The five-member County Board is Arlington’s governing body, vested with its legislative powers. About the Arlington County Board. Given the public-health situation, it was a campaign largely conducted online and through the mail. Fisette won four reelections and served as the County Board Chair in 2001, 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2017, his last year in office. Cambridge does, perhaps, get credit for the most out-of-the-box thinking in a campaign largely lacking it. Contact the office at 703-228-3456 for more information. “Our victory is meaningful for two specific reasons: it is the recognition of my many years of civic engagement in Arlington and it serves as a testament to Arlington voters’ expectation of true progressive policies and effective leadership.”. See the breakdown here. 126 because voters issued Mail Ballot. County Board Chair Libby Garvey (D) was awarded four more years in office, garnering 72% of votes. Both Karantonis and Cunningham made a play for absentee voter, although the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s get-out-the-vote machinery had more success. 52% of votes cast before Election Day. He has been a resident of Arlington for 14 years, currently living with his wife in the Arlington Village neighborhood. An electoral board meeting will be held Jan 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Members of the Karantonis, the former executive director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, bested independent Susan Cunningham and Republican Bob Cambridge in the July 7 special election. Eight months later, in November's general election, Vihstadt won a full term; winning by 56% to 44%. A civically-involved professional and mother of two, Cunningham was endorsed in the race by John Vihstadt, the last non-Democrat to win a seat on the County Board. Incumbent Republican Dan Patlak held a steady lead Wednesday in the race for the 1st District seat on the Cook County Board of Review. Meet The Candidate: Audrey Clement For Arlington County Board Michael O'Connell 10/8/2020. With the special election in the rear-view mirror, eyes turn to what is expected to be a drama-free (at least on the local level) election on Nov. 3. The five-member Arlington County Board is the legislative body of Arlington County. County Board Member Libby Garvey, in April 2014, resigned from the Arlington Democratic Committee after supporting Vihstadt's campaign over Ferranti's. Republican Bob Cambridge, a former CIA instructor, received 4.8% of the vote. He is a member of the Democratic Party. #ElectionData #Elections pic.twitter.com/q2GeimOoQq, — Arlington Elections (@ArlingtonVotes) July 7, 2020. The Arlington County Electoral Board and Office of Voter Registration welcomes any known additions or corrections to the listing below. Elected to the Board in November 2018, de Ferranti will serve as the official head of […] Democrat Libby Garvey won a three-way race for a vacant Arlington County Board seat Tuesday in a special election that set a record for low turnout at just under 12 percent. (55 of 55 precincts reporting. ARLnow® is a registered U.S. trademark of Local News Now. Copyright © 2010-2021 Local News Now LLC. Karantonis, an economist and the former director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, captured 62.4% of the vote. The public counter will also be closed Tuesday, January 18. Arlington County. January County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights; Arlington Ramping Up Vaccine Distribution, Applauds Governor’s Announcement Arlington to Join January 19 National Memorial Honoring COVID-19 Victims; El condado de Arlington se asocia con Curative para ofrecer sin costo algunos quioscos de pruebas de COVID-19 (Vihstadt, who in 2014 rode voter dissatisfaction with the Columbia Pike streetcar and other gold-plated capital projects to victory before being defeated in 2018, considered but ultimately opted against running in this race. City Council District 1: Incumbent Helen Moise, a real estate professional and former chairwoman of the city’s planning and zoning commission, won re … Here's a snapshot of turnout. “Our victory is meaningful for two specific reasons,” Karantonis said in a statement once the vote totals were in. County COVID-19 News. The Electoral Board has sample ballots available from 1950, when we first started using voting machines, onward. In a race whose result probably was ordained long before polling ever started, Democrat Takis Karantonis won a fairly large, if not smashing, victory and will succeed the late Erik Gutshall on the Arlington County Board. County Republicans, who have seen their fortunes fall even further in local politics since the election of Donald Trump, seemed disinclined to go full-throttle to support him, and even that basic DNA of Arlington campaigning – median signage – was missing from his outreach effort. Review Arlington’s current and past election results at the Virginia Department of Elections. Karantonis’s road to the County Board dais benefited from the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s instant-runoff caucus to select its nominee. Former Arlington County Board member John Vihstadt has endorsed a fellow independent in the July 7 County Board special election. “I have been deeply honored to meet and talk with so many Arlington residents. Winds light and variable. More information … By contrast, Cunningham won 42 percent of her vote total via absentee votes, while Cambridge garnered 26 percent of his votes that way. Turnout – 12.6 percent of voters – was nothing to write home about, but perhaps in line with expectations. January County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights Arlington Ramping Up Vaccine Distribution, Applauds Governor’s Announcement Arlington to Join January 19 National Memorial Honoring COVID-19 Victims El condado de Arlington se asocia con Curative para ofrecer … (After leaving the Arlington County Board in 2015, Hynes was appointed to the Commonwealth Transportation Board.) “Takis will be a leader for all Arlingtonians. 