Know Your Candidates 2008

For those of you voting in Arlington County this November, be aware:

United States President and Vice President (no incumbent)

Obama/Biden (D)

McCain/Palin (R)

Baldwin/Castle (IG) ~ really the Constitution Party ticket

Barr/Root (L)

McKinney/Clemente (G)

Nader/Gonzalez (I)

United States Senate: Virginia (no incumbent)

Mark R. Warner (D) (former VA governor, 2002-2006)

James S. "Jim" Gilmore III (R) (former VA governor, 1998-2002)

Glenda Gail Parker (IG)

William B. Redpath (L)

House of Representatives: 8th District

James P. "Jim" Moran Jr. (D) – incumbent since 1991

Mark W. Ellmore (R)

J. Ron Fisher (IG)

Arlington County Board

Barbara A. Favola (D) – incumbent since 1997

John G. Reeder (IG)

Arlington County School Board (both endorsed by the Democratic Party)

Libby T. Garvey – incumbent since 1996

Emma N. Violand-Sanchez

Open Question

Is there a need for the redevelopment and housing authority to be activated in the County of Arlington? (Y/N)

There are also four municipal bond issue questions on the ballot, a yes or no decision on each, that total $170 million for mass transit, community infrastructure, water and sewer upkeep, and the school system. I haven’t been able to find a link to this outside of the county’s sample ballot. Historically, nearly every bond on the county ballot each election gets passed with at least an 80% margin. It disgusts me that there doesn’t seem to be any public conversation about this volume of spending. Once the bond issue leaves committee, there doesn’t seem to be a single online whimper of dissent to this commitment of tax funds.

One last note for Arlington County residents: This year you have the option of using the WinVote electronic voting machines that the county has been using since 2004, or you can use a paper ballot. If you are not initially offered this choice when you arrive, you can request a paper ballot, which must be provided in any precinct.

If you’re not in my jurisdiction, the presidential election alone will probably pull you to the ballot box on November 4th. When you get there, you will be presented with the obvious decision you went there for, but also confronted with state and local positions that might be unfamiliar to you. Know your candidates, be informed, and do your own research! Voter awareness, participation, and education are the linchpins upon which the fate of the republic hinges. If voters fail to do their civic duty, then democracy will fail, too. Make sure you are registered to vote, if there is still time.

There are 38 days left until the election… are you ready?

P.S.: Glassbooth might help.

P.P.S.: Here’s my similar post from 2006. See any familiar names?

Nifty Wikipedia Thing: Marree Man

Movies I’ve Seen:

So Mort It Be (2004) ~ budgetless goth-fueled monster/horror flick, good only for tasteless laughs

What I’m Reading:

"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand (56.2%)

"Dave Barry is From Mars and Venus" by Dave Barry


One Response to “Know Your Candidates 2008”

  1. nader paul vets united Says:

    The 1992 Presidential Debates with Ross Perot were not dull.  His warnings have now come true.  Replace John McCain with Ron Paul.  Add Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney.  Barack Obama must earn his victory, not win by default.Washington University \’81

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