First Saturday Coffee and Politics Meet-UpsFor those who like their coffee black and their politics blue
10 AM – 11 AM
beginning Saturday, May 7, 2016
Jirani Coffee House
9425 West St, Manassas, VA 20110
2016 Saturday Dates: May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3
Hosted by the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee
MMPCDC Opposes Anti-Worker Virginia Constitutional Amendment
On May 2nd, the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee unanimously adopted the following resolution against a November 8, 2016 ballot measure–instigated by the Republican-dominated Virginia General Assembly–to enshrine Virginia’s nearly 70-year-old “right to work” laws in Virginia’s Constitution.
With your help, MMPCDC will educate local voters in the November 8 General Election to defeat this unnecessary and anti-worker proposed amendment to our state Constitution
EXPRESSING the opposition of the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee to the proposed Virginia Constitutional Amendment on “right to work”
WHEREAS, Virginia’s Constitution is the supreme governing document of this Commonwealth; and amendments and alterations should be made judiciously, prudently, and for the betterment of the citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia has had a set of statewide “right to work” statutes (Code of Virginia §§ 40.1-58 through 40.1-69) in continuous effect since 1947;
WHEREAS, this “right to work” amendment is misleading and is the latest move in an on-going trend of attacking the middle class and stifling workers’ voices on the job; and
WHEREAS, “right to work” laws have proven to give multi-national corporations more power to outsource jobs, cut wages, and reduce benefits at the expense of our workers, small businesses, and the local economy; and
WHEREAS, this amendment is one of many that ignores the public good by unnecessarily depleting public resources, including more than $130,000 of taxpayer funds to be expended, that would be better spent addressing real issues throughout the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, state legislators should focus on policies that support vital services in our communities, fund our schools, create good jobs, fix our crumbling infrastructure, raise wages, promote equal access, and protect hardworking Virginians; and
WHEREAS, business and labor should work together to create good jobs, improve the economy, and shun interference by special interest groups that seek to minimize the ability of Virginia workers to improve their economic status or deny economic opportunities to the middle class; and
WHEREAS, the collective bargaining rights of workers should be protected; now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED on this the 2nd day of May, 2016, that the Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee expresses its opposition to amending the State Constitution of Virginia to include the “right to work” statute, because it is unnecessary, wastes taxpayer dollars, undermines the promotion of fair labor practices, and detracts attention and resources away from policies designed to support working families and our local communities.
April 18th Local Caucuses to Elect Delegates and Alternates to the Virginia 10th Congressional District and State Democratic Conventions
Update as of Monday, April 11, 2016, 5:30 pm: All caucuses on April 18 are officially cancelled, since only 12 individuals prefiled for the 15 available delegate and alternate slots by the deadline at 5:00 pm today. Congratulations to the 5 Clinton delegates, 4 Sanders delegates, and 1 Sanders alternate automatically elected from the City of Manassas and the two Clinton delegates automatically elected from the City of Manassas Park. Our elected delegation is well balanced by gender with six women and six men and includes ethnic minorities and three voters under the age of 40.
The Manassas and Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee has scheduled Assembled Caucuses on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to elect local presidential elector delegates (“state delegates”) to the Virginia 10th Congressional District Democratic Convention and the State Democratic Convention. Our local caucuses will be held at the Manassas Park Police Station, 329 Manassas Dr, Manassas Park, VA 20111..
At our local caucuses, 9 state delegates and 2 alternates from the City of Manassas and 3 state delegates and 1 alternate from the City of Manassas Park will be elected by those Democrats in attendance from the respective city. Every candidate for election as a delegate or alternate must be pledged to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders and prefile with MMPCDC for election by April 11 at 5:00 pm. The numbers of elected slots available for delegates and alternates pledged to each presidential candidate from each city have been allocated by the Democratic Party of Virginia according to the results of the March 1 Virginia Democratic Presidential Primary, and each caucus voter will be limited to either the Clinton or Sanders delegate and alternate ballots for their city. If the number of prefiled candidates for a particular ballot is less than or equal to the number of allocated slots, those candidates will be declared automatically elected, that particular local caucus may be cancelled six days in advance, and an announcement of the cancellation(s) will be posted on this page.
The state delegates elected at our local caucuses will later attend the 10th Congressional District Democratic Convention on May 14 and the Virginia Democratic State Convention on June 18. Both of those conventions will elect national delegates from Virginia to the Democratic National Convention.
The 10th Congressional District Democratic Convention will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Park View High School, 400 W Laurel Ave, Sterling, VA 20164. The 2016 Virginia Democratic State Convention will be held at the Richmond VA Convention Center on Saturday, June 18, and the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia PA on July 25-28.
For more information about our local caucuses and delegate election process, please read our Call to Caucus and Delegate Prefiling Application.
MMPCDC Blue Victory Breakfast, April 23
Please join us for our Blue Victory Breakfast, MMPCDC’s annual fundraising event, on Saturday, April 23, from 8:30-11 am, at the new City Tavern, located at 9550 Center Street, Manassas. The doors will open at 8:30 am, and the program will begin promptly at 9:00 am.
