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.
Voting has already started in Fairfax County. It’s a great time to check out ffxvotes.org, which has everything a Fairfax County Voter needs to vote on or before the Tuesday, November 3 General Election!
A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who called voters, canvassed voters, donated money and helped all our candidates up and down the ticket this election cycle! We would especially like to thank our Fighting4Fairfax organizer Henry Pratt, and campaign manager, Jeremy Cullimore.
We had a Democratic sweep in Hunter Mill and we congratulate all of our winning candidates below, including Hunter Mill members Sen. Janet Howell, Del. Ken Plum, Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, Hunter Mill Supervisor-Elect, Walter Alcorn, and Hunter Mill School Board Representative-Elect, Melanie Meren!
Finally, thank you to Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and to Hunter Mill School Board Representative Pat Hynes for their many years of service to Hunter Mill District, Fairfax County, and also for supporting the Hunter Mill Democrats.
Senate of Virginia
- Jennifer Boysko, 33rd District
- Barbara Favola, 31st District
- Janet Howell, 32nd District
- Chap Petersen, 34th District
Virginia House of Delegates
- Mark Keam, 35th District
- Kathleen Murphy, 34th District
- Ken Plum, 36th District
- Ibraheem Samirah, 86th District
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
- Jeff McKay- Chairman
- Walter Alcorn, Hunter Mill District Supervisor
Fairfax County School Board
- Melanie Meren- Hunter Mill District Representative
- Karen Keys-Gamarra- At-Large Member
- Abrar Omeish- At-Large Member
- Rachna Sizemore-Heizer- At-Large Member
Fairfax County Constitutional Officers
- Steve Descano- Commonwealth’s Attorney
- Stacey Kincaid- Sheriff
Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
- Monica Billger- Director
- Chris Koerner- Director
- Jerry Peters- Director
Democratic Candidates for School Board dropped by the Reston Farmer’s Market on Saturday! From left: Melanie Meren (Hunter Mill), Rachna Sizmore-Heizer (At-Large), Elaine Tholen (Dranesville), and Karen Keys-Gamarra (At-Large). Abrar Omeish (At-Large) was unable to attend.
You never know who will drop by the farmer’s market, and the Hunter Mill Democrats are there every weekend. If you’re interested in volunteering to staff the Hunter Mill Dems’ farmer’s market table, contact email@example.com.
This year’s primary is special!
Every 4 years, all 10 seats on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are up for election – one Chairman at-large, and one for each of 9 county magisterial districts. There are no term limits.
This year, half the current Supervisors are retiring after years of service. These seats are seeing competitive primaries for the first time in decades! It’s an unprecedented turn over!
These 10 elected officials on the Board of Supervisors annually set homeowner property tax rates in Fairfax County. They establish the annual budget that allocates our property taxes to fund county-administered services – in the upcoming FY 2020 it is a $4.4 Billion budget of YOUR tax dollars – to fund public schools, police and fire services, health & human services, libraries, parks & recreation, transit, environmental sustainability, affordable housing, and much more. The Board also approves land use & development policies & plans – and more!
Linked here is a fantastic flier about the candidates and when/how to vote, from the Fairfax Democratic Committee.
You can also view links to candidates’ websites here:
Quickly, though, the competitive seats are:
- Board of Supervisors Chairman (4 candidates);
- Hunter Mill District Supervisor (5 candidates);
- Commonwealth’s Attorney (2 candidates);
- Precincts with a Senate Primary in Hunter Mill:
- 240 Colvin: Barbara Favola vs Nicole Merlene for SD31;
- 235 Frying Pan and 237 McNair: Jennifer Boysko vs Sharafat Hussain for SD33.
Please share with your friends and make your voting plans! Polls are open from 6am-7pm on June 11—check your voting location here. And, there are early absentee voting options before then. So no excuses!
Every vote really matters!
#GOTV #BlueWaveStartsLocally #LocalBlueWave #BlueWaveFairfax
The Hunter Mill Democrats’ monthly meeting, normally scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, is being postponed to the following Wednesday, June 19 in the cafeteria at Lake Anne Elementary School at 7:30pm. We will be meeting to approve new members and discuss candidate donations. Your participation is important as we decide as a committee how to begin disbursing the funds we have been raising since last year. Hunter Mill has a proud tradition of supporting Democratic candidates, so please plan to attend to make your voice heard!
On June 12 at the North County Governmental Center, Hunter Mill Democrats will instead have a Unity event with our 2019 candidates, prevailing candidates, nominees and elected officials from 7:30 -9:00 PM. This event will bring us back to our shared Democratic cause as we work towards a blue victory in November. Be sure to join us for this celebration and let’s get to work to elect Democrats!
Join the Hunter Mill District Democrats for their Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee Candidate Forum on April 29th from 7–9 PM at CenterStage at RCC Hunters Woods. This forum will allow Hunter Mill District residents to hear from their Democratic candidates for the Hunter Mill District Board Supervisor. This seat, currently held by Cathy Hudgins, is being vacated. Our Democratic candidates will be on the ballot for the June 11th primary and the prevailing candidate will be on the general election ballot on November 5th.
Check out https://huntermill.fairfaxdemocrats.org/bosforum/ and the HMDDC Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/597568030758259/. The event is free, but tickets for attendance may be reserved here. We also encourage members to submit questions for the candidates beforehand here.