Hey Code Blue! We are ready to win some races here in Virginia! But no one wins without a top-notch crew, right? So, what do you say, are you ready to join a Blue Crew?
Between now and the middle of June, we will be introducing you to the twelve races that Code Blue will be focusing on. The candidate profiles and race details will be available on the website. When you find one that excites you--either the candidate, or the odds, or the challenge or whatever, we ask that you sign up to crew for that race. When you sign up, you will receive a personal message from the candidate, and information on what you can do to help.
The races have been narrowed down from Virginia's 100 legislative races, to just twelve, to focus our attention where we can make the most difference. We are choosing races that are getting a little less attention, where Code Blue specifically can exercise its muscle and effect change. Some are just farther from the Beltway (where there's less grassroots support), some are outside the "Hillary 17," and some are outright longshots. What they have in common are outstanding, hardworking candidates fighting good fights, in need of our help.
Without further ado, here are the first seven candidates:
- Sheila Bynum-Coleman is running in district 62, an odd-shaped piece south of Richmond. Sheila is currently on the Virginia Board of Contractors, and has a long history of community organizing and volunteering. She ran for this seat in 2015. Hillary won 45% of the vote here in 2016, and Obama won 46% in 2012, so this one is a fight, but if there’s ever a year to make gains here, this is it.
- Lee Carter is running in district 50, in Prince William County, against Jackson Miller, who just lost in a race for county court clerk to Jacqueline Smith. Lee spent time in the Marine Corps fighting the “Global War on Terror” and providing aid to Haiti. He currently works as an IT specialist, and as a community activist. This district was won easily by Hillary in 2016, 53%, and Obama did as well in 2012. This is a must-win for the Democrats!
- Joshua Cole is running in district 28, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to fill the seat vacated by the retired House speaker. Joshua is an assistant pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church. He also serves as a behavioral aid at the public school. He would be the first African American to represent Fredericksburg. Hillary won 45% of the vote in this district in 2016, as did Obama in 2012. Flippable has also picked up this race.
- Kelly DeLucia is running in district 96, in York County, along the York river, near Virginia Beach. Kelly is a real estate professional and has worked with and fundraised for numerous community youth groups. Clinton only won 40% of the vote in this district, and Obama 41%, so Kelly will need a phenomenal turnout of excited and engaged Democrats to win this longshot, but this is a fight worth waging, since the incumbent has been running unopposed for the past 10 years.
- Chris Hurst is running in district 12, near Virginia Tech University. Chris is a journalist, and former news anchor on a local television station—in 2015 his late-girlfriend and their cameraman were murdered on live television, shocking the country. Hillary narrowly won this district with 47%, and Obama won in 2012 with 50%, so this seat is ripe for the picking.
- Angela Lynn is running in district 25, near the University of Virginia. Angela works as a higher education administrator, and ran for this seat in 2015. Since then, she has worked tirelessly in the fight for redistricting, and to bring discouraged rural voters back to the polls. Although Hillary only saw 35% of the vote in this district, there is a path to victory here by reaching out to and energizing these voters.
- Cheryl Turpin is running in district 85, in Virginia Beach. She ran for this seat in a special election this past January, and with the help of Code Blue, came within 350 votes (and a snowstorm) of winning in a historically Republican area. Cheryl is a high school science teacher, and is hoping her name recognition and infrastructure from the special election will help propel her to a win this time around. Hillary obtained 46% of the vote in 2016 and Obama won by 49% in 2012. This race has also been picked up by Sister District.