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Editor’s NotebookEditor's Notebook: Whipping it out (of the archives, that is)

Editor’s Notebook: Whipping it out (of the archives, that is)

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Just 28 days to go until all our, um, “stuff” needs to be out of the current Sun Gazette office and across the street to the new one. So we are starting that tough process of what needs to be left behind and bulldozed into the scrapheap of history.

Any number of interesting pieces of the past are being found as we go through the process. As shown above, there was a photo from 1978 (from Mattox Photography) showing U.S. Senate candidate John Warner, his wife Elizabeth Taylor and his campaign manager, former U.S. Rep. Joel Broyhill.

I must have pulled it from the archives for use years and years ago, before the Sun’s photo collection was dumped by a previous ownership. (Sigh, but par for the course.)

I’m going to hold onto that photo; it obviously won’t take up too much space in our new digs.

SPEAKING OF LEGENDS: What Ms. Taylor was to Hollywood, Carol Fontein is to the Arlington County Democratic Committee — a legend in her own time.

Fontein for years has served as precinct-operations chief of local Democrats, running a machine as well-oiled as any. If the British Army had had such leadership during the American Revolution, we’d have never won our independence!

But it appears she’s going to be retiring from the post, with a new person to take over at the start of 2022. It’s a well-earned change of pace, but I have to say, Carol is my kind of political person — partisan, but not over the top about it. Very appreciated.

AND SPEAKING OF DEMOCRATS: Looks like it’s going to be a two-candidate battle for chair of the Democratic Party in Arlington when the leadership elections comes around on Jan. 5.

As we reported yesterday, Steve Baker and Matt Royer delivered kick-off speeches in their effort to succeed Jill Caiazzo, who has served four years.

Not the most diverse set of options, demographically-speaking, but it does appear to be a choice between the more moderate Baker and the more progressive Royer. We’ll see how it plays out.

  • Scott McCaffrey
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