VA State GOTV Event Tuesday, August 20

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Ward 6 Dems Outreach Director Andria Thomas has been hard at work getting the infrastructure in place for us to support Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts for the Virginia state elections this fall. With our help, Democrats in Virginia are primed to #FlipVABlue this fall. Learn how you can contribute below. 

We also have news from the DC Democratic State Committee this week, plus the NEW date for the Congressional hearing on DC Statehood - it will be Thursday, September 19, so mark your calendar and see below for ways you can support the hearing. You can keep up with the doings of the DC DSC by signing up for their newsletter at https://www.dcdemocraticparty.org/

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 ewengel@yahoo.com.

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

Volunteer Opportunity: VA State Elections GOTV/Postcard Party - Tuesday, August 20

The Ward 6 Democrats are fired up and ready to help flip both houses of the Virginia state legislature blue this fall.

Having realized that focused attention will be more effective than trying to campaign for all of the more than 100 Democratic candidates on the Virginia state ballot this fall, Ward 6 Dems Outreach Director Andria Thomas has also selected three outstanding candidates we're going to focus on:

  • 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 

All three are facing challenging but winnable races.

Come join us Tuesday, August 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs room at Mr. Henry's (601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) to learn more about these great candidates, write some postcards to Virginia state voters, find out how you can contribute to an even bigger Virginia state blue wave than we experienced in 2017 this fall, and enjoy extended happy hour specials with your fellow Ward 6 Dems. 

Women's Equality Day - 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 DC at https://www.womensvote100.org/districtofcolumbia.

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 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 bhelmick@dcvote.org

DC DSC Welcomes New ED

The DC Democratic State Committee has selected Claudette David as its next Executive Director. David, who brings more than 15 years of experience to her role, replaces Natasha McKenzie who transitioned from the organization in April to work on a Democratic presidential campaign.

The native Washingtonian and first-generation Haitian-American previously served at the U.S. Congress working in various capacities, starting as an intern for Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). She later worked at the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs supporting staff who investigated myriad of issues including improper payments in the federal government, implementation of processes affecting national security, immigration, and border security, U.S. Census, and disaster recovery.

David has also served on numerous federal, state, and local campaigns working directly with constituents to empower and encourage civic participation in the democratic process.

David earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from George Mason University and has earned graduate credits at the University of Maryland University College for financial management and at American University for public administration and policy. She also served in the U.S. Peace Corps collaborating with the Ministry of Health in Gabon, Central Africa to address community health issues.