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Manassas & Manassas Park Democrats Announce Revised Process to Elect State Delegates and Alternates to Virginia’s 2020 10th Congressional District and Statewide Democratic Conventions

The Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee (MMPCDC), in coordination with the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA), has announced a revised process–necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic–to elect state delegates and alternates from the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park to Virginia’s 10th Congressional District (10th CD) Democratic Convention (currently scheduled for May 9 in Ashburn, VA) and the Statewide Democratic Convention (currently scheduled for June 20 in Richmond, VA).  

A total of 2000 state delegates plus 500 alternates will be elected statewide in Virginia.  At the Congressional District and State Democratic Conventions, these state delegates will elect most of Virginia’s 99 national delegates and 8 alternates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, which is currently scheduled for July 13-16 in Milwaukee, WI.

All 206 state delegate and 51 alternate slots within Virginia’s 10th CD are pledged to a specific Democratic presidential candidate; namely, either Former Vice President Joe Biden or U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.  Those delegate and alternate slots have been further allocated for each Virginia locality based on their number of Democratic voters and the results of the March 3, 2020 presidential primary.

Click here for a full statewide breakdown of Virginia’s national and state Democratic delegate and alternate allocations.

The City of Manassas has been allocated 9 state delegate and 2 alternate slots, with 6 delegates and one alternate pledged to Joe Biden and 3 delegates and one alternate pledged to Bernie Sanders.  The City of Manassas Park has been allocated 4 state delegate slots and one alternate slot, with 2 delegates and one alternate pledged to Joe Biden and 2 delegates and 0 alternates pledged to Bernie Sanders.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state delegates and alternates will not be elected via in-person caucuses.  Instead, DPVA staff, working with the local Democratic Committee chairs, will administer online unassembled caucuses (firehouse primaries) for all contested state delegate and alternate elections.   Those online unassembled caucuses will be open for voting between noon on April 18 and 7:00 pm on April 20.

Moreover, the DPVA has issued a revised and singular Statewide Call to Virtual Caucus that applies to every locality in Virginia.

Anybody who wishes to participate (either by running for state delegate or alternate and/or just to vote) in the upcoming caucuses must pre-register with the State Party by April 9th at 5:00 pm, using the appropriate online form:

The latter form is required to conduct this election virtually and ensure that anybody who wants to vote in a caucus has a chance to do so.   State delegate and alternate candidates (but not caucus voters) are asked to make a $25 voluntary payment to defray the cost of this process.

Updates on the status and format of the 10th CD and Statewide Conventions are expected soon and will be posted on the MMPCDC website when they become available.

For more information, read the above-referenced Call to Caucus or visit the MMPCDC website (manassascitydemocrats.org) or the DPVA Website (http://vademocrats.org/delegateselection).  If required, DPVA staff will provide online filing assistance by telephone at 844-4VA-VOTE (844-482-8683) Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.


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.

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 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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