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Arlington Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Arlington County

U.S. President

President Barack Obama: The president will try to repeat his 2008 victory in the Old Dominion. Though it's an uphill climb, Obama in the money chase.

GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney: Former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee to campaign and speak on the country’s struggling economy.

U.S. Senate

George Allen: Former Gov. George Allen , in which he beat out E.W. Jackson, Del.  and  for the nomination with 66 percent of the vote. And it looks like Allen will have help in his corner; , telling Virginians that Allen’s vote in the Senate could be a deciding factor in passing tax reforms and more. During a visit to AOL’s Dulles campus in May, Allen said he was in favor of offshore drilling and expanding Dulles Metrorail into Loudoun County.

Tim Kaine: will have a close race with his fellow former governor and opponent George Allen. Both candidates are well-funded and close in the polls. is one of many steps toward removing the “red ink” in Washington. Kaine has noted that helpful budget surpluses vanished while Allen was in the Senate from 2001 to 2007.

8th Congressional District

Jim Moran: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Moran is currently serving his 11th term representing Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. Moran took more than two thirds of the vote in the June 2012 Democratic Primary against political newcomer and will face J. Patrick Murray, an opponent he defeated soundly two years ago, this November.

Patrick Murray: Retired U.S. Army Col. Patrick Murray, an Alexandria Republican, is seeking to represent the 8th Congressional District — despite an unsuccessful bid to unseat incumbent Rep. Jim Moran two years ago that cost $1.3 million. In announcing his bid, Murray criticized Moran

Jason Howell: Arlington native Jason Howell has no previous political experience, but that’s not stopping him from running as an independent for the 8th Congressional District seat. who believes that a lack of independents in the House of Representatives creates “gridlock.”

Jeff Miller June 18, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Also on the November ballot in Arlington: One seat on the County Board. Candidates are incumbent Libby Garvey (D), Matt Wavro (R) and Audrey Clement (Green).
Beth Lawton October 02, 2012 at 01:46 PM
We updated this story Sept. 29 with updated information from the State Board of Elections and we will continue to provide updates throughout October. Thanks!
splinter October 19, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Joe Biden's Air Force 2 delayed our take off in Vegas AND also delayed our landing in Washington. We could see his plane from the left side of our plane while waiting in Vegas. I tried to rally our port side to coordinate mooning Air Force II from the left side of our plane for the delay but everyone feared a Biden moon retaliation so we simply sat on our moons instead. Just joking. Impressed by both candidates and their VPs. We should all be very proud. I'd like to see some fiscal sanity so leaning one way since just looking for tax reforms (keep it simple) and long term spending reforms. As far as spending, the fact we've done it in the past should not be important. Each dollar spent needs to have a clear rate of return (or be focused directly on helping the needy with what they need (vs what they want). Namely, we need to reform gov't.

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