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Super Tuesday Watch Party

March 1, 2016, 7-10 PM, @ Okra’s

Okras-nighttime-Christmas-LightsJoin the Manassas and Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee for a Presidential Primary Watch Party on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm, at Okra’s Restaurant, 9110 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110.

Mingle with fellow political junkies at Okra’s while watching the results of the Super Tuesday Democratic and Republican primaries on a large-screen TV.

Everyone is welcome, including Republicans!


2016 Presidential Delegates Selection Process

The Manassas and Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee will hold an Assembled Caucus on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm to select local presidential elector delegates to the 10th Congressional District Democratic Convention .  Our local caucus will be held at the Manassas Park Police Station, 329 Manassas Dr, Manassas Park, VA 20111 .

At our local caucus, Democrats who are registered to vote in the respective city can elect 9 local delegates and 2 alternates from the City of Manassas or 3 local delegates and 1 alternate from the City of Manassas Park.  The delegates and alternates must be pledged to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, with the number of slots available for each candidate slate determined by the votes cast for each presidential candidate in the March 1 Presidential Primary.  The delegates elected at our local caucus will later attend the 10th Congressional District Democratic Convention, where six delegates to the Virginia State Democratic Convention will be elected.

The 10th Congressional District Democratic Convention will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Park View High School, 400 W Laurel Ave, Sterling, VA 20164. The 2016 Virginia State Democratic Convention will be held in Richmond VA on Saturday, June 18, and the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia PA on July 25-28.  Additional information about our local caucus and the delegate selection process, including the formal Call to Caucus and delegate application forms, will be posted here in the coming weeks.


MMPCDC Reorganization for 2016-2017

The Manassas & Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee held its biennial reorganization meeting on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Congratulations to the following individuals who were unanimously elected as Committee officers for the 2016-2017 biennium:

Co-Chairs: Mike Freeland and Allen Muchnick

Vice Chair: Donald Shuemaker

Secretary: Stewart Davis

Treasurer: Patt Fields

The MMPCDC Executive Committee consists of the above five officers plus Immediate Past Chair EJ Scott and Outreach Committee Chair Patricia Richie-Folks.

The MMPCDC expresses its deep gratitude and best wishes to our outgoing Chair, EJ Scott, who ably led our Committee as Chair for the past 11 years!


2015 Campaigns for State Legislature, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Clerk of the Court

Congratulations to all our great Democratic candidates who ran in the November 3, 2015 General Election: Jeremy McPike for Virginia State Senate, Kyle McCullough and Don Shaw for Virginia House of Delegates, Jacqueline Smith for Clerk of the Court, and Paul Ebert for Commonwealth’s Attorney!

Jeremy McPike was elected to the Virginia Senate with 53.76% of the total vote, while Paul Ebert was re-elected as our Commonwealth’s Attorney with 53.60% of the total vote.  While first-time candidates Jacqueline Smith, Don Shaw, and Kyle McCullough did not defeat their long-time incumbent Republican opponents, they ran excellent campaigns and respectively received 47.81%, 43.86%, and 41.17% of the total votes cast.

Click these links to view the General Election results for the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park.


From Jeremy, November 4:

Yesterday, Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park voted for what we have been saying since the very beginning of the campaign: it’s time for Virginia to expand Medicaid, end attacks on women’s access to health care, and enact common-sense gun safety measures like universal background checks.

I am proud of the campaign we have built together and the race we ran. And when Mayor Parrish called me last night to concede, I thanked him for his service, his hard-fought campaign, and his graciousness until the end.

Issues like education, transportation, access to health care and gun safety are too important – too much is still at stake – to allow for partisan politics to mire us in gridlock.

We still have work ahead of us. But in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park, it is a new day. And I am honored to have you with me.




Support Democrats Paul Ebert for Commonwealth’s Attorney and Jacqueline Smith for Clerk of the Circuit Court

In addition to the more prominent Virginia General Assembly contests, on Tuesday, November 3 Manassas and Manassas Park voters will participate in important contested elections for both the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Clerk of the Circuit Court serving Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

Democratic incumbent Paul B. Ebert, “Virginia’s Most Experienced and Successful Prosecutor”, is running for re-election to another four-year term as Commonwealth’s Attorney.   Since becoming Virginia’s youngest elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1968, Mr. Ebert has served our community well, with integrity and distinction, by effectively pursuing justice and protecting citizens, including crime victims and witnesses. Mr. Ebert presently supervises a prosecutor’s office with 22 assistant commonwealth attorneys.

As our chief prosecutor, Paul Ebert has focused on combating violent crimes, crimes against children, elder abuse, illegal gang activity, narcotics trafficking, and drunk driving. Mr. Ebert has also served as special prosecutor in more than thirty jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth and is recognized nationally for his many successful prosecutions of significant, high-profile cases. In 2003, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft selected Ebert to prosecute D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad, resulting in the first capital murder conviction under Virginia’s terrorism statute. During his 47 years as Commonwealth’s Attorney, Ebert has received numerous local, state, and national honors and awards and has held various professional positions.

