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View the official City of Manassas sample ballot for November 3, 2020

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Our Democratic Sample Ballot for Manassas City

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Our Democratic Sample Ballot for Manassas Park

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Meet Our Local Candidates

In November 2020, the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park will each hold separate local elections for the Mayor and three City Council members in each city. Below are brief descriptions of the Democratic candidates we’ve nominated and the independent candidates we’ve endorsed for those eight local seats. To view the candidate’s campaign website or Facebook page, click on the headline for that candidate.

Candidates for Election in Manassas Park

Jeanette Rishell (incumbent) for Manassas Park Mayor

Jeanette Rishell has been a resident of Manassas Park since 1994 and was elected Mayor in 2016, after serving as a Councilmember for 4 years.  Jeanette serves as the City’s representative to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), as Vice Chair of the NVTA Finance Committee, as the City’s representative to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) and the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Jeanette also serves on the Upper Occoquan Service Authority (UOSA) Board of Directors.

Although much progress has been made, Jeanette understands that the financial condition of the City still requires financially careful decision-making and lean budgets until the high yearly debt service begins to decrease and the incoming revenue from new economic development begins. A strong and successful City also depends upon wisely allocating limited resources to the many unmet needs across the City. The City did not get into this financial situation overnight, and it will take time to overcome these challenges.

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Yesy Amaya for Manassas Park City Council

Yesy Amaya was born in El Salvador and has lived in Virginia since 1985. She grew up in Falls Church, graduating from Falls Church High School in 1995. In 2001 she bought her first home in Manassas Park and has been a member of the community since. Her three children have all attended Manassas Park City Schools with the oldest graduating in 2019.

In 2004, she established her first business in Prince William. As the economy went into recession, she closed her retail bakery and moved it home to Manassas Park. After having her at-home business for 5 years she moved it once again to Prince William. Currently, she and her sister own an event venue in Maplewood Shopping Center.

Yesy Amaya understands the struggles of small business ownership and the obstacles one faces trying to get ahead in the current environment.  She is persistent and always willing to lend a hand when she can. She strives for fair treatment and equal opportunities for all.

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Darryl Moore for Manassas Park City Council

Darryl Moore is a life-long Democrat.  Prior to moving to Manassas Park, he served 12 years on the Berkeley (CA) City Council.  During his tenure on the Berkeley City Council, he doubled the funding for youth jobs through the summer youth employment program, led efforts to rebuild the four branch libraries as Chair of the Library Board, won federal stimulus funds to repave a major street in the City, secured a neighborhood-serving grocery store for the City, and put together $2 million in funding to rejuvenate the largest and oldest park in the City.

Darryl has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

If elected to the Manassas Park City Council, Darryl will be accessible and transparent.  He will hit the ground running, working for all of the residents of Manassas Park.  His priorities are: 

  1. Lower our high property taxes by enhancing and encouraging proper and appropriate economic development.
  2. Increase funding to our Public Schools.  More funding needs to be directed into the classroom.  
  3. Enhance and maintain our infrastructure.  Ensuring that our beautiful parks, pathways, streets, and sidewalks are maintained.

For more information, visit Darryl’s webpage at www.moore4manassaspark.com or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Moore4ManassasPark .

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Donald Shuemaker (incumbent) for Manassas Park City Counci

Donald grew up in Manassas Park and still owns the house on Manassas Drive where he grew up.  While serving on City Council, he has made raising employee pay,  lowering the property tax rate, and expanding the business base as priorities.  He has been a champion for mass transit and Route 28, to reduce traffic congestion, and has served on committees that manage VRE and bus service.  Serving on the Library Board of Trustees, Donald has ensured that all citizens have access to reading materials and Wi-Fi, while saving City taxpayers $280,000/year by creating our own library in the City.  He voted to refinance the City’s debt in 2019, to save $2.2 million in interest payments for the taxpayers of Manassas Park.

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Candidates for Election in Manassas City

Michelle Davis-Younger for Mayor, City of Manassas

A life-long resident of Manassas. Michelle knows that Manassas is a special place to live, work, and raise a family. She has the experience, problem-solving skills, and vision to effectively serve our city as Mayor.

Michelle holds a Bachelors in Human Resources and an MBA. As a volunteer and business owner in our community, Michelle brought people together to find solutions and get things done. On city council, she has advocated for our entire city, demanding transparency and results.

As a human resources professional and small business owner, Michelle understands what it takes to help people become gainfully employed, helping to create jobs and grow our economy. She will continue to bring ideas for creative economic development, lead efforts for continuous and sustainable employment for everyone who wants to work, and attract investments to make Downtown an even greater destination.

Over the last two years, both as a candidate and as one of your Councilwomen, Michelle has put her hands to plow to ensure that Manassas works for all who call our wonderful city home. Through late night work sessions, council meetings, community events, and various other local government matters, Michelle has had one focus the entire time–positioning Manassas City to be the gold standard for what is possible when we come together as a community to tackle the issues and challenges that face our city.

​Michelle is running to help return the power in City Hall back to the citizens of Manassas City. As a city, we have big challenges ahead but also immense opportunity to position Manassas to be the magnet that attracts new business investment, growing our tax base while not increasing taxes. We also must help our schools, in a community effort, to transform into world-class environments that continue to deliver the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Join her in building that bridge into our future!

