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Democrats in Arlington are organizing a lightning-fast caucus to select a candidate to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates.

Democrats packed the halls of a special meeting last night to hear from seven candidates in the lightning fast special election to fill the seat vacated by Arlington Delegate Bob Brink, who stepped down this week to take a position with the McAuliffe administration. Joan McDermott is an undecided voter living in Rock Springs who says she remains undecided about which candidate she's going to vote for in the Sunday night caucus.

"It's a high standard. I want someone who will represent us and our Democratic values — education, Medicaid expansion, the environment, transportation," McDermott said.

Seven candidates will be on the ballot: former Legal Services of Northern Virginia president Rip Sullivan, environmental consultant Paul Holland, former prosecutor David Boling, Yorktown Civic Association President Andrew Schneider, Young Democrats of America President Atima Omara, McLean attorney Yasmine Taeb, and Institute for Peace program officer Jackie Wilson.

Party chairman Kip Malinosky says party officials are ready for the time crunch.

"We did not ask for this. We do not want this the way it is, but we are going to respond to it and do the best we can in the very short amount of time we have," Malinosky says.

Republicans are working under the same time constraints, although a canvas this week was cancelled because no candidates emerged. Party leaders say they can still nominate someone until the final deadline Monday afternoon.

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