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2019 Volunteer Impact

A Virginia sign at Alex Askew's canvass kickoff
A Virginia majority sign at Alex Askew's canvass kickoff

We Flipped Virginia!

Virginia, the state that just two years ago was overwhelmingly controlled by Republicans, is now a Democratic trifecta. Finally, the majority of voters in Virginia will have a majority of electoral power, and these new legislators can barely wait to get to work on the important issues that matter to everyday folks, from voting rights to healthcare to gun violence prevention. These are also the legislators who will be in power during the next redistricting cycle in 2021.

After nearly a decade under the grip of Republican gerrymandering, Virginians will have the opportunity for fair representation in their state and in Congress.

Victory at Last

Shelly Simonds has made a victorious comeback in 2019: she won her race with more than 3,000 votes.

In 2017, Sister District supported Shelly Simonds in her bid for House of Delegates. She tied, ultimately losing in a name draw. On Election Night 2019, Shelly was our first candidate to declare victory. Sister District volunteers made well over half of Shelly’s phone calls, sent 100% of her texts, and raised $83,000, which was 6% of her total raise.

Josh Cole also ran in 2017 and lost by 82 votes. We supported him this year knowing it was going to be a difficult race in a Trump district. Sister District volunteers raised $82,500, which was 7% of his total raise, made over half of his phone calls, and sent over a third of his postcards. In another 2019 close race, he became the first Black person, and the youngest ever person, elected to this seat.

Shelly Simonds with Co-Founders Lala Wu, Lyzz Schwegler, and Gaby Goldstein in 2017
Shelly Simonds with Co-Founders Lala Wu, Lyzz Schwegler, and Gaby Goldstein in 2017
Hand placing Election Notice for November 5 on door

2019 Elections Analysis

Want the deep dive on how we flipped the Virginia legislature and a House seat in Mississippi? Read this deep dive post-election analysis by Political Director Gaby Goldstein, and check back soon for more to come! Our volunteers had a massive impact through voter outreach and fundraising – see our topline metrics below.

The Sister District community is on fire!

In 2019, our volunteers blew their 2018 achievements out of the water. Although we had half as many candidates as last year, we exceeded our 2018 phonebanking numbers, and came within a stone’s throw of our 2018 candidate fundraising.

The Sister District community has never been stronger, or more hungry to make a difference. 2020 will be our biggest year yet, and we’re ready to take it on.

Delegate Debra Rodman rallying the crowd
Delegate Debra Rodman rallying the crowd

Fundraising

“Love you, thank you for everything you’ve done. It’s made all of this a little bit easier. We are the top fundraising campaign in all of Virginia, and you helped us get there.” — Debra Rodman

In 2019 we raised $735,823 for candidates and $1,852,094 to date!

Canvassing

Doors knocked in 2019:

17,310 doors

Grand total to date:

95,686 doors!

NYC Volunteers canvassing for Wendy Gooditis
Volunteers make calls on Election eve for Josh Cole and Hala Ayala at the Women's National Democratic Club in Washington
Volunteers make calls on Election eve for Josh Cole and Hala Ayala at the Women's National Democratic Club in Washington

Phonebanking

Calls in 2019:

208, 518 Dials

Grand total to date:

451,300 Dials

Textbanking

Texts in 2019:

287,976 Texts

Grand total to date:

748,726 Texts!

Volunteers in South Bay LA textbanking for the November 5th election in Virginia
Sister District volunteers in California write postcards to voters
Sister District volunteers in California write postcards to voters

Postcarding

Postcards sent in 2019:

201,202 Postcards

Grand total to date:

514,985 Postcards!