Manassas & Manassas Park Vote Blue in the 2021 “Red Wave” General Election
The outcome of the November 2021 “red wave” General Election was heartbreaking for Democrats at the statewide level.. Not only did the Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general narrowly sweep the statewide contests–with statewide vote shares ranging between 50.36% and 50.71%–the Republicans regained majority control of the Virginia House of Delegates, by picking up seven seats from Democratic incumbents, two of whom lost by fewer than 300 votes.
Nevertheless, the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park both continued to vote blue, and Democrats won all eight House of Delegate seats that represent various parts of Prince William County.
Manassas voters supported our three statewide Democratic candidates (Terry McAuliffe for governor, Hala Ayala for lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring for attorney general) by majorities of 54.4% to 55.5% and also helped elect Democratic first-time candidate Michelle Maldonado to the District 50 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates with more than 55.9% of the Manassas vote.
Manassas Park voters supported our statewide Democratic ticket with majorities of 60.0% to 61.7% and helped re-elect Democratic Delegate Danica Roem to her third term in the Virginia House of Delegates (District 13) with 62.2% of the Manassas Park vote.
Manassas voters also re-elected Democratic incumbent Patricia Richie-Folks as City of Manassas Treasurer with 53.7% of the vote and elected Democratic candidate Tim Demeria, a 15-year Manassas School Board member, as City of Manassas Commissioner of the Revenue with 51.5% of the vote.
Congratulations to our four winning candidates: Delegate Danica Roem, Delegate-Elect Michele Maldonado, Manassas Treasurer Patricia Richie-Folks, and Manassas Commissioner of the Revenue-Elect Tim Demeria!
Our 2020 Democratic Sample Ballot for Manassas City
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Our 2020 Democratic Sample Ballot for Manassas Park
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Meet Our Local 2020 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.
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.
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.
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:
Lower our high property taxes by enhancing and encouraging proper and appropriate economic development.
Increase funding to our Public Schools. More funding needs to be directed into the classroom.
Enhance and maintain our infrastructure. Ensuring that our beautiful parks, pathways, streets, and sidewalks are maintained.
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!
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.
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.
Our 2019 Elections
Support Our Candidates in the November 5, 2019 Election
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
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
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 theGainesville 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
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
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
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
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
Our candidates have proven records of leadership, experience, and community service. We ask for your vote in the November 5, 2019 elections.
Democrats Win 9 out of 10 Manassas and Manassas Park Elections in 2018!
Our 2018 local Democratic nominees (from left) Haseeb Javed, Ken Elston, Michelle Davis-Younger, Alanna Mensing, and Rex Parr
November 6, 2018 was another banner day for Manassas and Manassas Park Democrats, as 6 of our 7 Democratic nominees and all 3 of our endorsed candidates for the Manassas School Board won their elections to public office.
At the top of the ticket statewide, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D) handily won re-election against his Republican opponent, Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart. Moreover, Kaine’s vote shares in Manassas Park (69.07%) and Manassas (62.88%) exceeded his statewide vote share of 56.95%.
Similarly, in the contest for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia State Senator Jennifer Wexton (D, SD-33) soundly defeated second-term Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R), and Wexton’s vote shares in Manassas Park (67.47%) and Manassas (60.28%) exceeded her district-wide vote share of 56.12%.
In Manassas Park, first-time candidates Alanna Mensing (D) and Haseeb Javed (D) were both elected to the City Council with 2,738 votes and 2,042 votes, respectively. Incumbent Preston Banks, a Republican running as an Independent, was also elected with 2,392 votes, while incumbent Michael Carrera, another Republican running as an Independent, placed fourth and was thus not re-elected.
In the race for three seats on the Manassas City Council, Democratic incumbent Ken Elston was re-elected with 5,998 votes, while three-term Republican incumbent Marc Aveni came in fifth and was defeated. Also elected were first-time candidate Michelle Davis-Younger (D), the top vote-getter with 6,168 votes, and second-time Republican candidate Theresa Coates Ellis, the third-place finisher with 5,900 votes. Regrettably, second-time Democratic candidate Rex Parr polled fourth, just 487 votes shy of winning election.
Lastly, Sanford Williams, Tim Demeria, and Ken Nixon–the three candidates that the MMPCDC endorsed for Manassas School Board–were each elected with 6,717, 6,569, and 5,784 votes, respectively.
