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Fundraising Reception for Alanna Mensing and Haseeb Javed, Our Democratic Candidates for the Manassas Park City Council

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 3-5 PM

Meet the candidates at a friendly community house party.

Guest Speaker: Rachel Kirkland, Manassas Park City School Board Chair

Sunday, September 30, 2018, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

9312 Bradley Court, Manassas Park 20111

This is a ticketed event, and donation levels include:
Host: $500.00
Sponsor: $250.00
Friend: $100.00
Pair: $75.00
Individual: $50.00
Young Democrat: $25.00

Please RSVP using this ActBlue link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mp-2018

If you prefer to pay by check, please RSVP to alannamensing@gmail.com and mail your check to: MMPCDC, P.O. Box 4041, Manassas, VA 20108.  Please make checks payable to MMPCDC (Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee) and enclose the following information with your mailed payment: your occupation, your employer, and your employer’s location. Please note on your check that your donation is earmarked for the September 30 fundraiser.

Authorized by the candidates; paid for by the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee.


To learn more about these candidates, please explore the campaign links below:

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (Democratic nominee for re-election to the U.S. Senate)
State Senator Jennifer Wexton (Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 10th Congressional District).
Michelle Davis-Younger (Democratic nominee for Manassas City Council)
Councilman Ken Elston (Democratic nominee for re-election to the Manassas City Council)
Rex Parr (Democratic nominee for Manassas City Council)

Help us elect these Democrats with a financial contribution!

Read the two proposed Virginia Constitutional Amendments included on the ballot.

View the official sample ballot for the City of Manassas.


To learn more about these candidates, please explore the campaign links below:

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (Democratic nominee for re-election to the U.S. Senate)
State Senator Jennifer Wexton (Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 10th Congressional District).
Alanna Mensing (Democratic nominee for Manassas Park City Council)
Haseeb Javed (Democratic nominee for Manassas Park City Council)

Help us elect these Democrats with a financial contribution!

Read the two proposed Virginia Constitutional Amendments included on the ballot.

View the official sample ballot for the City of Manassas Park.


Our 2018 Voter Outreach Booths

Manassas City Council candidates Ken Elston, Michelle Davis-Younger, and Rex Parr pose in front of our booth at the Manassas African-American Heritage Festival on August 4, 2018

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 6th General Election.  Look for our booth at the following events.  Better yet, sign up for a volunteer shift at those events, to help us with this vital voter outreach.

Saturday, August 4:   Manassas African American Heritage Festival, 11:00 am -6:00 pm (set up at 10 am), Metz Middle School, 9950 Wellington Rd, Manassas.

Tuesday, August 7:  Manassas Park’s National Night Out (NNO) event at Signal Hill Park, 9300 Signal View Dr, 5:00-8:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 7:  Manassas City’s National Night Out (NNO) event on the lawn of the Manassas Museum, 6:00-9:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 7:   6:00-8:00 pm.

Sunday, September 23:  Manassas Latino Festival, Noon-5:30 pm (set up at 11 am), Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas.   Sign up here to help staff this booth!

Saturday, October 13:  Manassas Park Fall Festival, 10 am – 3 pm (set up from 9-10 am), Manassas Park Community Center Gymnasium, 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park, VA 20111.  Sign up here to help staff this booth!

Saturday, October 20 (rescheduled from Sept. 15): March with the MMPCDC contingent and other area Democratic groups in the Haymarket Day Parade. Lineup by 10:30 am; marching begins between 11 am and noon.  Sign up here to march with us in the parade!

Tuesday, November 6:  General Election, 6:00 am-7:00 pm, at all nine polling places in Manassas and Manassas Park.


MMPCDC Monthly Meetings

Unless noted otherwise, the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee will hold its monthly membership meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at Manassas City Hall in the Council Chambers, from 7-8:30 pm.   At each meeting, we collect canned goods to donate to the Northern Virginia Family Service food assistance program (SERVE).   All Democrats are welcome at all of our meetings.

Our scheduled meeting dates in 2018 are as follows: January 17, February 21, March 21 postponed to March 28, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, and November 21.  For December, we typically have a potluck holiday party in lieu of a business meeting.

Attendees at our October 3, 2016 Committee meeting


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2018

Democrats Announce Results of Nominating Caucus for City of Manassas City Council

Manassas VA—Manassas and Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee held an unassembled caucus today to determine the three Democratic nominees for Manassas City Council election in November. 138 voters came out to vote for up to three of the four candidates – E. Michelle Davis-Younger, Ken D. Elston, Rex G. Parr Jr and Dr. Oliver T. Reid. The results of the election were as follows:

Michelle Davis-Younger – 114
Ken D. Elston – 88
Rex G. Parr Jr – 87
Dr. Oliver T. Reid – 43

Congratulations to Michelle, Ken and Rex and many thanks to Oliver for his willingness to serve.

Our Democratic nominees look forward to tackling the issues facing Manassas. They will have a special focus on ensuring that Manassas City’s Schools are properly funded and that we are finding creative ways to stimulate Economic Development while adhering to smart growth practices.

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Mike Freeland, Co-Chair MMPCDC
mmpcdc@gmail.com
571-358-9893


Congratulations to Alanna Mensing and Haseeb Javed who have successfully filed as our Democratic nominees for Manassas Park Governing Body Council Members for the November 6, 2018 election.


 Manassas & Manassas Park Democrats Reorganized for 2017-2018

Attendees at our January 17, 2018 Reorganization Meeting

The Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee held its biennial reorganization meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.   Forty-five members were elected to the Committee at this initial meeting.

Congratulations to the following individuals who were unanimously elected as Committee officers for the 2018-2019 biennium:

Co-Chairs: Mike Freeland and Cheryl Macias

Vice Chair: Donald Shuemaker

Secretary: Stewart Davis

Treasurer: Patt Fields

The Committee expresses its gratitude and best wishes to Allen Muchnick who served as co-chair with Mike Freeland for the 2016-2017 term.  Allen will remain an active member of the Committee.


New Voting Precinct, Precinct Boundary Changes, and Optical Scanner Voting Machines for City of Manassas Now in Effect

Beginning in 2017, the City of Manassas has 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 have been adjusted, to better balance the number of registered voters within each precinct.  These changes were 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, 2017, 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 new voting precinct boundaries. In Spring 2017, the Manassas Voter Registrar’s Office mailed 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 has begun using the OpenElect Voting System from Unisyn Voting Solutions to scan and record votes made on paper ballots. Voters now mark their votes on a paper ballot and then insert the ballot into an optical scanner that reads the selections and takes a digital image of the ballot. After the polls close, poll workers 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.


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.


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!

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