Arlington 2012 Election Guide
The candidates and issues that will be affecting Arlington County in the 2012 election.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.
To see all of our elections coverage from this year, click on the Elections tab in the blue menu bar above.
In Arlington, only these issues and people will be on ballots — presented in order from the most local issues to national candidates.
Clicking on the links below will bring you to Patch articles, the candidate’s website or other resources.
Absentee voting has already started and continues into early November. Information about absentee voting — how, where and whether you qualify — is available here.
On Nov. 6, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Look up your voting precinct here.
You can also look up what is on your ballot through the State Board of Elections website.
First-time voter in Virginia? Here is some important information about voter ID requirements in Virginia.
Arlington County Board
Arlington County Bonds
Four bond referendum questions will be put to voters in November. Detail about each are available on the 2012 General Obligation Bond Referenda Page on Arlington County’s website.
- 1. Metro and Transportation - $31.95 million
- 2. Local Parks and Recreation - $50.55 million
- 3. Community Infrastructure - $28.31 million
- 4. Arlington Public Schools - $42.62 million
Virginia Constitutional Amendments
Two Virginia constitutional amendments are on the ballot. The Virginia State Board of Elections has created this brochure explaining the issues.
8th Congressional District
Four candidates are running in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. Three challengers are trying to unseat longtime Rep. Jim Moran. Click on each candidate below for more on each:
- Jim Moran (incumbent, Democrat)
- Patrick Murray (Republican)
- Jason Howell (Independent)
- Janet Murphy (Independent Green Party)
Defense cuts and political gridlock in Washington were the focal points of the first debate between U.S. Senate candidates — and former Virginia governors — George Allen and Tim Kaine. The debate was in September in McLean. Here’s more on each candidate:
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have been criss-crossing the commonwealth for months trying to woo swing-state voters. Obama is looking for a repeat victory in the Old Dominion. Romney handily won the Virginia GOP primary against Texas Rep. Ron Paul, though they were the only two candidates on the ballot. Independent candidate Virgil Goode will also be on the Virginia ballot, along with Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Recent appearances in Virginia by Obama and Romney include:
- Obama at George Mason University in October
- Romney in Leesburg in October
- Romney in Springfield in September
- Obama in Woodbridge in September
- Romney in Fairfax City in September
- Obama in Leesburg in August
- Romney in Manassas in August
See these articles on the other candidates:
- Third Party Candidates Could Spell Trouble for Obama, Romney
- Virgil Goode Campaigns for President Against the Odds
- Gary Johnson 2012: The Libertarian Revolution will not be Televised
- Green Party's Jill Stein: The Occupy Candidate
Here are results from 2008 from the major areas of Northern Virginia when Obama faced Republican John McCain in the presidential election. This does not include third party candidates.
- Alexandria – Obama 71.73 percent; McCain 27.25
- Arlington County – Obama 71.71 percent; McCain 27.12
- Fairfax County – Obama 60.11 percent; McCain 38.93 percent
Presidential Debate Coverage from Patch
First Presidential Debate:
- NoVa Republicans, Democrats Say Obama Faltered in First Presidential Debate
- A Contest of Gentlemen? Few Sparks in First Presidential Debate
- Speak Out: Who Won the First Presidential Debate?
Vice Presidential Debate:
- Joe Biden, Paul Ryan Clash in Fiery Vice Presidential Debate
- Speak Out: Who Won the Vice Presidential Debate?
Second Presidential Debate: