6/13/17 June Primary (called if needed)
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11/7/17 General Election and Special Elections
Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, October 16, 2017
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A state lawmaker and his supporters Thursday defended legislation telling transgender individuals which bathroom they must use – a proposal that Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vowed to veto.
House Bill 1612, proposed by Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, would require people in public schools and government buildings to use the restroom for the sex shown on their original birth certificate.
The bill also would require the principal of a public school to notify the parent or guardian if a child requests to be identified by the name, pronoun or treatment “inconsistent with the child’s sex.”
Marshall discussed the proposal, known as the Physical Privacy Act, at a news conference with members of the Virginia First Foundation, a citizens group that supports “limited Constitutional government supported by a strong Judeo-Christian, Conservative culture.”
“This bill ensures that parents are included when a student requests accommodations when they are gender uncertain,” Virginia First Foundation board member Travis Witt said.
Day 1 of RILEYwatch on the floor of the Va. House of Delegates, where 12-YO Riley from PWC is undergoing House Page orientation. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/e8tdIRKmmn
— Del. Rich Anderson (@DelRichAnderson) January 8, 2017
Manassas 7th grader Riley Kotlus will travel to Richmond next month to begin a two-month experience working with the Virginia General Assembly. Kotlus was selected by House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell as one of only 38 students from throughout the Commonwealth for the highly competitive Virginia House of Delegates Page Program. The Virginia Senate also conducts a similar program in its own chamber.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Kotlus. “I have always been interested in politics and government, and even though I will be doing clerical duties, I will have a front-row seat to history.”
Pages work during the day completing assigned tasks that include assisting committee clerks, distributing documents, running messages, and performing other administrative tasks.
News ‘We will be hosting an official presentation ceremony…in Woodbridge, where I hope to spend some time firing off some rounds with the winner’
Republican candidate for Governor Corey Stewart announced today the winner of his campaign’s AR-15 giveaway contest today.
“The right to keep and bear arms is non-negotiable.” Stewart opened, “What better way to bring attention to that right than to give away a firearm over the Christmas holiday.”
We are happy to announce the winner of the AR-15 has been selected. He is a Navy Veteran from Woodbridge, is a member of the NRA and loves the Second Amendment,” Stewart said. “We will be hosting an official presentation ceremony
Friday, January 13th, at All Shooters Tactical in Woodbridge, where I hope to spend some time firing off some rounds with the winner.”
Stewart campaign’s giveaway incited a storm of media coverage, from the perspective of gun rights supporters and gun control advocates alike.
Update Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Today, the campaign moved the time for the presentation announcing the winner from January 13th to this upcoming Wednesday, January 11, at All Shooters Tactical in Woodbridge at Noon.
All Shooters Tactical
3310 Noble Pond Way Ste 105
Woodbridge, VA 22193
January 11th at 12 PM
Opinion ‘How would a loving dad react if he saw a grown man follow his nine-year-old daughter into a bathroom’
We got this statement from Delegate Bob Marshall about his new bathroom bill HB 1612 which he says will “protect privacy in facilities normally separated by sex” in government-owned or rented buildings.
Agree with him or disagree with him? Leave it in the comments.
How would a loving dad react if he saw a grown man follow his nine-year-old daughter into a bathroom at a state park? Would parents want their 14-year-old daughters on the school swim team taking showers with 17-year-old biological males in a public school locker room? Would women feel safe stopping at an Interstate rest stop knowing biological males could use the women’s bathroom?
Because identifying as transgender is about how an individual perceives themselves how can a biological female third party possibly distinguish between a transgender individual who means no harm and a male predator using the ladies room who does intend harm?
It is because of situations like this that more than six hundred parents and students in Prince William County and many more in Fairfax County attended meetings to oppose changes in school policies which would have allowed biological males to use the bathrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms, and showers set aside for females, and vice-versa.
In response to that outpouring of concern for the safety and privacy of our children, I have introduced HB 1612 to preserve current law to prevent schools and government entities from changing policies that protect privacy in facilities normally separated by sex.
STAFFORD, Va. — After this year, Mark Dudenhefer is done in Richmond.
The two-term Republican represents northern Stafford County and Woodbridge in eastern Prince William County. His term is up at the end of 2017.
Dudenhefer is expected to make a formal announcement by press release later today. He told Potomac Local on Thursday that he will serve out the remainder of his term, and attend the General Assembly which begins Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2017.