After being unopposed for re-election for at least 20 years, Paul Ebert is facing a serious Republican challenger in 2015; namely Mike May, a current member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.   To support, volunteer, or contribute to Paul Ebert’s re-election, contact Friends of Paul B. Ebert, PO Box 509, Manassas VA 20108, 703-369-2085,, , Facebook Twitter


Practicing Woodbridge attorney Jacqueline Smith is running as a Democrat for Clerk of the Court, challenging Republican incumbent Michelle McQuigg for this important position.   The Clerk’s office handles many critical legal matters, including criminal and civil court records, jury duty, marriage licenses, weapons permits, probate, real estate records, and name changes. Ms. Smith seeks to make the Prince William Circuit Court balanced, efficient, and responsive. According to Ms. Smith, the present Clerk and her appointed Deputy Clerk have been hostile toward some citizens based on their religion, skin color, or sexual identity. In addition, electronic court documents and files are disorganized and can be unavailable to judges, staff, and taxpayers, and telephone inquiries are not responded to effectively.   In Virginia, the Clerk of the Court is elected for an eight-year term, so the winner this November can be expected to serve through 2023.   To support, volunteer, or donate to Jacqueline Smith’s election campaign, contact the Supporters of Jacqueline Smith for Clerk of the Circuit Court Facebook

From Jackie, November 4:

The unofficial results are in and we lost by just 4 points. THANK YOU to everyone who helped to get us so close, especially our donors, volunteers and the 31,525 people who turned out and voted for my vision. We worked so hard to effect change in the clerk’s office. It is my hope that some of the simple improvements we have suggested will be implemented by the clerk over the next eight years, because then ALL members of our community will be winners of this election. For now, I’m back to my practice with my husband at the Smith Francis Law Group in Dumfries. I’ll see you in court!


Democrats Challenge Republican Incumbents for Local House of Delegates Seats

The MMPCDC is pleased to announce that two progressive Democratic candidates, Don Shaw and Kyle McCullough, have qualified to oppose local Republican incumbents Bob Marshall (House District 13) and Jackson Miller (House District 50), respectively, on the November 3, 2015 general election ballot.

According to the blog Blue Virginia, the 13th and 50th Virginia House of Delegates Districts both narrowly favor Democrats over Republicans, based on the vote tallies in the 2013 race for Virginia Attorney General, which was nearly tied statewide.

Since no opposing candidates had filed for the Democratic nomination for these races by the deadlines for any Democratic primary or caucus, both Shaw and McCullough were nominated as Democratic candidates for the November 3rd general election without any Democratic primary or caucus.

House District 13 includes all of Manassas Park plus all or part of 11 election precincts in Prince William County, mostly to the west and north of Manassas Park, except for the surrounding Parkside Precinct and the Signal Hill Precinct to the southeast.

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Don Shaw, who is challenging Bob Marshall, is a 20-year Army and Air Force veteran, a former Department of Defense employee, and now works for a veteran-owned small business. Don first moved to Prince William in 1997. Don and his wife, Joyce, live in Gainesville with their three children, all of whom have either graduated from or attend Prince William County Public Schools. Facebook Twitter

From Don, November 4:

Although we didn’t achieve the result we wanted yesterday, we put up a good fight and moved the narrative forward.  It is not always the easiest path that is the best path, and I know that we will win in the end.

As I was greeting voters at the polls, I was humbled by the support I received.  I spoke with a young man who was voting for the first time and was eager to cast his ballot for me.  I met a couple and their special needs daughter who were eager to see a change in Richmond.  I had many conversations about our traffic problems and how tolls on I-66 are not the answer.  And in one of the more poignant moments of the day, a young voter who had just voted walked past me as he left the polling place.  After getting about 30 feet away, he paused, turned around, and walked back and shook my hand.  He said he had read all of my stuff and gone out of his was to vote because he believes in me and what I stand for.  He thanked me for giving a voice to those who are close to him and wished me the best.  I was truly touched.

At the end of the day, while it was my name on the ballot, this election was about each and every one of you.  To those of you who first encouraged me to join this quest so many months ago, thank you!  Thank you for the sense of shared wonder and excitement at the opportunity to change our little piece of the world for the better.  My thanks also go out to those who kept me grounded in the process and made sure we stayed focused.

Thank you to each and every one of you who invested your time, treasure, and talent in this race.  There are so many who were involved in the campaign, it would be impossible to name you all.  I want to especially thank Jane and her daughter Ashley for sharing their story with the campaign.  I am a better person for having met them.  And a special shout-out to my office-mate Ryan.  You made the long days better by providing much-needed levity.  You’re going to be a great School Board Chairman.

I am privileged to have had contributors from across the political spectrum; it speaks to the strength of our message and the shared interest in improving our community.  From the smallest to the largest financial contributions, you made this run possible.  Thank you each and every one.  To those who gave up your evenings and weekends to further our efforts, thank you.  It has been an honor to make phone calls and knock doors with you.  And to the campaign staff, whether organic or coordinated, you gave it your all and fought the good fight.  Thank you for all you have done.

I want to thank my family for willingly taking this journey with me.  Without their support, this would have been a much more difficult, much lonelier endeavor.  Thank you for believing in me.

So what’s next?  This is far from over.  We’re going to continue the fight and will be right back in the thick of it after a brief respite.  Our elected officials are chosen to represent us.  When they don’t, it is incumbent upon us to hold them accountable.  Watch this space and I hope we can count on you and your support as we move forward.

Thank you,


House District 50 includes all five election precincts within the City of Manassas plus all or part of 7 election precincts within Prince William County just west or northwest of Manassas City.

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Kyle McCullough, who is opposing Jackson Miller, lives in Manassas City with his wife, Lina, and two teenage sons and works as a senior programmer at the American Type Culture Collections (ATCC) in Manassas. Facebook


Congratulations to Ken Elston for winning election to the Manassas City Council on November 4, 2014! See swearing in ceremony Ken Elston swearing in ceremony



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