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MMPCDC Covered-Dish Holiday Party, December 5


In lieu of our December meeting, the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee will hold our first annual Covered-Dish Holiday Party on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM at Stewart Davis’ home, 9305 Robson Dr, Manassas, VA 20110.

MMPCDC will provide a HoneyBaked ham and turkey.  We will have a champagne toast to our newly elected Manassas City Council Members and City Treasurer and Manassas Park City Council Members and Mayor.

Please RSVP to Stewart Davis via e-mail ( or phone (703-392-3637) for a head count and use this form to sign up to bring your favorite side dishes, desserts, beverages, appetizers, etc.


Democrats Fare Well in 2016 Manassas and Manassas Park Elections

mmpcdc-victory-party-11-8-16Jeanette Rishell celebrates her election as mayor of Manassas Park with (left-to-right) Donald Shuemaker, State Senator Jeremy McPike, Hector Cendejas, and Mark Wolfe

mark-rex-pam-11-8-16Mark Wolfe, Pam Sebesky, and Rex Parr

miriam-pam-11-8-16Pam Sebesky and Miriam Paula Machado

ken-patricia-11-8-16Manassas City Council member Ken Elston hugs Manassas City Treasurer-elect Patricia Richie Folks

While the nationwide election results were dismal for Democrats, Manassas City and Manassas Park voters clearly supported practically all the Democratic candidates and issues on their November 8, 2016 election ballots.

In Manassas City, Hillary Clinton out polled Donald Trump 54.66% to 38.63%, challenger and first-time candidate LuAnn Bennett (D) bested incumbent Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock 54.25% to 45.30%, and the anti-union “right-to-work” state constitutional amendment was opposed 53.49% to 46.51%.  Among the citywide races, Democrat Patricia Richie-Folks won her special election for Manassas City Treasurer, defeating Republican Russell Harrison by 51.17% to 48.31%, while Mark Wolfe, Pam Sebesky, and Rex Parr–our Democratic nominees for the three available seats on the Manassas City Council–received the first, second, and fifth highest vote totals among the seven candidates listed on the ballot.  In short, three of our four local Manassas candidates (Wolfe, Sebesky, and Richie-Folks) were elected to office!   The full election results from Manassas City are posted here.

Manassas Park voters supported Democrats even more strongly.  Hillary Clinton received 61.24% of vote for president, while LuAnn Bennett received 59.69% of the vote for member of Congress, and the “right-to-work” constitutional amendment was opposed by 55.95%.  In the race for Manassas Park Mayor, City Council member Jeanette Rishell (D) crushed incumbent Mayor Frank Jones by 61.86% to 37.14%.  Meanwhile, our endorsed City Council candidate Donald Shuemaker–the only City Council candidate who qualified to be listed on the ballot–was elected with 3,068 votes (40.37% of all votes cast for the three available City Council seats).  Finally, among the many write-in candidates for the City Council, our Democratic endorsees Hector Cendejas and Miriam Machado placed first and second, with 1,350 votes (17.77%) and 559 votes (7.36%), respectively.  The election results to date from Manassas Park are posted here.

Congratulations to all our local 2016 candidates–Jeanette Rishell, Donald Shuemaker, Hector Cendejas, Miriam Machado, Rex Parr, Pam Sebesky, Mark Wolfe, and Patricia Richie-Folks–for their well-executed campaigns for public office.  As we build a bigger, stronger, and more effective local organization, MMPCDC looks forward to continued success at the polls in the years ahead.


Support our 2016 Democratic Candidates!

Vote Democratic
Stronger Together

Our Democratic nominees and other endorsed candidates appearing on the Manassas and Manassas Park ballots for the 2016 General Election are listed below.  Please vote the entire Democratic ticket.  Every vote matters!

