There are three special elections being held on January 10th in the Commonwealth. If the Democrats are able to win the 22nd Senate District, then they will have a majority in the Senate with Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam serving as the tiebreaker. There are a lot of opportunities to help these campaigns through phone banking, canvassing, and donations. Additional information about the candidates is listed below:
Jennifer McClellan for Senate -SD 9
Ryant Washington for Senate -SD 22
Cheryl Turpin for HD-85
There are several events being held leading up to the election on January 10. Multiple phone banking opportunities are available with Fairfax County Democratic Committee and Fairfax Young Democrats. If interested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to advocate for progressive issues to your state elected officials? As we approach the start of the 2017 General Assembly session, it is important to stay informed about the proposed legislation by our state delegates and senators. These pieces of legislation could have a direct impact on your daily life on issues such as human rights, voter rights, transportation, environmental standards, or health issues. Legislators will cycle through thousands of bills during the first days of the session. It is important to provide your thoughts on the legislation so they are able to vote appropriately.
Before the session starts, many bills are submitted early and available for the public to read. The bills are available through different websites like the Richmond Sunlight Project, VPAP, and the Virginia Legislative Information System. Virginia Young Democrats are hosting a General Assembly Lobby Day on January 16 to meet with legislators. It is an opportunity to advocate our issues with other young progressives from around the Commonwealth. In addition to the Virginia Young Democrats Lobby Day on January 16, the Fairfax County General Assembly delegation will be hosting a legislative town hall on January 7th. This a great opportunity to provide testimony to our local legislators and get involved advocating progressive issues in your community. There are many important topics that will be discussed during the session and it is great to speak with your representatives before they head to Richmond. Individual legislators will be hosting town halls and we will keep the membership updated through our communication tools. Fairfax Young Democrats will provide a General Assembly update at our January 25th meeting.
You can help Democrats get elected. We have ONE MORE opportunity to build a firewall in the Senate but we need to elect Foster Campbell in Louisiana's special election on December 10th. The most important thing that you can do is make calls and encourage people to vote. You can sign up here: http://action.lademo.org/page/s/start-calling and they will email you the introductions for making calls.