwell (I) Website
● Adam Theo (I) Website

Ranked Choice Voting
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General Election Dates

General Election Dates
Absentee voting: All registered Virginia voters may vote early, in person or by mail.
● Early in-person voting: Sept 17– Oct 30.
● Deadline to register, confirm or update voter registration: Oct 12.
● Deadline to apply for mail-in ballots Oct 22, 5:00PM.
● Last day to vote early in person Oct 30.
● Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov 2.
● Election Day Nov 2, polls open 6AM – 7PM
Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal
Arlington Voting & Elections

Oct 18 LVCA General Meeting:
School Board Candidates Night

LVCA General Meeting: School Board Candidates Night
When: Oct 18, 8PM (Monday)
Where: Online via Zoom
Due to the large number of County Board candidates LVCA is holding this second Candidates Night for the School Board candidates on Oct 18.
School Board (1 Seat, nonpartisan race)
● Mary B. Kadera Website
● Major M. Webb (No Website)

Sept 14 Arlington County Civic Federation Candidates Night

Arlington County Civic Federation Candidates Night: Sept 14
When: Sept 14, 7PM
Where: via Zoom Registration Form
Advance registration for the meeting is required and must be completed by noon on Tuesday, Sept 14. A confirmation email will be sent with unique meeting log-in/phone-in details. We encourage early check-in, which starts at 6 PM. Please use your first and last name as your profile name to ensure delegates receive electronic ballots.
 6:00PM Zoom Check-In for Pre-Registered Attendees Begins
 7:00PM Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance, New Delegates, Minutes
 7:10PM Candidates’ Forum
  • Arlington County Board
  • Arlington School Board
  • Virginia House of Delegates
 8:30PM Candidates’ Forum concludes

Anemic Fund-Raising for County Board Race

$Anemic Fund-Raising for County Board Race
Reported cash on hand as of June 30:
● $5,301 Takis Karantonis (incumbent)
● $3,286 Audrey Clement (independent)
● $3,025 Mike Cantwell (independent)
● $zero Adam Theo (independent)
The County Board rejected ranked-choice voting for this election, virtually assuring Karantonis’s victory.

Fourth Candidate Joins County Board Race

Fourth Candidate Joins County Board Race
Adam Theo, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Northern Virginia, is now on the ballot running as an Independent. This gives us 4 candidates for County Board:
● Takis Karantonis (D – incumbent) website
● Audrey Clement (I) website
● Mike Cantwell (I) website
● Adam Theo (I) website
Arlington: What’s On My Ballot?
The County Board has opted not to implement ranked-choice voting, despite being given the power to do so by the General Assembly, so the winning candidate will need a simple plurality to win and virtually guaranteeing that Karantonis will win the election.

Civic Federation Looks for County Government Reforms

Civic Federation Looks for County Government Reforms
Arlington Civic Federation has established a Task Force in Governance and Election Reform (TiGER) to examine ways to improve Arlington’s form of government and electoral system. The Task Force is examining reforms including:
1) Structural reform through district representation and/or multi-member synchronous elections;
2) The size and/or remuneration of our county board and/or school boards;
3) Ranked choice voting for County Board and School Board general elections;
4) The future role of primaries and caucuses;
5) Options for alternative electoral mechanisms besides first-past-the-post and ranked choice.
6) Term Limits
TiGER Webpage

Video: Dem County Board Candidates, May LVCA Meeting

Video: Dem County Board Candidates, May 10 LVCA Meeting
The primary will select statewide candidates for attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor. The primary in Arlington will also select a candidate to fill a seat on the County Board. 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 S 16th St).
More Information (VADEMS)
● Absentee ballots will be sent as applications are received.
● 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 has passed (May 17).

County Board Candidates in Democratic Primary
● Takis Karantonis (incumbent) website
● Chanda Choun website





Arlington County Elections Information
Arlington 2021 Voter Guide
Arlington 2021 Elections Webpage

2nd Independent Candidate for County Board

A Second Independent Candidate for County Board
Arlington voters will potentially have 3 or 4 choices for the Arlington County Board this November. Mike Cantwell has announced his intention to compete as an Independent candidate against the Democratic nominee and another Independent, Audrey Clement. Arlington Republicans have yet to nominate a candidate.
  All 3 or 4 candidates will debate via Zoom at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s business-themed County Board Candidate Forum on Tues, May 25 at 6PM. The registration form looks like there is a fee, but it is $0.
 ● Cantwell describes himself politically as a Moderate Independent.
 ● Cantwell has not yet established a website for his campaign.

Bio Submitted to Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Mike Cantwell is a 28-year resident of Arlington County. Mike served in the Navy and Navy Reserves from 1987 until 2015 and is currently a federal government employee at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Mike spent several years living in a group house in South Arlington before purchasing his current home in the Yorktown neighborhood with his wife Mary.
  Over the last decade and a half, Mike has given his time and energies to many civic and community organizations including: Yorktown Civic Association President, FairVote Virginia Vice President, Holy Trinity Catholic Church Religious Education Instructor, Arlington County Civic Federation Board member, Lee Highway Alliance Board member, Renaming Lee Highway Working Group, 26th Street & Old Dominion Blvd Task Force, Unite America (DC Chapter Leader), Yorktown PTA, Columbus Club Board member, Arlington Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee, and Youth Sports Coach (soccer, baseball, softball, flag football).
  Mike is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has advanced degrees from George Washington University (M.B.A.) and the Naval War College (MA). Mike and Mary have three wonderful children: Patrick (21), Will (19), and Maeve (16).

