Remembering January 6

January 6, 2021 is a day that is burned in the memory of every democracy-loving American. The images of that day are burned into our memories, and we will never forget that even after a violent mob sought to overthrow the Constitutional order, most Republicans came back into the chamber and voted against certifying the legitimate results of a free and fair election.

Before the 2021 election here in Virginia, Republicans were already setting the stage to claim fraud if they lost. When they won, not a single one of them raised questions about “election integrity” or “voter fraud.” In the meantime, Republicans in Fairfax County are trying to recall every Democratic elected official they can using campaigns of lies and deception. It is clear that allegations of voter fraud have never been in good faith, but are part of a war on democracy, the end goal of which is the complete de-legitimization of Democratic voters. Some have even written that “voter fraud” effectively just means “Democrats voting.”

If the promise of the United States of America means anything, it means the right to vote. We cannot forget that the Republican Party is now actively against democracy unless they are winning, and party leaders will call their supporters to violence to overturn elections they lose. That means it is left to us, the aptly named Democratic party, to promote democracy and the right to vote.

As we remember the horrible events of this day last year, we must recommit ourselves to the activism that led us to expand voting rights here in Virginia, and do everything in our power to preserve those hard-fought gains.

Check out FCDC Chair Bryan Graham’s statement on January 6 for more reflections on remembering this day.

First Hunter Mill Meeting of 2022 on Wednesday, January 12

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Happy New Year, Hunter Mill Democrats! Thank you for joining the party for the 2022–2023 biennium. We’re glad to have you with us, and we have a lot of work to do. We will get started with the first meeting of the biennium on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 starting at 7:30pm. As you are no doubt aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much with us, so the meeting will be held virtually via Zoom (register here). We look forward to seeing everyone for the new biennium.

Also, don’t miss the Fairfax County Democrats reorganization meeting the night before ours on Tuesday, January 11. There, voting members will be able to vote for County Officers and other important priorities for FCDC.

Early Voting Has Begun!

You can help Democrats get out the vote by voting early and removing your door from the ones volunteers must knock before election day.

Where and When to Vote:

North County Governmental Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Dr, Reston

From now – October 30th
Monday – Friday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturdays, October 23rd and October 30th: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, October 24th: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax

From now – October 30th
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturdays, October 23rd and October 30th: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, October 24th: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

The Coordinated Campaign needs help NOW to get out the Democratic vote by knocking doors and calling voters.

To sign up to canvass, use one of these links:
Reston / Herndon: https://www.mobilize.us/virginiaturnoutproject/event/410404/
Reston: https://www.mobilize.us/virginiaturnoutproject/event/409498/
Vienna: https://www.mobilize.us/virginiaturnoutproject/event/410428/

Join the DPVA Northern Virginia phone bank by using this link: https://www.mobilize.us/virginiaturnoutproject/event/403445/

Hunter Mill Democrats need help to staff the Democratic visibility tables at the North County Governmental Center Early Voting site and at the polls on Election Day. If interested, please contact hmdprecinctoperations@gmail.com

Candidate Petition Signing Event!

DATE: Saturday, January 30

TIME: ​​Noon – 2:00pm

LOCATION:​ North County Health Services parking lot
1850 Cameron Glen, Reston,
Across from the North County Governmental Center (police station)

The Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee (HMDDC) recognizes the difficulty Democratic campaigns may be having collecting petition signatures in the pandemic environment.  We want to help.

On Saturday, January 30, HMDDC will be staging a multi-campaign, drive-up event to facilitate signature gathering. All statewide campaigns have been invited to participate. House campaigns for announced candidates serving the Hunter Mill District have also been invited to participate. Confirmed campaigns include:

Governor 

  • Justin Fairfax
  • Jennifer Carroll Foy
  • Terry McAuliffe
  • Jennifer McClellan

Lieutenant Governor

  • ​​Hala Ayala
  • Elizabeth Guzman
  • Mark H. Levine
  • Andria McClellan
  • Sean Perryman
  • Sam Rasoul
  • Xavier Warren

Attorney General

  • Mark Herring
  • Jay Jones

House of Delegates

  • ​​Jennifer Adeli
  • Ibraheem Samirah

We are very aware of pandemic restrictions on outdoor gatherings. Therefore, we are going to set up three areas well-spaced apart where campaigns can be staged to collect signatures from people arriving in their vehicles.

Participants must arrive by car, must stay in their car, and are required to be masked. No walk-ups.

Participants wishing to sign a petition for a House of Delegates candidate must live in that District. You should know in which House District you reside, or at least the candidate’s name.

