HELP FLIP VIRGINIA BLUE!

 

If you're outraged and saddened by what happened in #Charlottesville, don't despair you can get meaningfully involved in Virginia today!
Virginia elects all 100 seats in their House of Delegates this November. Tech for Campaigns needs your help to deliver a Democratic majority.
Flip VA Blue!

Virginia has a Democratic Governor and has voted for the Democratic candidate in the last 3 Presidential elections, but due to redistricting has a House of Delegates that is 66/34 Republican. All 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are up for election this November, which makes it the first chance to deal Republicans a serious blow in the Trump era. The party in power will draw the map in 2020. And though it’s a state-level election, it is also a referendum on key issues that affect us all, including voting rights, healthcare, women’s reproductive rights, gun control, and the environment.

For more on the importance of flipping Virginia, our friends at Flippable have a great primer

Read more about each of the campaigns below. New projects are being added weekly, if none of these are a fit email nadia@techforcampaigns.org to express interest in getting involved. 


House Dems

VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

The Virginia Democratic Caucus is the state party organization coordinating the 100 House of Delegates races this November. They provides funding, advice, and resources to campaigns, many of which have first-time candidates and limited professional campaign staff. While the Caucus supports all Democratic campaigns, they have prioritized key races, including the “Hillary 17”: the 17 Virginia House of Delegates districts with Republican incumbents that were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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David Reid

DAVID REID, 32ND DISTRICT

David Reid is a retired Navy Commander and successful entrepreneur who was raised in a state-run group home and then foster care and was the first member of his family to attend college. David's key issues include K-12 education, college affordability, women's reproductive rights, gun control, and environmental protections. The 32nd district has a Republican incumbent but voted 55/35 for Hillary Clinton in 2017 and is being targeted as one of the most winnable Virginia races by the Democratic Party, TFC, and many other groups, including Flippable.

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Wendy Gooditis

WENDY GOODITIS, 10TH DISTRICT

Wendy Gooditis has a compelling personal story: she was a private citizen catalyzed by Trump’s election to start a local Indivisible chapter and ultimately run for office. Tragically, Wendy has an even more powerful motivation for her candidacy since the March passing of her brother, who had been repeatedly denied Medicaid for his mental illness. Wendy’s opponent, Republican incumbent Randy Minchew, has a right-wing voting record and voted against Medicaid expansion for Virginia multiple times.

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Chris Hurst

CHRIS HURST, 12TH DISTRICT

Chris Hurst, a local TV anchor and well known in the area. His name may sound familiar as he suffered an unspeakable tragedy in 2015 when his girlfriend, Alison Parker, and her cameraman were killed on live TV. This sent him down a different path, one in which he believes he can better fight for the causes they valued most in public office. He’s running a campaign focused on access to mental health care, quality in education for students with special needs and workforce development for economic prosperity.

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Jennifer Carroll Foy

JENNIFER CARROLL FOY, 2ND DISTRICT

Jennifer Carroll Foy is a lifelong public servant, who is a graduate of the Virginia Military Academy, a foster mom, and currently a Public Defender. She has been endorsed by EMILY’s List and Bernie Sanders and is running for an open seat against a right-wing lobbyist currently employed by Cambridge Analytica and formerly employed by the Koch Brothers. The campaign has just emerged from a time and labor intensive recount in the Democratic Primary and has to play catch up against a well-funded opponent with a several month head start.

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Mike Mullin

MIKE MULLIN, 93RD DISTRICT

Mike Mullin was just elected in a special election in November 2016 and is running for reelection again this November. This is a traditionally Democratic district (Hillary Clinton won 59.8% of the vote in 2016), but Mike is a target for Republicans because he’s a new incumbent. Mike is a former prosecutor who is committed to criminal justice and education reform to end the “school-to-prison pipeline” he observed firsthand. He is also a champion of environmental protections for the Chesapeake Bay in his district, and has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. Mike supports Planned Parenthood, women’s reproductive rights, and Medicaid expansion in Virginia.

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Larry Barnett

LARRY BARNETT, 27TH DISTRICT

Larry Barnett is a career healthcare and mental health advocate and acts as a crisis intervention specialist for local first responders. His opponent was first elected as a Tea Party candidate and has been in office since 2010. She has twice sponsored a bill to block public access to information about fracking, has voted for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and voted against Medicaid expansion in Virginia. When Larry learned that his district’s Republican incumbent would be running unopposed this November, he was compelled to run and offer his neighbors a choice on important issues like healthcare, education, and the environment. Larry has been endorsed by both the Sierra Club and the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters.

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Cheryl Turpin

CHERYL TURPIN, 85TH DISTRICT

Cheryl Turpin is an award-winning high-school environmental science teacher, who lost a January 2017 special election for this seat by only 362 votes. She is particularly passionate about education and the environment in addition to advancing a broader progressive agenda in Virginia. Cheryl participated in the local March for Science and has received local and national support from STEM education advocates.

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Elizabeth Guzman

ELIZABETH GUZMAN, 31ST DISTRICT

Elizabeth Guzman is a public administrator and a social worker who resides in Dale City. Elizabeth came to the United States from Peru as a single mom, looking for a better future for her oldest daughter. Elizabeth will fight as a strong advocate for the needs of the 31st District, whether that's legislating for change in Richmond, or attending a community meeting in Catlett.

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Donte Tanner

DONTE TANNER, 40TH DISTRICT

Donte Tanner is a first time candidate, who is an entrepreneur, a veteran, and a new father. He is running against an anti-choice, pro-gun conservative who has been in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2003 and has already raised nearly $500,000 from large corporations and dark money conservative PACs. But Hillary Clinton got 51.3% of the 2016 vote in this district, and Donte is well-positioned to flip this seat.

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