VA Demo Memo Weekly Update: 20 Days to Election Day!

Democratic Party of VA
5 min readOct 17, 2018


Volunteers in VA05 were pumped up on Sunday as DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker, Leslie Cockburn, Olivia Wilde, and Jason Sudeikis canvassed in Charlottesville.

The Washington Post strongly endorses Senator Kaine.

Senator Kaine “is a credit to Virginia and to the Senate. Mr. Stewart, who has smeared “establishment pukes” of his own party and made good on his promise to run a “vicious” campaign for the Senate, is a disgrace. We endorse Mr. Kaine.”

See the powerful closing remarks from Abigail Spanberger’s virtuoso performance during her VA07 debate victory over Dave Brat.

Virginia Democrats dominate fundraising heading into crucial 2018 midterms.

With the November midterm elections just weeks away, Virginia Democrats — at the statewide, congressional, and party level — crushed their Republican counterparts in Quarter 3 funds raised and hold significant leads in cash on hand.

The Democratic Party of Virginia holds an over 32:1 cash on hand advantage over the Republican Party of Virginia, Senator Tim Kaine had over 7 times as much cash on hand as Corey Stewart, and all four Democrat challengers hold a cash advantage in what have been rated Virginia’s most competitive Congressional races.

SOURCE: Federal Election Commission, Virginia Public Access Project

The Washington Post endorses Jennifer Wexton.

After endorsing Barbara Comstock in 2016, the Post stated, “Unfortunately, her promise has turned to dust; on critical issues, she has been a reliable, often unquestioning foot soldier in the president’s ranks of Republican loyalists. That disappointment, and the clear and convincing competence of her Democratic rival, state Sen. Jennifer Wexton, inform our decision this year to support Ms. Wexton.”

Virginia Democrats are proud of the female veterans and federal agents in this powerful new campaign video. Virginia is home to two of these amazing women running for Congress: Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria.

Watch Jennifer Lewis’ first TV ad, ‘Trust and Independence’.

Meet Vangie Williams, one of the 18 black women running for a seat in Congress.

“Lavangelene “Vangie” Williams says she is a strategic planner, mother and professional problem solver. A self-made woman who has overcome insurmountable odds, Williams is a public servant who solves problems for our federal government. A real-world professional with 30 years of experience, she is not a career politician who will put corporate interests above people. William currently works full time for a major government contractor as a strategic planner/senior project control principal.”

Next Week: Anthony Flaccavento (VA09) will reach his ONE HUNDREDTH Town Hall!

Volunteer Highlights

Upcoming Events

To get your event added to the DPVA website and the newsletter, email with event details!

10/17: Young Professionals Happy Hour with Senator Kaine in Fairfax

10/17: Rappahannock Indivisible Open Meeting with Vangie Williams

10/18: Televised debate with Anthony Flaccavento and Morgan Griffith at the Bristol Hotel

10/19: National Security Roundtable with Senator Warner, Jennifer Wexton, Mission First, Tom Perriello, and National Security Action

10/20: Henrico Dems Harvest Fest/Glen Allen Day

10/20: Hanover Dems Booth at Glen Allen Day Parade

10/20: Haymarket Day and Parade with Vangie Williams

10/20: American Legion Post 82 Meet and Greet with Vangie Williams

10/20: Nottoway County Democrats Community Gathering with Abigail Spanberger

10/20: Waynesboro Canvass Launch with Jennifer Lewis

10/21: Rally with Leslie to Flip the Fifth in Franklin County

10/21: Grayson-Carroll Dems BBQ Dinner

10/22: UMW 1st Congressional District Candidate Forum

10/22: 2018 Federal Candidates Forum with Jennifer Lewis and Leslie Cockburn

10/22: Third and final debate with Anthony FLaccavento and Morgan Griffith in Salem

10/22: Lynchburg Business Alliance Debate with Leslie Cockburn and Denver Riggleman

10/23: Town Hall #100 with Anthony Flaccavento in Marion

10/25: Hanover Chamber of Commerce Congressional Forum with Vangie Williams and Rep. Rob Wittman

10/25: An Evening with Anthony Flaccavento in Floyd

10/27: WDC Exhibit Booth at Fall Festival & Halloween Golf Cart Parade

10/28: Roanoke Canvass Launch with Jennifer Lewis and Delegate Sam Rasoul

10/30: Halloween Canvass, Phonebank, and Party with Vangie Williams



11/6: ELECTION DAY! Find your polling location here.

11/9: 3rd CD Blue Diamond Awards Banquet

True Blue Podcast Episode One: Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Justin Fairfax is the Chairwoman’s special guest on this inaugural episode of the True Blue Podcast — during the show the Chairwoman and Lieutenant Governor discuss Fairfax’s start in Virginia politics, some of his favorite moments while in office, and gets personal as he talks about his lovely family. Listen below!



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