“My family, and my wife and I have been talking about it for a long time,” said Dudenhefer. “They’ve stood by me through seven elections, but they don’t want me to do House of Delegates Election again.”
Dudenhefer, who lives in Stafford, was first elected to the newly created 2nd District House of Delegates seat in 2011. He was unseated two years later by Democrat Micheal Futrell, of Woodbridge.
Dudenhefer won back the seat in a 2015 election against
Futrell Josh King by winning a majority of the votes in Stafford County. King is once again seeking this seat this year, said Trent Armitage, Virginia House Democratic Caucus.
Before going to Richmond, Dudenhefer served on as Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Serving on that Board again is something he has not ruled out.
“I really enjoyed my time on the Board of Supervisors because I felt like I got more done. It’s easy to get more done when you are a big fish in a small pond,” said Dudenhefer.
Here’s a way to get attention for your bid to be Virginia’s next governor: Give away an assault rifle.
Here’s a snippet from an email from Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, who is also a Republican candidate for Governor in 2017:
I’ve always believed the Second Amendment is fundamental to a true understanding of individual liberty.
It may not be “politically correct” to say it . . .
. . . but the Founders didn’t include the Second Amendment solely for future generations of Americans who wanted to enjoy hunting or a little target shooting on Saturdays.
Of course, those things are fun and important.
But you and I both know the reason the Founders included the Second Amendment is because they understood that if Americans are to remain a free people, you and I must be able to defend our persons, property, and liberties.
If elected to be your next Governor, you can be 100% CERTAIN I will never compromise on your God-given right to keep and bear arms.
Our liberties come from our Creator.
And the government exists to protect our life and liberties — not to “manage” them.
That’s why I firmly believe our right to self-defense — enshrined in the Second Amendment to our Constitution — is not negotiable.
I pledge to you that I will protect and defend the Second Amendment with everything I’ve got. Not only that, but I’ll work hard to fully restore the gun rights of every law-abiding citizen in Virginia.
But I can’t do it without your help and support.
He is one of four GOP hopefuls to win back the governor’s mansion next year. Ed Gillespie who mounted an unsuccessful campaign against Sen. Mark Warner in 2014 and Virginia State Senator Frank Wagner are all candidate for the Republican nomination.
Lt. Governor Ralph Northam will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for Governor.
Virginia is represented by Democrats in all five statewide offices, has voted for a Democratic president three times, yet the Virginia House of Delegates has 66 Republicans and 34 Democrats.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality and constitutionality of the last redistricting of Virginia House of Delegates’ districts. The court’s decision could be monumental for all Virginia voters.
If I could fix one thing to make our government work better at every level, I would reform redistricting. Partisan redistricting abuse has been around since the beginning of American democracy. The term “gerrymander” originates from an 1812 attempt to draw districts favoring Massachusetts Governor Eldridge Gerry. To be clear, both parties do it, but in the last two decades, gerrymandering has become especially powerful for a few reasons.
First, America is more partisan. Due to multiple and growing sources of information available in today’s world, voters are able to self-select their news sources and are exposed to fewer alternative perspectives. This has driven up partisan identification and led to fewer voters who are willing to split their votes between political parties.
Second, and more importantly, computer-enabled mapping software has made it possible to draw districts that are finely crafted. When redistricting was done with index cards shifting precincts days because of ancillary effects and the need to recalculate and balance district populations.
Today, computing technology analyzes data by census block and in a few seconds can draw a comprehensive set of districts to elect a predicted number from a specific political party while maximizing majority-minority districts.
Over the last thirty years, these political considerations have caused district lines to constantly shift. Many areas constantly move between congressmen, senators and delegates every redistricting cycle. Changed lines leave people confused about their representatives. Census level analysis leaves precincts split requiring local governments to redraw precinct lines to avoid polling places with multiple ballots. This costs taxpayers money and leaves voters confused about their polling place.
Resulting districts are not communities of interest. The 36th Senate district that I represent stretches 60 miles across three counties and two area codes. The 1st Congressional District crosses the 36th District and stretches from Manassas to near Norfolk. Districts should minimize jurisdictional splits, use natural geographical boundaries like rivers and be truly compact and contiguous.
