This Arlington Democratic caucus is an important election. Outgoing Board Member Barbara Favola, who was elected in November to the Virginia Senate, has served on the Board for the past 14 years. Current Board members Chris Zimmerman, Jay Fisette, Walter Tejada, and Mary Hynes have served for the past 15, 13, 8, and 4 years, respectively. The Board member chosen at the Democratic caucus probably will serve on the Arlington County Board for more than the next decade.
The Arlington Democratic caucus will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm on Jan. 19 at Washington-Lee High School and from 11 am to 7 pm on Jan. 21 at Kenmore Middle School. Persons who wish to vote in the Democratic caucus must sign the following pledge:
I certify that I am a resident of and registered to vote in Arlington County, Virginia; I am a Democrat; I believe in the principles of the Democratic Party; and I do not intend to support, endorse or assist any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee or endorsee in the ensuing election.Participants in the caucus should take that pledge seriously and make a choice for the nominee carefully.
You can learn about the candidates for the Democratic Board nomination at a candidates forum that will be held this Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7 pm at the NRECA Building in Ballston.
I intend to sign their loyalty oath and then vote for whomever I darn well please in the election. These idiotic things are completely unenforceable.
Why not let the VOTERS decide the election? What are the democrats afraid of?
If the unemployed and never paid a dime in real estate taxes Bondi gets the "endorsement" I will vote for anyone other than her.
The "loyalty oath" for Democratic party caucuses is not a new thing. It's been required by state party rules in caucuses for years, and upheld by courts on grounds that a political party should be able to take some steps toward insuring that its decisions are made by those who support its goals. The Democrats, however, have not imposed any loyalty oath for state-run primaries, unlike the GOP.
There will of course be a special election at which anonymous critics can vote for someone else.
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