Three candidates for the Arlington County Board seat to the vacated this year by Joseph S. Wholey are seeking the joint endorsement of the Arlingtonians for a Better County and the Arlington Democratic Party.

Both the ABC and the Democratic Party will hold conventions in the spring to endorse a candidate who will run against a Republican-backed Independent for a four-year term on the board.

The Rev. James E. Browne of 2011 N. Culpepper St., pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Falls Church, said he is running for Wholey's seat because there has never been a black member of the county board. An Arlington resident for 26 years, Browne said he is especially interested in the county's tax structure because "it is working some hardships on some people."

Candidate Allen H. Kitchens, of 5013 N. 25th Rd., is a former chairman of the ABC and a resident since 1963. Kitchens is a senior historian at the State Department. He was chairman of the Arlington Historical Commission and drafted the county's historical preservation ordinance. He is also a recent chairman of the Criminal Justice Advisory Commission and has served on the Apartment Security Task Force.

David R. Anderson of 2771 N. Quincy St., a former chairman of the County Planning Commission, announced his candidacy this week. An attorney, Anderson has lived in Arlington for 15 years. In addition to the planning commission, he has served on the school budget subcommittee.