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Adam Parkhomenko NOT Running for Virginia LG in 2017; Former Joe Biden Chief of Staff Susan Platt Jumping In?


So much for Long-Time Hillary Clinton Aide Adam Parkhomenko for Virginia LG??? Instead, Parkhomenko has decided to run for DNC Vice Chair. Which again leaves two candidates – Justin Fairfax and Gene Rossi – at the moment for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor of Virginia in 2017. We’ll see if anyone else gets in; hearing rumors someone might. For instance, Ben Tribbett posted late last night on Facebook:

So glad to see Adam Parkhomenko taking on this fight. He’ll be with me on the John Fredericks show tomorrow to talk about his decision not to run for LG. Adam will be announcing that we have another great person considering a run for LG- Susan Smocer Platt– former Chief of Staff to Joe Biden. Susan will join us later in the show to discuss her plans. Win for Dems all around!

  • Audio: Adam Parkhomenko on why Eileen Filler-Corn didn’t run for LG; Susan Platt talks about her background


  • Audio: Susan Platt says she’s seriously considering a run for LG, will decide by mid-January


  • Philip Whitman

    Interesting. I do wonder if mid-January is a realistic deadline. It seems like Fairfax emails out an endorsement every week or two, so sooner is better for any new candidates.

  • Adam Parkhomenko’s full statement:

    Proud to announce I am running for Vice Chair of the DNC. I want to thank the countless individuals in Virginia that offered their advice and support for a potential LG race as well as the DNC campaign. In conversations I met someone who is close to making a decision who I think is going to be an incredible candidate, and RT Rybak announced he was stepping down from his seat as Vicd Chair of the DNC. I believe at this moment I can best serve my party by focusing on the needs of our fellow volunteers in the states, DC and abroad. I would like to ask for your support in my campaign for Vice Chair we are putting together a real campaign and staff to support the limited window prior to the vote to ensure we are able to be at all of the 5 DNC meetings between January 13 and end of February. Please sign up to be a grassroots whip on my website to help reach out to your DNC members and if you can, make a small dollar contribution to help fund our efforts. Our website is http://www.AdamforDNC.com – Please also post and share in your networks and help spread the word. While I will continue to hear members and supporters ideas, I have put together some of my key priorities which I hope you will take a look at and offer feedback on. Below are those priorities. Love to all of you!

    Our Party has a unique opportunity to maintain and grow our rank and file volunteers; increase support from low dollar donors; and recruit and mentor candidates and campaign staffers. Volunteers, old and new, are looking for new ways to get involved after the recent presidential campaign, and it is important that the DNC leads the way to engage them in an organized effort. We must be a party that runs a continual campaign, never turning off the lights or laying the dust covers out. I am running to be a voice in leadership for grassroots supporters throughout the country that are looking for the best ways to support our party through action. I will work to make sure that there are no cracks for any supporter of our Party to ever fall through and that we pay an extra special focus on those that power this great institution.

    Growing Our Party in Every State
    We must continue to build this party from the ground up in all 50 states–online and offline. Each state has unique political opportunities, and we cannot leave any state behind or take any state for granted. As DNC Vice Chair I will:
    Liaise with the incoming DNC ASDC Chair to build upon DNC work started in the 2016 cycle to recognize volunteer leaders state by state and establish a state-by-state program that supports individual State Party organizing priorities for current and future campaigns.

    Create a process for individuals who have questions, ideas, concerns, or other comments to be able to have a conversation with our Party. In particular, grassroots and netroots supporters must have a seat at the table and an open line of communication with the DNC. I believe it is okay to disagree; however, we don’t ever want anyone to feel like they are not understood. The ability to have a conversation and ensure voters and volunteers are heard will continue to make this the Democratic Party.

    Expand DNC funding to State Parties to support year-round paid organizers in the states reporting to State Party staff to build relationships in the field and grow our low dollar donor base. State leadership and volunteers know how to best organize and work politics within their respective states.

    Support and fight for an expansive constituency staff that is all encompassing of our diverse country. This staff must be a constant organizing foundation and not something we simply expand or adjust for federal cycles.

    Improving Our Technology and Customer Service
    We have continued work to rebuild DNC infrastructure after our institution was hacked. We have incredible talent in this party that can provide guidance, ideas and tangible help when it comes to R & D within our Party. I commend Interim Chair Donna Brazile for opening the doors of the DNC to those that stepped up to offer their help in this area and ensure the best and brightest were able to help. We must continue to build on this success moving forward to ensure our Party is the strongest online and on the ground. As DNC Vice Chair, I will:

    Fight to ensure technology built during campaigns doesn’t get packed up and put in storage after an election. Evaluating and improving existing technology, rather than starting from scratch in the next election, will benefit the Party at the state and national level. I will take a lead in coordination with the new Chair to ensure this box is always checked.

    Empower the incredible, talented members of the technology community within our Party to help rebuild and safeguard the Party and ensure a process in which those that want to help are able to do so.

    Rely less on paid television ads and ensure our party is testing and building new technology to develop every possible means to reach voters in new ways. As a millennial, I have heard firsthand from many friends who have political entities reach out to them through social media and other avenues. We must compete in this space and listen to feedback from those on the ground for new ways to reach voters.
    Focusing on Recruitment and Training

    It is important that in addition to growing our rank and file volunteers and low dollar donors that our Party has the best and most diverse pool of candidates stepping up to run for office as well as well-trained campaign staffers available to run these races. We must have a ladder in which individuals that dedicate their time and careers to our Party can have opportunities to grow and continue to build upon the wealth of experience they develop. As DNC Vice Chair I will:

    Coordinate with the DNC and existing organizations within the legal limits to support candidate recruitment and training for Democrats running for office up and down the ballot.

    Work with the DNC and these existing organizations to continue to train our campaign staffers to ensure the sharing of best practices with a special focus on lessons learned from this cycle. I will be a leader for these campaign staffers looking to get plugged into new opportunities following each campaign to ensure we maintain an experienced and diverse roster of talent while working to recruit new staffers.

    My priorities are based on firsthand conversations with members and supporters as well as my personal ideas on how to best strengthen our Party. As I continue my conversations with DNC members, I welcome unfiltered feedback, ideas, and suggestions from you. To reach me, please email ap [@] adamparkhomenko [dot] com.

  • DPVA Chair Susan Swecker supporting Tom Perez for DNC Chair, apparently:

    The Labor secretary emailed all neutral and supportive party chairs, vice chairs and executive directors Wednesday morning, asking them to join him on a conference call at 2 p.m. on Thursday. The invitation to the call already comes with support: 10 state party chairs are signed onto it.


    Signed on to the invitation are Texas Democratic Party chair Gilberto Hinojosa, Colorado chair Rick Palacio, Idaho chair Bert Marley, Perez home state Maryland chair Bruce Poole, North Dakota chair Kylie Oversen, Pennsylvania chair Marcel Groen, Virginia chair Susan Swecker, Wyoming chair Ana Cuprill, Nevada chair Roberta Lange, and Massachusetts chair Gus Bickford. Ohio vice chair Rhine McLin and California vice chair Alex Gallardo-Rooker are also on board.