Dunk Tank Nixed at Dems Labor Day Chili Cookoff

by ARLnow.com September 6, 2011 at 10:39 am 2,620 7 Comments

Arlington Democrats held their annual Labor Day chili cookoff yesterday evening, but one ingredient was conspicuously missing: the dunk tank.

The plan was for elected officials and other Democratic notables to get dunked while raising money for the Arlington County Democratic Committee. Alas, Mother Nature had other plans. With storms in the forecast, organizers reluctantly canceled the first annual Democratic dunking. Instead, as heavy rains descended on the area, attendees had to make due with the usual formula of chili, music and conversation as they huddled inside the hot and humid Lyon Park Community Center.

Among the brave dunk tank volunteers who stayed dry last night were County Board member Mary Hynes, Del. David Englin, School Board member Sally Baird, former 31st District state Senate candidate Jaime Areizaga-Soto. Also on the dunk list were blogger and consultant Ben Tribbett, ACDC Chair Mike Lieberman, ACDC Finance Chair Bree Raum, Arlington Joint Campaign Co-Chair Lauren Hall, former School Board candidate Terron Sims and ACDC precinct operations chair Kip Malinosky.

County Board member Walter Tejada, who’s up for re-election, captured this year’s “best chili” crown for his “inclusive” selection of meat, mild veggie and spicy veggie chilis.

  • Babs Favola

    Why wasn’t I invited?

  • Putting them up against the wall and playing some dodge ball would have been just as fun.

    • Aaron

      If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a well-funded Republican campaign mailing.

  • Roquer

    Real men woulda done it w/or w/out lightning scares

  • Henry S

    When I first read the headline, I though it said Drunk Tank.

  • northarlingtonian

    Sorry I missed the event. Heard that the music was good, and that he daughter of a school board member (forgot which one) is a singing star in the making.

  • Civic Activist

    The real reason the Dunk Tank was cancelled: The Party could not afford the water bill for the amount needed to wash away the mud from the 31st Senate primary.


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