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Parisa Tafti for Commonwealth’s Attorney, Nicole Merlene for State Senate Call...

This morning, Arlington Sun Gazette Editor Scott McCaffrey posted his thoughts on two hot races in Arlington County and Falls Church: 1) the Commonwealth's...

Video: Candidates Announce for SD31, Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney, etc.

See below for video from tonight's Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) meeting, with a packed house (couple hundred people?) candidate announcements by: 1) for...

Video: Del. Jennifer Carroll-Foy, Packed House of Supporters, Help Parisa Tafti...

Great event tonight on Columbia Pike in Arlington - packed house full of enthusiastic supporters, friends and family; rising star Del. Jennifer Carroll-Foy (also...

Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos: “It’s striking that the word...

The following statement is from Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos, in response to the announcement last night of a primary challenge by Parisa...

Video: Post-Parkland Vigil Against Gun Violence at George Mason HS in...

See below for video from this afternoon's vigil for Parkland at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia. The key now is to...

Video: Large Crowd Marches for Tom Perriello in Falls Church Memorial...

Ah, memories of the 2006 Falls Church Memorial Day Parade, when a huge crowd of enthusiastic supporters marched for Jim Webb (note: two weeks...

Video: As Trump Wages War on Immigrants, Tom Perriello Meets with...

Earlier today, I attended the following event with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate (and former Congressman) Tom Perriello: Following President Trump's dehumanizing executive orders to punish...

Sierra Club Endorses 3 in Falls Church City Council Race

the falls churchWith city voters having decided to move local elections to November, Tuesday's city council race will mark the last time Falls Church voters cast their ballots in May.

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:

Can the Falls Church City Council Ban Parties from Endorsing Local...

the falls churchVirginia state law prohibits partisan affiliation from being listed on ballots for local elections. But can the Falls Church City Council go a step further, banning political parties from endorsing candidates in city races altogether - and do it with extremely limited public input?

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
So why the rush to change the charter? Under Virginia's Dillon's Rule system, the changes need Virginia General Assembly approval, so the City Council wants to get the amendments into its legislative package in time for the next General Assembly session in January. Unfortunately, it seems the City Council is putting that deadline ahead of opportunity for public input - an especially unfortunate move given voters just dealt the Council a harsh rebuke  in this month's election.

Major Shake-Ups Continue in Falls Church City Politics

ALL ways stopJust over a week after a major earthquake shook Falls Church city politics with the passage of a referendum to move city elections to November, another shock could be on the way. The nonpartisan Citizens for a Better City will vote on a proposal Sunday that would see the group pull out of nominating candidates, merely planning a candidate forum in February:
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.

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.

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.