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Report from Virginia NOW PAC
From Pat Reuss, VA NOW PAC coordinator
May 9, 2020

The Virginia NOW PAC was a true success in 2019. We raised almost $50,000 and gave just about every penny to our endorsed candidates. Here's a list of our winners. In our statement after the election we announced:

 

The Virginia NOW PAC endorsed and supported 22 Senate candidates and 10 won.  We endorsed and supported 63 House candidates and 33 won.  While many of our candidates didn’t win their elections, we are declaring them ALL winners.  Every one put their lives, their families, their jobs and their sleep on “pause” in order to talk to voters about important progressive issues. They promoted the ERA, access to reproductive and all healthcare, fair pay, quality childcare, good schools, commonsense gun reforms, safe homes and streets, criminal justice.... the list goes on. We thank all of our candidates, pledge to work with our electeds, and promise to be there for all the “didn’t quite make it” candidates in their next endeavor.  We know they will either run again, run for something, or help others do the same. 

The PAC will resume activities later this year as we get ready for the 2021 fall elections where there will be a race for governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and all 100 state House of Delegates seats.

The VA NOW PAC recently made recommendations for endorsements and re-endorsements of Virginia’s Congressional candidates to the National NOW PAC and they accepted and endorsed ALL of our suggestions (see blue below).

UPDATE ON FEDERAL ELECTIONS

National NOW PAC-endorsed Virginia Congressional candidates in blue, opponents in orange

These have no primaries:

  • Senator Mark Warner
  • CD 2 Elaine Luria
  • CD 3 Bobby Scott
  • CD 7 Abigail Spanberger
  • CD 8 Don Beyer
  • CD 10 Jennifer Wexton

These have primaries:

CD 1 Vangie Williams
Qasim Rashid     

CD 4 Donald McEachin
R. Cazel Levine

CD 11 Gerald Connolly
Zainab Mohsini

Primary with no endorsement (all candidates answered questionnaire and say they are supportive of NOW’s positions on women’s issues)

CD 5

  • Roger Dean Huffstetler
  • John Lesinski
  • Claire Russo
  • Cameron Webb

Primary rescheduled for Tuesday, June 23

Everyone should consider voting absentee due to the uncertainly of when we can safely leave our homes.  It is easy to get a ballot online, and just mark 2A on the list of reasons.  Have your driver’s license handy because they will ask you if they can use your signature on your driver’s license as your official signature on your request for a ballot and this skips the step of downloading, printing and mailing the application.

Everyone should consider voting absentee ONLINE due to the uncertainly of when we can safely leave our homes.  If you apply for a ballot to be mailed to you, a court decision waived the requirement for a witness signature for the June primary due to the “stay at home phase” of the covid 19 virus.  Not sure if this will be waived for the Nov elections.

So try to get an absentee/mail in ballot online

https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/  https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

From the website: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m. See who is on your ballot by viewing the candidate lists. Register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot online