Our 2019 Elections

On November 5, 2019, Manassas and Manassas Park voters will elect four officials in a general election: two state legislators and two constitutional officers serving Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park; more specifically, a state senator from Senate District 29, a state delegate from either House District 13 (includes Manassas Park) or House District 50 (includes Manassas City), a county sheriff, and a county commonwealth’s attorney.  

City of Manassas voters will additionally have special elections for one Manassas City Council seat and for one Manassas School Board seat.   In Virginia, school board elections are officially non-partisan; local political parties can endorse–but may not nominate–school board candidates.

The party nomination processes for the above-mentioned partisan offices is normally completed with, or before, the state-run Democratic primary that was held on June 11, 2019.   Once nominated, our Democratic nominees campaign to win the November 5, 2019 General Election.

Support Our Candidates in the November 5, 2019 Elections

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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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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


How Our 2019 Candidates Were Nominated or Endorsed

Two nominees properly filed for the June 11 Democratic Primary and were unchallenged for the nomination:
Three Democratic nominees had primary challengers and were selected by the voters in the June 11, 2019 Democratic Primary (for PWC Commonwealth’s Attorney and Sheriff and for Virginia House of Delegates for HD-50):

With the resignation of Manassas City Council Member Ken Elston (D) effective July 31, 2019, MMPCDC announced a nomination caucus for August 14 to select a Democratic nominee for the November 5, 2019 special election to fill his vacated Council seat.  Ralph J. Smith was the only candidate to file for that nomination by the August 8 filing deadline and thereby became our  Democratic nominee.  (On August 12, the Manassas City Council unanimously appointed Mr. Smith to fill the interim vacancy on the City Council until the results of the November 5 special election are certified).

On August 21, after a thorough interview process, the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee voted unanimously to endorse Lisa Anne Stevens in the November 5, 2019 special election for an open seat on the Manassas School Board.

Interested in Running for Office in 2020 or 2021? 

Please contact the MMPCDC co-chairs as early as possible at or 571-358-9893.  We recommend that you study the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Party Plan to learn about nominations, the Code of Virginia section pertaining to candidates, and the State Board of Elections page about becoming a candidate.  Valuable candidate training materials and opportunities can be found at the websites linked on the right column of this page under both Candidate Resources and Other Democratic Organizations.

Feel free to contact us at or 571-358-9893 if you need more information or have any questions.