Join us in congratulating and sending our best wishes to Holly Seibold for Delegate as she prepares to go down to Richmond tomorrow as the Delegate-elect from House District 35!
Voting has concluded in the HD-35 Democratic Caucus, and voters have chosen Holly Seibold as the Democratic nominee to fill the vacancy following Mark Keam’s appointment to the Biden-Harris Administration. In announcing the results, Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair Bryan Graham released the following statement:
“We are pleased to announce that Holly Seibold will be the Democratic nominee for the January 10, 2023 Special Election for the existing 35th House District.
“Holly works day-in and day-out to make our community a better place for everyone. While our absentee Governor and his lackeys in the legislature attack public education, the LGBTQ+ community, environmental protections, and even democracy itself, we need candidates like Holly to lead the fight to protect the progress we’ve made and forge a path to move Virginia forward when we retake the House of Delegates next year.
“Two excellent candidates sought the Democratic nomination for serving the remainder of the Honorable Mark Keam‘s term in the House of Delegates. Thousands of Democratic voters from the existing 35th House District participated in our nomination caucus earlier this week and today. Both campaigns should be commended for their ability to organize and mobilize voters in a compressed timeframe.
“Now that the caucus is over, Democrats are united behind our nominee and the next Delegate from House District 35, Holly Seibold.“
Holly is a mother, public school teacher, and non-profit leader. From the classroom to the boardroom, Holly has been a champion for women and children. Voters can learn more about Holly’s impressive background and committment to her community by visiting her website, HollySeibold.com. Voting information, including how to vote early and by mail, for the January 10th Special Election will be available at FairfaxVotes.org once details are confirmed.
The House District 35 Democratic Nominating Committee, chaired by Michelle Woody, has officially announced October 8th as the date for the Caucus to determine the Democratic nominee in the January 10th Special Election.
Democratic voters may cast a ballot in the Unassembled Caucus – similar to a regular primary election where participants may check in, vote, and leave – at any one of three voting locations throughout the district on Saturday, October 8th, between 10am and 4pm.
Caucus locations include:
- Kilmer Center Cafeteria, 8102 Wolftrap Road Vienna, VA 22182
- Oakton Elementary School Cafeteria, 3000 Chain Bridge Rd, Oakton, VA 22124
- Patrick Henry Library Meeting Room, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
Early voting will be available at the headquarters of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee (8500 Executive Park Ave, Suite 402, Fairfax, VA 22031) on Tuesday, October 4th, from 10am to 2pm and on Thursday, October 6th, from 5pm to 8pm.
Candidates for the nomination have until Friday, September 30th, to submit the appropriate documents to appear on the caucus ballot. Voters may find information about the caucus at FairfaxVotes.org/HD35.
The 35th House District includes Dunn Loring, Oakton, Tysons, and the Town of Vienna. The previous Delegate from the 35th House District, Mark Keam, resigned in early September to serve in the Biden-Harris Administration. The winner of the October 8th Caucus is expected to win the January 10th Special Election, just as Democrats have won the 35th House District in every election since 2003.
Help Hunter Mill Democrats staff our Early Voting presence table at the North County Governmental Center in Reston between September 23rd and November 5th.
It’s a great opportunity to get out in the community and see your neighbors. You’ll provide voter information, answer questions, and give our voters the support they need to cast their ballots.
We’ll start our post-Labor day political mad dash with some big local politics news: per a letter, he circulated to friends and colleagues, long-time Hunter Mill Democrat Del. Mark Keam says he will be leaving the Virginia House of Delegates to pursue a new job opportunity. Del. Keam, who lives in Hunter Mill’s very own Vienna, has been in the Virginia Legislature since 2010. He was the first Asian-born immigrant and the first Korean American elected to state office in Virginia.
