Tag: Falls Church
On issues ranging from its water system to sustainable development to transit, the Falls Church City Council is at a crossroads. Does the City Council only represent current homeowners, or does it have a responsibility to consider the future residents, workers & business owners Falls Church politicians so often say they want to draw to the Little City? Can Falls Church possibly hope to attract a streetcar someday when current residents object even to giving up a handful on-street parking spots to accommodate bike lanes?
The Sierra Club's Mount Vernon group posed a range of questions to the seven candidates running for council and is making endorsements:
In the wake of two major shakeups to Falls Church city politics, the City Council is set to vote tonight on amendments to the city charter that were just drawn up at the council work session a week ago. The key additions:
- "[U]nder this amendment to Section 3.02, candidates for City Council who are nominated by political party primary or convention will no longer be listed on the ballot for City Council."
- "Candidates for the office of city council shall be qualified voters of the city and shall file their notice of candidacy and be nominated only by petition in the manner prescribed by law for nonparty candidates and not by caucus, primary, convention or other party-affiliated proceeding."
- The amendments warn against not just the evils of partisan elections, but of partisan candidates
For 52 years CBC has fielded candidates for Falls Church City Council and, since 1994, for School Board. Its decision to leave the election process creates a new playing field for the May 2012 election.So what next? I've heard rumors the City Council is scrambling to amend the city charter to lock in nonpartisan elections. Does that signal the councilors think that without CBC nominees, party primaries are the logical next step, so they're trying to block them now? It's already been a busy year in Falls Church city politics, and it's a long way from being over.
Unless a new group suddenly emerges to field a slate, all candidates for three Council seats and three School Board seats at stake will be running as independents. There will be no "brand" available and voters will have to focus more on the individual candidates, rather than voting a straight ticket.
CBC has dominated Falls Church politics for decades. From 1974 to 1986 it won every Council seat. More recently CBC won 14 of the 17 seats at stake from 2000 to 2008. However, in 2010 only one of its four candidates for Council was elected. One candidate appeared to break with the slate in the final days of the campaign, issuing his own flyers.