Together, this creates a series of hyper-partisan districts, both Republican and Democratic, which are so safe in general elections that they incentivize incumbents to focus on galvanizing primary voters’ support and not the broader electorate. This distorts public policy and increases partisanship when it is time to legislate.
There are two solutions to this problem. First, the legislature could give up redistricting power and transfer it to a bipartisan or nonpartisan commission. Incumbent legislators should not pick their voters. I have always supported nonpartisan redistricting and the Virginia State Senate has passed it several times, but it always dies in the hyper-gerrymandered House of Delegates. A legislative solution is highly unlikely.
The real opportunity to remedy this situation lies in the courts. Some courts have thrown out hyper gerrymandered seats using Voting Rights Act provisions. While valuable, this law is not a comprehensive tool because it is limited to preventing racial discrimination and does not address other problems with partisan redistricting. A Wisconsin federal court recently used an analysis based on the 1st and 14th Amendments to invalidate partisan redistricting by focusing on “wasted votes,” but did not recommend a remedy.
Courts can often better resolve issues that legislatures cannot. For example, in 1962, numerous legislatures, including Virginia’s, refused to redraw districts recognizing the booming suburban populations. The U.S. Supreme Court required Virginia and other states to draw districts based on actual population by adopting the “one man, one vote” rule of the Baker v. Carr case.
Today, it is similarly time for the Courts to restore democracy to our country and our Commonwealth. Hopefully, they will use the Virginia House of Delegates case argued this week to restore democracy to America.
It is an honor to serve as your state senator. If you have any feedback, you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANASSAS, Va. — Robin Perkins will retire after working 35 years as the Treasuer for Manassas City.
More in a press release:
“More than 35 years ago, Robin Perkins, retiring Treasurer of the City of Manassas, began volunteering in the Treasurer’s Office a couple of days a week. When she began her career with the City, tax records were kept on a binary card system. Staff had to wade through cards and copies in triplicate as residents paid their taxes. When Robin began with the City of Manassas, Utility billing was handled through the Treasurer’s office as well.”
“Years later, with the advent of personal computers, Robin was the first City Treasurer to create the original tax database for City residents. Since that time, she has worked through three more system upgrades and overhauls. She has dedicated her career to good stewardship as she collects taxes, pays invoices and handles the City of Manassas investment portfolio.”
“Perkins raised two children and three grandchildren during her tenure. As a graduate of Osbourn High School, Perkins assisted with school activities for her own children as they attended Osbourn High School as well.”
“Perkins has served on the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade Committee for six years, helping to put on the best Christmas Parade in the region. She serves with the Manassas Rotary Club in many community endeavors, most importantly the Christmas Party for residents of Birmingham Green Assisted Living. She is a member of the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club.”
“Perkins plans to travel with her husband of 42 years, first seeing the United States and then on to other pursuits.”
Before she rides off into the sunset, Perkins will be honored as “Woman of the Year” at the 71st Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3.
Patricia Richie-Folks will replace Perkins as Treasuer. She was elected on November 8 by city residents.
She penned a thank you note to voters:
“I am thankful and honored beyond words that the citizens of the City of Manassas have bestowed upon me the honor of serving as their next Treasurer. It is to these voters that I express my extreme gratitude.”
“Manassas voters have clearly demonstrated their confidence in my experience to perform the duties of the City Treasurer’s Office, and I am ready to rise to the challenge.”
“During my campaign, I stated that I would ensure that the City Treasurer’s office operates with efficiency, accuracy, and excellent customer service and that I would promote transparency of all aspects of these operations. I will vigorously pursue these goals.
The staff currently in place is comprised of experienced professionals who provide excellent customer service. We will work diligently to maximize the use of the newly-installed accounting system to ensure optimal performance.”
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Ask any teacher, parent, or student in Prince William County today and they’ll tell you school is in session on January 20, Inauguration Day, the day Donald Trump moves into the White House.
Why? The school calendar lists January 20, 2017, as a regular school day.
But school officials and parents might have to rethink their plans.
Following the election of President Obama in 2008, the School Board voted to make Inauguration Day 2009 — and all subsequent Inauguration Days, which happen every four years after a U.S. President is elected — a holiday.
But, memories appear to be short. And the current School Board has, apparently, forgot about this rule it put in place eight years ago.
From Prince William County Schools spokeswoman Irene Cromer:
“[Innaguration Day] is not currently on the calendar but we will let you know of any changes.”
