Postcard Party Recap, Next Event Sept. 3

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Our first postcard writing party of the 2019 Virginia state election season was a BIG success. See below for photos of the event, including the result when second VP Elizabeth Engel was able to present the postcards to Sheila Bynum-Coleman, the candidate for whom we'd prepared them. Our next postcard event will be Tuesday, September 3, details below. Our plan is to host GOTV postcard events every two weeks this fall, leading up to the November 5 Virginia state elections. To join our GOTV team, please email our Outreach Director Andria Thomas at

Don't forget to mark your calendar for the rescheduled DC Statehood hearing on Thursday, September 19. 

Do you have a tip for us, or a news item you think we should share with the rest of the Ward 6 Democrats? Send it to our newsletter editor, Elizabeth Engel, at

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

August 20 VA State Elections GOTV/Postcard Party Recap

On Tuesday, August 20, 13 volunteers braved the hailstorm and torrential rain to gather in the upstairs room at Mr. Henry's and write a stack of postcards to voters in Virginia supporting the candidacy of Sheila Bynum-Coleman (the Democratic challenger for VA HD-66).

We enjoyed good food, good conversation, and tasty adult beverages, too.

We estimate that we wrote about 150 postcards in just over an hour. We would've done more, but we ran out of postcards (we won't make that mistake again). 

(That is still an impressive amount of postcards.)

On Thursday, August 22, Elizabeth Engel, our second VP, had the opportunity to attend a fundraiser for Ms. Bynum-Coleman in a private home in Near Northeast and present the Ward 6 Dems postcards directly to the candidate.

(She was pretty excited, and not just because they also raised a lot of money that night.)

Volunteer Opportunity: VA State Elections GOTV/Postcard Party - Tuesday, September 3

Now that we've done our first 2019 election season postcard party, we need to keep the momentum going. 

Can we get more volunteers? Write more postcards? Have more fun? Drink more beer? 

We think so.

Come join us Tuesday, September 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Solid State Books (600 H Street NE) to learn more about the great candidates we're supporting, write some postcards to Virginia state voters, and find out how you can contribute to an even bigger Virginia state blue wave than we experienced in 2017 this fall. 

Throughout this election season, we'll be focusing on three challenging but winnable races:

  • Dan Helmer, challenging incumbent Republican House Caucus chair Tim Hugo in HD-40 (Fairfax)
  • Sheila Bynum-Coleman, challenging incumbent Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox in HD-66 (Richmond)
  • Wendy Gooditis, Democratic incumbent in HD-10 (Loudon), in a competitive race to secure her first re-election 

You can RSVP for the September 3 event at - it's not required, but it does help us know how many supplies to bring. 

Can't make it on the 3rd? Our plan is to keep doing these every other Tuesday until the end of October (the campaigns want the cards to drop the week of October 21). Details about the additional postcard parties will be forthcoming. To join our GOTV team, please email our Outreach Director Andria Thomas at

Women's Equality Day - TODAY, Monday, August 26

We're in the midst of the celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The 19th amendment passed Congress in 1919 and was then adopted (after being ratified by the required 36 states) on August 26, 2020. The Women's Vote Centennial Project is tracking related activities across the country. Find out what's going on by way of celebrations in and around DC at

Volunteer Opportunity: RESCHEDULED Hearing on DC Statehood - Thursday, September 19

H.R. 51, the DC Statehood Bill, will have a hearing in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform (Rayburn Building, room 2154) on September 19, 2019. It's time to make history. We need everyone who supports DC Statehood to plan to be there.

The best way to keep up-to-date on details is to visit ShowUp4DC and sign up for updates. 

Statehood movement organizers are looking for volunteers for the day of, and also for a series of actions and events leading up to the actual hearing. Barbara Helmick, from DC Vote, is coordinating those efforts, so to find out what the options are and sign up, email her at