2017 Sister Races
In 2017, we won 14 of our 15 Sister Races. Beginning in February, we helped Stephanie Hansen win a seat in the Delaware State Senate, which enabled us to hold a Democratic trifecta state. We won 13 of our 14 races that had elections on November 7, and one is headed for a recount on a razor thin margin of 10 votes. We flipped the Senate in Washington to make the west coast a blue wall, and we are within striking distance of bringing the Virginia House of Delegates to an even split.
Washington STate Senate - District 45
Manka won this state Senate seat with 55% of the vote. With this win, we flipped the Washington senate blue, and Washington is now a trifecta state for the Democrats. Manka ran on a platform to address critical needs in education funding, mental health, violence prevention, and to protect the rights of women. She was a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County, an award winning PTSA mom, an anti-domestic violence advocate and community leader. She has said that Trump's election motivated her to run for office.
Virginia House of delegates - District 2
Jennifer Carroll Foy won this seat with 63% of the vote. She was born and raised in Petersburg, Virginia. She earned a full scholarship to Virginia Military Institute and enrolled in the third class of female cadets to attend the historically all-male college. She was an adjunct professor at the Virginia State University and Richard Bland Community College before law school. After graduating law school cum laude, she attained a litigation associate position with a law firm in Los Angeles. She returned to Virginia, were she served as a magistrate judge and later a public defender. Her platform includes working to protect women's access to reproductive health care, fight for equal pay for equal work, advance criminal justice reform, expand pre-k education, support teachers and first responders through better pay, and find ways to alleviate the transportation issues that still affect Prince William and Stafford County citizens everyday.
Virginia House of delegates - District 12
Chris Hurst won with 54% of the vote. He was motivated to run by a profound personal tragedy. In 2015, Chris was a local news anchor at WDBJ when his fiancée and fellow journalist Alison Parker was fatally shot while reporting live on television. He ran against a Republican incumbent endorsed by the NRA. During his time as a journalist, Chris was recognized as “Media Person of the Year” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “Citizen of the Year” by the Roanoke NAACP, and “Your Local Hero” by the readers of the Roanoker magazine. He twice won a regional Edward R. Murrow award and was nominated for an Emmy award.
Virginia House of delegates - District 13
Danica Roem won this seat with 54% of the vote, ousting 26-year incumbent "Sideshow Bob" Marshall, who consistently misgendered her throughout the campaign. She was a reporter and the news editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel in Rockville, MD, which she left in 2016 to run for office. Danica wants to bring a reporter's sensibility to Richmond, working on the issues she spent nine years reporting on for the newspaper, including transportation, schools, public safety. She intends to bring a results-oriented approach and reach across the aisle to build a better Manassas. Additionally, Danica is making history as the first-ever transgender person to serve in the VA General Assembly.
Virginia House of delegates - District 31
Elizabeth Guzman won this seat with 54% of the vote, she is one of two women who are the first Latinas elected to serve in the Virginia HOD. She is a public administrator and a social worker who resides in Dale City. In between ballet and tap lessons, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts activities, judo practices, and swimming lessons at the Dale City Recreation Center, Elizabeth works tirelessly as a Court Appointed Service Advocate for CASA CIS to prevent child abuse, a PTO representative for Penn Elementary School, and as a "Cookie Mom" for her youngest daughter's Girl Scout troop. Her personal and professional experience have given her strong insight into the needs of the 31st House of Delegates district, and Elizabeth cares about the many challenges residents in Prince William County and Fauquier County face.
Virginia House of delegates - District 32
David Reid won this seat with 59% of the vote.
David stated on deciding to run for office, “I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past year talking with people in the community about their concerns and frustrations with the ‘business as usual’ politics in Richmond.” David Reid served 23 years in the US Navy Reserve, as a Naval Intelligence Officer, where he retired as a Commander (the equivalent of a US Army Lieutenant Colonel). David's campaign was so successful that it received special coverage from the New York Times.
Virginia House of delegates - District 34
Delegate Kathleen Murphy was re-elected with 61% of the vote.