Participants wishing to sign a petition for a statewide candidate do not have to live the Hunter Mill District. To expedite the process, you should know in which Congressional District you reside.

Participants can sign petitions for more than one candidate in a race!

No registration is required.

Hunter Mill 2021 Virtual Straw Poll Results

On January 7, 2021, the Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee held the first-in-the-Commonwealth straw poll for statewide candidates.

HMDDC had three primary goals for this event: 1) raise money for the committee, 2) present statewide candidates to HMDDC members and volunteers, and 3) get an early look at how the candidates lined up against each other. By most accounts, we achieved all three goals.

The event was open to all, and the individual campaigns were encouraged to bring supporters to participate. Participation did require pre-registration and the purchase of a “ticket.” Over 250 tickets were sold, which exceeded the Committee’s expectations, as did the total amount raised ($6,100+), which included contributions in excess of the ticket price.

It is important to note that this straw poll was not a scientific poll of the candidates’ support across the Commonwealth. Roughly 60% of the ticket purchasers were from Northern Virginia. Fewer than 20% of purchasers were HMDDC members. Participants skewed heavy to the campaigns that recruited them to attend. And voting was done using the Zoom Webinar polling feature which may not be as secure as in-person paper ballots.

In the end, attendees came away excited at the prospects for 2021 in Virginia. Democrats have a strong field of competitive candidates in every statewide race.

Below are the results.

Governor

Three of the announced gubernatorial candidates spoke to attendees. Justin Fairfax and Terry McAuliffe did not attend.

  • Jennifer Caroll Foy: 36%
  • Jennifer McClellan: 36%
  • Lee Carter: 14%
  • Terry McAuliffe: 11%
  • Justin Fairfax: 2%
  • None of the above/No preference: 2%
Lieutenant Governor

Only one of the announced Lt. Governor candidates (Paul Goldman) did not attend the event. Due to technical and timing issues, Elizabeth Guzman did not have the chance to speak until after the poll had been conducted. In an effort to achieve a more equitable result, another poll was taken after Del. Guzman spoke. In the interest of transparency, the results of both polls are shown below. While the need for two polls came about by accident, seeing both numbers may provide some interesting insight. Notably, both polls reflected consistent number 1, 2, and 3, rankings.

First Poll (Before Del. Guzman spoke)

  • Sam Rasoul: 46%
  • Sean Perryman: 24%
  • Elizabeth Guzman: 8%
  • Mark Levine: 7%
  • Hala Ayala: 5%
  • Andria McClellan: 5%
  • Xavier Warren: 3%
  • None of the above/No preference: 2%
  • Paul Goldman: 0%

Second Poll (After Del. Guzman spoke)

  • Sam Rasoul: 45%
  • Sean Perryman: 22%
  • Elizabeth Guzman: 17%
  • Hala Ayala: 6%
  • Andria McClellan: 4%
  • Mark Levine: 3%
  • None of the above/No preference: 1%
  • Xavier Warren: 0%
  • Paul Goldman: 0%
Attorney General

Both announced Attorney General candidates spoke to attendees.

  • Mark Herring: 64%
  • Jay Jones: 30%
  • None of the above/No preference: 6%

Virtual Straw Poll Fundraiser—Statewide Candidates

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January 7, 2021 – 7:00 pm

Come Show Support for Your Preferred Candidates!

Please join the Hunter Mill District Democrats for their Virtual Straw Poll Fundraiser on the evening of Thursday, January 7, 2021. All current or expected candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General have been invited to participate. This event will be an excellent opportunity for these candidates to get a sense of their early support in NoVa.

Each candidate will be given an opportunity to make a statement regarding their candidacy. Because of our limited time and the number of candidates, there will be no Q&A. Once all candidates for a particular race have concluded their remarks, participants will be asked to vote virtually for their preferred candidate in that race.

This event is a low-dollar fundraiser. You will need to register in advance, and a non-transferable link will be sent to participants approximately 24 hours prior to the event.

REGISTER HERE

Biden Wins the Presidency!

Congratulations to all Americans on Joe Biden’s victory! We also managed to send our Democratic representatives and Senator back to Washington. Under some of the most difficult circumstances in the history of American elections, you all volunteered and worked tirelessly to turn out and inform voters in record numbers. This victory belongs to every American, but in particular to every Democrat who has put their time and energy into building a blue wave that has sustained over years. We have put so much on the line, even risking our very lives in the face of a global pandemic to fight for what we believe in.

Take some time to relish this incredible victory. Take some time to savor the possibilities for repairing our damaged democracy over the next four years. And rest up so that next year you are ready to fight to keep Virginia’s legislature and statewide offices in Democratic hands.

