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Arlington County
and the City of Falls Church

On June 11, 2019, voters in Arlington County and the City of Falls Church will select the Democratic candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia’s 17th judicial circuit. For decades, Arlington has overwhelmingly voted Democratic, so the primary could very well determine the outcome of the general election. Although the community prides itself on progressive values, those values are not always apparent in the prosecutor’s office, which has pursued felony punishment more aggressively than any other office in Northern Virginia in recent years. Learn more by reading our Report Card…

Arlington… by the numbers

  • Since 2014, 97.5% of felony convictions in Arlington resulted from guilty pleas, exceeding the rate even in federal courts.

  • Arlington prosecutors are over three times more likely to pursue felony punishment than their counterparts in Fairfax County; aggressive felony prosecution is thought to be a primary cause of mass incarceration.

  • Although Arlington is only 9% black, black persons make up almost 50% of those charged with driving on a suspended license and almost 60% of those charged with marijuana possession.

Arlington CA Race: News and Blog Posts

The Candidates

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Theo Stamos is the incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington/ Falls Church, a position she has held since 2012. In her last election in 2015, Ms. Stamos ran unopposed. Stamos has been employed with the Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney since 1987.

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parisa Tafti (D)

Parisa Tafti is challenging Theo Stamos for the chief prosecutor position in Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. In her career she has served as a public defender and legal director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. She is running on a progressive, reform-oriented platform.

What lawyers and locals say about justice in Arlington

Making an informed decision about a position as important as Commonwealth’s Attorney requires the input of those on the front-lines, including the defense bar and others in the local legal community. Learn more about what they’re saying here…