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Video: Kip Malinosky Announces Rip Sullivan is the 48th District Democratic Nominee


Instant Runoff Voting done by hand may take a while, but I like it, for all the reasons Arlington County Democratic Committee Chair Kip Malinosky has laid out. For starters, it means that our nominee has to get a majority, which in my mind is one of the main tenets of a Democracy. Anyway, congratulations to Rip Sullivan, who ran a superb campaign, and to the other excellent candidates (in order of finish) – Paul Holland, Andrew Schneider, David Boling, Atima Omara, Yasmine Taeb, and Jacqueline Wilson. Now, let’s rest up and then shift our focus into winning the special election in mid August!

P.S. For the record, here are the final round results: Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.: 1,111; Paul A. Holland: 523; Andrew F. Schneider: 444.

  • Arlington, VA – Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr. has been elected the Democratic nominee for the Virginia 48th District special election to fill the House of Delegates seat being vacated by Bob Brink. Brink resigned to take the position as Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services at the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services in Virginia.

    Arlington and Fairfax Democrats hosted an unassembled caucus Sunday, July 6th to select a candidate for the special election set for August 19th.  The caucus was held at two locations – at Yorktown High School in Arlington and at McLean High School in McLean – with 2,126 voters.

    The caucus employed Instant Runoff Voting when no candidate initially secured more than 50 percent of the votes cast.  Five rounds were needed to determine the winner.  Sullivan won with 53 percent of the vote in round five.  

    Initial voting totals were:

    Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.: 905

    Paul A. Holland: 385

    Andrew F. Schneider: 327

    David A. Boling:


    Atima Omara-Alwala: 159

    Yasmine P. Taeb: 77

    Jacqueline H. Wilson: 55

    After Wilson’s votes were reallocated to her voters’ second choice, totals were:

    Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.: 913

    Paul A. Holland: 390

    Andrew F. Schneider: 336

    David A. Boling: 217

    Atima Omara-Alwala: 174

    Yasmine P. Taeb: 88

    After Taeb’s votes were reallocated, totals were:

    Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.: 940

    Paul A. Holland: 399

    Andrew F. Schneider: 345

    David A. Boling: 227

    Atima Omara-Alwala: 204

    After Omara-Alwala’s votes were reallocated, totals were:

    Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.: 1,013

    Paul A. Holland: 441

    Andrew F. Schneider: 378

    David A. Boling: 267

    After Boling’s votes were reallocated, totals were:

    Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.: 1,111

    Paul A. Holland: 523

    Andrew F. Schneider: 444

    44 votes were eliminated during the process when they could not be reallocated to remaining candidates.

    Rip has been widely recognized as a leader in our community, as reflected in his appointments to numerous Northern Virginia boards and commissions. His appointments include the Fairfax Consumer Protection Commission, Transportation Advisory Commission, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the Park Authority. Additionally, Rip has served as president of the Legal Services of Northern Virginia, a non-profit institution providing legal services to low-income residents. Rip is also a former member of the Board of Governors for the Virginia Bar Association.  For more information on Sullivan, visit the campaign website: http://ripsullivanfordelegate.com

    Arlington County Democratic Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement regarding the vote:

     “Despite Speaker Bill Howell scheduling an August 19 special election which required a July 7 filing deadline, Democrats in Arlington and Fairfax showed up in impressive numbers to volunteer and vote during a holiday weekend.  We had seven passionate and incredibly well organized candidates who pulled together great campaigns in just six days.

    “In Rip Sullivan, we have an excellent successor to Bob Brink who will continue to fight for Democratic principles in Virginia, including against voter disenfranchisement and for Medicaid expansion, immigration reform, and common sense gun reform.  These issues are important to the voters in the 48th District, and all Democrats in Virginia, and we are confident Democrats in Arlington and Fairfax will come together to make their voices heard loudly again on August 19th.”

  • Richmond- Today, Saturday July 6th, voters of the 48th House of Delegates district selected Richard  ‘Rip’ Sullivan to be the Democratic nominee in a high turnout nomination contest.  The special election will be on August 19th to replace Delegate Bob Brink.

    “While I know Arlington and Fairfax will miss the leadership Delegate Brink brought to Richmond, they have selected a great replacement in Rip,” said Delegate Patrick Hope.  “Rip is an excellent nominee for the Democratic Party and I look forward to supporting him in the special election.”

    “I look forward to working with future Delegate Rip Sullivan on the many issues of concern to Virginians and the voters of the 48th District,” said Caucus Chair Mark Sickles.  “Delegate Brink has left big shoes to fill, but Rip has a proven track record of public service that will serve the Commonwealth well.”

    “I am incredibly happy to have won the Democratic nomination for House District 48,” said Rip Sullivan.  “I look forward to spending the next several weeks campaigning across the district and know that we will be successful on August 19th.  Arlington and McLean deserve a representative that will always stand up for women’s health, equality, and a strong Northern Virginia economy and I pledge to work everyday in Richmond to advance those goals.”

  • Sullivan Secures Democratic Nomination for 48th House District

    Late Sunday night, Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr. secured the Democratic nomination to succeed Bob Brink in the House of Delegates from Virginia’s 48th District. Sullivan issued the following statement:

    “Less than a week ago six other candidates and their families jumped into this race and they all brought different strengths with them. I look forward to working with all of them in the coming days and weeks.”

    “Speaker Howell threw all he had at us, but Arlington and Fairfax Democrats demonstrated their firm commitment to the democratic process, which is why turnout far exceeded expectations. The obstacles that the Speaker tried to throw our way didn’t deter us, and we are more united than ever heading into August.”

    “Republicans in the House of Delegates continue to refuse to expand health care to hundreds of thousands of Virginias, refuse to accept the reality behind climate science, and continue impose limits on women’s reproductive health. These are not my values, and these are not the values of the 48th district.”

    “Tomorrow our work begins again, and I’m honored to accept the Democratic nomination in the 48th district.”