On the Ballot in Both Cities

President and Vice President: Democratic Party electors for

 Hillary Clinton, President hillary-in-crowd-croppedand

Tim Kaine, Vice Presidenttim-kaine-in-us-senate-cropped

U.S. Congress (10th CD)

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City of Manassas Races*

On the ballot in Manassas City only.

Member, City Council (three seats up for election.  Seven candidates are listed on the ballot; please vote for all three Democratic nominees:)

Rexford G. Parr, Jr.

Pamela J. Sebesky

Mark D. Wolfe


 Treasurer (for unexpired term to end December 31, 2017)

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* The MMPCDC has not nominated any candidates, and makes no endorsements, for Manassas City Mayor or for Manassas City School Board members (four seats up for election).

View our Democratic sample ballot for the City of Manassas 2016 elections.

View the official City of Manassas 2016 sample ballot.


City of Manassas Park Races

On the ballot in Manassas Park only.


 Jeanette M. RishellJeanette Rishell head shot

 Member, City Council (three seats up for election; Donald Shuemaker is the only candidate listed on the ballot.)

 Donald E. Shuemaker, Jr.donald-shuemaker

Hector Cendejas (write-in candidate)hector-cendejas

Miriam Paula Machado (write-in candidate)miriam-machado

View our Democratic sample ballot for the 2016 Manassas Park elections

View the official Manassas Park 2016 sample ballot.



MMPCDC Booth 2016-07-04 18.17.08Our booth at Celebrate America in downtown Manassas, July 4, 2016


MMPCDC Opposes Anti-Worker Virginia Constitutional Amendment

On May 2nd, the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee unanimously adopted the following resolution against a November 8, 2016 ballot measure–instigated by the Republican-dominated Virginia General Assembly–to enshrine Virginia’s nearly 70-year-old “right to work” laws in Virginia’s Constitution.

With your help, MMPCDC will educate local voters in the November 8 General Election to defeat this unnecessary and anti-worker proposed amendment to our state Constitution


EXPRESSING the opposition of the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee to the proposed Virginia Constitutional Amendment on “right to work”

WHEREAS, Virginia’s Constitution is the supreme governing document of this Commonwealth; and amendments and alterations should be made judiciously, prudently, and for the betterment of the citizens; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia has had a set of statewide “right to work” statutes (Code of Virginia §§ 40.1-58 through 40.1-69) in continuous effect since 1947;

WHEREAS, this “right to work” amendment is misleading and is the latest move in an on-going trend of attacking the middle class and stifling workers’ voices on the job; and

WHEREAS, “right to work” laws have proven to give multi-national corporations more power to outsource jobs, cut wages, and reduce benefits at the expense of our workers, small businesses, and the local economy; and

WHEREAS, this amendment is one of many that ignores the public good by unnecessarily depleting  public resources, including more than $130,000 of taxpayer funds to be expended, that would be better spent addressing real issues throughout the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, state legislators should focus on policies that support vital services in our communities, fund our schools, create good jobs, fix our crumbling infrastructure, raise wages, promote equal access, and protect hardworking Virginians; and

WHEREAS, business and labor should work together to create good jobs, improve the economy, and shun interference by special interest groups that seek to minimize the ability of Virginia workers to improve their economic status or deny economic opportunities to the middle class; and

WHEREAS, the collective bargaining rights of workers should be protected; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED on this the 2nd day of May, 2016, that the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee expresses its opposition to amending the State Constitution of Virginia to include the “right to work” statute, because it is unnecessary, wastes taxpayer dollars, undermines the promotion of fair labor practices, and detracts attention and resources away from policies designed to support working families and our local communities.


MMPCDC Announces Nomination Process for 2016 Local Elections

Update:  As of the candidate filing deadline of Friday, May 27 at 5:00 pm, the following individuals have properly filed for the Democratic Party nomination:  Jeanette Rishell for Manassas Park Mayor, Patricia Richie-Folks for Manassas City Treasurer, and Rex Parr, Pam Sebesky, and Mark Wolfe for the three available seats on the Manassas City Council.  Since every candidate who has filed is a member of MMPCDC in good standing, and since no Democratic nominations are contested, the five candidates named above are declared our Democratic nominees for the November 8, 2016 General Election, and all nomination caucuses scheduled for June 6 (for the City of Manassas nominations) and June 8 (for the City of Manassas Park nominations) are hereby cancelled.