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Tom Osina for Manassas City Council

Tom Osina is a 20 year resident of Manassas.  He and his husband live in the Georgetown South community. He is a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Solid Waste, Treasurer of the Georgetown South Community Council, and Board Member & Co-Founder of Equality Prince William. Tom is a graduate of the City of Manassas Leadership Academy and owns and operates a small business that provides headquarters and project management to non-profits. 

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Pam Sebesky (incumbent) for Manassas City Council

Pam Sebesky has lived in the greater Manassas area most of her life. She and her husband both graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School (Unity Reed) in 1983 and married in 1990. Pam graduated from the Prince William County School of Practical Nursing in 1984 with an LPN and VCU/MCV in 1988 with a BSN. She has worked in cardiology most of her career, first at the hospital and for over 20 years for Kaiser Permanente as a Cardiology nurse.

The Sebeskys made their home in the City of Manassas in 1992 and had 2 children, who both graduated from Osbourn High School. Emily went on to graduate from Christopher Newport University and works in HR. Joseph graduated from University of Mary Washington and works in security. They are very proud of their adult children, who work hard and give back by volunteering.

Pam was elected to the Manassas City School Board and served from 2010-2016, when she was elected to the Manassas City Council. While on the school board, the schools became fully accredited, and Pam instituted a student school board liaison program that still goes on today. Since joining the City Council on January 1, 2017, Pam has consistently worked with all Manassas citizens, as transparency and inclusion are the reasons she serves.

During her time on Council, Pam has led efforts for, or been an integral part of, policy change and improved transparency, recognizing Gay Pride Month, initiating the Equity and Inclusion Task Force, and implementing a policy and procedure for term limits on all city Boards, Committees, & Commissions. 

Pam has served as Chair of the Council Appointments Committee, served on the Council Finance Committee, and currently serves on the Council Land Use Committee.  In August 2019, Pam was elected by Council to serve as the Vice Mayor, a position she continues to hold.

Pam has represented Manassas on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s Planning Coordination & Advisory Committee and on the Virginia Railway Express Operations Board.

She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, which operates the Omniride bus service, and as Vice-Chair, Virginia of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments), of which she will become the Chair in 2022 if reelected to Council.

Pam is proud of her accomplishments during her first term on Council. She has tried to represent everyone, by leading with honesty and integrity, but there is still much to do. She would really appreciate your support to continue her work as a Manassas City Councilwoman.

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Mark Wolfe (incumbent) for Manassas City Council

Councilman Mark Wolfe has lived in the City of Manassas since 1990. Mark has significant executive leadership experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors and is currently the Chief Operating Officer of MovieComm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. Amy, his wife of 39 years, is the Artistic Director and CEO of Manassas Ballet Theatre. They have two children, both of who graduated from Osbourn High School. Cece also graduated from George Mason University, and Colin was killed in action in Iraq in 2006.

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Results of the June 23, 2020 Democratic Primary for Manassas City Council

According to the official election results, the three winners of the June 23 Democratic primary for Manassas City Council are Pam Sebesky, Mark Wolfe, and Tom Osina, who received 1572, 1383, and 1321 votes, respectively.  Helen Zurita placed fourth with 870 votes.  Congratulations to all four candidates for running positive campaigns during a very difficult time.


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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person meetings are suspended until further notice.  Any online membership meetings will be announced in this space.

MMPCDC will hold a virtual general monthly meeting, via Zoom, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm.  For login credentials, contact the MMPCDC co-chairs at mmpcdc@gmail.com or 571-358-9893.

Our scheduled meeting dates in 2020 are as follows: January 15, February 19, March 18 (cancelled), April 15 (via Zoom), May 20 (via Zoom), June 17 (via Zoom), July 15 (via Zoom), August 19 (via Zoom), September 16 (via Zoom), October 21 (via Zoom), and November 18.  For December, we typically have a potluck holiday party in lieu of a business meeting.


 Manassas & Manassas Park Democrats Reorganized for 2020-2021

Attendees at our January 15, 2020 Reorganization Meeting

The Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee held its biennial reorganization meeting on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.   Sixty-three members were elected to the Committee at this initial meeting.

Congratulations to the following individuals who were unanimously elected as Committee officers for the 2020-2021 biennium:

Co-Chairs: Cheryl Macias and Mike Freeland

Vice Chair: Donald Shuemaker

Secretary: Michael Laverty

Treasurer: Patt Fields


New Voting Precinct, Precinct Boundary Changes, and Optical Scanner Voting Machines for City of Manassas in Effect, Beginning in 2017

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 demonstrated at our March 6, 2017 Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee meeting.


Has Your Voter Registration Been Purged?

Every two years, the Virginia Department of Elections removes inactive voters from the voter registration rolls of every Virginia locality.

Reportedly, a voter’s registration is purged only after an inactive voter fails to respond to repeated mailers from the Virginia Department of Elections requesting an address verification and then fails to vote at all during two Federal Election Cycles following the initial mailer.

In January 2019, the Virginia Department of Elections removed 721 inactive voters from the City of Manassas voter registration roll and 302 inactive voters from the City of Manassas Park voter registration roll.

In 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 the four lists linked above.

These 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 from prior 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   Baldwin 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

If you should find yourself or anyone else improperly purged from a registered voter roll, please let us and theCity 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.


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