Elsewhere in Virginia, Democratic women won two additional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives from Republican incumbents. Elaine Luria won CD-2 from first-term Republican Scott Taylor with 51% of the vote, and Abigail Spanberger won CD-7 from second-term Republican Dave Brat with 50.3% of the vote.
Virginia Congresswomen-elect Elaine Luria (CD-2), Jennifer Wexton (CD-10), and Abigail Spanberger (CD-7)
Nationally, the Democratic Party picked up a net of 40 (and possibly 41) seats in the U.S. House of Representatives (the largest Democratic gain in a mid-term House election since 1974), producing a 235-199 Democratic House majority.
Although the U.S. Senate Democratic caucus lost a net of two seats, resulting in a 53-47 Republican majority, only 9 of the 35 Senate seats contested in 2018 (<26%) had been held by Republicans, whereas the Democrats were faced with defending 10 seats in states that Donald Trump had won in 2016 and retained six of them. In light of that unfavorable Senate map (the most unfavorable for Democrats in a midterm since at least 1914), the net loss of only two Democratic seats confirms the 2018 Blue Wave and places the Democrats on a path to regain control of the U.S, Senate in 2020 when about 64% of the contested seats will be Republican held.
Manassas City Council candidates Ken Elston, Michelle Davis-Younger, and Rex Parr pose in front of our booth at the Manassas African-American Heritage Festival on August 4, 2018
The Manassas & Manassas Park Democrats will staff tables at major community events this summer and fall, to spread the word about our local Committee and Democratic candidates and to promote voter registration and absentee voting for the November 6th General Election. Look for our booth at the following events. Better yet, sign up for a volunteer shift at those events, to help us with this vital voter outreach.
Saturday, October 20 (rescheduled from Sept. 15): March with the MMPCDC contingent and other area Democratic groups in the Haymarket Day Parade. Lineup by 10:30 am; marching begins between 11 am and noon. Sign up here to march with us in the parade!
Tuesday, November 6: General Election, 6:00 am-7:00 pm, at all nine polling places in Manassas and Manassas Park.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2018
Democrats Announce Results of Nominating Caucus for City of Manassas City Council
Manassas VA—Manassas and Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee held an unassembled caucus today to determine the three Democratic nominees for Manassas City Council election in November. 138 voters came out to vote for up to three of the four candidates – E. Michelle Davis-Younger, Ken D. Elston, Rex G. Parr Jr and Dr. Oliver T. Reid. The results of the election were as follows:
Michelle Davis-Younger – 114
Ken D. Elston – 88
Rex G. Parr Jr – 87
Dr. Oliver T. Reid – 43
Congratulations to Michelle, Ken and Rex and many thanks to Oliver for his willingness to serve.
Our Democratic nominees look forward to tackling the issues facing Manassas. They will have a special focus on ensuring that Manassas City’s Schools are properly funded and that we are finding creative ways to stimulate Economic Development while adhering to smart growth practices.
Mike Freeland, Co-Chair MMPCDC email@example.com 571-358-9893
Congratulations to Alanna Mensing and Haseeb Javed who have successfully filed as our Democratic nominees for Manassas Park Governing Body Council Members for the November 6, 2018 election.
Lee Carter and Danica Roem Elected, Patricia Richie-Folks Re-Elected, in Historic November 7, 2017 “Democratic Wave” Election
Delegates Lee J. Carter (HD-50) and Danica Roem (HD-13)
On November 7, 2017, Manassas and Manassas Park voters helped propel Democrats Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring to victory over their Republican opponents in the three statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, respectively, Moreover, the respective Democratic margins in Manassas (56.9%-41.9%, 56.4%-43.5%,and 56.8%-43.2%) and Manassas Park (63.7%-34.6%, 63.5-36.4%, 63.6%-36.3%) all exceeded the statewide Democratic margins (53.9%-45.0%, 52.7%-47.3%,and 53.3%-46.6%).
In House District 50 (HD-50), which includes the entire City of Manassas plus 8 precincts in Prince William County, Democrat Lee Carter, campaigning as a democratic socialist, unseated 11-year House of Delegates incumbent and 6-year House Majority Whip Jackson Miller. Carter’s overall vote margin was 54.3%-45.5%. Within the City of Manassas, Jackson Miller’s home turf, Carter won by.a 52.5%-47.4% vote margin.