Here’s to you, Hunter Mill Democrats!

Calling ALL Volunteers!

We may not be able to knock on doors but we still need to reach voters in this high stakes election year and we need to get started NOW.
Please sign up to phone bank with us next Thursday, July 9, 2020, 5:00-8:00pm, when we kick off the first of our weekly Thursday Phone Bank Zoom parties. This Thursday we welcome Mac Callahan, Field Organizer for the Virginia 2020 Coordinated Campaign.  He will fill us in on the Coordinated Campaign and get us started on direct calls to voters on behalf of our combined Congressional, Senate and Presidential slate.
We will be phone banking every Thursday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, so please mark your calendars from now to November and use the link below to register:
https://www.mobilize.us/huntermilldems/event/285405/
For more information contact Hunter Mill Democrats at hmdprecinctoperations@gmail.com

UPDATED: Vienna Election to Take Place May 19

Wednesday night, April 22, the Virginia State Senate voted to reject Gov. Northam’s request to move the May municipal elections to November, a request supported by the Virginia House of Delegates. Gov. Northam used his executive authority to move the elections from the original date of May 5 to May 19, 2020. This decision puts voter’s health and safety at risk.

For those of us in the Hunter Mill District, the decision not to delay the municipal elections means the Vienna Town Elections will take place on May 19th.

Prior to Northam’s request, HMDDC was running an active phone banking operation into Vienna to encourage voters to vote absentee by mail. We put that operation on hold when the Governor’s request was made. We now need to resume our calls into the Vienna voters who are eligible to vote in the Town Council Election.

NOTE: The Vienna Town Elections are non-partisan and candidates run as independents. This year many of those “independents” support Republican causes and candidates. This includes Linda Colbert who is running for Mayor.

For those of you who were previously helping make calls, thank you. You should have received a message earlier this morning from Joanne Collins and Susan Pederson regarding how to proceed.

For the rest of you, we need your help now. We need additional volunteers to call voters in the Town of Vienna to remind them of the town elections, ask them to request an absentee ballot, and let them know two members of HMDDC (Howard Springsteen & Roy Baldwin) are running for office. This is a virtual phone bank that does not require you to commit to specific times. Please consider donating some time over the next few days to participate in this effort.

Contact Joanne Collins (collinsjoanne@yahoo.com) or Susan Pederson (susanpederson4@gmail.com) TODAY to volunteer and discuss your participation. They will provide additional information and set you up with everything you need

The BlueView, the Fairfax County Democratic Committee newsletter, has published two articles with statements from the Mayoral and Town Council Candidates:

For those of you who live in the Town of Vienna, it is essential that you vote in this election. These are the elected officials who most directly affect your daily life. If you have not already mailed in your absentee ballot, to request an absentee ballot go to: www.elections.virginia.gov/voterinformation. Don’t wait.

Vienna Local Elections [UPDATED]

The Town of Vienna elections currently scheduled for May 5 may be postponed. Governor Northam announced on April 8, 2020 his recommendation to postpone, among other things, the Town of Vienna elections, and proposed November 3 as the new date. The General Assembly must vote on this plan before the elections are officially postponed. We will endeavor to keep Hunter Mill Democrats updated about this process as it changes.

The election will be to elect a new mayor and three members of the Vienna Town Council. Two Hunter Mill Democrats are running: Howard Springsteen for mayor and Roy Baldwin for councilman.

The Virginia Department of Elections encourages voters to protect their health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Voting absentee by mail in the Vienna Town Elections is strongly encouraged. Voters may choose reason “2A My disability or illness” for Absentee voting.

Important Dates [the below dates pertain to the May 5 elections and are subject to change depending on whether and to what date the elections are postponed]:

  • April 13: Voter Registration Deadline (In Person/By Mail) 5:00 p.m.; online: 11:59 p.m.
  • April 28: Deadline to apply to receive an Absentee Ballot by mail, fax and online: 5:00 p.m.
  • May 2: Deadline for In Person Absentee Voting, 5:00 p.m.
  • May 5: Absentee Ballot return deadline, 7:00 p.m.

Fairfax County Board of Election Info: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee

Vienna Election Info: https://www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?NID=851

Watch Candidate Forums:

The Northeast Vienna Citizen’s Association and Vienna Business Council recently held a 2020 Mayoral and Council Candidate Forum was hosted by NEVCA and VBA. The forums may be viewed on the Town of Vienna’s YouTube channel:

The forums will be broadcast over the air :

  • On TVCN (Cox 27, Verizon 38) at:
    • 10am Mondays
    • 7pm Wednesdays
    • 2PM Saturdays