The Falls Church City Democratic Committee is poised to nominate a candidate this Saturday to run for Treasurer of the City in November.
To date, only one candidate, Cathy Kaye, has filed. If no others file by the deadline of 5 p.m. today, she will automatically become the party’s nominee. If others file before the deadline, an “unassembled caucus” will be held Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Community Room of the F.C. Community Center.
Candidates filing to seek the party’s nod need to sign as standardized declaration form stating that he or she is a Democrat, does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democrat nominee in the ensuing general election, and is a registered voter in the City of Falls Church. They also need to pay a $750 filing fee.
The position of Treasurer in Falls Church was vacated this spring by the resignation of Bob Morrison, who has served in the post since first being elected in 1993. He had been elected to a fourth term just last November.
The office of Treasurer is one of the three “Constitutional offices” mandated by state law for each jurisdiction in Virginia, the others being the Commissioner of the Revenue and Sheriff. The post is technically a state job, and is intended to be full time, while the state and local jurisdictions share in picking up the tab for the salary $84,000. There are no specific qualifications for the job.
Others seeking to run in the special election in November as independents have until 5 p.m. August 25 to file with a nominal number of petition signatures.
As the only announced candidate to date, Kaye has been the president and treasurer of the Citizens for a Better City civic organization in Falls Church, and as the vice president, co-chair of membership and chair of the Hillwood Area Improvement Task Force. She is currently secretary of Falls Church Arts. She is also a member of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, the Village Preservation Improvement Society and the F.C. League of Women Voters.
In a campaign statement, Kaye said, “I have over 12 years experience creating and operating multi-million dollar budgets for luxury condominium associations. I am a highly effective condominium operational manager, have earned several national management designations, and I believe in good old-fashioned customer service.”
Kaye states that she and her husband, Tom, have been homeowners in the City for nine years and “we firmly believe in the Falls Church way of life.”