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My Two Cents: Protecting the Ballot

by Steven Johnson

I’m tired. You’re tired. Were all tired. We’ve been through a ceaseless stream of elections that would have been emotionally draining even in non-pandemic times.

But there’s no rest for the weary. Not this year. Not when the right to vote is involved.

We have some terrific candidates for the General Assembly this year. Rachel Levy will represent our party proudly on the ballot this year and we need to make sure we do everything we can do to support her, and possibly flip a seat in the House of Delegates.

We cannot lose control of the House of Delegates this year. Right now, Democrats hold a 55-45 advantage, but that is tenuous at best.

Just look to our north in House District, which encompasses parts of Stafford and Prince William counties. Democrat Candi King just won a special election by 263 votes to fill Jennifer Carrol Foy’s vacated seat. Jennifer won that by more than 4,000 votes in 2019.

Little wonder, then, that elections analyst Chaz Nuttycombe sees the House as “a pure toss-up.”

What’s at stake? Education, the environment, health care … all issues that we care about. We will work hard to keep the governor’s mansion so those issues remain a priority (no Senate this year).

But if Republicans gain control of the Virginia House of Delegates, we know they will have a different to-do list — measures to control ballot access. Read more


Terry McAuliffe, who is seeking to be only the second popularly elected, two-term governor of Virginia in modern times, will be the featured speaker at our April meeting. The meeting will again be virtual, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 10. Please be on time as we have confirmed McAuliffe for 10:00-10:15 a.m.

McAuliffe was elected in 2013, and served as Virginia's 72nd governor from 2014 to 2018. He is running on a campaign to fight for civil and voting rights, attract businesses, provide affordable and quality health care, build a clean energy economy and improve the housing crisis. As governor, brought in many new jobs to Virginia, invested heavily in education and pushed hard for the restoration of voting rights to disenfranchised Virginians.

Here are the credentials to join the meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 856 9904 0716
Passcode: 890597

By Phone
+1 301 715 8592 US


Log into our next Men's Forum at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, to hear from several state Democratic primary candidates. We want to provide everyone the opportunity to learn as much as possible in preparation for the primary being held June 8, so lined up to speak at our next convening we have:

Gubernatorial Candidates
Lee Carter
Justin Fairfax

Lieutenant Governorship Candidates
Hala Ayala
Elizabeth Guzman
Mark Levine
Sean Perryman
Sam Rasoul

Our monthly Men's Forum provides a candid way for Hanover's Democratic community to hear expert speakers and stay informed, invigorated and connected, with opportunities to talk politics in our slowly bluing county. We are grateful, in spite of the ongoing pandemic, for the continual support of our members. Thank you. Read more


Dr. Rachel Levy is running for the House of Delegates in the 55th District. The 55th covers Hanover west of U.S. 301, almost all of Caroline County and a slice of Spotsylvania County. 

Rachel is a long-time member of the HDC, a teacher, a community activist and a leader with a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy. She lives in Ashland with her husband and 3 children. She wants to strengthen public education, increase access to health care (she believes this is a human right), preserve our environment, ensure that working people are paid fairly and enact tax reforms

How can you help? Glad you asked. Check out Rachel's website (a work in progress), her Facebook page, her Twitter feed and her Instagram.
Please (please!) donate to her campaign here. Finally, please sign the digital petition to get Rachel or Sarah and the Democratic statewide candidates on the ballot (Thanks to Rachel and the campaigns of six other Democratic House of Delegates candidates, delegate candidates can gather signatures electronically).

Have questions? Contact Rachel's campaign manager  Ashley Hall at info@rachelfordelegate.org.