On November 5th, Virginians go to the polls to vote for their state representatives. After an historic flip of 15 House of Delegate seats in 2017, Democrats are within 2 seats of taking back control of both the state house and the state senate for the first time since Republicans gerrymandered the state in 2011. Because the census and redistricting will occur in 2020 and 2021, and because in May 2019 the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that partisan gerrymandering is legal, the survival of our Democracy depends on Democrats flipping as many state houses as possible between now and November 2020. The People PAC, run by local Long Island activist and Resist and Replace member, Mara Gerstein, is running data-driven, targeted digital advertising in 3 of the closest races in the state: Phil Hernandez in HD 100, Lindsey Dougherty in HD 62, and Karen Mallard in HD 84. Because this is an “off off” year election (with no races at the top of the ticket) more than ever, these races will come down to turn out. The People PAC is laser focused on reaching Democratic leaning voters who are at-risk of not voting. Please give what you can to support their efforts and do your part to help FLIP VIRGINIA BLUE!
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More about the candidates and ad examples:
Phil Hernandez (HD100): https://vimeo.com/364831652 — Phil was born on the Eastern Shore, raised by a mom who used every trick in the book to get by and get the best for her kids. Aside from running a childcare business out of her living room to make ends meet, she also took them to all the restaurants where kids ate free. Because of her dedication and support, Phil was able to excel in school, and that was his ticket. He eventually became an environmental policy expert in the Obama administration, where he worked with people all over the country and from both parties to encourage clean energy jobs. Eventually, he realized that he could best be of service to the district where he was raised, and would be proud to serve the 100th.
Karen Mallard (HD84): https://vimeo.com/364831013 — In a district that cares deeply about education, Karen has been a dedicated teacher for more than 21 years. In fact, when she graduated from a teaching school, her retired coalminer dad said “Hey, maybe I can be your first student.” So, from the start, she saw what the impact of education could be not just on individuals, but entire families. She grew up poor, a daughter of hardworking parents, and understood how resources are allocated differently for folks who are already underresourced. She also experienced how education can pull you out of any circumstance, and became an educator herself out of that knowledge and passion to give back. But she kept running into all kinds of policy issues that were inhibiting the education of her students and realized that she needed to run for office to overcome those obstacles.
Lindsey Dougherty (HD62): https://vimeo.com/364831337 — Lindsey was driven in large part to run for office by struggling with insurance companies over the treatment of her child, who was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Instead of focusing on all the things a family should be focusing on when a child is ill, she instead spent countless hours arguing with insurance companies over whether her child’s treatments were covered. She realized that there were lots of families like hers and that it was the larger system that needed changing. Now she’s a tireless campaigner and has knocked on more doors than almost anyone in the state.