What is Activate Virginia?
Activate Virginia is a vehicle to address undemocratic phenomena in Virginia, catalyze the emerging popular movement, and achieve Democratic victories with strategies, tactics, and messages that can be replicated nationwide.
Since late 2016, we've been focused on three undemocratic features of VA government: lack of competitive elections, a corrupt campaign finance system, and gerrymandering. Public education has been the foundation of our success.
In 2019, Virginia will hold elections for all 140 seats in our General Assembly. The Democratic gains in 2017 were only possible because of extraordinary competition across the Commonwealth. How many districts will Democrats contest this year?
The Democratic Party
We continue to believe the Democratic Party is the best vehicle through which to achieve fundamental democratic reform. We encourage Virginians to learn about the party rules and apparatus, become involved, and help create a Democratic Party network capable of democratizing Virginia politics.
Campaign Finance Reform
In 2017, 74 House of Delegates candidates and 2 Lieutenant Governor candidates signed our pledge to never accept contributions from Dominion Energy or Appalachian Power. Of these 76 candidates, 52 won their primary elections, and 13 won their general elections.
In 2018, 22 candidates for U.S. House of Representatives signed the same pledge. Of those 22, 5 won their primary elections, and 2 won their general elections.
In 2019, 39 candidates for House of Delegates or State Senate have signed the pledge so far.
Heading into the November 2017 elections, we put together a coalition that went one step beyond the pledge. 52 candidates and incumbents have committed to - if given the opportunity - vote for a bill that prohibits candidates from soliciting or accepting contributions from public service corporations. Of these 52, 10 will serve in the General Assembly in 2018.