Poll: Are You Paying Attention to Local Politics?

by ARLnow.com May 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm 2,222 17 Comments

It’s shaping up to be a very interesting off-year election in Arlington.

There are competitive Democratic primaries set for local state Senate and House of Delegates races. There’s a strong Republican contender looking to pull an upset in a formerly safe Democratic state Senate district. And there’s a national Green Party official challenging two County Board incumbents.

Local political watchers used to lopsided elections are enthralled at the prospect of some legitimate horse races. But is anybody else paying attention at this point? Let’s find out.

  • Rosslynite

    The second question needs a “none of the above” button for those of us who answered “Not at all” to the first question.

    • You’re right. We actually added that at the last minute — for some reason it hasn’t shown up yet.

    • Virginia^2

      This is why we can’t have nice things

  • TMP

    I don’t bother paying attention too much to local politics and/or candidates because of the one party rule in Arlington. Having a choice among several Democrats means nothing if you’re affiliated with another party that will never have representation in Arlington.

    Even at the county level, with the board being elected “at large”, there is no accountability to a district or constituency.

    This just makes me apathetic since I feel my vote doesn’t matter and there is no real choice, not even for a vocal minority.

    • !

      You should organize a petition gathering effort to establish a chnage in the government structure!

    • dynaroo

      You can simply vote in the Democratic primary, which is the de facto election. It’s how the entire South worked for 100 years after the Civil War.

      • NoVapologist

        That sounds great if you want to be like the South between 1865 and 1965.

        • dynaroo

          Hey, if you have a better idea for TMP, offer it.

      • ArlForester

        I vote in the Dem primaries precisely so I can have some say in who is elected. As a non-dem, my vote is worthless in Arlington save for state and national elections.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          +10 ArlForester

      • Dan

        “You can simply vote in the Democratic primary, which is the de facto election. It’s how the entire South worked for 100 years after the Civil War.”

        Now that is what I call progress !!

        Too bad there is not much competition in the demo primaries either.

    • Bluemontsince1961


    • BoredHouseWife

      Write in.

      Tired of these “choices” for local and national elections.

  • Roquer

    I certainly wouldn’t want some errant Republican to actually have a nano second’s worth of chance at the County Board without me knowing about it!

  • RC

    Does anyone have a schematic of the commuter store kiosk at Ballston Metro Station?

  • Joe

    Yeah, politics in Arlington are a joke. One party, no diversity of views allowed. One step short of the Commies…………..

  • Good time

    You can still carry a gun…which is cool.


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