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The 2017 Democratic and Republican primary elections were held on Tuesday, June13. Congratulations to the Democratic primary winners: Ralph Northam for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor, and Danica Roem for House of Delegates District 13.
We also commend those Democratic candidates who did not win their primaries, including Tom Perriello for Governor, Gene Rossi and Susan Platt for Lieutenant Governor and Mansimran Kahlon, Steve Jansen, and Andrew Adams for House of Delegates District 13 for all running strong, positive, and progressive issue-focused campaigns.
The Manassas & Manassas Park Democrats will staff tables at major community events this summer and fall, to spread the word about our local Committee and Democratic candidates and to promote voter registration and absentee voting for the November 7th General Election.
Look for our table(s) at the following events. Better yet, sign up for a volunteer shift at those events, to help us with this vital public outreach.
Jacqueline C. Smith 13,908 (53.92%)
This victory belongs to everyone who knocked doors, called voters, and/or greeted voters at the polls on behalf of Jackie’s campaign. Although Jackson Miller received more votes than Jackie did within the City of Manassas, our work in Manassas and Manassas Park reduced Miller’s vote margins on his home turf, thereby contributing to Jackie’s victory. The fact that Jackson Miller’s campaign outspent Jackie Smith’s campaign by at least six to one makes Jackie’s election victory all the more remarkable.
Jacqueline Smith, Esquire
On April 18, Democrats in Manassas, Manassas Park, and Prince William County gave an early and clear demonstration of our resolve to defeat the regressive Trump agenda and reactionary Republican policies with Jacqueline Smith’s decisive victory in the special election on Tuesday April 18 for Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court. This early special election was ordered by the judges of the Prince William Circuit Court on February 28, following the February 16th death of the previous incumbent, Michele McQuigg.
Voting on April 18 occurred at all regular polling places (including Round Elementary School in the City of Manassas) from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Jacqueline Smith, Esquire, our Democratic nominee, is a practicing attorney in Woodbridge. Jackie previously ran a strong campaign for this office in 2015, polling just 4% (3004 votes) below the Republican incumbent, the late Michele McQuigg, in a low-turnout November general election.Jackie will keep politics out of the Clerk of the Court Office and focus on genuine customer service to ensure a fair, efficient, and responsive court for everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender, immigration history, or sexual orientation. Her opponent, Delegate Jackson Miller (HD-50), is a hard-line Republican partisan who has been the Majority whip in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2012. Due to his position of partisan influence, Delegate Miller had amassed a huge campaign war chest funded by corporate and Republican special interests.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. According to Ms. Smith, the Clerk’s Office has 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, and the winner of this special election can be expected to serve through 2023.
In both recent Clerk of the Court candidate debates, Jacqueline Smith clearly distinguished herself as the better prepared, professionally qualified, and thoughtful candidate. You can judge for yourself by viewing the video recordings of the March 21st and April 4th candidate debates.
Standalone special elections are notorious for low voter turnout, so the candidate and political party that best motivated and turned out its voters won. The Manassas & Manassas Park Democrats–partnering with the Prince William Democrats and the various local 2017 Democratic campaigns for Virginia House of Delegates seats–strongly encouraged local Democrats to actively support Jackie Smith’s campaign by participating in voter outreach activities, such as door-to-door canvasses and phone banks and by helping to fund her significant campaign expenses for voter outreach leading up to April 18.
In the six weeks leading up to April 18, Jackie Smith’s campaign organized dozens of campaign events across Prince William County and greater Manassas, and many of those events were in and near Manassas and Manassas Park and posted on this website. .
Together, we prevailed at the ballot box on April 18.
MMPCDC Adopts Resolution to Preserve PRTC’s Manassas Omnilink Bus Service on April 3, 2017
RESOLUTION OF THE
MANASSAS AND MANASSAS PARK CITIES DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE
FOR THE PRESERVATION OF
MANASSAS OMNILINK BUS SERVICE
Whereas half of all Manassas Omnilink trips, according to PRTC data, are commutes to work; whereas bus transit benefits and attracts the businesses that employ these bus commuters by helping to ensure a stable, reliable work force; whereas the Omnilink service brings more customers to our local businesses; and whereas many jobs in our area–and especially in greater Manassas–are not accessible by VRE;
Whereas it is honorable and desirable to promote the dignity and full participation of individuals and families throughout our community who because of special needs, disability or advanced years require assistance in mobility, considering that the cost of paratransit is a much more expensive option for those populations;
Whereas it is necessary and desirable that the Manassas-area residents who utilize the bus to attend college or technical school be supported in pursuing gainful employment, further education, and skill development to strengthen their self sufficiency, and standard of living;
Whereas the City of Manassas has allocated some of the PRTC funds for city improvements and used some of the gas tax revenue to afford the debt service for the parking garage and surface lots in addition to VRE and bus service;
Whereas prioritizing the VRE over the bus system would be disproportionately harmful to those of limited means, including senior citizens and veterans;
Whereas Omnilink riders utilize the bus service for medical visits, including hospital lab procedures, pediatric care, immunizations, substance abuse treatment, mental health and counseling appointments required for health, safety and well-being;
Whereas one of the four Manassas Omnilink buses was eliminated in July 2016 to cut costs, leading to reduced ridership, partly because of the infrequency of buses throughout an unchanged geographical area;
Whereas two-thirds of these affected bus riders have no driver’s license for myriad reasons, and face ongoing challenges in attending to the business of their lives, including employment, schooling, shopping, education and social activities in order to be productive, motivated, and contributing citizens; and
Whereas further reductions in the availability of bus transit would have adverse unintended consequences by reducing workforce stability, discouraging college and technical school attendance, reducing physical and mental health care and treatment compliance;
Now therefore be it RESOLVED that the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee:
1. calls upon the City Councils of Manassas and Manassas Park to not approve any further cuts in the Manassas Omnilink bus service; and
2. urges the City Councils of Manassas and Manassas Park to aggressively seek additional funds to support increased operating and capital expenditures for public transportation from our state and federal governments.
