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2017 Virginia Special Elections: Your chance to take a strong step into the new year!

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by Ken Boddye, Democratic candidate for Virginia House of Delegates in the 51st District (eastern Prince William County)

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There are 3 Special Elections less just 10 days before Inauguration Day. Get involved!

2016 will soon come to a close, but there is important work to be done between now and Inauguration Day. As we look ahead to 2017, we have a chance to not only play defense, but to send a strong electoral message to the nation about where Virginians stand.

Virginia has three special elections on Tuesday, January 10th. One of these races will determine the balance of the State Senate. The deadline for Voter Registration/Updates for these races is Tuesday, January 3th. For quick links to their pages, click here.

House District 85: www.vpap.org/…. “Republican Norman “Rocky” Holcomb, a captain in the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, and Democrat Cheryl Turpin, a teacher in the city’s public schools, are running in a special election Jan. 10 for a state House of Delegates seat. They’re seeking the 85th District position held by Del. Scott Taylor, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 8.” (pilotonline.com/…)

Senate District 9: www.vpap.org/…. “[Del. Jennifer] McClellan is a virtual lock to win the Democratic-leaning district, which is coming open as Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, prepares to resign early next year after winning a congressional seat.” (www.richmond.com/…)

Senate District 22: www.vpap.org/…. “Former Fluvanna County Sheriff and Buckingham native Ryant L. Washington thanks fellow Democrats for giving him the nod to run as his party’s candidate in the special election next month, filling the soon-to-be-expired Senate District 22 seat.” (www.farmvilleherald.com/…THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PICK-UP FOR SENATE DEMOCRATS. There are two Republicans running — one as an Independent — so a Democrat could win this seat.

A Democratic win here puts the Senate at 20 Democrats (up from 19) and 20 Republicans (down from 21) giving LG Ralph Northam the tie vote. Early voting is in-progress! 

Opportunities to Get Involved
Senator Dave Marsden is arranging a canvassing trip to SD 22nd to help Ryant Washington, former Sheriff for Fluvanna County, on January 2. Leave at 9:30 AM from Fairfax Government Center.  Senator Dave Marsden sponsors lunch, then canvass:

Senate District 22 canvassing trip; January 2nd 2017

  • Meet at the Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax at 9:30 AM
  • Caravan to Senate District 22 (about a two hour drive)
  • Senator Marsden is treating Canvassers to Lunch at Il Castello Italian Restaurant, 47 Market St, Zion Crossroads, VA 22942
  • Canvassing, then return home
  • RSVP to 571-249-3037

Message from Sen. Marsden: “Friends, this is a tough race but it is one that we can win if we all roll up our sleeves and work together. If there is one lesson to learn from Donald Trump being elected President it is that anything can happen.”

Jennifer McClellan for Senate – SD9
The campaign’s provided the following contact information, and Canvass schedules. Please contact Campaign Manager if you wish to canvass.

Tyrone is our Field Director
Campaign phone number: 804.482.0714
Website: www.jennifermcclellan.com

Here are the three events we scheduled over the holidays for Team McClellan:

  • Phone bank with us Thursday, December 29th, 4pm-8pm!
  • Canvass with us Monday, January 2nd at 10am or 1pm.

For GOTV we will be phone banking and canvassing as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 3rd: Phone Bank from 4-8 at 1217 West Leigh Street in Richmond.
  • Thursday, January 5th: Phone Bank from 4-8 at 1217 West Leigh Street in Richmond.
  • Saturday, January 7th: Canvass at 10 am and 1pm (launch sites to be determined), Phone Bank from 10am – 7pm at 1217 West Leigh Street in Richmond.
  • Sunday, January 8th: Canvass at 1pm (launch sites to be determined), Phone bank from 1pm – 7pm at 1217 West Leigh Street in Richmond.

For more information contact Tyrone Williams at jennifermcclellan.com or call 804.482.0714

Ryant Washington for Senate – SD 22
This seat could tie the Senate 20/20 & Dem’s will be the majority with LT. Gov. Northam breaking the tie.

Ryant Washington have (2) opponents – Libertarian & Republican. He can win!

Jaden Slagle
Campaign Manager
washington4senate.com
(214) 578-3089

The website is www.washington4senate.com

Cheryl Turpin for HD-85
Joe Diver
Campaign Manager
gmail.com
916-300-5253

We canvass everyday our shift times are:

  • 10:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM

GOTV Schedule is:

  • 9:00 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM

GOTV Staging locations are: 

  • 4501 St John Ct, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • 1232 Glen Lochen Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Updated Contact Info for the Campaigns and Links to Virtual Phone Banks:
Jennifer McClellan for Senate – SD9
Tyrone is our Field Director
Campaign phone number: 804.482.0714
Website: www.jennifermcclellan.com
Download links below
JLM Talking points
Virtual Phone Bank Link –  click here
Ryant Washington for Senate -SD 22
This seat could tie the Senate 20/20 & Dem’s will be the majority with LT. Gov. Northam breaking the tie. Ryant Washington have (2) opponents – Libertarian & Republican. He can win!
Campaign Manager – Jaden Slagle washington4senate.com –
Phone –1 (214) 578-3089
The website is www.washington4senate.com
Updated virtual phone bank Link & tools:
Virtual Phone Bank Link  click here
Cheryl Turpin for HD-85
Campaign Manager – Joe Diver – gmail.com
Cell – 916-300-5253
FB Page – Campaign Facebook page
Virtual Phone Bank Link click here
  • Dianna Richardson

    Thanks for sharing this information on Blue Virginia. I signed up to make calls because this is an important election for Dems to win. I would not have thought of doing it if not for this post.

    • Very cool, please spread the word – thanks! 🙂