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.

Sheep farmer 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.

Elizabeth Guzman wins District 31 Democratic primary in Virginia House of Delegates campaign.

Elizabeth Guzman wins District 31 Democratic Primary for the Virginia House of Delegates campaign. The seat is currently held by Republican Scott Lingamfelter. A brisk primary appears to be the order of the day in this district. One of the 3 candidates this cycle did challenge Lingamfelter in 2015. The Democrat's campaign fell short by only 1,219 votes out of 17,793 in the last campaign.

Kelly Fowler wins District 21 Democratic primary for Virginia House of Delegates campaign.

Kelly Fowler won her primary to represent the Democrats in the District 21 Virginia House of Delegates race this fall. The seat is currently held by Republican Ron Villanueva. This seat was challenged by a Democrat in the last cycle, however, the 2 declared Democrats appear to be first-time candidates. Villanueva won this seat by a margin of 1,533 votes out of only 11,157 cast.

Danica Roem defeats three candidates in Democratic primary for District 13 Virginia House of Delegates race.

Danica Roem defeated three other candidates in the District 13 Democratic primary to compete against Republican Bob Marshall in this fall's Virginia House of Delegates race. This seat went contested in 2015. The Republican won by just 1,557 votes in the last cycle. It is great to see so many people stepping up to challenge a seat like this.

Sheila Crowley picks up the Democratic banner in District 98 Virginia House of Delegates race.

Democrats have a candidate contesting District 98 this fall. Republican Keith Hodges currently holds this post. The Republican was able to secure 15,039 votes in this uncontested race in the last cycle. No Democratic candidate had run for this seat since the 2011 election when Hodges first won this district. Republicans have held this seat since at least 1982.

Democrat Tracy Carver steps up in red District 59 in Virginia House of Delegates race.

Democrat Tracy Carver is contesting District 59 this fall. Republican Matt Fariss currently holds this post. The Republican was able to secure only 9,312 votes in this uncontested district the last cycle. 2011 was the last race contested for this seat. The position was held by an Independent since 2001, that same Independent was a Democrat who held the seat since the 1985 election.

I am not sure what motivated the change, but the extremely low turnout coupled with the short history of explicit Republican support should make this district reachable by a Democratic campaign here.

Democrat Alicia Kallen steps up in "Red America" by challenging for the District 1 Virignia House of Delegates seat.

A Democratic candidate is contesting District 1 this fall.  Republican Terry Kilgore currently holds this post. The Republican was able to secure 16,716 in this uncontested district the last cycle. That is relatively strong support for a race not contested since 2007. Even so, it is important Democrats try and field a candidate in every district.

My father, love, and the end of my anger.

A little more than a year ago my father was diagnosed with lung cancer, he has been in the care of hospice for the last few months. Two Thursdays ago hospice advised the family gather as they figured he only had a day or two left. I immediately flew back to Columbus to be with my family even though I really don’t have the funds to do it. Nothing is more important than family in these circumstances.

Michael Wade contests seat unchallenged since 2009, Virginia HoD District 91 - Data Snapshot

District 91 is being contested by a Democratic candidate for the first time since 2009. The seat is currently held by Republican Gordon Helsel. . In 2015 Helsel drew only 7,173 votes out of a total of 7,580 cast. The voter registration appears to be relatively low in this district, the turnout is certainly poor, therefore, this seat provides a lot of opportunity fro Democrats.

Veronica Coleman wins unassembled caucus to represent Democrats in District 84 Virginia House of Delegates race.

Democrat Veronica Coleman wins Democratic unassembled caucus to represent District 84 in this falls House of Delegates campaign. The seat is currently held by Republican Glenn Davis. He ran uncontested last cycle. In 2015 Davis drew 6,810 votes in that uncontested race. It is great to see a Democrat run in this district. It is ripe for the picking.

Democrat Francis Stevens steps up in District 65 for the Virginia House of Delegates race this fall.

A Democrat has now stepped up to challenge for the District 65 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates race as yet this fall. Republican Lee Ware currently holds this post. The Republican was able to secure 19,842 votes in this uncontested district the last cycle. Lee has been in the post since a 1998 special election, and this seat has been in Republican hands since at least 1982.

This Republican district is pretty stable. 20,000 votes is a brisk turnout in an uncontested race.

The Democratic challenger this fall will be Francis Stevens. This means all of the districts in Chesterfield county now have Democratic candidates.

Arzate for Multnomah County Education Service District Wins!!!

It was my pleasure and honor to lend my services to the VoteArzate campaign in her election to this important post. I provided some canvassing training and a bit of data analysis work for her campaign and she turned it into a resounding victory in her three-person race for the Multnomah County Education Service District Director post for position 4. She scored 43% of the vote to her competitors 33% and 22%!

Congrats Jessica Arzate and her team of volunteers!

Campaign donations for local candidates in deep "Red Districts" is not a waste of resources.

AFTERSHOCK: FEAR AND ISOLATION

After the election of Trump, I, like many of us, felt a sense of shock, even a feeling of isolation. Once that sensation wore off anger welled up. I was angry at my friends who I know voted for Trump, family members as well. How could they not see what Trump was? I spent time here on Kos sharing my anger, even engaging in the Bernie v Hillary wars that are still raging on this site today.

That all ended in late January. I was working out some anger, arguing about the need for us to at least listen to “Red America” in order to move forward electorally. The thread I was on pretty much took the attitude, to hell with them if they could not be bothered to stop Trump. Look, I am and remain sympathetic to that anger, I truly am, but even then I argued against abandoning them. I shot back with what I thought was hyperbole with something about, “well if we keep that mindset up Republicans will just be able to amend the Constitution. No more reproductive rights, no more marriage equality, no more voting rights, no more social security, you name it, GONE.”

Working together we can win in "Red America," really we can. We must ask for their vote though!

Over the last couple of weeks, I have written a couple of posts that have provoked lots of dialogue. It is taking the form of a series now.

The first post was People in "Red America" are not voting against their own interests. In that post, I essentially argued that we should cease making the claim that they are voting against their own interests since we did not even ask to represent about 117 million potential constituents because we did not field 1,479 state legislative candidates in the last cycle of elections. They are voting for the people seeking to represent them.

The following week I posted To hell with "Red America" and other nonsense. The focus there was responding to sort of the core objections to the first week's post turned into a rallying cry to engage with "Red America." I site several historical moments and movements that drove progress in our country and noted how each one of them took the fight to the heart of the evil they sought to change. We must follow their example.