Adopted unanimously by the Manassas and Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee on April 3, 2017
Have You Been Purged?
In late February 2017, the Virginia Department of Elections removed 1,592 inactive voters from the City of Manassas voter registration roll and 196 inactive voters from the City of Manassas Park voter registration roll. You might want to check if your name is on one of those lists.
Note that both lists of purged voters are organized by numbered voting precincts, and for the City of Manassas those numbers reflect the new (starting in 2017) voting precinct boundaries, not the precinct boundaries that applied in recent years. The precinct codes for each city are as follows:
PCT Manassas Polling Location
0001 Dean Elementary School
0002 Weems Elementary School
0003 Metz Middle School
0004 Haydon Elementary School
0005 Balwin Elementary School
0006 Round Elementary School
PCT Manassas Park Polling Location
0001 Manassas Park High School
0002 Costello Park Community Center
0003 Manassas Park City Hall
Reportedly, a voter registration is purged only after a voter fails to respond to mailers sent by the State Board of Elections concerning ones correct address and then fails to vote in two Federal Election Cycles following that mailer.
If you should find yourself or anyone else improperly purged from a registered voter roll, please let us and the City of Manassas General Registrar or the Manassas Park General Registrar know.
The best and easiest way to verify that your voter registration is still valid is to review your voter record at the Virginia Department of Elections voter portal, after entering your name, date of birth, locality, and last four digits of your social security number.
Paul J. Reid, April 13, 1951 – February 23, 2017
Paul Reid, a stalwart member of our Committee and a good friend to many of us, passed away on Thursday, February 23, following a bout with cancer. He died at home in his wife’s arms.
Paul was born April 13, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late William F. and Marcella M. Reid. He retired from the Central Intelligence Agency, then worked for General Dynamics and Geospatial Solution Inc., finally retiring in 2015.
After leaving federal service, Paul became an active volunteer for the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee.
EJ Scott, MMPCDC’s Immediate Past Chair, summarizes Paul’s service to our Democratic community as follows:
Paul Reid was the true embodiment of Democratic values. He believed in equality and justice and was dedicated to making this country live up to its ideals. He was a quiet man, except when talking about the craziness exhibited by the other side. No one worked harder and longer than Paul. He knocked doors, made phone calls, worked the polls and was always the first one onsite to help set up for events. He was given MMPCDC’s second Blue Victory Chair’s Award for his service and commitment to getting Democrats elected.
Paul spoke fluent Spanish and loved to dance the salsa with his wife Betsy. At our festival booths, it was reassuring to have him there to converse with our Spanish-speaking visitors.
After the House of Delegate Districts were redrawn, and we could not find anyone to run against Jackson Miller, Paul even agreed to be our write-in candidate for the 50th District Delegate. We called and handed out write-in ballots, and he received a good vote showing.
Paul was generous. He often offered to assist with financing events, and he sponsored tickets to our events, so the less fortunate could attend. He gave to Democratic candidates and then continued to give his time and energy to getting them elected.
Paul Reid was a participant. Paul was a soldier in the fight to turn Virginia Blue. And recent past elections have shown the rewards of that battle.
When his widow was asked what can we do, she responded simply, “Take back Congress.” Nothing would please him more.
Paul also volunteered as the Vice President of in-line hockey for the Prince William Hockey Club from 1998 to 2006, where he also coached two of his sons, Andrew and John. In 2006, he purchased a second home in Capon Bridge, West Virginia, where he spent the weekends experimenting with home brewing recipes, reading, kayaking, fishing, biking.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth F. (Betsy) Reid, three sons, Peter Reid of Falls Church, VA, Andrew Reid of Manassas, VA, and John Reid of Austin, Texas; one granddaughter, Mia A. Reid, and one grandson Luke M. Reid; daughter in-laws Alix Reid and Elizabeth Gonzales.