Our Blue Victory Breakfast celebrates MMPCDC’s outstanding volunteer leaders and elected officials, while raising the funds needed to help support our slate of Democratic candidates in the November General Election.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast that includes coffee, tea, juice, fruit, eggs, sausage/bacon, and a waffle station and the fellowship of your Democratic friends and neighbors.
Several elected officials and 2016 election candidates will attend and speak to us, including State Senator Jeremy McPike and LuAnn Bennett, Democratic candidate for Congress (VA-10th). In addition, Virginia House Democratic Caucus Chair, Delegate Charniele Herring, will be a special guest speaker.
RSVP is Required by midnight April 21st*
Individual Tickets: $30
Four Tickets: $110
Eight Tickets: $210
Blue Victory Sponsors:
True Blue — $100
Blue Circle — $250
Royal Blue — $500
Blue Sky — $1000
RSVP by paying online at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/bbv2016 or checks may be mailed to: Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 4041, Manassas, VA 20108
MMPCDC Reorganization for 2016-2017
The Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee held its biennial reorganization meeting on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Congratulations to the following individuals who were unanimously elected as Committee officers for the 2016-2017 biennium:
Co-Chairs: Mike Freeland and Allen Muchnick
Vice Chair: Donald Shuemaker
Secretary: Stewart Davis
Treasurer: Patt Fields
The MMPCDC Executive Committee consists of the above five officers plus Immediate Past Chair EJ Scott and Outreach Committee Chair Patricia Richie-Folks.
The MMPCDC expresses its deep gratitude and best wishes to our outgoing Chair, EJ Scott, who ably led our Committee as Chair for the past 11 years!
2015 Campaigns for State Legislature, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Clerk of the Court
Congratulations to all our great Democratic candidates who ran in the November 3, 2015 General Election: Jeremy McPike for Virginia State Senate, Kyle McCullough and Don Shaw for Virginia House of Delegates, Jacqueline Smith for Clerk of the Court, and Paul Ebert for Commonwealth’s Attorney!
Jeremy McPike was elected to the Virginia Senate with 53.76% of the total vote, while Paul Ebert was re-elected as our Commonwealth’s Attorney with 53.60% of the total vote. While first-time candidates Jacqueline Smith, Don Shaw, and Kyle McCullough did not defeat their long-time incumbent Republican opponents, they ran excellent campaigns and respectively received 47.81%, 43.86%, and 41.17% of the total votes cast.
From Jeremy, November 4:
Yesterday, Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park voted for what we have been saying since the very beginning of the campaign: it’s time for Virginia to expand Medicaid, end attacks on women’s access to health care, and enact common-sense gun safety measures like universal background checks.
I am proud of the campaign we have built together and the race we ran. And when Mayor Parrish called me last night to concede, I thanked him for his service, his hard-fought campaign, and his graciousness until the end.
Issues like education, transportation, access to health care and gun safety are too important – too much is still at stake – to allow for partisan politics to mire us in gridlock.
We still have work ahead of us. But in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park, it is a new day. And I am honored to have you with me.
Support Democrats Paul Ebert for Commonwealth’s Attorney and Jacqueline Smith for Clerk of the Circuit Court
In addition to the more prominent Virginia General Assembly contests, on Tuesday, November 3 Manassas and Manassas Park voters will participate in important contested elections for both the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Clerk of the Circuit Court serving Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
Democratic incumbent Paul B. Ebert, “Virginia’s Most Experienced and Successful Prosecutor”, is running for re-election to another four-year term as Commonwealth’s Attorney. Since becoming Virginia’s youngest elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1968, Mr. Ebert has served our community well, with integrity and distinction, by effectively pursuing justice and protecting citizens, including crime victims and witnesses. Mr. Ebert presently supervises a prosecutor’s office with 22 assistant commonwealth attorneys.
As our chief prosecutor, Paul Ebert has focused on combating violent crimes, crimes against children, elder abuse, illegal gang activity, narcotics trafficking, and drunk driving. Mr. Ebert has also served as special prosecutor in more than thirty jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth and is recognized nationally for his many successful prosecutions of significant, high-profile cases. In 2003, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft selected Ebert to prosecute D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad, resulting in the first capital murder conviction under Virginia’s terrorism statute. During his 47 years as Commonwealth’s Attorney, Ebert has received numerous local, state, and national honors and awards and has held various professional positions.
