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Special Election Date for Virginia 48th, 90th HoD Vacancies Set for 8/19; Caucuses This Weekend


I’m sorry, but this is no way to run a democracy.

Voters, including some in Hampton Roads, will choose replacements for legislators leaving the Virginia House of Delegates on Aug. 19, Speaker of the House William Howell announced Monday.


The candidate filing deadline in these races is July 7 at 5 p.m., according to the speaker’s office.

That’s right, this decision by Speaker Bill “ALEC” Howell – the same guy who recently ordered that security break into Gov. McAuliffe’s offices, and who also recently wouldn’t allow the House to vote at all on crucial vetoes by Gov. McAuliffe – means that Democrats will be forced to choose their nominees for the 48th (Bob Brink’s former seat) and 90th (Algie Howell’s former seat) House of Delegates districts by next Monday – 7 days from today! That means, most likely, we’re talking about caucuses and/or “firehouse primaries” this coming weekend, leaving basically no time for voters to get to know the candidates, to hold forums/debates, etc. Also, this will be fourth of July weekend, making it even more absurd. Is this Bill “ALEC” Howell’s way of giving Democrats his middle finger? Sure seems like it. Just utterly pathetic. (UPDATE: Pissed off about Howell screwing with our democracy? Sign the petition here and demand: “Speaker Howell, stop the games. Give the people of Virginia time to make educated, democratic decisions about the people who represent them”).

P.S. So far, in the 48th district, Rip Sullivan has announced and is up with a website; Paul Holland has said he’s running, but I’m not aware of a formal announcement or website yet;  David Boling has a Facebook page; others are rumored, including Andrew Schneider, Peter Fallon, Atima Amara, Steve Baker…

  • Peter Fallon just posted on Facebook.

    Firehouse primary to nominate Democratic candidate for VA’s 48th district house seat of retiring member Bob Brink

    Location will be at Yorktown High School

    11am-7pm, Sunday, July 6, 2014

    The address iss 5200 N Yorktown Blvd, Arlington, VA 22207.

  • GBrandon

    Sue Langley, FCDC Chair, and I are working several sources to secure a McLean-area location for the Sunday, July 6 Democratic Caucus for House District 48.  Greg Brandon, Chair, Dranesville District Democratic Committee

    FCPS manages community use centrally, plus school office hours are shortened this week.

  • Cherrydale Resident David Boling Announces Candidacy for 48th District Seat

    Campaign Focuses on Putting Democrats On the Offensive Against Republican Obstructionism

    Arlington, JUNE 30, 2014 – David Boling this morning announced his intention to succeed retiring Delegate Bob Brink in what is shaping up to be a lightning-round firehouse primary.

    “I’m running to succeed the great Delegate Brink because I want to put the Democrats back on the offensive in pursuit of our values and principles. There are absolutely critical issues at stake for Virginians not just in the 48th District, but across the Commonwealth – such as expanding Medicaid for hundreds of thousands of Virginians, protecting women’s reproductive rights and passing the Dream Act.”

    “I’ve followed Delegate Brink’s legislative career closely. He fought hard to promote a progressive agenda while often confronting an intolerant and uncompassionate Republican agenda now prevalent in Richmond,” Boling said.

    Boling worked for a decade as an antitrust attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, developing a strong record of defending middle class families and consumers from monopolistic behavior by corporations.  He also has served as chief-of-staff to a Democratic U.S. Congressman and worked tirelessly on the Affordable Care Act.  

    “We shouldn’t put politics before people, which is exactly what the Republicans are doing in Richmond now,” Boling said about his experiences. “We can make this community and this Commonwealth into the best it can be-everyone should have a fair shot to thrive and achieve their dreams.”

