The Case for Virginia
Why Virginia? Why Now?
In November 2017, Virginians will have the opportunity to reconfigure their state government. This includes the entire 100-seat House of Delegates, a body so out of sync with the electorate that it faces a potential redistricting order from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Your support for Local Majority will strengthen the collective effort in Virginia and beyond, bringing this successful model to other winnable statehouses. The states we will be working with next will be determined in August of 2017. With your help, their local majorities will prevail in 2018.
Virginia’s governor and state legislature have essentially been locked in a stalemate for more than three years. The Democratic caucus has been large enough to sustain McAuliffe’s veto, but short of the majority required to repeal the ultrasound law. With so many elected offices up for grabs in November, the risks and opportunities for progressives are great.
Republican state and national leaders know this and money is pouring in from conservative PACs desperate to hold the line in Virginia. The national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is sending money and personnel, as are other organizations such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the ACLU. But there remains a gap in both funding and strategic support.
By targeting the most winnable districts, we are building political strength from the ground up.