In the Virginia House of Delegates, Keam has been a practical, steadfast, and busy Democrat, drafting and introducing over 200 bills. He is credited with a significant role in passing over 120 measures into law. Keam has been a champion of government accountability, education, civil rights, healthcare, and myriad other Democratic priorities. It’s safe to say Virginia is a better place to live because of Del. Keam’s 12 years in the Virginia House, and we are thankful for his service to the Commonwealth.
In addition to Keam’s legislative accomplishments, he has been a mainstay at meetings of the Hunter Mill Democrats and of the Fairfax County Democrats. We have always appreciated his attendance at meetings, often giving us insight into the latest legislative and political developments. Sometimes, he just comes by to say hello and check in with friends and constituents. We’re sure we will continue to see him here in the Hunter Mill community, and we wish him all the best on his next career adventure.
In order to fill Del. Keam’s seat, the Speaker of the House, Republican Todd Gilbert, will need to call a special election. We will keep you updated with information on a special election when there is more information to provide, so we can do everything possible to fill Keam’s big shoes with another Democrat.
Update: House Speaker has set the special election date for January 10, 2023
Bring a friend and help us get Democrats to the polls in November by canvassing for our candidate, Representative Gerry Connolly. Saturday, October 15th, 11 am and 2 pm at Starbucks Reston Plaza America, 11610-A Plaza America Dr, Reston. For more information and to sign up go to Hunter Mill Dems Canvass for Gerry Connolly.
Early voting starts on Friday, September 23.
Location & Hours:
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Weekdays: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Saturdays (September 24, October 29, November 5): 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday (October 30): 1 pm – 5 pm
North County Governmental Center
Weekdays: 1 pm – 7 pm
Saturdays (September 24, October 29, November 5): 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday (October 30): 1 pm – 5 pm
More locations will open starting October 27. We will need volunteers to help staff the Fairfax Democrats booth to help pass out sample ballots and provide voting information. More information on early voting is available here, and more information on all methods and means of voting is available at FairfaxVotes.org.
We are nearing the end of July, moving us into the most important time to engage voters for the mid-term election in November. The only way we can hold onto the House is if everyone hits the doors, the phones, and every other method of engagement. Of course, we’ve got to re-elect Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer, but we also need to do what we can to support candidates in tougher districts in Virginia, like Jennifer Wexton, Elaine Luria, and Abigail Spanberger.
We’ve all seen the polls, but we have also seen time and again that the polls miss an energized base of committed voters and volunteers. We have every reason to be energized after one of the most extremist, destructive Supreme Court terms in American history, after a summer of seeing details of just how far Trump and Republicans went to overthrow the American Constitutional order, after repeated, horrifying mass shootings, and after Republicans in Congress demonstrated hostility toward all manor of rights, including contraceptive access.
And as important as it is to hold onto the U.S. House this year, our engagement this year also sets the stage for 2023, when taking the Virginia House and keeping the Virginia Senate will be more important than it has ever been. We keep saying it here, but the only thing holding Youngkin back from implementing his extremist agenda here in Virginia is a tiny number of Democrats in the Senate. Well… that and the fact that he seems more interested in running for President than being the governor of Virginia. But his White House ambitions will only push him to be more extremist in 2023 if we don’t stop him at the ballot box.
Take the time to read through the various engagements here in the newsletter, check out opportunities in the Fairfax County Democrats calendar, and figure out the best way for you to get out there and defend democracy.
Join the Fairfax County Democratic Committee for the inaugural Blue Fairfax Dinner at the illustrious Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Hear from your local, state, and federal elected officials, and mingle with Democratic Party activists and community leaders at the biggest political event of the Summer! Winners of the FCDC District of the Year, Member of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Senator Charles S. Robb Young Leaders Award, and Lynda J. Robb Community Service Award will be recognized during the dinner program. ***Early Bird ticket prices are available through Tuesday, July 5th, after which Young Democrat tickets go up to $125 and General Admission to $200. Program sponsorships are available until Thursday, June 30th.****
Sunday, July 17, 2022
Hilton Mclean Tysons Corner
7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102