Sunday, October 25, 2020
Home Authors Posts by clark



Lieutenant Governor Northam Named Chair of Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success

Today Governor McAuliffe signed an Executive Order establishing the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success and named Lieutenant Governor Northam as its Chair. This new Council will focus on the health, education and well-being of children, from infancy to third grade.

"It is an honor to be named Chair of this Council," said Northam. "The first few years of a child's life are undoubtedly some of the most critical to their health and education. Their brains develop quickly and their life experiences have a significant impact on their health, development, and readiness to succeed academically. I look forward to working with a wide variety of experts, business leaders, service providers and advocates to improve the health and education of young children in Virginia."

The Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success has been tasked with conducting a comprehensive, statewide assessment of relevant programs, services, and local, state, and federal public resources; coordinating with the Children's Cabinet, which was also established by Executive Order today; and serving as a central coordinating entity to identify opportunities and develop recommendations for improving funding, access, and quality of services - particularly for at risk children.

Additionally, today Governor McAuliffe also signed an Executive Order establishing the Children's Cabinet, on which the Lieutenant Governor Northam will also serve.

Congratulations to Libby Garvey; Now Let’s GOTV for Kelly Burk in Leesburg!

Congratulations to Libby Garvey with her win in the Arlington County Board race yesterday! As we saw yesterday, turnout in these special springtime elections is critical, and we have another special election right around the corner on April 17 in Loudoun County.

Kelly Burk is our Democratic nominee running for a seat on the Leesburg Town Council, and we need to rally our Virginia Democrats to help canvas for Kelly over the next few weeks. A win for Kelly Burk will beat back the notion that Loudoun County has turned “red” and will give us a huge boost for this November’s elections. And, if we need more motivation than that, see this BV post about Loudon Supervisor Delgaudio’s advocacy organization being labeled a hate group this week.

In light of all that has happened over the past few months in Virginia and across the U.S., wouldn’t it be great to elect two Democratic women to office in a span of less than a month?

Below the fold are canvassing opportunities for Kelly Burk- I hope you’ll consider making a trip out to Leesburg to help Kelly.  Thanks, and congratulations again to Libby Garvey- a well-deserved victory.

Immigration Forum this Coming Monday at T.C. Williams High School


The Alexandria Democratic Committee is hosting an Immigration Forum this coming Monday, May 2 at T.C. Williams High School (the auditorium, located at 3330 King St) from 7-9:30PM. I hope anyone interested who can attend will do so.

We will have a panel of immigration policy experts followed by a Q&A segment.  Afterwards, attendees will be invited to participate in smaller groups for in-depth discussions and to share their insights with the whole body.  The Forum will explore local, state, and national aspects of the immigration issue and the struggles of undocumented persons in the United States. The goal is to enhance our understanding of this complicated issue.

Speakers at the event will be:
· Sindy Benavides, Director, Community Outreach of Democratic National Committee, DNC;
· Adrienne DerVartanian, Senior Attorney/Policy Analyst, Farmworker Justice;
· Jorge Figueredo, Director Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights Project, ACLU;
· Tram Nguyen, Deputy Director, Virginia New Majority

Thanks, Clark Mercer

Chair, Alexandria Democratic Committee


Gerrymandering, a new documentary- airing tomorrow night at ADC meeting


Lots of discussion recently on redistricting, and rightly so. If you live in Northern Virginia, come by the Alexandria Democratic Committee tomorrow night for our annual Legislative Dessert. Bring a dessert, and we'll be watching the new documentary, Gerrymandering: The documentary stars ADC member and counsel Gerry Hebert, a nationally known lawyer who specializes in election law and redistricting.

The meeting starts at 7PM and is at the cafeteria at Minnie Howard School, 3801 West Braddock Rd.

ADC Presents Candidates School 2011


Lots of great discussions on here recently about our Democratic Party. One thing I think we can all agree with is that we should be encouraging those Democrats who we'd like to see run for office, to do so. Many times there are leaders in our community who have never thought about running for office and all they need is some encouragment... and training.

The Alexandria Democratic Committee is going to be holding a Candidates School starting on Wed., April 27, for anyone who might have interest in either running for office as a Democrat, or holding a leadership position on a campaign, in the future. More info below, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Thanks, Clark

Chair, Alexandria Democratic Committee 

ADC Presents Candidates School 2011

Do you think you have what it takes to run for office as a Democrat? Is this something you've thought about, but aren't sure of? If you're a Democrat, and think that in the future you'd like to run for public office as a Democrat, or that you would like to have a leadership role on a campaign, we'd love to have you attend our ADC Candidates School.

Our kickoff will be Wednesday, April 27 at the ADC office, 618 N. Washington St. We will be holding six sessions (all Wednesdays except our graduation day which will be on a Saturday): April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31, and September 24.

Questions?  Please email ADC Chair Clark Mercer at The tuition for the school is $60 for adults, $30 for Young Democrats, and scholarships are available. You may RSVP and pay online at

Schedule for ADC Candidates School "on the flip" 

Candidate Announcements from Alexandria

From Monday's Alexandria Democratic Committee meeting, here is a link to all of our candidate announcements, which include Delegate Ebbin, School Board Chair Libby Garvey, and Councilman Rob Krupicka for the 30th Senate District; Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw; Delegate Charniele Herring; candidate for the 49th House of Delegates Stephanie Clifford; and Clerk of the Courts Ed Semonian:  

My First Post – Hello to My Friends and Virginia Democrats!


Hello Blue Virginia! My name is Clark Mercer, and I know many of you that visit and post here as we have worked together over the years to help elect Democrats and fight for our shared values all over Virginia. I currently serve as the Chair of the Alexandria Democratic Committee (ADC), having been elected this past January. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself, tell you a little bit about the ADC, and then get back to work helping to send our entire Democratic delegation back to Washington D.C. on November 2.

While I’m a long time reader of Blue Virginia (and other blogs over the years like Raising Kaine), this is my first post. That’s probably due to my instincts as a researcher and policy person- I worked fulltime in the ’08 cycle for the Warner for Senate campaign and a good researcher isn’t supposed to become part of a story. But, now that I’m serving as Chair of the ADC and have a few months under my belt getting organized, you can expect to hear from me more often as we build out our online presence. 

I was born and raised in Alexandria, growing up in the same home that my grandfather built when he moved here from Kentucky to work for the Department of Agriculture. My other grandfather came from a family of watermen- oyster farmers and crabbers on the Northern Neck- and moved to Alexandria when he was stationed in the area with the Air Force. My family has been here ever since; we all went through the public school system here and for the past six years, I coached the men’s soccer team at T.C. Williams High School, my alma mater (made famous by the movie ‘Remember the Titans’). 

- Blue Virginia Sponsor -


Daily News Briefings