WAMU 88.5 : News

Arlington Voters Facing Three Special Elections

Voters in Arlington are facing three separate special elections this year, one for House of Delegates, one for treasurer and another for the school board.

The first one will be on Aug. 19, when voters will head to the polls in a summertime special election to fill the seat vacated by longtime Delegate Bob Brink, who resigned to take a position in the McAuliffe administration. Arlington registrar Linda Lindberg estimates the turnout will be about 12 percent.

"There will be some financial burden to the county," Lindberg says. "My best guess is between $22,000 and $25,000."

School board member Noah Simon has also announced he will be stepping down at the beginning of next month because his wife died and he needs to take care of his children. And longtime Treasurer Frank O'Leary decided to step down on his 71st birthday and let his deputy take over.

Unlike the House seat, the chief judge of the circuit court gets to schedule those elections.

"Judge Newman is not inclined to put the county in a position where we would have to spend a lot of money if we could avoid it," says Lindberg. That means the special election for treasurer and school board are likely to be scheduled for the same day as the general election in November.


A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

Teresa Ann Miller often works with distracted performers, but the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "The dogs just thought it was a party," she says of the film's dog-pack scene.
WAMU 88.5

The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

WAMU 88.5

D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.


Texting While Walking: Are You Cautious Or Clueless?

People who text while walking change their pace and seem to walk more cautiously, a study says. But that doesn't mean you're not a menace to yourself and others.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.