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. 


As part of a grassroots effort, we helped to recruit and educate an amazing field of candidates. This recruitment effort - largely independent from the state party - resulted in House of Delegates competition unseen in over 20 years. 

Campaign Finance:

We put together coalitions against accepting money from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power - as well as in favor of banning contributions from public service corporations.


Though we're hopeful this concern can be settled by the courts, Democratic electoral success is key to ensuring fair, non-partisan redistricting. The historic results of our November 2017 election put us within reach of Democratic control over the executive and legislative branches in Virginia. We'll continue to organize in select precincts critical to this mission. 

Public Education:

It's been our priority to inform the public about the structure and machinations of Virginia government, Virginia politics, special interests, and the rights and powers of citizens. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

What's Next? 

As we continue to fight for democratic reform in Virginia, our focus will shift to securing legislative victories, reinvigorating the Democratic Party of Virginia, fighting corruption through public education, and encouraging Virginians to speak up, act out, and actualize the power inherent in democratic citizenship. 

Behind the Curtain

Activate Virginia was constituted to address an undemocratic status quo. We believe we're operating in politically exceptional times, and we're committed to realizing our potentials as citizens. Our team includes:

Josh Stanfield, Executive Director [josh@activatevirginia.org]

Rob Waters, R&D Director