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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 Commissioner of the Revenue: Alonita Vannoy will face the incumbent, Doug Waldron (R).
Manassas Park Commissioner of the Revenue: James T. Kirkland, Jr. is running against the incumbent Debra Wood.
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.
Three of Our 2017 Voter Outreach Booths
June 13th Democratic Primary Results
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.
Jacqueline Smith Wins April 18, 2017 Special Election for Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court!
Congratulations to Democrat Jacqueline Smith for winning the April 18, 2017 special election for the vacant Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court position against Republican state delegate Jackson Miller (HD-50).
With 100 percent of the vote counted, Jacqueline Smith has out polled Jackson Miller by nearly 54% to 46%, winning 2,031 more votes out of the 25,785 votes cast.
Candidate Total (Percent )
Jacqueline C. Smith 13,908 (53.92%)
Jackson Hunter Miller 11,877 (46.05%)
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.
Our best wishes to our new Clerk of the Court, Jacqueline Smith!
Special Election for the Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court, Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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.
Democrats Fare Well in 2016 Manassas and Manassas Park Elections
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
U.S. Congress (10th CD)
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:)
Treasurer (for unexpired term to end December 31, 2017)
* 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).
City of Manassas Park Races
On the ballot in Manassas Park only.
Member, City Council (three seats up for election; Donald Shuemaker is the only candidate listed on the ballot.)
Hector Cendejas (write-in candidate)
Miriam Paula Machado (write-in candidate)
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.
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