Northern Virginia was a frenzy of anticipation leading up to Inauguration Day 2009. Aside from the fact that the historic event would see the swearing-in of the nation’s first black president, hundreds of thousands flocked to the area to bear witness or to be a part of inaugural festivities.
Virginia State Police closed Interstate 395 and a portion of I-66 at the Capital Beltway, forcing the thousands headed into Washington from Virginia to take Metro or to find another route through Maryland.
Teachers in Prince William County wanted to take off from work to go to the Inauguration. By declaring the date a holiday, Prince William teachers didn’t have to worry about using allocated time off to do so, according to the minutes of the same School Board meeting.
While the inauguration of Donald Trump may not be historical, the political upset that will put him in the White House is. We’ll update you on any changes the Prince William County School Board makes to its calendar.
The vote by the Prince William County School Board in 2008 declaring Inauguration Day a school holiday also made Presidents Day on Inauguration years a regular school day.
Prince William County Potomac District School Board member Justin Wilk says he wants to hear from students on this issue:
Student Poll: We currently have school on Inauguration Day. Do you think the schools should close for students? Please retweet and follow
— Justin David Wilk (@justindavidwilk) November 15, 2016
MANASSAS PARK, Va. — Donald Shuemaker, Hector Cendejas, and Miriam Machado will all take seats on the Manassas Park Governing Body.
The results of the General Election held Tuesday. November 8 were just released to Potomac Local. The ballot count was extended to the unusual number of write-in votes during the election.
Shuemaker, and independent, is the only candidate whose name was listed on the ballot. He won the most votes, with 3,081 of the about 4,000 cast.
Two Democrats running as write-in candidates picked up seats on the Governing Body. Cendejas won
with 1,349 votes, and Machado won with 559 votes.
Independent Mehtab Sign Kahlon lost his bid for a Governing Body seat to Machado by two votes.
Here is the breakdown for the remaining candidates:
— Micheal Rogers, 483
— Bill Treuting, Jr., 415
— Melissa Garza, 385
— Richard Schubert, 181
— Jessie Ludvigsen 110
We’ve linked to the candidate profiles in this post to the candidates who responded to our Project: Election questionnaire sent to all Manassas Park candidates prior to Election Day.
Also notable in this election, Democrat Jeanette Rishell unseated longtime Republican Mayor Frank Jones.
Bryan E. Polk and Keith Miller, who both hold seats on the Manassas Park Governing Board, decided not to seek re-election this year.
MANASSAS, Va. — Voters shook up the Manassas City Council on Tuesday when they elected a two new Democrats to the board, and sent home a long-serving Republican.
Mark Wolfe, a Republican turned Democrat in 2016, won his reelection bid with nearly 20% of the vote, more than any of the field of six candidates vying to fill three council seats that were up for grabs. Wolfe was elected to the City Council eight years ago as a Republican.
Statement from Wolfe added to this post at 10:43 a.m.:
“I am tremendously honored by the support that the voters have given me.The results send a clear message that the citizens of Manassas want to build a Better Manassas.It also sends the message that they want leaders who practice positive politics and who get things done.Pam and I are committed to meeting those expectations and we look forward to working with the rest of the City Councilto move Manassas forward.”
Wolfe ran on a combined ticket with Pamela Sebesky, who serves on the city’s School Board, and political newcomer Rex Parr, and one-time director of Manassas-based Didlake Inc., a major regional employer of people with disabilities.
Sebesky won her bid for a seat on the Council with nearly 18% of the vote, and sent us this statement:
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me by the voters of the city of Manassas. I will work hard to serve and represent all in our city.”
Sebesky will replace Jonathan Way, who has served on the City Council for the past 10 years and as Vice Mayor for the past two years. Like the Democrats, Way ran on a unified ticket with fellow Republicans Theresa Coates Ellis, and incumbent Ian Lovejoy.
Lovejoy will head back to Council after winning 16% of the vote.
Statement from Lovejoy added 2:52 p.m. :
“I’m humbled by the showing of support and to be re-elected to the Manassas City Council. It’s been an honor serving all citizens of our city for the past four years and I’m eager to do so for the next four. In an election that saw the city tilt toward the Democratic Presidential nominee by 58%, for a Republican to overcome that and win a clear victory shows our residents are still heavily invested in practical, effective and affordable government. I do not plan to let them down.”