Meanwhile, in Manassas Park, a 60.8%-38.9% vote margin helped Democrat Danica Roem, a former local reporter and a transgendered woman, retire 26-year Republican incumbent and notorious social conservative activist Delegate Bob Marshall to become the new state delegate from HD-13.. The overall vote margin in HD-13, which includes 15 precincts in Prince William County, was 53.4%-45.7% for Roem.
In a rematch of the 2016 special election for Manassas City treasurer, Democratic incumbent Patricia Richie-Folks defeated her second-time Republican opponent, Russell Harrison, by an even bigger margin (55.0%-44.6%) in 2017 than during the 2016 presidential election (51.2%-48.3%).
The only Democrats on our ballots to not win election in Manassas and Manassas Park were our candidates for commissioner of the revenue in each city. Democrat Alonita Vannoy lost to Doug Waldron by a 47.8%-51.8% vote margin in Manassas, whereas Democrat James Kirkland lost to Debra Wood by a 47.7-51.7% vote margin in Manassas Park.. Considering that Vannoy and Kirkland were both first-time candidates challenging long-time incumbents for a nonpartisan office, both Democrats polled quite well.
Among the 100 House of Delegate contests statewide, the Democratic Party immediately picked up at least 15 seats on November 7, based on the initial vote counts, with three additional races nearly tied and requiring a recount. This changed the partisan balance in the Virginia House of Delegates from 66-34 Republican to no worse than 51-49 Republican. After the first recount in HD-40 was decided in favor of the Republican incumbent (Tim Hugo), the second recount in HD-94 on December 19 was determined by a court to be a tie which was broken in favor of the Republican incumbent by a random drawing. Meanwhile, although the Republican won the recount in HD-28, affected voters sued for a new special election because of extensive ballot distribution errors on November 7. Unfortunately, the Democrats did not pick up any additional seats before the 2018 legislative session, and the House Republicans used their two-seat majority to stack each House committee and subcommittee with at least two more Republicans than Democrats.
Among the eight House of Delegate districts within parts of Prince William County, the partisan balance has shifted from 6-2 Republican to 7-1 Democrat. The sole Republican elected, HD-40 incumbent Tim Hugo, defeated his Democratic challenger, Donte Tanner, by just 99 votes. In addition, the Democrats have picked up a total of four more seats in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Consequently, Democrats now hold all but two seats in the House of Delegates from all of Northern Virginia.
Congratulations to all our candidates for running effective and positive campaigns for progressive change.
In November 2017, Virginians will elect a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Two of those 100 House of Delegate districts include the Cities of Manassas (HD-50) or Manassas Park (HD-13). In addition, the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park will each elect a Treasurer and a Commissioner of the Revenue, local officers whose election is specified in the Virginia Constitution.
The party nomination process for the above-mentioned offices was completed on or before the Democratic primary on June 13, 2017. With the party nominations completed, our Democratic nominees will be campaigning to win the November 7, 2017 General Election.
The City of Manassas will also have a special election on November 7 for a school board seat now filled by an interim appointee. School board elections are nonpartisan in Virginia; political parties may endorse, but not nominate, school board candidates.
Also, due to the death of the Clerk of the Prince William Circuit Court, Michelle McQuigg, on February 16, 2017, a special election was held on April 18 to elect a new Clerk of the Court. Democrat Jacqueline Smith won that election. Her term will run through 2023.
Attorney General: Mark Herring, Virginia’s current attorney general, is running for re-election.
Member, House of Delegates, House District 50: Lee Carter is running against the incumbent, Del. Jackson Miller (R).
Member, House of Delegates, House District 13: Danica Roem is running against the incumbent, Del. Bob Marshall (R).
Manassas City Treasurer: Patricia Richie-Folks, the current Manassas City Treasurer, will again face Russ Harrison, her Republican opponent in the 2016 Special Election.
Manassas City Commissioner of the Revenue:Alonita Vannoy will face the incumbent, Doug Waldron (R).
Manassas Park Commissioner of the Revenue: James T. Kirkland, Jr. is running against the incumbent Debra Wood.
