All year long, I spoke about Mission 51, a multi-year plan to take the Virginia House of Delegates. We talked about our progressive priorities and how and why we needed 51 Democrats in the Virgina House to pull it off. I thought we would do well this November. I thought, with hard work and dedication, we could get 10 seats. Maybe, in my wildest dreams, a couple more. I never dreamed we'd be on the cusp of actually taking a majority in the House of Delegates. But that's where we are now: we won 15 seats! We have 49 seats. And we are on the verge of taking over! And we're not done!
I cannot stress enough how important this election is on Tuesday. The polls are neck and neck, and we need every vote we can to make sure that we sweep the statewide ticket this year. Winning Virginia depends on a huge Democratic turnout in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County. People across the Commonwealth are depending on you to show up on Tuesday and make sure that Ed Gillespie doesn't turn us into the next North Carolina.
Want to chat? Meet me tomorrow, Sunday, September 24, for September's Mark's Monthly Meetup from 2-4 pm at Los Tios Mexican restaurant in Del Ray (2615 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria). Come join us to eat, relax, and discuss policy and politics. And if you miss September, there's always October, November, and December. Every month, I make sure to be available in this informal setting for any constituent who wishes to discuss a problem or just say hello. Help me get to know you better, so I can better determine your priorities in Richmond. I always strive to be as accessible to you as I can possibly be.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 29, an election will be held throughout every part of Fairfax County. Yet only a tiny percentage of voters are expected to vote in the Special Election for Fairfax County School Board scheduled for that day. On the last day of May, a Republican Member of the Fairfax School Board resigned. But rather than wait a few days longer so as to put the election of her successor on the November general ballot when a wide swath of Fairfax voters could make the choice, this Board Member purposely decided to force Fairfax County to spend a quarter of a million dollars so as to hold an election when she hopes very few people will vote and her designated Republican successor can sneak in. Don't let these machinations succeed! If you live in Fairfax County -- or know people who do -- make sure to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, August 29. Don't forget. It's in small-turnout elections like these where your vote can really make a difference.
As most of you know, the Honorable Patsy Ticer, Former Mayor and City Council Member of Alexandria and our former State Senator for four terms, died Monday at the age of 82, after living in Alexandria for 70 years and serving us for nearly 30. Patsy, who was State Senator when I moved to Alexandria in 2001, was known throughout the City and the Commonwealth for her kindness, her strength, her wisdom, and her heart. She was a trailblazer and out-spoken but always tempering her views by listening carefully to others. And she was a strong advocate for children and families. Even after retirement, she continued to be quite active in our community affairs.