Video: Dem School Board Candidates, May LVCA Meeting

Video: Dem School Board Candidates, May LVCA Meeting
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 online and in-person at 4 locations. 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
The candidates are:
● Mary Kadera website
● Miranda Turner website

VADEMS Debate (April 29)

VADEMS Candidates Morning Mug Discussion (April 17)

Arlington County Elections Information
Arlington 2021 Voter Guide
Arlington 2021 Elections Webpage

Democratic School Board Caucus Underway

Democratic School Board Caucus Underway
When: 12:00AM Mon, May 17 until 11:59PM Sun, May 23
Online for details and big blue “Vote Here” button to access voting website.
 • Vote online 24/7 from 12:00AM Mon, May 17 until 11:59PM Sun, May 23
In-person voting locations:
● 6216 23rd St N (private home near Westover)
 • Wednesday, May 19 / 5 pm – 8 pm
 • Saturday, May 22 / 1 pm – 5 pm
● 1412 N. Highland St (private home near Clarendon Station)
 • Wednesday, May 19 / 5 pm – 8 pm
 • Saturday, May 22 / 1 pm – 5 pm
● 2811 S. 13th Road (private home near Reed Community Center)
 • Wednesday, May 19 / 5 pm – 8 pm
 • Saturday, May 22 / 1 pm – 5 pm
● 4704 Columbia Pike (Cafe Sazon)
 • Tuesday, May 18 / 4 pm – 9 pm
 • Saturday May 22 / 11 am – 5 pm

School Board Candidates Waffle on Math

School Board Candidates Waffle on Math
“The state proposals have come under heaviest attack from Republican statewide candidates, who portray it as a Democratic war on student achievement…” Neither candidate “gave state officials a rousing endorsement nor a ringing denunciation…”
Report on April 29 Democratic Ctte School Board Debate(Sungazette)
Virginia Moving to Eliminate All Accelerated Math Courses…(Fox News)
No, Virginia is Not Moving to Eliminate Advanced High School Math(Wash Post)

May 10 LCVA Meeting: Candidates Night

LCVA General Meeting May 10: Candidates Night
Democratic Candidates for County & School Boards
No informations about Republican candidates so far. There is also an Independent County Board candidate, Audrey Clement website. LVCA expects to hold a Candidates Night for the General Election candidates.

When: Monday May 10, 8PM
Where: Virtual via Zoom

ONLINE ONLY: No meeting at the Community House
A link to the meeting will be emailed to LVCA broadcast email subscribers on the event day (May 10)

County Board Candidates in Democratic Primary
Both candidates have agreed to attend:
● Takis Karantonis (incumbent) website
● Chanda Choun website

County Board member Takis Karantonis is serving a partial term after being elected in a special election last year. The Democratic primary is June 8 with early voting beginning April 23. ARLnow
2018 Candidate Essay: Chanda Choun
2020 Candidate Essay: Takis Karantonis
SunGazette Candidate Profile: Chanda Choun

School Board Candidates in Democratic Caucus
Both candidates have agreed to attend:
● Miranda Turner website
● Mary Kadera website

Both School Board candidates spoke at the Arlington Senior Democrats on April 18. SunGazette article

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 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

Arlington County Elections Information
Arlington 2021 Voter Guide
Arlington 2021 Elections Webpage

Primaries for Nov 2 Election

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 a 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 S 16th St).
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 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.

Republican Primary
The Republican Party will hold an “unassembled” state convention on May 8. There will be 37 drive-in sites across the commonwealth where Republicans can cast their ballot. The election will employ rank choice voting where voters indicate their first, second, third choice etc. for each of the 3 statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Arlington GOP Middle Solution story

General Election Nov 2
On Election Day, all Arlington polling places are open from 6AM to 7PM.

Arlington County Information
Arlington 2021 Voter Guide
Arlington 2021 Elections Webpage

Choun – Karantonis Rematch in County Board Primary

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.
Takis Karantonis website
Chanda Choun website

ARLnow
2018 Candidate Essay: Chanda Choun
2020 Candidate Essay: Takis Karantonis
SunGazette Candidate Profile: Chanda Choun

Facing a Third Independent Candidate: Audrey Clement
The winner of the Democratic primary will be facing Audrey Clement, a 17-year resident of Westover, member Arlington’s Transportation Commission, and perennial candidate for School Board and County Board. In the past Clement has received as much as 30% of the vote.
SunGazette Candidate Profile: Audrey Clement
Audrey Clement website

Metro Clamps Down for Inauguration

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 Virtual Candidates Night

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.
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Invitation to Join the LVCA Executive Committee

Invitation to Join the LVCA Executive Committee

LVCA Needs You!
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

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