After being unopposed for re-election for at least 20 years, Paul Ebert is facing a serious Republican challenger in 2015; namely Mike May, a current member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. To support, volunteer, or contribute to Paul Ebert’s re-election, contact Friends of Paul B. Ebert, PO Box 509, Manassas VA 20108, 703-369-2085, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.voteebert.com , Facebook Twitter
Practicing Woodbridge attorney Jacqueline Smith is running as a Democrat for Clerk of the Court, challenging Republican incumbent Michelle McQuigg for this important position. The Clerk’s office handles many critical legal matters, including criminal and civil court records, jury duty, marriage licenses, weapons permits, probate, real estate records, and name changes. Ms. Smith seeks to make the Prince William Circuit Court balanced, efficient, and responsive. According to Ms. Smith, the present Clerk and her appointed Deputy Clerk have been hostile toward some citizens based on their religion, skin color, or sexual identity. In addition, electronic court documents and files are disorganized and can be unavailable to judges, staff, and taxpayers, and telephone inquiries are not responded to effectively. In Virginia, the Clerk of the Court is elected for an eight-year term, so the winner this November can be expected to serve through 2023. To support, volunteer, or donate to Jacqueline Smith’s election campaign, contact the Supporters of Jacqueline Smith for Clerk of the Circuit Court http://smithforclerk.com Facebook
From Jackie, November 4:
The unofficial results are in and we lost by just 4 points. THANK YOU to everyone who helped to get us so close, especially our donors, volunteers and the 31,525 people who turned out and voted for my vision. We worked so hard to effect change in the clerk’s office. It is my hope that some of the simple improvements we have suggested will be implemented by the clerk over the next eight years, because then ALL members of our community will be winners of this election. For now, I’m back to my practice with my husband at the Smith Francis Law Group in Dumfries. I’ll see you in court!
Democrats Challenge Republican Incumbents for Local House of Delegates Seats
The MMPCDC is pleased to announce that two progressive Democratic candidates, Don Shaw and Kyle McCullough, have qualified to oppose local Republican incumbents Bob Marshall (House District 13) and Jackson Miller (House District 50), respectively, on the November 3, 2015 general election ballot.
According to the blog Blue Virginia, the 13th and 50th Virginia House of Delegates Districts both narrowly favor Democrats over Republicans, based on the vote tallies in the 2013 race for Virginia Attorney General, which was nearly tied statewide.
Since no opposing candidates had filed for the Democratic nomination for these races by the deadlines for any Democratic primary or caucus, both Shaw and McCullough were nominated as Democratic candidates for the November 3rd general election without any Democratic primary or caucus.
House District 13 includes all of Manassas Park plus all or part of 11 election precincts in Prince William County, mostly to the west and north of Manassas Park, except for the surrounding Parkside Precinct and the Signal Hill Precinct to the southeast.
Don Shaw, who is challenging Bob Marshall, is a 20-year Army and Air Force veteran, a former Department of Defense employee, and now works for a veteran-owned small business. Don first moved to Prince William in 1997. Don and his wife, Joyce, live in Gainesville with their three children, all of whom have either graduated from or attend Prince William County Public Schools. Facebook Twitter
From Don, November 4:
Although we didn’t achieve the result we wanted yesterday, we put up a good fight and moved the narrative forward. It is not always the easiest path that is the best path, and I know that we will win in the end.
As I was greeting voters at the polls, I was humbled by the support I received. I spoke with a young man who was voting for the first time and was eager to cast his ballot for me. I met a couple and their special needs daughter who were eager to see a change in Richmond. I had many conversations about our traffic problems and how tolls on I-66 are not the answer. And in one of the more poignant moments of the day, a young voter who had just voted walked past me as he left the polling place. After getting about 30 feet away, he paused, turned around, and walked back and shook my hand. He said he had read all of my stuff and gone out of his was to vote because he believes in me and what I stand for. He thanked me for giving a voice to those who are close to him and wished me the best. I was truly touched.
At the end of the day, while it was my name on the ballot, this election was about each and every one of you. To those of you who first encouraged me to join this quest so many months ago, thank you! Thank you for the sense of shared wonder and excitement at the opportunity to change our little piece of the world for the better. My thanks also go out to those who kept me grounded in the process and made sure we stayed focused.
Thank you to each and every one of you who invested your time, treasure, and talent in this race. There are so many who were involved in the campaign, it would be impossible to name you all. I want to especially thank Jane and her daughter Ashley for sharing their story with the campaign. I am a better person for having met them. And a special shout-out to my office-mate Ryan. You made the long days better by providing much-needed levity. You’re going to be a great School Board Chairman.
I am privileged to have had contributors from across the political spectrum; it speaks to the strength of our message and the shared interest in improving our community. From the smallest to the largest financial contributions, you made this run possible. Thank you each and every one. To those who gave up your evenings and weekends to further our efforts, thank you. It has been an honor to make phone calls and knock doors with you. And to the campaign staff, whether organic or coordinated, you gave it your all and fought the good fight. Thank you for all you have done.
I want to thank my family for willingly taking this journey with me. Without their support, this would have been a much more difficult, much lonelier endeavor. Thank you for believing in me.
So what’s next? This is far from over. We’re going to continue the fight and will be right back in the thick of it after a brief respite. Our elected officials are chosen to represent us. When they don’t, it is incumbent upon us to hold them accountable. Watch this space and I hope we can count on you and your support as we move forward.
House District 50 includes all five election precincts within the City of Manassas plus all or part of 7 election precincts within Prince William County just west or northwest of Manassas City.
Kyle McCullough, who is opposing Jackson Miller, lives in Manassas City with his wife, Lina, and two teenage sons and works as a senior programmer at the American Type Culture Collections (ATCC) in Manassas. Facebook
Congratulations to Ken Elston for winning election to the Manassas City Council on November 4, 2014! See swearing in ceremony Ken Elston swearing in ceremony