Clerk of the Prince William Circuit Court: Jacqueline Smith, our Democratic nominee, won the April 18 special election to fill the vacancy resulting from the death of the incumbent, Michele McQuigg. Ms. Smith’s term will expire at the end of 2023.
Our Booth at Manassas Celebrate America 2017 with candidates Patricia Richie-Folks and Alonita Vannoy
Our booth at the 2017 Manassas African American Heritage Festival with candidates Danica Roem and Patricia Richie-Folks
Our booth at the 2017 Manassas Latino Festival with AG Mark Herring, State Sen. Jeremy McPike, Mayor Jeanette Rishell and candidate Lee Carter
June 13th Democratic Primary Results
The 2017 Democratic and Republican primary elections were held on Tuesday, June13. Congratulations to the Democratic primary winners: Ralph Northam for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor, and Danica Roem for House of Delegates District 13.
Jacqueline Smith Wins April 18, 2017 Special Election for Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court!
Congratulations to Democrat Jacqueline Smith for winning the April 18, 2017 special election for the vacant Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court position against Republican state delegate Jackson Miller (HD-50).
With 100 percent of the vote counted, Jacqueline Smith has out polled Jackson Miller by nearly 54% to 46%, winning 2,031 more votes out of the 25,785 votes cast.
This victory belongs to everyone who knocked doors, called voters, and/or greeted voters at the polls on behalf of Jackie’s campaign. Although Jackson Miller received more votes than Jackie did within the City of Manassas, our work in Manassas and Manassas Park reduced Miller’s vote margins on his home turf, thereby contributing to Jackie’s victory. The fact that Jackson Miller’s campaign outspent Jackie Smith’s campaign by at least six to one makes Jackie’s election victory all the more remarkable.
Our best wishes to our new Clerk of the Court, Jacqueline Smith!
Special Election for the Clerk of the Prince William County Circuit Court, Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Voting on April 18 occurred at all regular polling places (including Round Elementary School in the City of Manassas) from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Jacqueline Smith, Esquire, our Democratic nominee, is a practicing attorney in Woodbridge. Jackie previously ran a strong campaign for this office in 2015, polling just 4% (3004 votes) below the Republican incumbent, the late Michele McQuigg, in a low-turnout November general election.Jackie will keep politics out of the Clerk of the Court Office and focus on genuine customer service to ensure a fair, efficient, and responsive court for everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender, immigration history, or sexual orientation. Her opponent, Delegate Jackson Miller (HD-50), is a hard-line Republican partisan who has been the Majority whip in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2012. Due to his position of partisan influence, Delegate Miller had amassed a huge campaign war chest funded by corporate and Republican special interests.The Clerk’s office handles many critical legal matters, including criminal and civil court records, jury duty, marriage licenses, weapons permits, probate, real estate records, and name changes. According to Ms. Smith, the Clerk’s Office has been hostile toward some citizens based on their religion, skin color, or sexual identity. In addition, electronic court documents and files are disorganized and can be unavailable to judges, staff, and taxpayers, and telephone inquiries are not responded to effectively. In Virginia, the Clerk of the Court is elected for an eight-year term, and the winner of this special election can be expected to serve through 2023.
In both recent Clerk of the Court candidate debates, Jacqueline Smith clearly distinguished herself as the better prepared, professionally qualified, and thoughtful candidate. You can judge for yourself by viewing the video recordings of the March 21st and April 4thcandidate debates.
Standalone special elections are notorious for low voter turnout, so the candidate and political party that best motivated and turned out its voters won. The Manassas & Manassas Park Democrats–partnering with the Prince William Democrats and the various local 2017 Democratic campaigns for Virginia House of Delegates seats–strongly encouraged local Democrats to actively support Jackie Smith’s campaign by participating in voter outreach activities, such as door-to-door canvasses and phone banks and by helping to fund her significant campaign expenses for voter outreach leading up to April 18.
In the six weeks leading up to April 18, Jackie Smith’s campaign organized dozens of campaign events across Prince William County and greater Manassas, and many of those events were in and near Manassas and Manassas Park and posted on this website. .
Together, we prevailed at the ballot box on April 18.
