By Danica Roem
This afternoon, Jacqueline Smith officially became the Democratic nominee for the Clerk of the Circuit Court special election scheduled for April 18 in Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.
She was the only candidate to file before the 3 p.m. deadline on March 3, so there will be no unassembled caucus this Sunday as Jacqueline is now the Democratic nominee.
Jacqueline, the Democratic nominee for clerk in 2015 who came within four points of winning, kicked off her campaign March 2 to a packed room full of Democrats with a fundraiser at City Tavern in Manassas.
She pledged during her speech to take the politics out of the clerk’s office, focus on making sure phone calls are actually answered, documents are actually accessible and that everyone is welcome to the courthouse, no matter why they’re there or who they love.
On Wednesday, she received her first round of press, telling the
Gainesville Times, “The politics need to come out of that office” and that staffers “should perform their duties in a fair, unbiased way… [Staff] need to be blind to anything other than providing services and doing what the community needs.”
With just six weeks and four days until the special election, Democrats are mobilizing throughout Prince William County and Jacqueline has a number of canvassing events coming up, which you can find at her Facebook page.
One of them includes a co-canvassing event supporting both
her campaign for clerk and my campaign for the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates on Saturday, March 11. We’re meeting at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library at 1 p.m. and knocking on doors of likely Democratic voters living along the Heathcote Boulevard corridor of Gainesville and in the Town of Haymarket.
Smith for PWC
14852 Potomac Branch Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Please include your name, address, employer, job title and employer’s address, as required by campaign finance law. More information about her candidacy is available at her campaign website.
The Democrats have a head-start in this race to flip the clerk’s office from Red to Blue, so we need to quickly capitalize on our advantage and spread the word before the Republicans mobilize. If you want to volunteer for her campaign, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her office at (571) 529-9379.
This race will be fast and furious, with turnout expected to be in the single digits, which means every voter contact we make is critical. Together, let’s rally Democrats across our commonwealth to elect Jacqueline on April 18 to serve the more than 500,000 total residents of Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.
And most importantly for those of us in the community, remember to vote April 18!
Jacqueline Smith (center) kicked off her Clerk of the
Circuit Court campaign Thursday night in Manassas during a fundraiser at City Tavern. She clinched the Democratic nomination Friday afternoon for the April 18 special election. (Courtesy photo by Mike Beaty)