Viewings will be held at Peirce Funeral Home in Manassas on Sunday Feb. 26 between 6pm and 8pm, and Monday Feb. 27 between 7pm to 9pm. A funeral mass will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, Manassas on Tuesday Feb. 28 at 10 am.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Relay for Life cancer.org https://www.cancer.org/involved/fundraise/relay-for-life.html click donate then enter Team Baldwin.
Condolences may be sent to: www.piercefh.com
Our 2017 Elections
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In November 2017, Virginians will elect a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Two of those 100 House of Delegate districts include the Cities of Manassas (HD-50) or Manassas Park (HD-13). In addition, the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park will each elect a Treasurer and a Commissioner of the Revenue, local officers whose election is specified in the Virginia Constitution.
The party nomination process for the above-mentioned offices was completed on or before the Democratic primary on June 13, 2017. With the party nominations completed, our Democratic nominees will be campaigning to win the November 7, 2017 General Election.
The City of Manassas will also have a special election on November 7 for a school board seat now filled by an interim appointee. School board elections are nonpartisan in Virginia; political parties may endorse, but not nominate, school board candidates.
Also, due to the death of the Clerk of the Prince William Circuit Court, Michelle McQuigg, on February 16, 2017, a special election was held on April 18 to elect a new Clerk of the Court. Democrat Jacqueline Smith won that election. Her term will run through 2023.
Our 2017 Democratic Candidates
Governor: Ralph Northam, Virginia’s current lieutenant governor.
Lieutenant Governor: Justin Fairfax
Attorney General: Mark Herring, Virginia’s current attorney general, is running for re-election.
Member, House of Delegates, House District 50: Lee Carter is running against the incumbent, Del. Jackson Miller (R).
Member, House of Delegates, House District 13: Danica Roem is running against the incumbent, Del. Bob Marshall (R).
Manassas City Treasurer: Patricia Richie-Folks, the current Manassas City Treasurer, will again face Russ Harrison, her Republican opponent in the 2016 Special Election.
Manassas City Commission of the Revenue: Alonita Vannoy will face the incumbent, Doug Waldron (R).
Clerk of the Prince William Circuit Court: Jacqueline Smith, our Democratic nominee, won the April 18 special election to fill the vacancy resulting from the death of the incumbent, Michele McQuigg. Ms. Smith’s term will expire at the end of 2023.
Interested in running for office? We recommend that you study the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Party Plan to learn about nominations, the Code of Virginia section pertaining to candidates, and the State Board of Elections page about becoming a candidate.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-358-9893 if you need more information or have any questions.
New Voting Precinct, Precinct Boundary Changes, and Optical Scanner Voting Machines Coming to the City of Manassas
Beginning in 2017, the City of Manassas will have a sixth voting precinct, with its polling place at George C Round Elementary School at 10100 Hastings Drive. At the same time, the boundaries of the City’s five other voting precincts are being adjusted, to better balance the number of registered voters within each precinct. These changes are prompted by continued residential development and population growth within the City and the requirement under the Code of Virginia that no precinct have more than 5,000 registered voters or 4,000 votes cast in a presidential election.
On February 13, the Manassas City Council adopted a new City of Manassas voting precinct ordinance that sets the boundaries and designates the polling places for all voting precincts (including the central absentee voting precinct in the Old Town Hall building at 9025 Center St).
Below is a map of the newly approved voting precinct boundaries. The Manassas Voter Registrar’s Office will mail a voter registration letter to all voters registered in the City to inform them of their polling location.
New City of Manassas Voting Precincts, Starting in 2017 (click to enlarge)
Also in 2017, the City of Manassas will begin using the OpenElect Voting System from Unisyn Voting Solutions to scan and record votes made on paper ballots. Voters will mark their votes on a paper ballot and then insert the ballot into an optical scanner that will read the selections and take a digital image of the ballot. After the polls close, poll workers will run a tally report on the scanner to obtain the precinct results.
Thanks to the Manassas Voter Registration Office, one of the new voting machines was demonstated at our March 6th Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee meeting.
Democrats Fare Well in 2016 Manassas and Manassas Park Elections
Jeanette 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 Wolfe, Pam Sebesky, and Rex Parr
Pam Sebesky and Miriam Paula Machado
Manassas 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 and 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!
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 and
Tim Kaine, Vice President
U.S. Congress (10th CD)
LuAnn L. Bennett-D
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)
Patricia E. Richie-Folks
* 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. Rishell
Member, City Council (three seats up for election; Donald Shuemaker is the only candidate listed on the ballot.)
Donald E. Shuemaker, Jr.
Hector Cendejas (write-in candidate)
Miriam Paula Machado (write-in candidate)
View our Democratic sample ballot for the 2016 Manassas Park elections
View the official Manassas Park 2016 sample ballot.
Our 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 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.
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