Meet Mac Callahan from the Virginia 2020 Coordinated Campaign

Mac Callahan is a Field Organizer with the Virginia 2020 Coordinated Campaign. His “turf” includes Herndon and North Reston, which overlaps with both Congressional Districts 10 and 11.

Mac is currently taking time off from school as a student at Tufts University in Medford, MA. His experience with campaigns first arose during the 2018 midterms as a volunteer for Senator Angus King’s reelection bid in his hometown of Brunswick, Maine. In December of 2019, Mac moved to Des Moines ahead of the Iowa Caucuses to work for the Biden Campaign. From there, he worked as a Field Organizer in Biden’s Columbia, SC and Tampa, FL field offices for those states’ respective primaries.

After a few months organizing virtually into states on the West Coast, Mac is excited to be a part of the Coordinated Campaign and begin organizing the Herndon-Reston Area to boost Democratic turnout and keep Virginia Blue. While campaigning in the midst of a pandemic certainly is challenging, Mac is prepared to innovate and get scrappy.

Feel free to contact him by email or phone. He is more than happy to get you connected with the Coordinated Campaign.

mac.callahan@virginiavictory.org
(207) 208-6547

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.

Get Involved and Help Democrats Keep HD86

Our hard work has continued to pay off, as we succeeded in electing Jennifer Boysko to the Virginia Senate in January 2019. This means that Senator Boysko’s former seat in the House of Delegates, District 86 (or HD86, for short), must be filled, and the special election to fill that seat will take place on February 19, 2019. The Democratic candidate for this seat is Ibraheem Samirah, a local dentist. More info on his biography is available here: https://samirah4delegate.com/biography/

The election will be open to registered voters who live in the Hunter Mill Precincts of: Floris, Fox Mill, and Stuart

Polls will be open from 6am-7pm on February 19, 2019. If you live in Floris, Fox Mill, or Stuart precincts, you will vote at your usual polling location on that day.

A delay affecting In-Person Absentee (Early) Voting for the HD86 Feb 19th Special Election has been resolved, and voting is now open as of January 30, 2019.  Please check the VA Board of Elections website (https://www.elections.virginia.gov) or call 703-222-0776 for further information on in-person absentee (early) voting in this special election.

  • Location: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035
    • Dates/Times: Monday 1/28/19–Friday 02/15/19 from 8am–4:30pm; Thursday hours are extended to 7pm. Saturday 2/16/19 hours are from 9am–5pm
  • Location: Herndon Fortnightly Library, 786 Center Street, Herndon VA 20170
    • Date/Time: ONLY on Saturday 2/16/19, 9am–5pm

Volunteer for Ibraheem Samirah for State Delegate

Once again, most voters do not expect elections in mid-February, so volunteering to make voters aware of an upcoming election will be critical to success. Everyone is strongly encouraged to knock doors, make calls, or write postcards to let voters know about this election:

Sign up for canvassing and phone banking shifts here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKpTnOWkzjrr930CiJlcGPgBnYGRVSvD_1zRJHn17XDpHw4A/viewform

Remote Phone Banking is also available.

For more information on canvassing and phone banking, contact: Austin Hall, Field Organizer austin@samirah4virginia.com / 703-200-0395

Post Card Writing for Ibraheem Samirah will take place at the following dates and times, and these are listed on HMDDC’s calendar:

  • Wednesday, 01/30 & 02/06 at Herndon Panera, 460 Elden St from 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday, 01/31 & 02/07 at Herndon Panera, 460 Elden St from 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Friday, 02/01 & 02/08 at Fox Mill Starbucks, 2523 John Milton Dr, Herndon from 10am-12noon

To Learn more about Ibraheem Samirah’s campaign for House District 86, visit: https://samirah4delegate.com/

For more information how how you can help in Hunter Mill, or if you have any questions, please contact HMDDC Vice Chair for Precinct Operations, Joanne Collins at collinsjoanne@yahoo.com / 585-703-1121.

Special Election in Virginia Senate District 33

You probably know that thanks to the hard work of Democrats in Hunter Mill, Fairfax County, and in the rest of Northern Virginia, we are sending Jennifer Wexton to represent us in Washington. In order to do that, Jennifer Wexton has had to vacate her seat in Virginia’s 33rd Senate District. We will vote on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 for a new state Senator. Jennifer Boysko, a current representative in Virginia’s House of Delegates, has been nominated as the Democrat running for the seat.

Voting in the Special Election on January 8, 2019:

The election will be open to all registered voters who live in the Hunter Mill Precincts of Frying Pan and McNair. Voters in those precincts will vote in their usual polling locations on January 8, 2019. Polls will be open from 6am to 7pm.

In-Person Absentee (Early) Voting for the SD33 Jan 8th Special Election is available now at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035. Early voting will be available from Monday, 11/26/18 through Saturday 01/05/19 from 9am-5pm.