Kathleen represents Virginia’s 34th District, located in Fairfax and Loudoun County. She is a member of the House Finance and the Privileges and Elections Committees. She also belongs to the Military and Veterans Caucus and the Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus. She serves on the Board of Veterans Services and chairs the Women Veterans Workgroup.
Virginia House of delegates - District 42
Kathy Tran won this seat with 62% of the vote. She is the first Asian-American woman elected to the Virginia HOD.
Kathy and her parents fled by boat Vietnam as refugees when she was just seven months old. For Kathy’s family, the United States has always represented hope, opportunity and freedom. Now, she's running for the House of Delegates because she couldn’t just stand by while Donald Trump and Virginia Republicans dismantle the ideals that brought her family here.
Virginia House of delegates - District 50
Lee Carter won this seat with 54% of the vote, ousting the incumbent majority whip.
He is an IT specialist who lives in the City of Manassas, an active member of the Manassas City Democratic Committee, and spends much of his time working as a community organizer and activist – particularly in the areas of affordable housing and worker protections. Throughout Lee’s career and civic engagement his focus has been on helping others – whether that was in his service in the Marine Corps, helping provide cancer patients with consistent care by maintaining biomedical radiation therapy equipment, or assisting small local businesses with IT support. Our San Francisco and Washington, DC teams supported Lee Carter, raising over 20% of his cash budget.
Virginia House of delegates - District 67
Karrie Delaney won this race with 58% of the vote. She knows the importance of growing Northern Virginia’s economy to create more jobs and protecting our tax dollars from being misspent. As a mother, she also knows that giving our kids the best possible education should be a top priority.
The daughter of a U.S. Army veteran, Karrie saw firsthand the importance of supporting our returning heroes. After college, she worked at a group home for foster children, helping kids move out into the world with real life skills. She saw how state policy can affect the lives of vulnerable children, from a lack of resources to discrimination against gay adoptive parents. This motivated Karrie to pursue public office.
Virginia House of delegates - District 85
Cheryl Turpin won this seat with 51% of the vote, just 394 votes, in a district that Donald Trump won. Sister District knocked on 3,000 doors, made 19,000 phone calls, and sent over two dozen canvassers to win this race.
She grew up in an active military family. After serving in the Army for 23 years, Cheryl’s father retired from service and her family resided in Fairfax County, Virginia. For the past 18 years, Cheryl’s family has called the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach home. Cheryl has spent much of her career working with at-risk students.
She is a partner in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) community. AVID is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college. Cheryl is a long-time member of both the Virginia Education Association and the National Education Association. She previously ran in a Special Election for District 85.
Virginia House of delegates - District 87
Delegate John Bell won re-election with 62% of the vote.
He is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer all over the world, including tours in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His ability to build consensus among diverse participants produced savings and cost reductions throughout the world, including $200 million saved annually from his work in Iceland.
Virginia House of delegates - District 93
In 2017, Delegate Mike Mullin won re-election with 60% of the vote.
In his first year as a legislator, he passed four bills--more than any other freshman in the House of Delegates. He served on the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. He is most proud of his bill to ensure that people who commit domestic violence aren't eligible for "first offender status" if they have committed other violent felonies. "This bill could help stop the cycle of violence and protect women and children," he says. "It just might save the life of somebody you love." When Mike isn't in Richmond in session in the House of Delegates, he is a criminal prosecutor and resident of Newport News.
Virginia House of delegates - District 94
Shelly Simonds is down by just 10 votes. A recount will take place. She is a former teacher and member of the Newport News School Board who lives in the Hilton area of Newport News, Virginia. She is also serves as a member of the Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation for the administration of Governor Terry McAuliffe. The mother of two school-age daughters, she is heavily involved in Newport News Public Schools. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bucknell University majoring in International Relations and earning Phi Beta Kappa academic honors. She speaks fluent Spanish after spending a number of years living overseas in Spain, Costa Rica and Chile. She also has recent experience as a Spanish teacher at Hilton Elementary School and a previous career in journalism and public relations.
Delaware SenatE - District 10
Stephanie Hansen won election to the Senate with 58% of the vote, allowing Democrats to hold on to the chamber and maintain Delaware as a trifecta state for the Democrats.