    David brings a wealth of experience from both the Arlington community and beyond:

    ·         Graduate, Leadership Arlington Class of 2013

    ·         Member, Arlington Committee of 100

    ·         Past Co-Captain, Thrifton Precinct, Arlington County Democratic Committee

    ·         Past Deputy Chair, Membership Committee, Arlington County Democratic Committee

    ·         Co-founder, Arlington Democratic Blue Families

    ·         Member, Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia

    ·         Leadership Team, Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit

    ·         Vice President, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

    ·         Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Congressman Vic Snyder (D-Ark.)

    ·         Mike Mansfield Fellow (1999-2001)

    David is married to Mine Sasaguri, a former television reporter for Fuji Television Japan.  His son, Christopher, will enter Swanson Middle School this fall and his daughter, Ellen, is a student at Taylor Elementary School.

  • Here are Del. Joe Morrissey’s indictments.

  • To say we have another voting location for Sunday, at McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Rd, McLean, VA 22101 from 12pm-6pm in the cafeteria (Westmoreland Street entrance).

  • Arlington, VA-June 30, 2014-Community leader and environmental expert Paul Holland announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Delegate Bob Brink in Virginia’s 48th House of Delegates district.

    Mr. Holland has long record of community leadership in Arlington.  He has served on the Arlington County Park and Recreation Commission since 2005 and was Chairman from 2011-2013.  He also currently serves as a member of Arlington’s Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission, the Realize Rosslyn Process Panel, and the Western Rosslyn Area Planning Study Working Group. A strong advocate for public education, Mr. Holland served on the Arlington Public Schools Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability.

    Mr. Holland has spent his professional career advising federal clients on land use planning and environmental policy issues.

    Mr. Holland’s supporters include Vice Chairman of the Arlington County Board, Mary Hynes, Arlington County Treasurer Frank O’Leary, and the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, Theo Stamos.

    A lifelong resident of Arlington, Mr. Holland is the son of former State Senator Edward Holland, who represented Virginia’s 31st Senate District from 1972-1996.  He is a graduate of Arlington Public Schools — Taylor Elementary, Swanson Middle, and Washington-Lee High Schools.  He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1996 as a member of Arlington’s Troop 647.  He received his undergraduate degree is History from Princeton University and his Masters of Science from Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment.

    “I am the candidate in this race with a proven record of public service and who has been working for years to elect Democrats throughout the 48th House of Delegates district. I will be a passionate and progressive advocate for the environment, education, and transportation in Richmond.  I am grateful to Delegate Bob Brink for his service to the 48th House of Delegates District and I am honored and humbled by the outpouring of support and encouragement to succeed him.”

    The nominating caucus will be held this Sunday, July 6, at Yorktown High School, 11am-7pm. The address is 5200 N Yorktown Blvd, Arlington, VA 22207.

  • Steve Baker Candidate

    David Boling Candidate

    Peter Fallon Candidate (potential)

    Paul Holland Candidate

    Atima Omara-Alwala Candidate (potential)

    Andrew Schneider Candidate

    Richard ‘Rip’ Sullivan Candidate

    Yasmine Taeb Candidate  

  • GBrandon

    The McLean High School Cafeteria is the Fairfax County polling place for the Sunday, July 6 Democratic Caucus (firehouse primary).  The polling place opens at 12:00 PM and closes six hours later at 6:00 PM.  McLean High School is located 1633 Davidson Road, McLean.  The Westmoreland Street entrance is closest to the Cafeteria.    

  • petrolcide

    All I wanna know is: which candidate hates cars the most?  

  • Dear Friends,

    For 17 years, Delegate Bob Brink has represented Virginia’s 48th house district.  As you know, Bob has resigned to take a position in Governor McAuliffe’s administration.  I’m sure all of you join me in thanking Bob for his many years of service in the legislature, and wish him well in his new position.

    I have lived in the 48th district for over 25 years.   I have had the opportunity to work with so many of you throughout Arlington on local issues including transportation, schools, zoning, our environment, social services, housing, economic development and more.  These are the issues I care deeply about and have devoted so much of my time. My community work has focused on all parts of Arlington, not just a portion of it. I have long been a proponent of greater transparency in government decision-making, coupled with civil discourse, and respecting the diversity of opinion common among stakeholders.

