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The Siege of Yorktown and the importance of taking the field in uncontested Virginia House of Delegates races.

The Siege of Yorktown and the importance of taking the field in uncontested Virginia House of Delegates races.

The American Revolution was an extraordinary period in not only the history of our nation but in the history of the modern world. We became a beacon of freedom and example of good governance around the world. We also rose up to become the most powerful and prosperous nation the world has ever known. That war ended when the blue-clad Continental Army of the 13 colonies compelled the surrender of General Cornwallis's redcoats.

Today we are engaged in a political war, once again pitting Blue against Red. The difference today is far too often we do not bother to take the field of battle. The Blue Democrats are beginning to join the fight more aggressively in Virginia, fielding candidates in 82 races for the House of Delegates so far. We are pressing the fight in a great deal of Red Republican territory, some not contested in quite some time. In the last campaign for the House of Delegates Democrats did not fight to represent 44 districts with 3,520,440 people in them.

While competing in 82 districts is an improvement over competing in 56, there remains 1,440,180 Virginians in those last 18 districts we ought to seek to represent. Surrendering without a fight tells those Virginians we consider them nothing more than the enemy. Surrendering without a fight signals to our potential allies in those areas they are on their own, leaving them feeling isolated and disconnected.

We need to take the field. Washington did not win many battles during the bloody 7-year campaign of the Revolutionary War, but he took the field and pressed his advantage where he could. Eventually, Washington was able to take tactical advantage and forced Lord Cornwallis into an unlikely surrender.

We could have yielded to the British at any number of points during the war. They controlled our ports, they occupied all of our major population centers, they had a massive advantage in money and organization, and yet we won. We persisted, we were fighting for our values and a vision of the future while they sought simply to protect their dominion. We did not cede anything to the British. Washington ran operations in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, despite them all being under firm British control. In the end, General Clinton remained engaged in the north because we engaged everywhere, despite having too much power for us to overcome his army there, while we won the war at the Siege of Yorktown in the great state of Virginia.

Photo Credit: The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown - John Trumbull [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

While our Blue vs Red divide is very different today, and fortunately remains one fought in electoral battles rather than open warfare. The lesson we need to take from the victory at the Siege of Yorktown is that we as a Democratic party need to engage in the fight everywhere we can. We may not win every battle, but every battle we join can help us win the war none the less.

This post contains the data profiles for the remaining 18 districts where we still need a Democrat to take the field for the House of Delegates campaign in Virginia this fall. There are 1,440,180 Virginians that deserve the respect of us seeking to represent them. Let's get out there and show them how important they are to us by the act of competing for their vote. We may not win every race, but engaging in the fight is still productive and valuable which could allow us to win the political war of our age.  

UNCONTESTED VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES RACES

Click on a district number to see data profile.

District 1  

Localities: Lee, Scott, and Wise Counties as well as Norton City. The Republican has not been opposed since 2007.

District 3

Localities: Bland, Buchanan, Russell and Tazewell Counties. The Republican has not been opposed since 2013.

District 4

Localities: Dickenson, Russell, Washington and Wise Counties. The Republican was opposed in the 2014 special election, but no other Democrat has challenged for this seat since 1989.

District 5

Localities: Grayson, Smyth and Washington Counties with Bristol and Galax Cities. The Republican has not been opposed by a Democrat since 2007.

District 6

Localities: Carroll, Smyth and Wythe Counties. The Republican has not been opposed since 2013.

District 7

Localities: Floyd, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties. The Republican has not been opposed since 2013.

District 14

Localities: Henry and Pittsylvania Counties with Danville City.  The Republican has not been opposed since 2013.

District 15

Localities: Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren Counties. The Republican has not been opposed since 2009.

District 16

Localities: Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren Counties. The Republican has not been opposed since 2013.

District 19

Localities: Alleghany, Bedford and Botetourt County with Covington City. The Republican has not been opposed since 2013.

District 22

Localities: Bedford, Campbell and Franklin Counties as well as Lynchburg City. The Republican has not been opposed since 2013.

District 24

Localities: Amherst, Augusta, Bath and Rockbridge Counties with Buena Vista and Lexington Cities. This seat was contested by a Democrat in the last cycle.

District 55

Localities: Caroline, Hanover, and Spotsylvania Counties. There was a Democratic contender in the last cycle, however, Republicans have held this seat since 1982.

District 59

Localities: Albemarle, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, and Nelson Counties. The Republican has not been opposed since 2011.

District 61

Localities: Amelia, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg and Nottoway Counties. This seat was contested by a Democrat in the last cycle.

District 65

Localities: Chesterfield, Fluvanna, Goochland, and Powhatan Counties. The Republican has not been opposed since 2013.

District 76

Localities: Chesapeake and Suffolk Cities. The Republican has not faced a Democratic opponent since 2001.

District 78

Localities: Chesapeake City.  The Republican has not been opposed since 2013.

District 97

Localities: Hanover, King William, and New Kent Counties. The Republican was opposed in a 2006 special election, but no other Democrat has challenged for this seat since 2001.

Running in "Red America" - District 1 Virginia House of Delegates needs a Democratic candidate - Data Profile

Running in "Red America" - District 1 Virginia House of Delegates needs a Democratic candidate - Data Profile

2017 Virginia House of Delegates Race - District 22 Uncontested

2017 Virginia House of Delegates Race - District 22 Uncontested