Battleground Ohio - The Ohio General Assembly - parting a sea of red.

The Virginia elections are fast approaching a point where the cake is baked. It is time to begin broadening my focus to other parts of the country in preparation for next year’s elections. As I have just moved back to Ohio and Ohio is a critical battleground state, in every election, I have decided to begin to do profiles on the state legislative districts up for election in 2018.

As you can see by the maps in the header photo of this post, the state legislative outlook here is fairly grim for Democrats. Gerrymandering plays a huge role in this. I want to acknowledge that up front. That said, this is the map we have, and this is the battlefield we must win on to at least make Ohio bluer if not turn each of these chambers blue.

To hell with polls! Sprint through that finish line! Run up that score! Get more Democrats elected!

The polls are looking good for the state-wide candidates in Virginia.

Northam is up 7 in the last poll released, the Democratic Lt Governor was up 8, all of the statewide races are up. That is great news for Virginia.

After last year though, we can’t rely on polls. We must sprint through the finish line. Now, polling does give you an indication of where you are at now. So doing what we are doing we are in a good position. The question becomes, how can we turn this advantage into a blow out victory in these races?

32 days to help voters in "Red America" to vote FOR their own interests.

Now we are getting into what would be considered the deeper red areas of the state. We have many people that have stepped up to challenge in these districts and we need to support them.

As I have noted elsewhere, we often complain that people in “red America” vote against their own interests. The reality is far too often they are voting for the only people showing an interest in them. Case in point, the districts included in this post. All but one of these were not contested by a Democrat in the last cycle in 2015.

33 days left to help voters in "Red America" actually vote IN their own interests.

People are stepping up in rural Virginia.

Now we are getting into what would be considered the deeper red areas of the state. We have many people that have stepped up to challenge in these districts and we need to support them.

As I have noted elsewhere, we often complain that people in “red America” vote against their own interests. The reality is far too often they are voting for the only people showing an interest in them. Case in point, the districts included in this post. All but one of these were not contested by a Democrat in the last cycle in 2015.

Turning anger into action. Here is how to start...just 35 critical days left to go win elections in Virginia.

LET’S TURN ANGER INTO ACTION NOW

Now is the time to take the action we must to begin to turn the tide on a reckless policy path that is leading to the needless deaths of so many of us. The electoral fight is on, while not each and every Democratic candidate has exactly the same view on the 2nd amendment, we do know that Republican's are almost wholly beholden to the gun industries propaganda arm, the NRA.

40 days left to knock down the Republican Potemkin Village in Virginia Beach.

Potemkin Village — a pretentiously showy or imposing façade intended to mask or divert attention from an embarrassing or shabby fact or condition.

There are 40 days left to help tear down this particular Potemkin Village in Virginia Beach!

Virginia Beach is a Republican Potemkin Village. They control it with nothing but smoke and mirrors. We Democrats think we cannot win there so we do not invest in candidates that step up. Heck, a lot of the time we Democrats do not even field candidates there at all. This year is different, we have nearly a full slate of candidates in that part of Virginia. More on them below.

41 days left to help these great Democrats roll back the red tide in the Tidewater VA region.

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK TO TURN CONGRESSIONAL SEATS BLUE NEXT FALL.

I know not a lot of attention get’s paid to state races o sites like Kos. It is sort of a shame because supporting these state races are critical to the health of our party. Particularly in what we commonly call “Red States” and “Red America.”

The benefits are varied and important.

  • In the last cycle, we did not challenge for 1,479 state legislative seats. That translates to 117,000,000 potential constituents we did not seek to represent in state legislatures.
  • In Virginia, the 43 seats unchallenged by Democrats in 2015 represent roughly 3.5 million Virginians. We are asking to represent 2.5 million more people this cycle. That can only benefit us.
  • Supporting state legislative candidates now means trained field general’s for the fall campaign next year. Recognizable faces of people that were on the ground talking to voters and listening to their concerns, seeking to represent them will pay off big time.
  • With resources, the campaign infrastructure they build can be used both by future candidates for that seat, for county or citywide races and up-ballot races. It is how we will turn red to blue.
  • Even if you think some of these races are losing causes, having better connected Democratic representatives in the field in other elections will pay huge dividends.
  • In the end, politics are local and fundamentally about relationships. Having more people with deeper local relationships will yield growth in the party and stronger results in future elections.

42 days left to lay groundwork to beat Republicans Comstock, Wittman & Garrett in 2018 and flip Virginia blue!

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK TO TURN CONGRESSIONAL SEATS BLUE NEXT FALL.

I know not a lot of attention get’s paid to state races o sites like Kos. It is sort of a shame because supporting these state races are critical to the health of our party. Particularly in what we commonly call “Red States” and “Red America.”

The benefits are varied and important.

