Last night, Wednesday, July 2, seven Democrats took the stage to present their platform to Arlington County Democratic activists. These participants hope to replace Delegate Robert H. Brink (D-Arlington), who recently stepped down from his role in Virginia’s General Assembly to take a position in Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration.
This is in preparation for the Democratic caucus, taking place on Sunday, where voters will use instant runoff voting to determine the official Democratic candidate for the special election.
The Washington Post reports the following regarding the candidates running to represent Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia’s 48th district.
1) David Boling is the vice president of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and says that if elected, he will seek to expand Medicaid, marriage equality, the DREAM Act and a Democratic majority in Richmond.
2) Paul Holland is an environmental consultant and communications director for the Arlington Democratic Party and vowed to protect the Chesapeake Bay, reduce the burdens on public school teachers, and push for Medicaid reform.
3) Atima Omara-Alwala is an active member of a number of non-profit organizations, as well as the president of Young Democrats of America. She promised to expand Medicaid, to work on making school more affordable and protest women’s right to choose.
4) Andrew Schneider is director of the College of William and Mary’s Washington Area Alumni Business Alliance. He pledged to address gender inequalities and fight for strong gun law reform.
5) Richard “Rip” Sullivan is an attorney, who is a highly involved democratic and progressive activist. He discussed plans to protect voting rights, battle the overcrowding of schools, and prevent the widening of Route 66.
6) Yasmine Taeb is an attorney that serves on the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women. She discussed obstacles that she overcame as a child and barriers help to mold her passion for social justice.
7) Jackie Wilson is a veteran who works at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She is obligated to keeping the government in check and being a civil servant to the people.