Longtime Mayor Hal Parrish will keep his seat after running unopposed. He won the seat on Tuesday with nearly 96% of the vote.
Manassas residents also elected Democrat Patricia Richie-Folks as the city’s new treasurer, beating out Republican
Russell Harrison. This marks Richie-Folks’ first term in public office, made possible by the retirement of Robin Perkins, who spent 17 years on the job.
The blue wave that enveloped the city wasn’t just contained to local offices. Voters overwhelming went for Hillary Clinton in the Presidental Election, giving her nearly 55% of the vote over Donald Trump.
While Trump won the Presidency, Virginia was a win for the Democrats on Tuesday.
The city also went for Democrat LuAnn Bennett, who mounted an unsuccessful campaign to unseat freshman Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, who serves Virginia’s 10th District. Comstock won a second term for Congress with a five-point win.
On the Manassas City School Board, one newcomer joins the Board while three incumbents will head back to work.
Albrecht sent us this statement:
“I am genuinely humbled and honored and look forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Manassas for another four years. My sincere congratulations to all of the successful candidates and a thank you to all of the candidates who kept the election for School Board positive and focused on the success for all children.”
School Board candidates run without political party affiliation.
Unopposed Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly will keep his seat serving Fairfax and Prince William counties.
The Democrat won his fifth-straight term in office Tuesday night. He first won the seat in 2008.
“I thank the voters of Virginia’s 11th District for once again giving me their trust and sending me back to Congress. I love what I do and I love representing people of Northern Virginia. It’s been the greatest privilege of my life.”
Connolly served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman, At-large prior to being elected to Congress.”
MANASSAS PARK, Va. — We won’t know until Wednesday who will win three seats on the Manassas Park City Governing Body.
Only one person, Donald Shumaker, turned in his paperwork in time to have his name listed on the ballot. At least seven other people were running as write-in candidates.
This just in from the Manassas Park City Voter Registrar’s Office:
No, we don’t have final numbers for the Governing Body. We do have mayoral numbers on the website.
The rest of the GB is being decided by write-ins as you know. That process is still ongoing in all precincts. Due to the number of write in votes, we will not be able to report the final numbers to you until tomorrow.
Shumaker received 37% of the vote, according to State of Virginia election results.
We’ll report the final Manassas Park City Governing Body results when we get them.
Updated 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
From Manassas Park General Registrar’s office:
“…the Electoral Board will meet later this morning to start combining the results. Of course we don’t know how long that process will take. I would suggest that you contact our office perhaps later tomorrow for an updated status. We simply can not anticipate having results any more precisely than that.”
MANASSAS PARK, Va. — Jeanette Rishell is Manassas Park City’s next mayor.
— Jeremy McPike (@JeremyMcPike) November 9, 2016
The Democrat declared victory at an election party in Manassas Tueday night with three out of the city’s four precincts reporting.
Rishell had 61% percent of the vote at the time she declared victory. She gave up her seat on the Manassas Park Governing Board to run for Mayor.
Both Rishell and Jones said bringing new business to the city would help reduce the locality’s $120 million debt incurred when a new police station, and a community center.
She’ll replace the long-serving Frank Jones who held the seat for the past 12 years.
STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — Rob Wittman declared victory in Virginia’s 1st Congressioanl District tonight.
The Republican took on independent Gail Parker, and policital newcomer Matt Rowe in a race to represent a Congessioanl Disrict that spans from Prince William County to Williamsburg.
Wittman issued this statement:
“I’m a firm believer in the power of democracy and a firm believer in this process. It’s no small thing that we get to come together like this to choose who holds public office in this country, and I’m humbled that the folks in the First District have chosen me. We’ve still got a lot of work to do to get Washington back on track and out of the business of over-regulating people’s lives and livelihoods. But–together–I believe we can be an overwhelming force for change. I’m looking forward to working with men and women across the First District for a better tomorrow.”
Wittman announced that he would watch the campaign results come in from the Stafford Regional Airport on Tuesday night.
Wittman plans to make a run for Virginia Governor in 2o17.
Decatur won with the vote by just over 12 points in the Griffis-Widewater District, with 54% of the vote.
We’ve contacted Decatur about her win. We’ll post her comments to this post as soon as we hear from her.