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The Manassas and Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee (MMPCDC) has scheduled assembled caucuses to nominate Democratic candidates for Manassas and Manassas Park races in the November 8, 2016 General Election. Specifically, the MMPCDC seeks to nominate Democratic candidates for mayor and city council in each city and for Manassas City treasurer (subject to a special election for that office being placed on the November 8 ballot). In each city, three city council seats and one mayoral seat are up for election this November.

Candidates who seek the Democratic Party nomination for any of those offices must submit a completed Declaration of Candidacy form and a $250 filing fee to the MMPCDC by Friday, May 27 at 5 pm.  Complete details–including the Call to Caucus, the Declaration of Candidacy form, and the Caucus Rules-are posted on the MMPCDC website, (click on the document links at the bottom of this post).

If more than one candidate for any elected office should properly file for the Democratic nomination by the May 27th deadline, an assembled caucus will be held to select the nominee. The caucuses for Manassas City nominations are scheduled for Monday, June 6, 7:00 pm, at Manassas City Hall, 9027 Center St, in the first floor Council Chambers. The caucuses for Manassas Park nominations are scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 pm, at the Manassas Park Police Station, 329 Manassas Dr, in the 1st floor conference room.  For both sets of caucuses, the doors will open at 6:30 pm for check-in and close promptly at 7:00 pm. Voting will be open to all registered voters from the respective city who sign a standard Democratic declaration form and arrive for voting before 7:00 pm.

If the number of qualified candidates who file for a race by the May 27 deadline does not exceed the number of available seats, the Chair may declare those candidates to be the Party’s nominees and cancel the respective nominating Caucus.  If there are no contested races for any seat, the Chair may cancel the Caucus entirely.  A notice of all such caucus cancellations will be posted on the MMPCDC website by May 27 at 7:30 pm.

For more information, call 571-358-9893, email, or visit

Document Links, City of Manassas:

Call to Caucus

Declaration of Candidacy form

Caucus Rules

Document Links, City of Manassas Park:

Call to Caucus

Declaration of Candidacy form

Caucus Rules



April 18th Local Caucuses to Elect Delegates and Alternates to the Virginia 10th Congressional District and State Democratic Conventions


Update as of Monday, April 11, 2016, 5:30 pm:  All caucuses on April 18 are officially cancelled, since only 12 individuals prefiled for the 15 available delegate and alternate slots by the deadline at 5:00 pm today.  Congratulations to the 5 Clinton delegates, 4 Sanders delegates, and 1 Sanders alternate automatically elected from the City of Manassas and the two Clinton delegates automatically elected from the City of Manassas Park.  Our elected delegation is well balanced by gender with six women and six men and includes ethnic minorities and three voters under the age of 40.


The Manassas and Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee has scheduled Assembled Caucuses on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to elect local presidential elector delegates (“state delegates”) to the Virginia 10th Congressional District Democratic Convention and the State Democratic Convention.  Our local caucuses will be held at the Manassas Park Police Station, 329 Manassas Dr, Manassas Park, VA 20111..

At our local caucuses, 9 state delegates and 2 alternates from the City of Manassas and 3 state delegates and 1 alternate from the City of Manassas Park will be elected by those Democrats in attendance from the respective city.   Every candidate for election as a delegate or alternate must be pledged to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders and prefile with MMPCDC for election by April 11 at 5:00 pm.  The numbers of elected slots available for delegates and alternates pledged to each presidential candidate from each city have been allocated by the Democratic Party of Virginia according to the results of the March 1 Virginia Democratic Presidential Primary, and each caucus voter will be limited to either the Clinton or Sanders delegate and alternate ballots for their city If the number of prefiled candidates for a particular ballot is less than or equal to the number of allocated slots, those candidates will be declared automatically elected, that particular local caucus may be cancelled six days in advance, and an announcement of the cancellation(s) will be posted on this page.