Volunteering for Jennifer Boysko’s Campaign for State Senate

Canvassing and Phone Banking will  launch from 6 Pidgeon Hill Dr, Sterling, VA. Sign up here to help with weekend shifts:

And Sign up here for weekday shifts:

Remote Phone Banking is also available. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please feel free to reach out to Chad Wiggins, Field Director cwiggins@vademocrats.org / 571-839-7040.

Handwritten postcards are a great way to communicate with potential voters with a human touch. Volunteers will also be organizing postcard-writing campaigns at the following dates, times, and locations:

Boysko’s campaign is also in need of housing for one more organizer through January 10, 2019. If you can assist, please reach out as soon as you can.

For More Information

Jennifer Boysko’s campaign website has further information on her as a candidate, and you can access it at https://www.jenniferboysko.com/. For more information on how to get involved and help make sure a Democrat stays in Virginia’s 33rd Senate District, contact Hunter Mill’s Vice Chair for Precinct Operations, Joanne Collins collinsjoanne@yahoo.com / 585-703-1121.

 

Hunter Mill Democrats Volunteer Appreciation Party Saturday!

Well, we did it. We worked together and we built a Blue Wave last week. Democrats had a great night across the country, and the first signs of a good night came right here in Northern Virginia. Jennifer Wexton comfortably defeated Barbara Comstock in one of the first big flips of the night. We also propelled Tim Kaine and Gerry Connolly to decisive statement victories in their races. And none of it would have happened without our incredible volunteers. It’s time to raise a glass to you, and take an evening to revel in victory!

The annual Hunter Mill Democrats Volunteer Appreciation Party will take place this Saturday, from 5pm-7pm at Reston Community Center Lake Anne, located 1609-A Washington Plaza N., Reston, 20190.

Join fellow volunteers and elected officials, including Janet Howell, Chap Petersen, Mark Keam, Ken Plum, and and more to celebrate everyone’s hard work and our electoral success this year! Please click here to RSVP.

Light food and beverages will be provided, though if you would like to contribute a side dish, it would be welcome. Please note this in your RSVP.

There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is appreciated so we can make sure we have enough food. Please click here to RSVP.

Questions? Email huntermilldems@gmail.com

Fairfax Dems Mount Massive Latino Outreach

By Todd Thurwachter:

Ahead of the Nov. 6 election, Democrats have made a sustained effort to register and educate Latino voters in Fairfax County – who now constitute 16% of the population, and are heading higher.

The campaign has contacted tens of thousands in Fairfax and neighboring counties, led by the Voter Registration & Education Committee of Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC).

The project began last May with printing and distributing 5,000 voter information cards in Spanish, “Todo Sobre el Voto” (click here to view).

The cards, and other information in Spanish on voting, were also posted on the FCDC website. Also available in Spanish, for the first time, is the free Election Alerts service, which sends emails to subscribers before every election with key information including a sample ballot.

Committee Chair Janice Yohai also created and launched a special Latino outreach pilot program for Back-to-School-Nights in September. The committee targeted 16 Fairfax schools with over 50% Latino populations, mostly elementary schools, and recruited 13 Spanish speaking volunteers, who engaged close to 1,000 Latino parents of schoolchildren.

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Old technology is newest tool to energize voters

Reported by Janelle Hartman and Stephanie Witt Sedgwick:

Postcards may be old technology, but they are being revived as an effective tool in the arsenal of Fairfax County Democrats to get a robust turnout at elections on November 6th.

Numerous postcard parties have been held in Fairfax County throughout the campaign season to target registered voters with personal appeals from writers urging recipients to come to the polls and vote for Democrats. The total number of postcards from area volunteers flooding the US Postal Service is unknown, but estimated at tens of thousands.

The cards are all hand written and addressed. There’s no set script, but each reminds voters of the date of election and the Democratic candidates in their district and urges the voter to have their voice heard on election day.

As volunteer Eileen Shropshire wrote, “It took me longer to write this card than it will take you to vote. Your vote matters!”

Two recent postcard parties with big turnouts:

On Sunday, Oct. 21, more than 30 volunteers from Lee District Democratic Committee  turned the back room of Fiona’s Irish Pub in Alexandria into a postcard writing factory — filling more than 1,000 postcards with personal appeals to voters who cast ballots in 2016 but skipped last year’s state election. Even Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay and School Board Member Ilryong Moon squeezed into crowded tables to help.

A few days later, on Thursday morning, Oct. 25, more than two dozen volunteers filled the Whole Food Vienna café area (see image at top) to complete a three-month program organized by Vienna Neighbors United that has resulted in almost 10,000 postcards urging Virginia voters to go to the polls on November 6 and vote for the Democratic candidates in their districts.

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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.

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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