You are cordially invited to my home for my annual riverfront bash. Have a drink and enjoy the fireworks' dazzling display. We will meet at my home at 805 Rivergate Place on Saturday, July 8 from 7:30-10:30 pm, and watch the fireworks from my back porch and the hillside which borders Rivergate Park on the Potomac River in North Old Town Alexandria. Note the date: it's July 8. Not July 4.
With the primary behind us now, we have a fantastic statewide ticket with Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring, along with a slate of at least 88 House candidates that I'm proud to run alongside. I don't have an opponent this year, so I'll be able to devote my time to helping these great Democrats win their races. And we'll need you out there helping us if we're going to stop Ed Gillespie from bringing Trump's disastrous policies to Virginia. So get out and make phone calls, knock doors, and give money.
Today is a sad day for the City of Alexandria and the wonderful community of Del Ray.
No doubt you are aware that this morning, a gunman with powerful weaponry shot several Members of Congress at a public ballfield in the heart of our city.
We are grateful none of the gun victims were killed, and we pray for their speedy recovery and for the recovery of those brave injured first responders that rushed to save them.
If you have any questions or run into any issues at the polls, you can call the Virginia Democratic Party's Voter Hotline at 844-482-8683 or tweet them at @dpvavote. I'll be out visiting every polling place in my district, so hopefully I'll see you tomorrow! Virginia law does not require that the address on your ID match the address on your voter registration. If you don't have a valid photo ID, you can get one at your local registrar's office; they'll be open all day on Election Day.
The 2017 Primary is coming up on Tuesday. We'll be voting for Democratic nominees for both Governor and Lt. Governor. I spoke about these races more generally in my last newsletter, but today I want to talk more about why I support Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia. Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam is no stranger to Virginia fights. He’s been here fighting to build a Commonwealth that works for everyone—no matter who you are, no matter where you’re from—for the past decade. And before that, he was serving our Commonwealth as a pediatrician and an Army doctor.
Virginia Delegate Mark Levine, Senator Barbara Favola, and Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol jointly shepherded an effort by local and state elected leaders, community leaders, and law enforcement to obtain a nearly $560,000 grant of state and federal funds to support five full-time and two part-time forensic nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners or SANEs) at Inova Hospital in Fairfax County. SANEs specialize in treating adults and children who are victims of sexual assault.