It’s Time to Take a Stand and Get Out the Vote!

So here we are, in the final days of the 2018 election year. This is where all the work we’ve done all year makes a difference. We’ve spent months getting out there, knocking doors, making calls, reaching out to friends and neighbors to identify the voters we need to get to the polls on November 6th. Now it’s time to make sure they vote.

Pundits and polls have been suggesting all summer that it’s going to be a big year for Democrats, but those words and numbers aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on if we don’t turn people out to vote. There is only one poll that matters, and it closes on November 6, 2018.

So now it’s time to Get Out the Vote, or “GOTV.” This is where we reach out to voters and our message focuses on voting (e.g. “Your polling place is Fox Mill Elementary School. Do you have a plan to go there and vote for Tim Kaine and Jennifer Wexton on November 6?”). We’ve spent the summer identifying the folks we need to mobilize, and now it’s time to mobilize them.

Like anything else, if you want to do GOTV well, you need to practice. So the final two weekends of October, we do “dry runs” to make sure everything is working perfectly for the final days before election day. The dry runs will be the weekends of October 20-21 and October 27-28. The final GOTV efforts will take place on November 3rd, 4th, 5th, and of course, the 6th (election day).

It all comes down to this, so we are asking you to sign up for two or more shifts doing dry runs or GOTV. You can sign up at this link.Click to sign up for GOTVIf you have questions, reach out to our field organizer Maddy White at maddy.white@virginiavictory.org. It’s time to stand up for women, children, and ALL of our communities. It is time we take a stand. This is your opportunity to get out there and set Virginia and the entire nation on a better path.

Fairfax Young Democrats lead the charge

By Paul Davis:

You cannot miss the current enthusiasm of young people for a new political direction. Fairfax Young Democrats (FYD) is one of the most active and committed youth organizations in this movement.

Whether it is hosting speakers, canvassing, protesting or other displays of civic participation, FYD is there, representing the future — and many of the present — leaders within the Democratic Party.

Here is a sample of FYD activity:

  • Recently canvassed for candidate Abigail Spanberger in the 7th Congressional district, which extends from Culpeper south to below Richmond
  • Hosted panel on Criminal Justice Reform Sept. 26, examining how young people can effect change through legislative and other means
  • Will host Sen. Tim Kaine on October 17 for a discussion on policies and issues directly impacting young professionals in our region

FYD membership consists of individuals between ages 13 to 35 years old residing in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. FYD has partnerships or affiliations with state and national Young Democrat organizations, local high schools, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College and Fairfax County Democratic Committee.

FYD organizes its activity around four pillars:

1) Elect Democratic candidates for public office, especially fellow Young Democrats

2) Widen and increase the interest and knowledge of young people in government and the political process

3) Train and develop young people for positions of leadership; and

4) Serve those in need in our community

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Huge turnout to canvass for Wexton

By Stephanie Witt Sedgwick:

Volunteers packed the Sterling campaign of office of State Senator Jennifer Wexton (Loudon-Fairfax), candidate for Virginia’s Congressional District 10, kicking off a day of canvassing Saturday for them and an even longer day of campaigning for Wexton and her staff.

A crowd of over 140 people filled the office to capacity early Saturday morning and more volunteers were expected later in the day. John Begala, Wexton’s political director, said the turnout was so large that he could only compare it to what is normally the largest canvassing effort, the Get Out The Vote weekend right before the election: “We would be very excited if this was the GOTV turnout, and to see this five weeks before the election is really something.”

Before the group fanned out across the local area and Wexton took off crisscrossing the district, the group, which included volunteers from local progressive groups including Virginia Democracy Forward, Network NoVA, NOPE! Neighbors, Herndon Reston Indivisible and the Georgetown University Democrats, was welcomed by local politicians.

Looking back on the events of the past week, Delegate Jennifer Boysko (Fairfax-Loudon), urged the crowd to take “our energy and our anger and move this campaign forward.”

Delegate Mark Sickles, (Fairfax) promised that Wexton was a tireless worker, who “would get under the hood and fix what’s wrong in a bi-partisan way.”

Wexton had some parting words of her own. While incumbent Barbara Comstock, her Republican opponent, may have the backing of big money, including the Koch brothers, Wexton said she had more, “I love you guys, you are something better than Koch money.”

Some of the more than 140 people who came out to canvass for Wexton

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Next Hunter Mill Democrats Meeting, Wednesday October 10, 2018

The October meeting of the Hunter Mill Democrats will take place on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30pm at Louise Archer Elementary School, 324 Nutley St. NW, Vienna, VA 22180. This will be the last Hunter Mill meeting before election day, so come and learn what you can do to help build the Blue Wave!

All are welcome to arrive at 7pm to meet one another and members of the executive board before the meeting begins at 7:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, October 10!

Volunteers Needed for Vienna Oktoberfest on October 6th

The Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee will have a table at this year’s Oktoberfest in Vienna. This will be a great opportunity to connect with the community and engage with those who may need an extra push to go to the polls on November 6th.

But we need YOUR help! Can you work a shift or two to make sure our table is properly staffed? Event details are below:

When: October 6, 2018
Where: Church Street, Vienna
Shifts Available: 7:30 AM – 8 PM

Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift.