The state delegates elected at our local caucuses will later attend the 10th Congressional District Democratic Convention on May 14 and the Virginia Democratic State Convention on June 18.  Both of those conventions will elect national delegates from Virginia to the Democratic National Convention.

The 10th Congressional District Democratic Convention will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Park View High School, 400 W Laurel Ave, Sterling, VA 20164The 2016 Virginia Democratic State Convention will be held at the Richmond VA Convention Center on Saturday, June 18, and the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia PA on July 25-28.

For more information about our local caucuses and delegate election process, please read our Call to Caucus and Delegate Prefiling Application.


MMPCDC Blue Victory Breakfast, April 23

Please join us for our Blue Victory Breakfast, MMPCDC’s annual fundraising event, on Saturday, April 23, from 8:30-11 am, at the new City Tavern, located at 9550 Center Street, Manassas.  The doors will open at 8:30 am, and the program will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

City Tavern Building

Our Blue Victory Breakfast celebrates MMPCDC’s outstanding volunteer leaders and elected officials, while raising the funds needed to help support our slate of Democratic candidates in the November General Election.

Enjoy a buffet breakfast that includes coffee, tea, juice, fruit, eggs, sausage/bacon, and a waffle station and the fellowship of your Democratic friends and neighbors.

Several elected officials and 2016 election candidates will attend and speak to us, including State Senator Jeremy McPike and LuAnn Bennett, Democratic candidate for Congress (VA-10th).  In addition, Virginia House Democratic Caucus Chair, Delegate Charniele Herring, will be a special guest speaker.

RSVP is Required by midnight April 21st*

Individual Tickets: $30
Four Tickets: $110
Eight Tickets: $210

Blue Victory Sponsors:
True Blue — $100
Blue Circle —  $250
Royal Blue — $500
Blue Sky — $1000

RSVP by paying online at: or checks may be mailed to: Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 4041, Manassas, VA 20108

**Please RSVP to Clara at 703-361-3220 or email


MMPCDC Reorganization for 2016-2017

The Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee held its biennial reorganization meeting on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Congratulations to the following individuals who were unanimously elected as Committee officers for the 2016-2017 biennium:

Co-Chairs: Mike Freeland and Allen Muchnick

Vice Chair: Donald Shuemaker

Secretary: Stewart Davis

Treasurer: Patt Fields

The MMPCDC Executive Committee consists of the above five officers plus Immediate Past Chair EJ Scott and Outreach Committee Chair Patricia Richie-Folks.

The MMPCDC expresses its deep gratitude and best wishes to our outgoing Chair, EJ Scott, who ably led our Committee as Chair for the past 11 years!


2015 Campaigns for State Legislature, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Clerk of the Court

Congratulations to all our great Democratic candidates who ran in the November 3, 2015 General Election: Jeremy McPike for Virginia State Senate, Kyle McCullough and Don Shaw for Virginia House of Delegates, Jacqueline Smith for Clerk of the Court, and Paul Ebert for Commonwealth’s Attorney!

Jeremy McPike was elected to the Virginia Senate with 53.76% of the total vote, while Paul Ebert was re-elected as our Commonwealth’s Attorney with 53.60% of the total vote.  While first-time candidates Jacqueline Smith, Don Shaw, and Kyle McCullough did not defeat their long-time incumbent Republican opponents, they ran excellent campaigns and respectively received 47.81%, 43.86%, and 41.17% of the total votes cast.

Click these links to view the General Election results for the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.


From Jeremy, November 4:

Yesterday, Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park voted for what we have been saying since the very beginning of the campaign: it’s time for Virginia to expand Medicaid, end attacks on women’s access to health care, and enact common-sense gun safety measures like universal background checks.

