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Change-of-Government Petitions Submitted

by ARLnow.com July 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm 1,408 12 Comments

Supporters of a proposed change in the county’s form of government submitted their petitions to the Clerk of the Arlington County Circuit Court this morning, the Sun Gazette first reported.

A formal hand-off of the petitions from the clerk to Arlington County General Registrar Linda Lindberg, whose department will verify the signatures, will take place at 9:00 tomorrow morning, the county said in a statement. Supporters need 14,350 valid signatures to get the proposal on the November ballot.

  • JR

    Great! finally a little bit of accountability!!!

  • No Change Needed

    We live in one of the richest counties in the country with one of the best credit ratings, best schools, best budgets, and best spending on the poor. Why does ANYONE want us to change government, when the government clearly works?!?! I, for one, grew up in Fairfax and affirmatively decided against moving back, BECAUSE of Fairfax’s form of government (yes, I’m a nerd) and lack of ability to budget.

    If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

  • Lucy’s Mom

    There’s a big difference between getting 10% of voters to sign a piece of paper and getting 50% of them to vote for such an ill-advised idea. This has no chance of passing.

    • Chris

      Only about 56,000 Arlington residents voted for Governor last year. Do you expect to get more people out to vote w/ Jim Moran at the top of the ticket? If not and the firefighters met the requirement to make the ballot that would mean they got >10% of the eligible population to sign a petition when only about 40% of the eligible population actually votes. It could be a lot closer than you think.

      I wonder what the East Falls Church Residents think about the current form of Govt. we have here.

    • JR

      name one single reason this is a “bad idea”. Hugo Chavez’s government “works well” – but that doesn’t mean it’s a good form of government. the Democratic party is just afraid of accountability. just lame arguments from the other side.

      • Tom

        According to the CIA, over half of the budget of Venezuala comes from oil revenue, 38% of the population is below the poverty line, there is a 27% inflation rate, and their water bodies such as Lake Valencia and Lake Maracaibo are extremely contaminated with sewage and oil waste. Doesn’t sound like Chavez’s government is working all that well.

        • JR

          okay – the chinese govt… the point is the same.

          • No Change Needed

            Arlington does not repress its citizens like China. That’s absolutely absurd. Unlike China, if you don’t like the form of government here, you can easily move–to Fairfax County. I affirmatively chose NOT to live in Fairfax because of their form of government. So that’s what’s wrong with the proposed change–it would not work as well as the current form (compare the budgets, services, pretty much everything between the two counties, and you *might* just agree).

            So yes, I’m suggesting you to move if you don’t like this form of government. Change is not a good thing (see, e.g., Obama).

          • Mike

            No Change Needed — You seriously chose to live in Arlington over Fairfax because of their form of government?

            I don’t which is worse. You thinking anyone would believe that lie, or if it were actually true in the first place.

          • JR

            Again – not a single reason to oppose this effort. pathetic.

  • Mike

    The ACDC rats see the water leaking through the boards. Why are they afraid of accountability?

    • John Antonelli

      It is broke and COG will fix it.

      Told ya so!!!!


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