Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,
Last night was a big night in Virginia, with Democrats taking both houses of the state legislature for the first time in more than 20 years. Elections have consequences, and this one's will include things like FINALLY getting some sensible gun safety protections right across the river, protecting women's reproductive rights, getting the 38th state to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, and Democratic control of the redistricting process after the 2020 census. Congratulations and a huge thank you to the many Ward 6 Dems who helped make this happen by donating, writing postcards, text banking, phone banking, and canvassing.
Don't forget that we have two great events for you next week: a salon conversation with Council member Elissa Silverman on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and our next Ward 6 Matters panel, looking at issues of justice and equity in DC, on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Details and RSVP links below.
President, Ward 6 Democrats
Virginia State Election Results
A few races are still being counted, but Democrats have been declared victors of 54 of the 100 seats in the House of Delegates (with a possible-to-likely pickup of one or two more seats) and 21 of the 40 seats in the state Senate.
How did "our" candidates do?
Both Dan Helmer (challenger for HD-40) and Wendy Gooditis (first-term incumbent for HD-10) won handily. Sheila Bynum-Coleman (challenger for HD-66, held by the soon to be former Speaker of the House of Delegates, Republican Kirk Cox) got close but wasn't quite able to get there, missing by about 1300 votes.
Remarkably, Democrat Andy Beshear also beat Republican Matt Bevin for the governorship of Kentucky. In short, it was a good night for Democrats and, much like the Virginia state elections in 2017, sets us up for an even BIGGER Blue Wave in 2020.
Salon with Silverman - Tuesday, Nov. 12
Join your fellow Ward 6 Democrats Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Mr. Henry's (601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) for an informal meeting with At-Large D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss a broad range of issues with her. Space is limited. RSVP at https://www.ward6dems.org/salon_with_silverman.
H Street/NoMa Civic Association - Tuesday, Nov. 12
The H Street/NoMa Civic Association will be holding their monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the 2 M Street building (2 M Street NE). When you sign in at the front desk, they'll direct you to the room. In addition to the regular neighborhood updates, the meeting will feature guest speaker Myron Long from The Social Justice School.
Ward 6 Matters Panel: DC Justice - Wednesday, Nov. 13
Come hear an expert panel discussion, sponsored by the Ward 6 Dems and the Hill Rag, examining the issues of transparency, policing, prosecution, supervision, and accountability in addressing violent crime in our community.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Community Action Group's Harold J Gordon Building (124 15th Street SE)
- Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (confirmed)
- DC Attorney General Karl Racine (confirmed)
- Representative of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) (confirmed)
- Moderator Walter Smith, Executive Director of DC Appleseed (confirmed)
- Representative of DC Metropolitan Police Department (invited)
- Representative of DC Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) (invited)
- Representative of the U.S. Attorney's office (invited)
RSVP to join us at https://www.ward6dems.org/ward_6_matters_panel_on_justice_in_dc_wednesday_nov_13.