    Local government issues have always been important to me.  My many years of involvement with my civic association, school community, citizen advisory commissions, and non-profits have given me opportunities to get to know many of you as we worked together toward solutions to the challenges facing our community.  We are very fortunate in Arlington, as we do not face many of the problems affecting communities nationwide. However, we are also victims of our own success.  We must not let this success divide us as we work together for the betterment of Arlington in the years ahead.  

    Theresa and I have a young family.  Alexandra is enrolled in kindergarten at Taylor ES. Andrew will continue attending our nearby preschool.  As a tax accountant, my workload is heaviest while the General Assembly is in session.  We continue to be involved with Arlington based nonprofits and community organizations on issues close to us.  As I said repeatedly during my county board campaign, “Arlington is my home and I’m here to stay!”

    I have been humbled by those who have encouraged me to bring my perspective on local government to Richmond.  I have decided, given the demands of raising a young family, my professional responsibilities, and my strong desire to continue focusing on local issues, not to seek the 48th district seat. I look forward to continuing to work with our community and with the Arlington County Democratic Committee.  Together we can make a difference and I am committed to this goal.

    While the timetable for selecting our party’s nominee is unfortunately very short, I look forward to talking with each candidate and I encourage all of you to get out and vote in this weekend’s caucus.  I will be volunteering at the caucus myself and hope to see many of you there too!

    Thank you,


  • See here. Highlights include:

    *Arlington voters – 11am to 7pm, at Yorktown High School cafeteria (5200 N. Yorktown Boulevard, Arlington)

    *Fairfax voters – 12pm to 6pm at McLean High School cafeteria (1633 Davidson Rd, McLean, Westmoreland Street entrance).

    *”Virginia voters registered in the 48th House of Delegates District prior to June 30th, 2014, will be allowed to vote. The caucus will be unassembled, meaning a “firehouse primary” style of voting (show up, vote, leave). Voting will be conducted using preference voting (ranked order balloting) as in prior Arlington Dems caucuses this year.”

    *”Candidates wishing to seek the nomination of the caucus must be filed by 9pm on July 2nd.”

  • Just received this from ACDC Chair Kip Malinosky:

    “We will have have an ACDC/FCDC 48th District debate on Saturday, July 5 at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22001 in the Auditorium from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Moderated by 11th Congressional District Chair George Burke. We are working on rules and format and will let everyone know when that becomes available.”

  • This is TOTALLY not why Democrats are holding their caucus this Sunday. In fact, it’s almost the exact opposite of what’s going on here.  WTF?

  • Arlington community leader and President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA), Atima Omara, has announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Delegate Bob Brink for Virginia’s 48th House of Delegates district.

    “I’d like to thank Delegate Bob Brink for his 17 years of leadership and dedication to the people of Virginia. I look forward to continuing to advance the American dream for all Virginians,” said Atima Omara. “In Richmond, I will continue to fight for the progressive agenda I have pursued my entire life. Richmond needs more champions for health care for all; women’s rights, immigration reform and middle class families. I look forward to the opportunity continue serving these communities, if the elected to the House of Delegates.”

    Omara has a deep record of service in Arlington County and across the Commonwealth.

    She has served on the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women from 2009-2013. She is a member of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, having previously served as Co-Chair of Arlington’s Annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and Outreach Co-Chair. Omara is also a board member of Planned Parenthood Metro Washington, the DC Abortion Fund, and Emerge Virginia.

    Omara is an active member of the Junior League of Washington, and she is a regular volunteer for Doorways for Women and Families, Arlington’s temporary community shelter and resource center for abused, homeless or at-risk women and families.

    Omara is also the first African American president and only the fifth women to serve as president of the Young Democrats of America.

    She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University. She is also graduate of the Sorensen Political Leadership Program, Class of 2010 and Leadership Arlington, Class of 2014.