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Help Flippable Support Democrats in State Elections in 2019

Help Flippable support Democratic candidates in state elections in 2019.

 

Recently we at OTYCD asked you to see if you have state or local elections in 2019.

 

If you don’t (or, hey, if you do and you have the bandwidth to take on more), and you’re up for helping win elections elsewhere in America, throw your weight behind the work of Flippable.

 

We at OTYCD have written about Flippable and its work before. It aims to help elect Democrats at the state level, which helps flip legislatures blue.

 

One of Flippable’s first great successes was the 2017 legislative elections in Virginia. Flippable and the Virginia Democrats wildly overperformed, coming within a coin flip of controlling the state’s House of Delegates–no one predicted that.

 

The winners included Elizabeth Guzman, Kathy Tran, Hala Ayala, David Reid, Cheryl Turpin, Jennifer Carroll Foy, and Danica Roem, to whom we also devoted a Believe It: You Matter post, because she’s just that awesome.

 

You can help any one of those defending incumbents in Virginia by looking up their campaign websites and giving them some money.

 

You can also donate to Flippable and its work helping get Democrats elected and re-elected in key states. Virginia is one of five focus states in 2019. Having done so ridiculously well in 2017, Flippable hopes to defend its wins and build on them to turn Virginia’s legislature properly blue in November.

 

 

See the Flippable home page:

https://flippable.org

 

 

Read the Flippable blog:

https://www.flippable.org/blog/

 

 

Read a February 2019 post Flippable published on Medium about its goals for Virginia.

 

 

Donate to the Flippable fund:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flippablefund1?refcode=website-home-2donate&_ga=2.45035940.1636322384.1553383692-117533993.1502038586

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

 

Like Flippable on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/flippableorg

 

 

Follow Flippable on Twitter:

@flippable_org

 

 

Read articles from 2017 on the coin flip to decide which party would control Virginia’s House of Delegates:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/12/22/that-coin-toss-election-in-virginia-dramatic-but-it-pales-in-comparison-to-other-historic-contests/?utm_term=.297c45a6d57b

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/virginia-democrats-house-of-delegates-election/548846/

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy WON A Seat in the Virginia State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

YES YES YES! Per Flippable, Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy won her race for a seat in the Virginia state senate. Hooray!

Original text of this post follows.

Support Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy, who’s running for a Virginia state legislature seat this fall.

Flippable, the organization created after the 2016 elections to focus on state and local elections, has identified the state of Virginia as, well, flippable. All 100 seats in its House of Delegates are up for grabs on November 7, 2017.

We at OTYCD hope to prep and post items on the five Virginia candidates in the districts that Flippable has deemed most worthy of your time and money.

Foy is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and a public defender. She’s been a foster mom for eight years as well.

She would expand Medicaid in Virginia. She hopes to increase public school teachers’ salaries and reduce class sizes. She would protect Planned Parenthood’s funding. She supports extending the Metro Blue Line into Prince William County. She wants to raise the grand larceny threshold from $200 to $1,000, which should result in fewer people under the age of 18 being convicted of a felony. She would fight climate change.

 

See her campaign site:

https://www.jennifercarrollfoy.org

 

See her Meet Jennifer page:

https://www.jennifercarrollfoy.org/meet-jennifer/

 

See her Issues page:

https://www.jennifercarrollfoy.org/issues/

 

Donate to Foy’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/jennifercarrollfoy?refcode=jcf-topnav

 

Volunteer for Foy’s campaign:

https://www.jennifercarrollfoy.org/volunteer/

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/JenniferCarrollFoy/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@JCarrollFoy

 

See her Flippable page:

http://elections.flippable.org/elections?id=SVAH002

 

See her Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/205608/jennifer-carroll-foy-for-delegate

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Jennifer_Foy

 

See the ‘Why Virginia?’ page on Flippable, as well as the other four candidates:

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOOD UPDATE: Democrat Cheryl Turpin Wins a Seat In The Virginia State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

YES YES YES! This was a bit of a nail-biter, but Cheryl Turpin defeated Rocky Holcomb by 51 to 49 to take a seat in the Virginia state legislature. She had lost to him in a January special election.

 

Read more here (scroll down for results in Turpin’s race, district 85:

https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/virginia-general-elections

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/virginia/cox-high-school-teacher-leads-a-sheriff-s-deputy-in/article_817a22ac-5908-5f3b-bb82-c77d7c30b16f.html

 

 

Read the original blog text here:

 

Support Democrat Cheryl Turpin’s run for the Virginia state legislature. The election happens on November 7, 2017.

 

In addition to spotlighting five Virginia state-level candidates chosen by Flippable for the upcoming race in November, we at OTYCD are also devoting posts to six candidates chosen by 314 Action whose races fall in 2017. 314 Action is an organization that boosts hopefuls who have STEM backgrounds.

