OAR Presents: Meet the Candidates Forum 2023

OAR Presents: Meet the Candidates Forum 2023

Commonwealth Attorney for Arlington County and City of Falls Church and Arlington County Sheriff

Thursday, April 6, 2023, 7 pm (EST)

George Mason University (Arlington Campus)

On April 6 at 7 pm, OAR of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church will host a candidate forum for local races that involve the criminal legal system. Candidates for Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church and candidates for Arlington County Sheriff will discuss their qualifications for office and critical issues related to public safety.

This is a free, open event for the community. Please click here fill out the RSVP form on our website if you would like to attend so we can send you more details about the event.


Candidates for Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church:

  • Parisa Deghani-Taft (incumbent)
  • Josh Katcher

Candidates for Arlington County Sheriff:

  • Jose Quiroz (incumbent)
  • Wanda Younger
  • James Herring

OAR is a nonpartisan, community-based nonprofit organization that envisions a safe and thriving community where those impacted by the legal system enjoy equal civil and human rights. Through our Upstream work, we are confronting and dismantling individual racism and racism in the legal system and across all systems. Our Downstream work allows us to be on the journey with individuals of all genders returning from incarceration and their families. We also offer alternative sentencing options (including community service) and diversion programs so people can avoid the trauma of incarceration and instead help the community thrive.

OAR is hosting this event through its Action Network. The Action Network falls under OAR’s Upstream efforts. Through the Action Network we challenge racist policies and programs by empowering and amplifying the voices of communities traditionally marginalized and discriminated. The candidate forum is one of several opportunities for community members interested in hearing from those seeking some of the most influential offices in our local criminal legal system. Candidates will answer questions about their vision for Arlington County and Falls Church and how they will prioritize racial justice as they carry out their duties.

Questions? Contact OAR at advocacy@oaronline.org or call us at 703-228-7030.