Thank You Loudoun Democrats

Loudoun County Virginia, November 5th, 2019 – The people of Virginia awoke this morning to a new reality. A reality where women will be treated as equals. A reality where criminals will no longer be able to purchase weapons of war to terrorize our schools, movie theaters, churches, and synagogues. A reality of inclusivity for all people regardless of the color of their skin, their sexual / gender orientation or their religious affiliation. A reality where our schools prioritize the needs of children over decreasing the tax rate by a couple of pennies. The people have spoken loudly and clearly and have insisted that Virginia join the majority of America in the 21st century by MANDATING policies that just make sense. This morning Virginians awoke to find themselves living in a Blue State.

You made this happen. The countless volunteers who knocked on a stranger’s door and announced, “My name is … and I represent the Loudoun County Democrats.” You, who called people and asked your neighbors to please come out and vote in record numbers in an “off-off year” election. You, who wrote postcards imploring people to support the candidates of the Democratic Party and reject the gun lobbies and other special interests that act against the will of the people. You, who woke up at 4 a.m. to set up and staff ALL of the precincts across Loudoun County to hand out sample ballots and elect our endorsed candidates. Thank you to all of the unions such as the 602 Chapter of Steamfitters, the SEIU, the International Association of Firefighters and the Brotherhood of Carpenters without whom this would not have been possible. Thank you to the thousands of volunteers across hundreds of grassroots organizations that came out to volunteer. Thank you to 350 Loudoun, Mothers Demand Action, Indivisible, NOVA Grassroots, and MANY others We would also like to thank the NAACP and League of Women Voters for energizing, educating and informing the residents of Loudoun County on the local issues that really matter. To the thousands of everyday, ordinary Americans that came out to volunteer and to make their community a better place — we say THANK YOU. Thank you for making Virginia a better place to live, to grow up, to raise a family, and to retire. Thank you for making Virginia and America a safer place. Thank you for all of your time and your effort to turn Virginia Blue.

And THANK YOU to our amazing candidates and elected officials. Thank you for being decent, honest people with integrity whom we could stand behind and support. Thank you for representing the best of Loudoun County. Thank you for organizing and operating the best campaigns. Thank you for your campaign staff and volunteers that enabled this historic victory.

The real story of Virginia can be told through the diversity of our elected representatives. We not only flipped the House, the Senate, the School Board and the Board of Supervisors — they now better represent both men and women with diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds. We elected the first African American woman to the Soil and Water Board and the first Indian American to the General Assembly. Our elected officials look like us, speak like us, share our religious views, and have a wide range of ethnic backgrounds like us, and REPRESENT Loudoun County.

Thank you to Congresswoman JENNIFER WEXTON, State Senators JOHN BELL, BARBARA FAVOLA, and JENNIFER BOYSKO; House Delegates WENDY GOODITIS, DAVID REID, KATHLEEN MURPHY, KARRIE DELANEY, IBRAHEEM SAMIRAH and SUHAS SUBRAMANYAM for providing the leadership and guidance needed to bring about real change in Loudoun County and across Virginia and the United States.

A very special thank you to PHYLLIS RANDALL, Chairwoman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and BUTA BIBERAJ, Commonwealth’s Attorney for all of your organizing, fundraising, and campaigning to make this happen for us in Loudoun County. Thank you to the Crew and the Firefighters for getting it done!

Thank you to our new and returning MAJORITY members of the Board of Supervisors: Phyllis Randall, Chairwoman; NEW member Juli Briskman of Algonkian; NEW member Mike Turner of Ashburn; NEW member Sylvia Glass of Broad Run; Kristen Umstattd of Leesburg; and Koran Saines of Sterling.

Thank you so much for our new and returning MAJORITY members of the School Board: NEW member Denise Corbo representing all of Loudoun County At-large; NEW member Atoosa Reaser of Algonkian; NEW member Harris Mahedavi of Ashburn; NEW member Ian Serotkin of Blue Ridge; NEW member Leslee King of Broad Run; NEW member Beth Barts of Leesburg; and Brenda Sheridan of Sterling.

Thank you for keeping the focus on the natural resources of Loudoun County on the Soil and Water Board John Flannery and Michelle Thomas.

We also need to thank Justin Hannah, Sri Amudhanar, and Kannan Srinivasan for fighting extremely difficult countywide races for Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue and Treasurer, respectively. These races were always going to be the most difficult, and they clearly indicate the path ahead for Loudoun County Democrats. These positions are critical to Loudoun County residents in terms of governance, and we will be fighting for them in the future. You will be hearing their names and seeing their signs again!

To all of our candidates who did not win, you represented the best of Loudoun County. To Ronnie Ross, Mavis Taintor, Tia Walbridge, Forest Hayes, Sree Nagireddi and Zerell Johnson-Welch we love you and believe you were the better candidate! You fought difficult battles, sometimes against multiple opponents or dug-in incumbents. We will be there for you in the future as you were there for us in 2019.

The Loudoun County Democratic Committee would also like to specifically thank Chairwoman Lissa Savaglio for challenging us to knock on over 20,000 doors. When they said it could not be done, she did it. And Precinct Operations Chair Jackie von Wodtke, who wrangled over 500 volunteers to staff ALL 98 precincts, and ALL of the shifts at the three absentee polling locations over the last few months. You, alongside all of the members of LCDC, have shown us the strength and the power of the Democratic Committee in Loudoun County. You have challenged us, cajoled us and begged us to do our best, and the members have risen to meet the challenge. To all the members and volunteers of the LCDC, THANK YOU for making Loudoun County the amazing place it is today to live and work, and to grow up, raise a family and retire!