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In a race whose result probably was ordained long before polling ever started, Democrat Takis Karantonis won a fairly large, if not smashing, victory … “And I also want to thank my daughters and my husband, along with an incredible army of volunteers, who pulled out all the stops during a pandemic. Notice of Electoral Board Meeting. Susan Cunningham, who described herself as a “progressive Independent,” received 32.6% of the vote. “It is the recognition of my many years of civic engagement in Arlington, and it serves as a testament to Arlington voters’ expectation of true progressive policies and effective leadership.”. We know he’ll serve Arlington well.”. Official Arlington Election Results. “I truly hope we started some important conversations about the perils of one-party rule and the need for greater accountability,” she said after the voting was over. He has the expertise and empathy to build on the impressive legacy of Erik Gutshall. In a press release issued by the Arlington County Democratic Committee, Karantonis pledges “true progressive policies and effective leadership.”, “Arlington voters responded overwhelmingly to Takis’ positive, issues-oriented campaign, surmounting the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus to elect an experienced leader to the County Board,” Arlington Democrats Chair Jill Caiazzo said. This is de Ferranti’s first term as Chair of the County Board. “Tonight I want to thank each and every voter in Arlington,” Cunningham said. I look forward to many more discussions in the future.”. Incoming Arlington County Board member Matt de Ferranti makes remarks after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 18, 2018. Pentagon, D.C. officials point fingers at each other over Capitol riot response. More on the turnout from the county elections office: 100% of precincts have reported. Republicans did not field a candidate for the Nov. 3 County Board race, and the Arlington Green Party, which for a period a decade ago ran candidates in local races, has not had candidates in recent years. He speaks eight languages. That compares to about 22 percent of the Arlington vote total that had been cast in advance in the June 23 Republican U.S. Senate primary. He backed Cunningham.). He proposed that, instead of looking upward to create new housing, the county government promote going the opposite direction: underground living. Gerald N. "Jay" Fisette Jr. is an American politician in Arlington County, Virginia. Karantonis won 71 percent of the overall absentee votes casts, and garnered 59 percent of his overall vote total through absentee ballots. ARLnow.com July 7, 2020 at 9:00pm. Patlak … Stay tuned here for live election results in school board and county supervisor races. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. (Updated at 10:45 p.m.) Democrat Takis Karantonis will fill the late Erik Gutshall’s former Arlington County Board seat. About the Board. (Updated at 10:45 p.m.) Democrat Takis Karantonis will … It's still pretty quiet at our precincts with 1 hour left to vote. To add your business to the stream, email cfields@insidenova.com or click on the green button below. Libby Garvey, a veteran Arlington School Board member who appealed to those seeking an independent voice on the County Board, won the Democratic nomination Saturday for the board’s open seat. During the campaign, Karantonis touted his status as an immigrant as a reason he’ll be particularly effective during these fraught times for the country. Office and Address: Term Length/Next Election Date: Arlington County Board 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22201 703-228-3130 Email County Board Low 24F. Clear to partly cloudy. Low 24F. The newly passed ordinance makes make it … “As an immigrant and a first-time candidate, I did not expect to receive the overwhelming amount of support from Arlingtonians throughout every zip code in our county,” Karantonis said shortly after the election was called. The two tied in two precincts, Lyon Village and Nottingham. All three candidates were first-time office-seekers. The arrival of Cambridge into the race did have an impact – signaling that better-known and better-funded Cunningham was going to have an even more uphill challenge of besting Karantonis, since the anti-Democratic vote would be split two ways. He became the state's first openly gay elected official when he was elected to the five-person Arlington County Board in 1997. The County Board of Arlington County adopted PPTA Guidelines on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 with an effective date of Monday, April 1, 2013. Evans, a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, the oldest African American church in Tarrant County… July 8, 2020 at 1:44 a.m. UTC. Print copies and most other election results prior to 2005 also can be found at the Office of Voter Registration. Board Members are elected at large and serve staggered four-year terms. He will fill the remaining 18 months of the term of Gutshall, who died of cancer in April. Real-time social media posts from local businesses and organizations across Northern Virginia, powered by Friends2Follow. Let us know what's going on! Republicans have not held a seat on the County Board since Mike Lane’s brief tenure (via a special election) in the late 1990s, and in recent years have found it challenging to recruit candidates for any local office. We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. The Office will be closed Monday & Wednesday, January 