Democrats gathered at the end of the March 6, 2017 MMPCDC meeting
Democrats Fare Well in 2016 Manassas and Manassas Park Elections
Jeanette Rishell celebrates her election as mayor of Manassas Park with (left-to-right) Donald Shuemaker, State Senator Jeremy McPike, Hector Cendejas, and Mark Wolfe
Mark Wolfe, Pam Sebesky, and Rex Parr
Pam Sebesky and Miriam Paula Machado
Manassas City Council member Ken Elston hugs Manassas City Treasurer-elect Patricia Richie Folks
While the nationwide election results were dismal for Democrats, Manassas City and Manassas Park voters clearly supported practically all the Democratic candidates and issues on their November 8, 2016 election ballots.
In Manassas City, Hillary Clinton out polled Donald Trump 54.66% to 38.63%, challenger and first-time candidate LuAnn Bennett (D) bested incumbent Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock 54.25% to 45.30%, and the anti-union “right-to-work” state constitutional amendment was opposed 53.49% to 46.51%. Among the citywide races, Democrat Patricia Richie-Folks won her special election for Manassas City Treasurer, defeating Republican Russell Harrison by 51.17% to 48.31%, while Mark Wolfe, Pam Sebesky, and Rex Parr–our Democratic nominees for the three available seats on the Manassas City Council–received the first, second, and fifth highest vote totals among the seven candidates listed on the ballot. In short, three of our four local Manassas candidates (Wolfe, Sebesky, and Richie-Folks) were elected to office! The full election results from Manassas City are posted here and here.
Manassas Park voters supported Democrats even more strongly. Hillary Clinton received 61.24% of vote for president, while LuAnn Bennett received 59.69% of the vote for member of Congress, and the “right-to-work” constitutional amendment was opposed by 55.95%. In the race for Manassas Park Mayor, City Council member Jeanette Rishell (D) crushed incumbent Mayor Frank Jones by 61.86% to 37.14%. Meanwhile, our endorsed City Council candidate Donald Shuemaker–the only City Council candidate who qualified to be listed on the ballot–was elected with 3,068 votes (40.37% of all votes cast for the three available City Council seats). Finally, among the many write-in candidates for the City Council, our Democratic endorsees Hector Cendejas and Miriam Machado placed first and second, with 1,350 votes (17.77%) and 559 votes (7.36%), respectively. The election results to date from Manassas Park are posted here.
Congratulations to all our local 2016 candidates–Jeanette Rishell, Donald Shuemaker, Hector Cendejas, Miriam Machado, Rex Parr, Pam Sebesky, Mark Wolfe, and Patricia Richie-Folks–for their well-executed campaigns for public office. As we build a bigger, stronger, and more effective local organization, MMPCDC looks forward to continued success at the polls in the years ahead.
Support our 2016 Democratic Candidates!
Vote Democratic Stronger Together
Our Democratic nominees and other endorsed candidates appearing on the Manassas and Manassas Park ballots for the 2016 General Election are listed below. Please vote the entire Democratic ticket. Every vote matters!
On the Ballot in Both Cities
President and Vice President: Democratic Party electors for
Our booth at Celebrate America in downtown Manassas, July 4, 2016
2015 Campaigns for State Legislature, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Clerk of the Court
Congratulations to all our great Democratic candidates who ran in the November 3, 2015 General Election: Jeremy McPike for Virginia State Senate, Kyle McCullough and Don Shaw for Virginia House of Delegates, Jacqueline Smith for Clerk of the Court, and Paul Ebert for Commonwealth’s Attorney!
Jeremy McPike was elected to the Virginia Senate with 53.76% of the total vote, while Paul Ebert was re-elected as our Commonwealth’s Attorney with 53.60% of the total vote. While first-time candidates Jacqueline Smith, Don Shaw, and Kyle McCullough did not defeat their long-time incumbent Republican opponents, they ran excellent campaigns and respectively received 47.81%, 43.86%, and 41.17% of the total votes cast.
We invite you to join our quest for Democratic representation in Virginia. The mission of the Manassas and Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee is to elect Democrats to local, state and federal office: to advance the Democratic values of justice, equality, and opportunity for all; and to ensure that all Manassas and Manassas Park citizens have the opportunity for safe homes, strong neighborhoods, well paying jobs, a healthy environment, quality affordable health care, and excellent educational opportunities regardless of gender, race, age, nationality, disability, or sexual orientation. We work in support of the Virginia Democratic Party Platform. For more information on our Committee, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (571) 358-9893. Our mailing address is: Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 4041, Manassas, VA 20108.