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Sun Gazette: Arlington constitutional officers get free ride to general election Print

Created:  Friday, March 27, 2015 8:00AM


The March 26 filing deadline came and went with no intra-Democratic challenges to Arlington's five constitutional officers.

As a result, the five – Sheriff Beth Arthur, Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos, Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy, Clerk of the Circuit Court Paul Ferguson and Treasurer Carla de la Pava – will be able to skedaddle past the June primaries and concentrate on the Nov. 3 general election.

So far, no challengers have filed to run in those general-election races. (Historical fun-fact: If no challengers materialize, 2015 will mark the first time since 1999 that all five constitutional officers are unopposed. Four had no opposition in 2011, but the fifth – Ferguson – was not on the ballot because his term runs eight years.)

The six incumbent members of the Arlington legislative delegation who are seeking re-election also saw no challengers materialize within the Democratic ranks. As a result, state Sens. Barbara Favola (D-31st), Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Janet Howell (D-32nd) and Dels. Patrick Hope (D-47th), Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) and Rip Sullivan (D-48th) advance to the general election.

A field of five Democrats beat the filing deadline to be on the primary ballot for the 45th House of Delegates seat being vacated by Democrat Rob Krupicka.

Larry Altenburg, Craig Fifer, Julie Jakopic, Mark Levine and Clarence Tong will battle it out in a June 9 primary.

While the 45th District includes a few precincts in South Arlington, it is centered in Alexandria.