Winchester - Frederick County Democratic Committee News

Jennifer Wexton Will Attend Wednesday’s WFCDC Meeting!

Greetings, I have some exciting news about our Committee meeting This Wednesday. I can now tell you that Jennifer Wexton will attend our Committee meeting on Wednesday evening. When: Wednesday, July 18th at 7 pm Where: The Frederick County Public Safely Building at 1080 Coverstone Drive, Winchester Va. Everyone is welcome to attend. – Bill –

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Committee Update

Winchester City Candidates

Democratic council hopefuls bring myriad talents to fray By KATE SIMPSON During a recent gathering of three Winchester City Ward candidates at a local retirement home, Teri Merrill, Kim Herbstritt, and Judy McKiernan shared their motivation to run for City Council. Second Ward incumbent candidate, Evan Clarke, speaking at the local Pride rally, did not attend. While each of the women is inspiring individually, together they are a strong force to bring new voices to Winchester City Council. First Ward candidate Teri Merrill was a professional health care and religion writer before moving to Winchester in 2009. Since then, she has served as president of the Winchester Education Foundation and is a Master Gardener and community volunteer. She considers the needs of a variety of residents and likes to think of ONE WINCHESTER: “What benefits or detracts from one ward affects all of us.” With the home ownership rate here

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It’s a great time to be a Democrat.

It’s a great time to be a Democrat. I know. I know. Trump is a pain. The Supreme Court is all but a lost cause. But I believe that the social construct is like a pendulum. Sadly it has been swinging against everything we believe in. Yet it hasn’t been all that long ago that we elected the first African American as president. I think the pendulum has reached its apex and is about to swing our way. Like the cyclist who tries to pick up speed when approaching a hill, we must pick up speed as the social arch begins to bend our way. Now is the time for us to pick up speed. We must do whatever we can to bend the arch of social justice to a more humble, moral and decent place. What can you do? Go to wfcdc.org. Join the Democratic Committee and add your

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!WEEKEND EVENTS!

Greetings, There is a lot happening this week so pick one – pick’em all but let’s show our spirit and how determined we are to win these elections. Saturday, July 14th Wendy Gooditis will lead off a weekend of action beginning at 10 am at the Winchester campaign office at 100 N. Loudon Street on the downtown walking mall. We’re trying to get as many people out as possible. Sunday, July 15th Ronnie Ross will kick off his campaign to replace Jill Vogel next year. The event will be held at the Winchester Brew Works at 320 N. Cameron Street. The event is scheduled between 11 am and 2 pm. Wednesday, July 18th The Winchester, Frederick Co. Democratic Committee will hold its quarterly general meeting. Every one is invited. Bring some snacks to share and learn about everything coming up from the Frederick County Fair to some exciting event opportunities

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!

Democrats need volunteers for the following activities: Frederick Count Fair, July 30 – August 4–Contact gailhermosilla@yahoo.com Voter Registration (ongoing)– contact Fred at 443-758-8534 Campaigns: US Senate – Tim Kaine– contact austin.taylor@virginiavictory.org US House – Jennifer Wexton–contact matt@jenniferwexton.com Winchester Ward 1 – Teri Merrill–contact terivotemerrill@gmail.com Winchester Ward 2 – Evan Clark–contact evanclark1@yahoo.com Winchester Ward 3 – Kim Herbstritt–contact kim4ward3@gmail.com Winchester Ward 4 – Judy McKiernan–contact judy4winc@gmail.com

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VOTING NEWS A breakdown of the local primary results

WINCHESTER — Local results didn’t exactly mirror the overall results in Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries. In the 10th Congressional District, state Sen. Jennifer Wexton defeated five others to win the Democratic nod to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in the Nov. 6 election, claiming nearly 42 percent of ballots cast, or 22,394 votes. Comstock received the GOP nomination with 28,2784 votes or 60.7 percent of ballots cast, defeating challenger Shak Hill. In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Corey Stewart narrowly won the GOP nod with 44.87 percent of the vote (136,517 votes) to Nick Freitas’s 43.14 percent (131,274). E.W. Jackson trailed with 11.99 percent, or 36,493 votes. Stewart will challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in the November election. Kaine is seeking his second six-year term. Election results remain unofficial until certified by the Virginia Department of Elections. Democratic primary In the Democratic primary for the 10th

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Area News

Jennifer Wexton Will Attend Wednesday’s WFCDC Meeting!