 

If Turpin seems vaguely familiar, she should. She ran for the Virginia state legislature in a special election in early January and lost, earning 47 percent of the vote to Republican Rocky Holcomb’s 53 percent. She faces him again in November.

 

Turpin has served as a high school science teacher for 24 years. She supports full-day public kindergarten, a living wage, and defending the environment. She wants to encourage young entrepreneurs by offering them loans to start small businesses. She wants to expand broadband access. She supports overhauls of the state’s criminal justice and mental health systems. She would promote recycling. She would increase spending on infrastructure to improve roads and alleviate traffic jams.

 

 

See Turpin’s campaign website:

https://cherylturpinforvb.com

 

 

See her About page:

https://cherylturpinforvb.com/about/

 

 

Donate to Turpin’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/314action_turpin?refcode=314website

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CT4VAB

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@ct_4_vab

 

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

 

 

See her page on Ballotpedia:

https://ballotpedia.org/Cheryl_Turpin

 

 

See an old OTYCD post on Turpin and two other Virginia candidates in the January 2017 special election:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/09/24/spread-the-word-and-vote-for-these-three-democrats-in-virginia-on-jan-10/

 

 

Read about the outcome of the January special election:

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/virginia/republican-holcomb-wins-special-election-to-fill-scott-taylor-s/article_662a0f4a-6779-5478-a869-869cffe4e0cb.html

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat David Reid WON A Seat In The Virginia State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

YES YES YES! Per Flippable, Democrat David Reid won his race for a seat in the Virginia state senate. Hooray!

 

Original text of this post follows.

 

Support Democrat David Reid, who is running for a seat in the Virginia state House of Delegates.

 

Flippable, the organization created after the 2016 elections to focus on state and local elections, has identified the state of Virginia as, well, flippable. All 100 seats in its House of Delegates are up for grabs on November 7, 2017.

 

We at OTYCD hope to prep and post items on the five Virginia candidates in the districts that Flippable has deemed most worthy of your time and money.

 

Reid spent some of his formative years in a children’s home and became the first in his family to graduate from college. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1988 to 2011, retiring as a commander.

 

He wants to expand Medicaid and implement full-day kindergarten for all children living in Loudon County. Having financed his college education with Pell grants, scholarships, and work-study earnings, he wants to fight tuition rises and find ways to make college more affordable. He fully supports reproductive rights, very much including the right to choose. He wants to end partisan gerrymandering. He supports gun safety measures, including mental health checks, universal background checks, and restricting access for people convicted of domestic violence. He would fight animal abuse and cruelty.

 

 

See Reid’s campaign homepage:

https://www.reidfordelegate.com

 

 

See his Meet David page:

https://www.reidfordelegate.com/meet-david

 

 

See his Priorities page:

https://www.reidfordelegate.com/my-priorities

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/reidfordelegate/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@DavidReidVA

 

 

Donate to Reid’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/reidwebsite

 

 

Volunteer for Reid’s campaign:

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/6091492254737238528

 

 

See the Flippable page on Reid:

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

 

See Flippable’s page on ‘Why Virginia?’, which shows you the other four candidates:

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

 

See his Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/David_Reid_(Virginia)

 

 

See his Sister District entry:

https://www.sisterdistrict.com/vahod12-1/

 

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Hala Ayala WON A Seat in Virginia’s State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

YES YES YES! Hala Ayala won her race for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates! She defeated Rich Anderson, a four-term Republican incumbent.

Read more here:

http://www.insidenova.com/news/politics/prince_william/ayala-wins-st-district-seat-defeating–term-incumbent/article_22e3019e-c434-11e7-bb85-b3efe305948f.html

Original text of this post follows.

Support Democrat Hala Ayala, who is running for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates on November 7, 2017.

In addition to spotlighting five Virginia state-level candidates chosen by Flippable for the upcoming race in November, we at OTYCD are also devoting posts to six candidates chosen by 314 Action whose races fall in 2017. 314 Action is an organization that boosts hopefuls who have STEM backgrounds.

Ayala worked her way up from a service job with no benefits to serving the Department of Homeland Security as a cybersecurity specialist. She is the founder and former president of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women. She helped organize Virginian efforts to appear at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017.

Ayala would expand Medicaid and defend Planned Parenthood. A former president of a local Parent-Teacher Organization, she supports universal pre-K, affordable college and university tuition, and efforts against bullying and discrimination. She would invest in public transportation and other infrastructure projects that could reduce traffic woes. She supports initiatives for paid family leave, paid sick leave, increasing the minimum wage, and ensuring equal pay for equal work.

 

See Ayala’s campaign website:

https://ayalafordelegate.com

 

See her Meet Hala page:

https://ayalafordelegate.com/about/

 

See her Issues page:

https://ayalafordelegate.com/on-the-issues/

 

Donate to Ayala’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/314action_ayala?refcode=314website

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/AyalaforDelegate/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@HalaAyala

 

See her 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/hala-ayala

 

See her Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/212305/hala-ayala

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Hala_Ayala

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Kathy Tran WON A Seat In The Virginia State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

YES YES YES! Per Flippable, Democrat Kathy Tran won her race for a seat in the Virginia state senate. Hooray!

Original text of this post follows.

Support Kathy Tran, a Democrat running for the Virginia state legislature’s House of Delegates.

Flippable, the organization created after the 2016 elections to focus on state and local elections, has identified the state of Virginia as, well, flippable. All 100 seats in its House of Delegates are up for grabs on November 7, 2017.

We at OTYCD hope to prep and post items on the five Virginia candidates in the districts that Flippable has deemed most worthy of your time and money.

Tran and her family fled Vietnam when she was seven months old. She served the U.S. Department of Labor for 12 years before moving on to the National Immigration Forum, a leading immigration advocacy organization.

She wants to strengthen public schools, protect our environment, and prevent gun violence. She supports comprehensive immigration reform and expanding Medicaid. She defends reproductive rights, and has earned the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.

And as this quote from her Civil Rights and Democracy entry in her Issues section shows, she will defend both in a loud voice and at the slightest provocation:

“Kathy will use her voice to stand against those who seek to undermine a welcoming and inclusive Virginia.

At a time when the most fundamental elements of a well-functioning democracy are being challenged across the country, Kathy will fight against laws and practices that keep Virginians from exercising their right to vote or seek to weaken our vote through gerrymandering or the influence of big money in politics.”

 

See Tran’s campaign website:

https://www.kathyfordelegate.com

 

See her ‘Meet Kathy’ page:

https://www.kathyfordelegate.com/#about-kathy-section

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/KathyForDelegate/about/?ref=page_internal

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@KathyLKTran

 

Donate to Tran’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/kathytran?refcode=website

 

See her Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/candidates/58d1f079d9e70460452ebec3/kathy-tran

 

See Flippable’s page on Tran:

http://elections.flippable.org/elections?id=SVAH042

 

See Ballotpedia’s page on Tran:

https://ballotpedia.org/Kathy_Tran

 

See Flippable’s ‘Why Virginia’ page (you can find info on the other four races here):

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

Volunteer to help Tran and the other four Virginia state legislature candidates:
https://www.mobilizeamerica.io/flippable

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Danica Roem WON Her Virginia State Legislature Race

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

YES YES YES! Democrat Danica Roem beat incumbent Republican Bob Marshall for a Virginia state senate seat. Roem becomes the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia, defeating an anti-LBGTQ Republican who had described himself as his state’s “chief homophobe.”

Read more about Roem’s historic win:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2017/11/07/transgender_democrat_danica_roem_defeats_bob_marshall.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/danica-roem-will-be-vas-first-openly-transgender-elected-official-after-unseating-conservative-robert-g-marshall-in-house-race/2017/11/07/d534bdde-c0af-11e7-959c-fe2b598d8c00_story.html?utm_term=.47cf6cdd6923

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/359271-first-openly-transgender-state-legislator-elected-in-virginia

 

Support Democrat Danica Roem, who is running for a seat in the Virginia state legislature.

Flippable, the organization created after the 2016 elections to focus on state and local elections, has identified the state of Virginia as, well, flippable. All 100 seats in its House of Delegates are up for grabs on November 7, 2017.

We at OTYCD hope to prep and post items on the five Virginia candidates in the districts that Flippable has deemed most worthy of your time and money.

Roem is a lifelong Virginian who has worked as a reporter for more than a decade. If she wins, she will be only the third transgender candidate elected to a state legislature. She’s going up against an incumbent, Republican Bob Marshall, who has supported anti-LBGTQ bills, including an anti-transgender bathroom bill.

Her big issue is traffic–specifically, fixing Route 28 to improve its horrific rush hour. She would also advocate for universal pre-K and for increasing pay for public school teachers. She wants to protect students from bullying and discrimination and supports measures that make Virginia more welcoming to all.

 

See Roem’s campaign website:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com

 

See her About Danica page:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com/about-danica

 

See her Top Issues page:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com/traffic-jobs-schools-equality

 

Donate to Roem’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/danica-for-delegate

 

Phone-bank for Danica:

http://danicaroem.ngpvanhost.com/phone-bank-danica-0

 

Like Roem on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/danicafordelegate/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@pwcdanica

 

See Roem’s Flippable page:

http://elections.flippable.org/elections?id=SVAH013

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Danica_Roem

 

See Flippable’s ‘Why Virginia?’ page, which will also lead you to the other four chosen candidates:

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

Read other articles about Roem’s historic run:

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/transgender-candidate-danica-roem-wins-virginia-primary-makes-history-n772486

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/ev4gep/this-trans-metalhead-stepmom-is-making-a-historic-run-for-office-in-virginia

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a12217328/danica-roem-interview-transgender-candidate-virginia/