I am proud of the campaign we have built together and the race we ran. And when Mayor Parrish called me last night to concede, I thanked him for his service, his hard-fought campaign, and his graciousness until the end.

Issues like education, transportation, access to health care and gun safety are too important – too much is still at stake – to allow for partisan politics to mire us in gridlock.

We still have work ahead of us. But in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park, it is a new day. And I am honored to have you with me.




Support Democrats Paul Ebert for Commonwealth’s Attorney and Jacqueline Smith for Clerk of the Circuit Court

In addition to the more prominent Virginia General Assembly contests, on Tuesday, November 3 Manassas and Manassas Park voters will participate in important contested elections for both the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Clerk of the Circuit Court serving Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

Democratic incumbent Paul B. Ebert, “Virginia’s Most Experienced and Successful Prosecutor”, is running for re-election to another four-year term as Commonwealth’s Attorney.   Since becoming Virginia’s youngest elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1968, Mr. Ebert has served our community well, with integrity and distinction, by effectively pursuing justice and protecting citizens, including crime victims and witnesses. Mr. Ebert presently supervises a prosecutor’s office with 22 assistant commonwealth attorneys.

As our chief prosecutor, Paul Ebert has focused on combating violent crimes, crimes against children, elder abuse, illegal gang activity, narcotics trafficking, and drunk driving. Mr. Ebert has also served as special prosecutor in more than thirty jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth and is recognized nationally for his many successful prosecutions of significant, high-profile cases. In 2003, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft selected Ebert to prosecute D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad, resulting in the first capital murder conviction under Virginia’s terrorism statute. During his 47 years as Commonwealth’s Attorney, Ebert has received numerous local, state, and national honors and awards and has held various professional positions.

After being unopposed for re-election for at least 20 years, Paul Ebert is facing a serious Republican challenger in 2015; namely Mike May, a current member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.   To support, volunteer, or contribute to Paul Ebert’s re-election, contact Friends of Paul B. Ebert, PO Box 509, Manassas VA 20108, 703-369-2085,, , Facebook Twitter


Practicing Woodbridge attorney Jacqueline Smith is running as a Democrat for Clerk of the Court, challenging Republican incumbent Michelle McQuigg for this important position.   The Clerk’s office handles many critical legal matters, including criminal and civil court records, jury duty, marriage licenses, weapons permits, probate, real estate records, and name changes. Ms. Smith seeks to make the Prince William Circuit Court balanced, efficient, and responsive. According to Ms. Smith, the present Clerk and her appointed Deputy Clerk have been hostile toward some citizens based on their religion, skin color, or sexual identity. In addition, electronic court documents and files are disorganized and can be unavailable to judges, staff, and taxpayers, and telephone inquiries are not responded to effectively.   In Virginia, the Clerk of the Court is elected for an eight-year term, so the winner this November can be expected to serve through 2023.   To support, volunteer, or donate to Jacqueline Smith’s election campaign, contact the Supporters of Jacqueline Smith for Clerk of the Circuit Court Facebook

From Jackie, November 4:

The unofficial results are in and we lost by just 4 points. THANK YOU to everyone who helped to get us so close, especially our donors, volunteers and the 31,525 people who turned out and voted for my vision. We worked so hard to effect change in the clerk’s office. It is my hope that some of the simple improvements we have suggested will be implemented by the clerk over the next eight years, because then ALL members of our community will be winners of this election. For now, I’m back to my practice with my husband at the Smith Francis Law Group in Dumfries. I’ll see you in court!


Democrats Challenge Republican Incumbents for Local House of Delegates Seats

The MMPCDC is pleased to announce that two progressive Democratic candidates, Don Shaw and Kyle McCullough, have qualified to oppose local Republican incumbents Bob Marshall (House District 13) and Jackson Miller (House District 50), respectively, on the November 3, 2015 general election ballot.

