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Written on:July 31, 2022
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Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 10th Congressional District of Virginia

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton has been serving the people of Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley for two decades as a prosecutor, advocate for abused children, state Senator, and now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 10th District.

In her legal career, Jennifer served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County, prosecuting felony and misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases in all of the Loudoun Courts. She later served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem, representing abused or neglected children, as a special justice in mental commitment hearings, and as a substitute judge in proceedings in Loudoun County’s district courts.

Jennifer took her passion for protecting others to the state Senate, winning a special election in January 2014. In her five years in Richmond, Jennifer found bipartisan support for her legislation to make our children safer, combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, increase access to affordable healthcare, prepare our children for jobs of the future, ease traffic congestion, and bring more businesses to Northern Virginia.

Jennifer came to Congress with experience in legislating and a deep understanding of Virginia’s 10th district and the issues that matter most to our region’s families. In Congress, Jennifer has worked to make health care more affordable for our families, keep our kids safe from gun violence, and has fought to protect the interests of federal workers and contractors in our region. She has introduced 17 pieces of legislation in her first term, passing four bipartisan bills through the House, with her recently introduced Retirement Protection Act being signed into law as a part of the CARES Act Coronavirus response.

Jennifer lives in Leesburg with her husband, two sons, and two rescued labrador retrievers.


Candidates for the Manassas City Council

(3 at-large seats on the ballot)

Ralph J. Smith

Ralph J. Smith

Ralph J. Smith is an incumbent seeking his second term on the Manassas City Council.

Manassas welcomed Ralph at a special time in his life, and it became his hometown, with all the accompanying joys of belonging and being attached to one’s hometown that he was deprived of as a young person in the town in which he was born. The circumstances related to that led Ralph to a life of community involvement.

Ralph cites his experience leading the local NAACP chapter and his work in the communities of Manassas City, Manassas Park, and Prince William on behalf of their residents. He wants to continue to bring solutions to the issues facing Manassas City.

Ralph states that his priority for this term is to “continue to ensure equitable recovery from the pandemic, to have high quality city services by providing a needed public health perspective, while ensuring that women have access to maternal health services, ensuring we have competitive pay and career advancement for our city government workforce, and working with our school board members in support of our schools.”

Sonia Vasquez Luna

Sonia Vasquez Luna

Sonia R. Vasquez Luna was born and raised in El Salvador. She came to the United States in 2001 and worked minimum-wage jobs while taking English classes at night to support her mother and sisters. Sonia and her then-active-duty military family moved to Manassas looking for affordable housing in 2010. She is a mother of two children attending Manassas City Public Schools.

Sonia obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration at the National Labor College in 2014, after receiving her Associate of Science degree in Business Administration at Northern Virginia Community College in 2011.

Throughout her life, Sonia has fought tirelessly for workers, women, immigrants, human rights, voters, and equal pay for equal work.

In 2019, Sonia became the first immigrant woman Elected Business Manager for a local union at Laborer’s International Union of North America. Currently, she serves a second term as a National Board Member on the LIUNA Latino Caucus, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and LCLAA Si Podemos Fund. Sonia is also an elected board member of the Northern Virginia Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. Sonia has served as an election officer for over a decade in Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Manassas City.

Her priorities are: Inclusive Government, Women’s Health/Right to Privacy, Accessible and Reliable Public Transportation, and Strengthen Partnership with School Board.

Sonia is determined to deliver positive change!

You can learn more about Sonia and upcoming volunteer opportunities by visiting www.soniavasquezluna.com or www.facebook.com/Sonia4Manassas.

Dheerjag (DJ”) Jagadev

Dheerag (DJ) Jagadev

The Jagadev family story in America began in 1996, when Dheeraj’s parents, natives of Kerala, India, immigrated to the United States. Together, they chose the greater Manassas area to pursue the American dream and imparted the values that continue to be practiced by Dheeraj: do everything with integrity, success comes through hard work, and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

Dheeraj “DJ” Jagadev attended and graduated from Unity Reed High School before receiving his Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary. 

As a product of Virginia public schools, educator, and parent of a student in Manassas City Public Schools, Dheeraj not only understands the benefits of access to a quality education and importance of strengthening our public school system, but he has first-hand knowledge and experience when fighting for the needs and wants of fellow educators, parents, and our youth. 

As a member of the Manassas City Planning Commission and its Zoning Ordinance Review Committee, Dheeraj recognizes that the vital economic development of Manassas is directly fostered by a strong business environment. The success of our local businesses, regional airport, and the emergence of larger companies who choose to do business in Manassas create job opportunities for our residents and enhance employable skills–making our residents even more attractive in the job market.

Dheeraj is running for a seat on your Manassas City Council to ensure that our public school system is properly funded so that his fellow educators have the required resources and tools to effectively provide our parents and students with the quality of education they deserve. Dheeraj is also running to ensure that the health of women is protected, now and for generations to come. Manassas City currently has the Highest Manufacturing Wage in all of Virginia and an annual growth of 5.5% in Median Household Income. Dheeraj will fight to continue this economic growth, by growing our tax base while not increasing tax rates and by maintaining current business relationships and attracting new businesses to choose Manassas.

For more information on Dheeraj “DJ” Jagadev, please visit www.dheerajforManassas.com. And please be sure to follow us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DheerajForManassas.


Candidates for the Manassas Park Governing Body (City Council)

(3 at-large seats on the ballot)

Alanna Mensing

Alanna Mensing

Alanna Mensing is currently serving on the Manassas Park Governing Body. First elected in 2018, Alanna has been a resident of Manassas Park since 2009 and a Democrat since she knew what the word meant. Prior to her service on the Governing Body, Alanna served a term on the Manassas Park School Board. 

While on the Governing Body, Alanna has lowered the real estate tax rate over ten cents, raised employee pay, and voted for the new Downtown project, bringing in multiple opportunities for new businesses to grow in Manassas Park.

Alanna teaches private music lessons and aerial acrobatics. When she is not busy with those activities, she keeps busy homeschooling her two young boys.

Haseeb Javed

Haseeb Javed

Haseeb Javed is a successful businessman, highly skilled in management, administration, and budgeting. Over his business career, he has continuously delivered sustainable results and grown profit even in unfavorable economic situations. He’s a great problem solver who loves to see things work perfectly for the greater good.

Presently employed as a real estate professional, Haseeb applies his skill and experience in the real estate industry to serve the community as an active member of City Council.

During his first term on City Council, Haseeb has contributed to economic development citywide, increased city employee pay to reduce turnover, fought year-after-year for increased school budgets, increased City staffing to better serve residents, implemented a strategic plan to update infrastructure, introduced a citywide free voucher program, and helped our local nonprofits.

When not selling houses or doing official City business, Haseeb is home with his wife and two young kids.