  • In the last cycle, we did not challenge for 1,479 state legislative seats. That translates to 117,000,000 potential constituents we did not seek to represent in state legislatures.
  • In Virginia, the 43 seats unchallenged by Democrats in 2015 represent roughly 3.5 million Virginians. We are asking to represent 2.5 million more people this cycle. That can only benefit us.
  • Supporting state legislative candidates now means trained field general’s for the fall campaign next year. Recognizable faces of people that were on the ground talking to voters and listening to their concerns, seeking to represent them will pay off big time.
  • With resources, the campaign infrastructure they build can be used both by future candidates for that seat, for county or citywide races and up-ballot races. It is how we will turn red to blue.
  • Even if you think some of these races are losing causes, having better connected Democratic representatives in the field in other elections will pay huge dividends.
  • In the end, politics are local and fundamentally about relationships. Having more people with deeper local relationships will yield growth in the party and stronger results in future elections.

Francis Edwards runs to represent District 99 Virginia House of Delegates

Francis Edwards is running to represent District 99 this cycle. The seat is currently held by Republican Margaret Ransone. This seat was not challenged by a Democrat in the last cycle. The last time it was challenged by a Democrat was in 2011 when Ransone won by a daunting 7,976 vote margin out of 20,694 cast. Ransone is one of a few candidates not to have a challenger that has actually grown her support compared to her last contested race.

Cori Johnson runs to unseat Republican in District 97 Virginia House of Delegates.

Cori Johnson is running with the endorsement of the Democratic Party for District 97 in the Virginia House of Delegates Race this fall. Republican Chris Peace currently holds this post. The Republican was able to secure 15,144 votes in this race contested by a member of the Green Party who drew 4,076 votes in the last cycle. No Democratic candidate has run for this seat since the 2006 special election when Chris Peace first won this district in a narrow victory.

Democrat Sheila Bynum Coleman runs for District 62 Virginia House of Delegates seat.

Sheila Bynum Coleman is running for Democrats in District 62 Virginia House of Delegates race this fall. The seat is currently held by Republican Riley Ingram. In 2015, this seat was challenged by one of the Democratic candidates also running this year, Sheila Bynum-Coleman. Ingram won this seat by a 2,325 vote margin out of 12,153 votes cast in 2015. There is all kinds of opportunity in this district for sure.

Democrat Jennifer Carrol Foy wins Primary to represent District 2 in Virginia House of Delegates Race

Jennifer Carroll Foy won the Democratic Primary for the District 2 Virginia House of Delegates race this fall. The seat is currently held by Republican Mark Dudenhefer. A brisk primary appears to be the order of the day in this district. One of the 2 candidates this cycle did challenge Dudenhefer in 2015. Josh King's campaign fell short by just 125 votes. That is insanely close.

Retired educator Kimberly Anne Tucker scores big victory in District 81 Democratic primary for Virginia House of Delegates campaign.

Retired Educator, a cancer survivor, a military wife and mother, and a grassroots organizer won the  District 81  Democratic primary to challenge the seat currently held by Republican Barry Knight. A Green party candidate contested this race last cycle. No Democrat ran. The Republican won by 3,062 votes. That said, the Republican only drew 5,429 votes in that last election. For some context, Kimberly Anne drew 2,309 votes in just a  primary last Tuesday. That means the district is not well organized for the Republican and ought to be a prime target for flipping if we rally around Kimberly Anne's campaign.

Dr. Dawn Adams wins District 68 Democratic Primary for Virginia House of Delegates.

Dr. Dawn Adams bested two other candidates in the Democratic Primary for the District 68 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates race. The seat is currently held by Republican Manoli Loupassi. This seat was challenged by a Democrat and an Independent in the last cycle. In the last cycle, Loupassi won by a daunting 6,298 vote margin out of 25,616 cast. 

Farmer and small businesswoman Tia Walbridge wins Democratic primary in District 33 Virginia House of Delegates race.

Tia Walbridge won the District 33 Democratic primary for the Virginia House of Delegates race this fall.  Republican Dave LaRock currently holds this seat. There was a Democratic and a Libertarian challenger in the last cycle. Despite the competition, it does appear that LaRock scored a resounding victory with a margin of 4,704 votes out of 20,027 cast in the district.

Airforce veteran Rebecca Colaw wins District 64 Democratic primary for the Virginia House of Delegates race.

Rebecca Colaw won a primary against 2 others to secure the District 64 nomination to represent Democrats on the ballot in this fall's Virginia House of Delegates election. The seat is currently held by Republican Rick Morris. He is not running this cycle even though he ran uncontested last cycle. Rebecca's opponent will be Emily Brewer. In 2015 Morris drew 15,208 votes in that uncontested race. This seat is wide open this year. Should be a fun race to follow.

Healthcare professional Melissa Dart wins District 56 Democratic nomination for Virginia House of Delegates.

Melissa Dart won the Democratic primary in District 56 Virginia House of Delegates race. Republican Peter Farrell currently holds this seat. There has not been a Democratic challenger since 2009. Farrell drew 15,126 votes in this uncontested race the last cycle. Farrell has decided not to seek reelection for this district. That means Dart will be facing Republican Paul Maguire in the fall election.