According to the blog Blue Virginia, the 13th and 50th Virginia House of Delegates Districts both narrowly favor Democrats over Republicans, based on the vote tallies in the 2013 race for Virginia Attorney General, which was nearly tied statewide.

Since no opposing candidates had filed for the Democratic nomination for these races by the deadlines for any Democratic primary or caucus, both Shaw and McCullough were nominated as Democratic candidates for the November 3rd general election without any Democratic primary or caucus.

House District 13 includes all of Manassas Park plus all or part of 11 election precincts in Prince William County, mostly to the west and north of Manassas Park, except for the surrounding Parkside Precinct and the Signal Hill Precinct to the southeast.

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Don Shaw, who is challenging Bob Marshall, is a 20-year Army and Air Force veteran, a former Department of Defense employee, and now works for a veteran-owned small business. Don first moved to Prince William in 1997. Don and his wife, Joyce, live in Gainesville with their three children, all of whom have either graduated from or attend Prince William County Public Schools. Facebook Twitter

From Don, November 4:

Although we didn’t achieve the result we wanted yesterday, we put up a good fight and moved the narrative forward.  It is not always the easiest path that is the best path, and I know that we will win in the end.

As I was greeting voters at the polls, I was humbled by the support I received.  I spoke with a young man who was voting for the first time and was eager to cast his ballot for me.  I met a couple and their special needs daughter who were eager to see a change in Richmond.  I had many conversations about our traffic problems and how tolls on I-66 are not the answer.  And in one of the more poignant moments of the day, a young voter who had just voted walked past me as he left the polling place.  After getting about 30 feet away, he paused, turned around, and walked back and shook my hand.  He said he had read all of my stuff and gone out of his was to vote because he believes in me and what I stand for.  He thanked me for giving a voice to those who are close to him and wished me the best.  I was truly touched.

At the end of the day, while it was my name on the ballot, this election was about each and every one of you.  To those of you who first encouraged me to join this quest so many months ago, thank you!  Thank you for the sense of shared wonder and excitement at the opportunity to change our little piece of the world for the better.  My thanks also go out to those who kept me grounded in the process and made sure we stayed focused.

Thank you to each and every one of you who invested your time, treasure, and talent in this race.  There are so many who were involved in the campaign, it would be impossible to name you all.  I want to especially thank Jane and her daughter Ashley for sharing their story with the campaign.  I am a better person for having met them.  And a special shout-out to my office-mate Ryan.  You made the long days better by providing much-needed levity.  You’re going to be a great School Board Chairman.

I am privileged to have had contributors from across the political spectrum; it speaks to the strength of our message and the shared interest in improving our community.  From the smallest to the largest financial contributions, you made this run possible.  Thank you each and every one.  To those who gave up your evenings and weekends to further our efforts, thank you.  It has been an honor to make phone calls and knock doors with you.  And to the campaign staff, whether organic or coordinated, you gave it your all and fought the good fight.  Thank you for all you have done.

I want to thank my family for willingly taking this journey with me.  Without their support, this would have been a much more difficult, much lonelier endeavor.  Thank you for believing in me.

So what’s next?  This is far from over.  We’re going to continue the fight and will be right back in the thick of it after a brief respite.  Our elected officials are chosen to represent us.  When they don’t, it is incumbent upon us to hold them accountable.  Watch this space and I hope we can count on you and your support as we move forward.

Thank you,


House District 50 includes all five election precincts within the City of Manassas plus all or part of 7 election precincts within Prince William County just west or northwest of Manassas City.

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Kyle McCullough, who is opposing Jackson Miller, lives in Manassas City with his wife, Lina, and two teenage sons and works as a senior programmer at the American Type Culture Collections (ATCC) in Manassas. Facebook


Congratulations to Ken Elston for winning election to the Manassas City Council on November 4, 2014! See swearing in ceremony Ken Elston swearing in ceremony



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