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MMPCDC Holiday Potluck Celebration, Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 6:30-9 PM

Please join us at our fourth annual MMPCDC holiday potluck celebration!   All are welcome.  We Democrats have much to celebrate after the latest “Democratic wave” on November 5.

Date:  Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Time:  6:30 PM- 9:00 PM

Where:  Bull Run Unitarian Universalists, Fellowship Hall, 9350 Main St, Manassas, VA 20110

MMPCDC will provide sliced ham and turkey.

We will have a champagne toast to our newly elected Democrats: Senator Jeremy McPike, Delegates Lee Carter and Danica Roem, Commowealth’s Attorney Amy Ashworth, Council Member Ralph Smith, and School Board Member Lisa Stevens!

Please RSVP using this form and tell us what side dish, dessert, beverage, or appetizer, etc. you plan to bring.


Support Our Candidates in the November 5, 2019 Election

View our Democratic Sample Ballot for the City of Manassas

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View our Democratic Sample Ballot for the City of Manassas Park

View the Official Sample Ballot for the City of Manassas Park

For State Senate (SD-29): Senator Jeremy McPike (incumbent)

State Senator Jeremy McPike is a Prince William County native, the Director of General Services for the City of Alexandria, and a longtime volunteer firefighter and EMT in Dale City. During his four years in office, Jeremy’s legislative record has been very highly rated by many educational, environmental, labor, and women’s rights groups and also favorably rated by diverse business and consumer groups. Website: McPikeforSenate.com

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For State Delegate (HD-50, includes City of Manassas): Delegate Lee Carter (incumbent)

Delegate Lee Carter is a Marine Corps veteran who has since worked in medical electronics repair and small business IT support.  Elected in 2017, Lee has fiercely championed a host of progressive causes, including affordable healthcare and housing, living wages and worker protections, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, teacher pay, criminal justice reform, environmental justice, curbing corrupt corporate influence, and consumer protections. Website: CarterforVirginia.com

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For State Delegate (HD-13, includes City of Manassas Park): Delegate Danica Roem (incumbent)

Delegate Danica Roem, a lifelong Manassas resident, acquired a deep understanding of our community as a local newspaper reporter with the Gainesville Times/Prince William Times . Elected in 2017, Danica has used her listening and fact-finding reporter’s skills to achieve practical results for her constituents on educational, transportation, healthcare, environmental, equity, accountability, gun-violence prevention, tax policy, and other matters. Website: DelegateDanicaRoem.com

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For Commonwealth’s Attorney (open seat): Amy Ashworth

Amy Ashworth is an experienced prosecutor and law practice manager who will bring real criminal justice reform to our community and work hard to increase the fairness, integrity, and equality of our justice system. Amy will focus on crimes that cause the most harm (not that put the most people in prison), end the school-to-prison pipeline, emphasize prevention and deterrence of domestic violence, and increase treatment and rehabilitation options.  Website: VoteAshworth.com

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For Sheriff: Josh King

 

Josh King is an Iraq vet, deputy sheriff, labor leader, and parent of a non-verbal teenage autistic daughter.  Josh will train a new generation of diverse officers to build public trust in the community, mandate that officers are well-trained to engage with people with disabilities or mental illness, and end Prince William’s partnership with ICE. Website: King2019.com

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For Manassas City Council: Council Member Ralph Smith (incumbent)

Council Member Ralph J. Smith, a retired senior executive with the Social Security Administration, is a former President of the NAACP in Prince William County and a City of Manassas election official for 20+ years. Ralph will advance infrastructure improvements, attract diverse business investments, fully fund our schools, preserve and expand green/recreational space, and attract the best and brightest educators. Website: RalphJSmith.com

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For Manassas School Board: Lisa Anne Stevens

Lisa Anne Stevens is a special education teacher, mother, community member, and volunteer who understands public education and its importance to the community. Lisa will ensure that our schools are safe and attract and retain great teachers and staff; will work with legislators to adequately fund our schools; and will strive to provide a great education for every child in the City of Manassas. Website: Lisa4Manassas.com

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Our candidates have proven records of leadership, experience, and community service. We ask for your vote in the November 5, 2019 elections.

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


 Manassas & Manassas Park Democrats Reorganized for 2018-2019

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 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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