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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.

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