An intra-party tussle in the works for state Senate seat

Nicole Merlene, left, has announced plans to seek the 31st state Senate seat currently held by Barbara Favola. The two will face off in a June primary.

As she embarks upon a challenge to a sitting state senator, the vice president of the Arlington County Civic Federation has resigned her post.

Nicole Merlene’s resignation was announced by Civic Federation president Duke Banks.

Merlene in early January formally launched a challenge to state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st) in the June 11 Democratic primary.


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