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All 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates and all 40 seats in the Virginia Senate are up for election. The Republican Party currently holds a 51-49 seat advantage in the House of Delegates and a 21-19 seat advantage in the Senate. We need to flip as many districts as possible to blue to take back the General Assembly not only to pave the way for progressive actions, but because this election will decide who will redraw the legislative districts after the 2020 census.
The entire country’s attention will be on the Virginia election in November. It will be seen as a barometer of opposition to the Trump agenda. A big victory in Virginia in 2019 will be seen as a major rebuke for Trump and his GOP supporters. Plus, all of our efforts will give us a big head start for the critical 2020 presidential and congressional elections.
Indivisible Arlington is happy to support our adopted candidate Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD-66), who is running against Republican Kirk Cox, current speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. Speaker Kirk Cox has set the rules of the road for the House of Delegates, and he has used his position to smother bipartisanship, defer to right-wing lobbying groups like the NRA, and block bills that the majority of Virginians support.
Sheila ran in 2017 in HD-62, a much redder district, yet still received 48% of vote. This year Sheila is in the redrawn HD-66, which is much more Democratic and offers us a great opportunity to flip a seat. The district, south of Richmond, includes parts of Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights City, as well as a small part of Richmond City.
Sheila Bynum-Coleman is a native of Chesterfield County. She received her B.A. from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a mother of five children, all of whom attend Chesterfield Public Schools. A successful small business owner and community advocate, Sheila first became involved in politics when her Delegate decided it wasn’t worth his time to discuss her child with special needs. Since then, she has made it her mission to advocate for improved school services for children with learning disabilities.
Sheila has also dealt with one of a parent’s worst nightmares: her daughter was shot in 2016. While she thankfully survived, Sheila is determined to ensure that as few families as possible in Virginia experience the trauma and grief of having a loved one affected by senseless gun violence.
Sheila is committed to bringing new ideas to our state and legislation to improve the lives of our citizens. Her priorities include common sense gun laws, women’s rights, protecting our environment, criminal justice reform, education, LGBTQ rights, and jobs.
Indivisible Arlington will be sponsoring several postcard writing events to contact voters in adopted candidate Sheila Bynum-Coleman’s district to generate awareness and encourage them to vote. See the blue box at the top of this page to learn about dates and locations as they are announced.
If you cannot attend one of our events, you can write postcards on your own. Postcards4VA allows you to make your own postcards (they provide designs) or buy your own postcards. You supply your own stamps. Postcards4VA provides each volunteer with a targeted mailing list so you can then mail them out to likely Democratic voters. For more information, see https://www.postcards4va.com/, where you can sign up.
If you can, please give money directly to our adopted candidate, Sheila Bynum-Coleman. Your donation will help her campaign afford signs, staffing, and other campaign expenses. The direct link to her Donate page is https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/votesheila.
Once the campaign provides the link, we will have the technology for volunteers to do virtual phone banking for our adopted candidate as well as candidates for other districts. You can phone bank from home any day between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. It’s easy and flexible.
To get started, request to join the closed Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleVirtualPhonebanking/. This site also provides other opportunities to support candidates from anywhere, including text banking, phone banking and postcards.
Working with other organizations, Indivisible Arlington will be providing opportunities for volunteers who want to get outside and knock on doors. See the blue box at the top of this page for dates and locations for canvassing events sponsored or co-sponsored by Indivisible Arlington.
In addition, the Arlington Democrats sponsor door-to-door canvassing and phone banking for candidates in and beyond Arlington. There is often canvassing on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm and phone banking on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. The latest information about canvassing in Arlington always at http://www.arlingtondemocrats.org/calendar/.
For those who may have difficulty getting to the polls on November 5th for various reasons, you can choose to vote early at Arlington County offices at Courthouse Plaza. Early absentee voting will begin Friday, September 20th and run through Saturday, November 2nd. You can also vote by mail with an absentee mail-in ballot.
You can get detailed information on the Absentee Voting page on the official Arlington County website.
The Arlington County Democratic Committee has a robust ride to the polls program. ACDC is trying to do rides for In Person Absentee voting as well.
To volunteer, email Sue Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Indivisible Arlington
Our mission: (1) pressure the current government to fight the Trump agenda; (2) elect a new progressive government.
Take a look at our draft new Mission and Principles document and send comments or suggestions to email@example.com.