18 & 20 in observation of County holidays. Besides taking place during a pandemic, today’s election was also hampered by a relatively short campaigning period, and an election day just after the Fourth of July. Karantonis previously served as executive director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, and now directs micro-lending for the Ethiopian Community Development Council, an Arlington-based nonprofit. Karantonis won 12,399 votes, or 62.4 percent of the total, compared to 6,467 (32.6 percent) for Cunningham and 945 (4.8 percent) for Cambridge. This was always an uphill battle — not just against my opponents but also against an entrenched one-party system in Arlington… I truly hope we started some important conversations about the perils of one-party rule and the need for greater accountability.”, “I hope all of our elected officials will get serious about transparency, accountability, and improved School-County collaboration,” Cunningham concluded. You have permission to edit this article. County election officials had encouraged voters to cast ballots in advance (by mail if possible), and about 52 percent of total votes cast were done prior to July 7. Arlington County Election Live Results: Howell, Lopez Win The polls have closed in Arlington County. John Vihstadt, a Republican who ran as an independent with the endorsement of the local Republican and Green parties, has won the special election … Katie Cristol to serve as Vice-Chair The Arlington County Board today unanimously elected Matt de Ferranti its 2021 Chair. Democrat Takis Karantonis won the special election for a vacant Arlington County Board seat Tuesday, cementing … Cunningham was attempting to re-create the circumstances that, in 2014, propelled independent John Vihstadt to a special-election victory over Democrats, but she was lacking a signature issue to use against the county’s dominant and often impregnable political party. Arlington County Board members and contact information. Results won't be official until then. Board Members, elected at large, serve staggered four-year terms. Turnout = 12.6%: 9,648 from Precincts, 10,294 Early + Mail. Cunningham, in a statement, thanked her opponents “for a spirited and hard-fought race” and wished Karantonis well on the County Board. With only one candidate left in the Democratic primary for a seat in the Arlington County, Virginia, board, the rescheduled primary election will not be held. What's your prediction for total turnout today? Notice of Closure. County Board Chairman Libby Garvey, a Democrat, will face off against perennial independent candidate Audrey Clement in a repeat of the 2016 race, which Garvey won handily. In all, 19,866 votes were cast — a turnout of 12.6% of the Arlington electorate. Fisette previously worked for the … In Mansfield, Michael Evans won the race for mayor with 52.7% to Brent Newsom’s 47.3%. County Board. How Arlington Precincts Voted In 2020 Presidential Election - Arlington, VA - Vice President Joe Biden won Arlington County by a wide margin in Tuesday's election. The positions of Chair and Vice Chair rotate annually. Karantonis won the Democratic nomination in a closed caucus of about 250 local Democratic party insiders, as the party decried not having enough time to organize a broader primary or caucus. The Arlington County Democratic Committee plans on holding several days of in-person voting, if health conditions allow, to select its School Board endorsee for the November general election. Karantonis rides to victory in Arlington County Board special election, by SCOTT McCAFFREY, Sun Gazette Newspapers, LATEST NEWS on coronavirus in Northern Virginia, Kristen Bell 'learned everything' about Dax Shepard in lockdown, Kanye West 'less than thrilled' by divorce getting screen time. He overperformed among absentee ballots, with 71% of the more than 10,000 absentee ballots cast amid the pandemic. Karantonis’ initial term on the Board will run through Dec. 31, 2021. The strongly Democratic county has not elected a Republican to the County Board since 1983, although former Republican John Vihstadt won a special election and a … All Rights Reserved. Karantonis was able to roll up majorities in most of Arlington’s 54 precincts, although Cunningham won eight of them, largely in North Arlington single-family neighborhoods. Elected at-large, Board members serve staggered four-year terms and include an annually rotating chair, who is the official County head and presides over Board meetings, and a vice chair, both of whom are elected at the annual January Organizational Meeting. ~135 outstanding provisional ballots. The Board unanimously elected Katie Cristol its Vice-Chair. Cambridge, a 40-year resident of the county, never really got off the ground in the campaign. That’s below the 22,264 votes tallied in the 2014 special election, in which Vihstadt first won his seat on the Board. Previously, she served on the Arlington County School Board for 15 years. A native of Greece, Karantonis lived and worked in several European countries before immigrating to the United States. He serves as vice chair of the Alliance for Housing Solutions, and previously was president of the Columbia Heights Civic Association and board chair of Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (now known as EcoAction Arlington). Initially running second behind School Board member Barbara Kanninen, he catapulted ahead of Kanninen by picking up support of those backing other candidates who had been eliminated, and ended up with the nomination. As the official County head, the Chair sets the Board’s meeting agendas and presides over the meetings. The Arlington County Board voted Saturday to ban firearms in county government buildings, parks, and at designated special events. 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