This was a special election for the seat. Reinboldt lost the seat last fall to Emily Fallon, who was convicted this year of stealing $23,000 from Anne E. Moncure Elementary School in North Stafford.
Fallon was the PTO president at the school at the time the cash was found to have been stolen.
Decatur proposes creating a cash capital fund to reduce the need for over budgeting for the county schools, she told us.
The stay-at-home mom is a graduate of North Stafford High School.
Lines at the polls this Election Day formed early on Tuesday.
Many across Prince William County reported long lines this morning at polling places. The pace was steady, and the mood of the voters: patient.
— Rachel Wakatsuki (@CaligirlinVA) November 8, 2016
About a 30 min wait at the King Elem polling site in Prince William County. Lines moved steadily. Pretty smooth process. #vote
— Dan Waddell (@DanWaddellCISSP) November 8, 2016
This photo was taken at Haymarket Elementary School:
— Ken Bayes (@a_Magillacutty) November 8, 2016
In Manassas Park City where voters choose between Barbara Comstock or LuAnn Bennet for the 10th Congressional District, will vote on a Mayor, and a slate of new Governing Body candidates, a total of 1,443 votes were cast in Manassas as of 9 a.m., according to Manasass Park City Deputy Registrar Nancy Van Wyen.
In Pricne William County, elections spokesman Forrest Winston said the pace at the polls was brisk, but reported no problems.
Stafford County General Registrar Greg Riddlemoser reported simliar conditions at the polls, and said there had been no issues with voting eqiuipment.
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MANASSAS, Va. — Ivanka Trump made one of her final campaign stops for her father today in Manassas.
The 35-year-old fashion model turned entrepreneur, and now head of the Trump organization took the stage, joined by her sister, Tiffany, 22, where both talked to a crowd of Republicans about why their dad should be the next U.S. President.
“My father is just the messenger…this is your movement,” said Ivanka Trump. “He’s led a pretty good life… he’s doing this for you.”
The Trump sisters were whisked into the Red Rose Events Center on Liberia Avenue by U.S. Secret Service where they stood and took questions from a moderator for about 20 minutes at 3 p.m. Monday. About 540 supporters came to greet the Trumps, and to show their support for their father, and distrust of his opponent Hillary Clinton.
Ivanka Trump’s remarks differed from her father’s familiar campaign speeches.
“My father is very blunt in his remarks, and you know where he stands on the issues,” she said.
When asked about women’s issues, Ivanka Trump said she shies away from “women’s” issues, calling healthcare, equal pay, and education everyone’s issues.
“All issues are women’s’ issues. We don’t talk about ‘men’s’ issues,” said Trump.
When asked to how Donald Trump appeals to Millenials, the sisters responded by assuring them their father knows recent college graduates are looking for jobs and are swimming in debt.
“My father is the man to get the job done,” Ivanka Trump added.
The Trump sister’s appearance in Manassas follows Donald Trump’s late-night rally in Leesburg Sunday night that attracted thousands. Trump trailed Clinton by six points in Virginia on Monday, where Clinton is expected to win Democratic-heavy Northern Virginia, as well as the state’s populous urban regions like Richmond and Hampton Roads.
Trump may also have a difficult time swaying Latinos to vote for him after comments that he made early in the campaign about illegal immigrants. ‘
“I don’t hear any fixes for the problems when I listen to him speak,” said Antonio Vasquez, 52, of Triangle, and a Hillary Clinton supporter. “He’s going to deport 11 million people. The countries should be working together to fix immigration.”
At a rally in Reno, Nevada on Saturday, Trump said the immigration process needs to be reformed, and that it should not take as long as it does today for immigrants to enter the U.S. legally.
Vasquez in 2012 voted or President Barack Obama in 2012, and he called it a “mistake.”
“He promised that he was going to to do much more for immigrants and he did nothing,” he added.
Republicans in the final hours of the campaign are working hard to get out the vote. Calls were made from inside the Red Rose for additional GOP volunteer poll workers to come to precincts in Democrat-heavy Fairfax County to pass out fliers, as well as give rides to get voters to polling places.
Trump campaign volunteer Laurie Mullins, of Bristow, has been working to register voters.
“I’ve helped people in their 80s, people who have never voted before, register to vote,” said Mullens, who is hoping for a large Trump turnout in Virginia.