Please contact huntermilldems@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you next week!

It’s all business in Wexton-Comstock debate

By Stephanie Witt Sedgwick:

On Friday morning, the candidates for Congressional District 10’s House seat met in Leesburg, Va. for a debate hosted by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce. The debate, part of the Policy Makers Series, drew a sell-out crowd of close to 550, a high mark for the Policy Makers Series.

State Sen. Jennifer Wexton and U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock faced off on questions that were all business-related over the course of the morning. The topics ranged from national issues, the Affordable Health Care Act and immigration to more local issues, such as Metro funding and the welfare of Dulles Airport.

The candidates opening statements set the tone for the debate. Comstock talked about her record in delivering tax cuts, reducing regulation and delivering for the district, saying she has focused on “results, not resistance.”

Wexton spoke of the challenging times we are living in, her point of view, the need for bipartisanship and the perils of a president who Congress has failed to check.

Among the many topics on which the candidates had clear differences was the tax bill. When asked what they felt were the benefits, short-comings and how it could improve, Wexton pointed out that four-fifths of the tax cuts went to the top 1%. She called for tax reform that is fair and benefits the working class, not this package which, she argued, is mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren. As for District 10, she cited the cap on state and local deductions as an example of a part of the bill that has directly negatively impacted the district’s taxpayers.

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March with fellow Democrats in the Herndon Homecoming Parade!

Come Join Rep. Gerry Connolly, Del. Jennifer Boysko, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, and our Democratic allies in Dranesville on September 22, 2018 to march in the Herndon homecoming parade. There are plenty of signs to carry to show our enthusiasm for Jennifer Wexton, Gerry Connolly, and Tim Kaine. And of course there will be plenty of candy to distribute.

The parade starts at 9:00am on Saturday, September 22, and the lineup will start around 8:15am near Herndon Middle School. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0548a4ac2fa7ff2-herndon1.

Hope to see you there!

Early voting and volunteer opportunities

Hunter Mill District Democratic Committees will be staffing Outside Poll Tables at Early Voting (In-Person Absentee) for the November 6th General Election.

Volunteers will hand out sample ballots and provide voter assistance at a table outside of the voting location.

Early Voting Dates and Locations Here: https://fairfaxdemocrats.org/blog/2018/07/18/vote-early-2018/

Complete information about Absentee Voting can be found at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee

including the 20 valid reasons to vote absentee in-person.

Fairfax County Government Center (FCGC):

Please refer to the Sign-Up Genius Form to see where you can participate at FCGC.

Find the date/time that Hunter Mill District has an open slot and sign-up. Each district is responsible for four days each.

FCGC Link: https://twitter.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5d6b8f00ef3c7192dc26622ef&id=fd3ea3b9b9&e=a4bdb4c3b1

North County Government Center (NCGC):

1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston (across from the Reston Regional Library)

Dates and Times:

Saturdays: Oct. 13th, 20th, 27th, and Nov. 3rd: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Beginning Oct. 15th thru Nov. 2nd: – Mon. thru Fri., 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

To sign-up for a shift at the North County Government Center, please contact: Phil Haber at philhaber@verizon.net / 703-963-5680 or Joanne Collins at collinsjoanne@yahoo.com / 585-703-1121.

Prize-winning author to present radical right’s plan to steal democracy on Oct 3

By Brad Swanson:

Prize-winning author Nancy MacLean visits northern Virginia Oct. 3

Celebrated author Nancy MacLean visits our region on Wed. Oct. 3 for a free presentation on her prize-winning book “Democracy in Chains:The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America ” .

MacLean’s book has won prestigious awards and she has earned national prominence — including this recent appearance with Bill Maher —  for exposing an organized campaign by radical libertarians to seize the agendas of the nation’s universities, political institutions and judicial system, aided by the open wallets of the Koch brothers.

The presentation is 7:30 – 9 pm on Wednesday October 3rd at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax at 2709 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton, VA 22124. (Directions here).

Sign up to reserve a seat here.

The radical right seeks to destroy public faith in institutions in order to protect the power of the 1%. They work assiduously to promote a national agenda that undercuts our democracy. And the evidence of their success is everywhere, from the White House to classrooms, courtrooms and state assemblies.

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Make plans to attend the FCDC meeting on September 25

At the August Hunter Mill Democrats monthly meeting, the Hunter Mill Democrats voted unanimously to affirm our support for the Dranesville Democrats and their candidate endorsement process for Herndon Town Council. If you are a member of the Hunter Mill Democrats (dues paid or dues waiver signed), please make plans to attend the next FCDC General Membership Meeting on September 25 at James Madison High School in Vienna at 7:30pm.

2500 James Madison Dr,
Vienna, VA 22181

It’s important for us to be present at this meeting so that the full Fairfax Democrats membership can reach the quorum requirement and consider the Dranesville District Democratic Committee’s endorsement recommendation for Herndon Town Council. As a Hunter Mill Democrat, you have a vote at this meeting, but you must be present! If you have any questions, please email the Hunter Mill Co-Chairs at huntermilldems@gmail.com