Greetings, I have some exciting news about our Committee meeting This Wednesday. I can now tell you that Jennifer Wexton will attend our Committee meeting on Wednesday evening. When: Wednesday, July 18th at 7 pm Where: The Frederick County Public Safely Building at 1080 Coverstone Drive, Winchester Va. Everyone is welcome to attend. – Bill –

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Democrats Kaine, Wexton make campaign stop in Winchester

WINCHESTER — More than 75 area residents crowded into a local coffee shop on Thursday to meet the two Democratic candidates running for Congress. Sen. Tim Kaine, who is running for to retain the seat he’s held since 2013, and state Sen. Jennifer Wexton, who seeking the 10th congressional district seat, stopped by the Espresso Bar & Cafe Thursday morning to rally area residents in supporting them in the Nov. 6 general election. Kaine, 60, has previously served as governor of Virginia and chair of the Democratic National Committee. He was also Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election. He is being challenged by Republican Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County board of supervisors. Wexton, D-Leesburg, said she’s “going to repeal and replace Barbara Comstock” as the Congressional representative for the 10th District. “With the Democrats, we know that when we work together, we are stronger

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Teacher plans to run for Vogel’s seat

Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 27th Senate District. WINCHESTER — A Fauquier County teacher says he is preparing to make a serious run at the 27th District state senate seat in the November 2019 election. The seat is held by Republican Sen Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, who has said she is seeking re-election. Ronald “Ronnie” Ross, 31, is the first Democrat to announce plans to seek his party’s nomination to represent the 27th District, which encompasses Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Clarke and Fauquier, as well as parts of Loudoun, Culpeper, and Stafford counties. “I knew it was time,” Ross said on Monday, noting that he’s spent enough time complaining to his wife, Josie Ross, in the car about the state of politics in America. Ross, who has a Middleburg address, is entering his 10th year as a teacher. He teaches English at Highland School in Warrenton, where he is also

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Stephens City mayoral candidate Michael Diaz.

STEPHENS CITY — Small business owner and Navy veteran Michael “Mike” Diaz is running for Stephens City mayor against incumbent Mike Grim in the Nov. 6 election. Diaz, 35, grew up in Stephens City and graduated from Sherando High School in 2001. He spent four years in the Navy before returning to the area in 2006. Since 2007, he has lived in the town limits. He owns and operates Blokd Squared, a website design business. Diaz, who is single, is currently studying information technology and project management at Lord Fairfax Community College. If elected, he said helping Stephens City businesses thrive would be one of his top priorities. Diaz said he’s running for mayor, in part, because he feels the town hasn’t improved much since he graduated from high school 17 years ago. “I’d like to see the local government be a partner with the citizens of the town and

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Phil's Corner

McKiernan seeks ‘community engagement’ in 4th Ward

  My name is Judy McKiernan, and I’m running to be the next city councilor from the 4th Ward. I love this city. I have made it my home over the past 16 years, and I am willing to fight to make it a home that is welcoming for all of its residents. My background is in education as a school social worker in Winchester Public Schools for 28 years. As a result, I am committed to supporting our students from their early childhood education to when they walk the steps at Handley. Large strides have been made to close the salary gap with neighboring school systems. The same dedication to provide high-quality municipal expertise needs to be made to recruit and compensate high-quality educators for our children. Creating a diverse housing market in Winchester will be a priority. Our retired residents, young adults, and our low-income neighbors all hope

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MESSAGE TO AMERICA

By a Concerned American Citizen and Child of Immigrants Elizabeth A. Temple July 4, 2018 The American Icon? Apparently, it is time to remove the Statue of Liberty (“Mother of Exiles”), or at least remove the inscription by Emma Lazarus: “Give me your tired your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these the homeless, tempest tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” These deeply moving words are at risk of becoming hypocritical and obsolete in light of the attitudes and actions of our present administration in Washington and many US citizens (i.e., immigrant descendants). And while we are at it, we might as well replace the ‘lifted lamp’ with a lifted swastika. Post Columbus era Unless our DNA matches 100% with one of the indigenous peoples who had already inhabited the North American continent for thousands

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WOMEN’S MARCH AND ARREST.

by Gail Hermosilla: Anger, frustration, fear, sadness, anxiety. These are some of the emotions I experienced before my first arrest at age 73. I am a fairly typical white middle-class law-abiding grandmother imbued by her Catholic upbringing with a deep respect for authority. So what would it take for me to intentionally break the law and risk arrest? The sights and sounds of innocent young children being forcibly and cruelly separated from their parents! And I was far from unique in these feelings. 575 like-minded women joined me in a civil disobedience action and subsequent arrest. Many of the women were first-time arrestees like myself. Fortunately, we were well prepared with hours of training in non-violent civil disobedience. This training included some history of non-violent civil disobedience as well as instruction in practical matters. The most helpful piece of practical advice was: wear an adult diaper. Because of our large

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July 7, 2018

FOX GUARDING THE HEN HOUSE. When you want to protect something, you do not put people in charge of that who have a desire for exactly the opposite. Did that stop trump? Regretfully, no. His Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has appointed a council of hunting guides, wealthy hunters, and rifle and bow manufacturers to oversee the import of trophy animal parts. Per this article, they are repealing any rules that stop them from killing protected animals and bringing their currently illegal trophies home. We have so much to do to repair our country. EASY OUT? Thanks to his lies, we would think trump has no chance of reelection. That may not be true. Throughout his term in office so far, his approval ratings have been rather stable, per this article in The Guardian. We must work hard now to elect local and congressional candidates so we will be in a

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