VA Dems


JANUARY 26, 2017

A Jolly Jamboree

Join us for a holiday party of healing, solidarity and fun!

Saturday, December 17, 2016  — 3:00 pm – 6:00 PM

13211 Quate Lane, Woodbridge, VA 22193

Heavy hor d’ouevres will be served

$20 Recommended Donation (Checks can be made out to Carter for Virginia)

RSVP Information: Phone: 571-358-7999  Email:

Hosted by Prince William Progress Coalition and Prince William Democratic Women’s Caucus

Authorized by Boddye for Progress


November 15, 2016

Dear Prince William Democrats,

November 8, 2016 was a great day for Prince William County Democrats, not so much for the United States of America.  Secretary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in Prince William by more than 41,000 votes, and won ALL seven of our Magisterial Districts.  In the head to head, Secretary Clinton got 61.2% of the vote in PWC, the greatest percentage of any Democrat running for President in memory.  What is even more remarkable is the turnout in absentee voting, in 2012, 25,000 voted absentee with President Obama receiving 58% of the absentee vote.  In 2016, the absentee vote doubled to more than 50,000 with Secretary Clinton receiving 63% of the absentee vote.  Our Electoral Board lead by Keith Scarborough and Jane Reynolds along with General Registrar Michele White did a fabulous job of publicizing absentee voting. 

Gerry Connolly won the 11th CD overall and in PWC.  Matt Rowe, underfunded by about $1,000,000 only lost by 2,000 votes in PWC, and LuAnn Bennett ran well in PWC. 

Further, PWC and statewide defeated the anti-worker Constitutional Amendment that would have abolished union participation in Virginia forever.

I want to thank the thousands of volunteers who turned out to support Secretary Clinton as well as the down ticket races, without your help PWC could not turn BLUE.

If you are not a member of the PWC Democratic Committee, please join us, in 2017 we have gubernatorial as well as the entire House of Delegates up for election, we need to elect Democrats to the House or face continued voting suppression, defunding of public education, and the vitriolic hate messages spewed by Republicans in the House of Delegates.


2nd Annual Puller Institute   

        I am proud to announce the second ever Puller Institute is NOW accepting applications for the 2017 Legislative Session!

At the beginning of her term, Former 44th District Delegate Kris Amundson created a program to engage area high school juniors and seniors in the General Assembly process. In 2012, I renamed the program the Amundson Institute to honor Delegate Amundson’s innovative idea and passion for the project.

I am proud that I have the opportunity to create a similar program in the Virginia State Senate.  It is dedicated to Senator Toddy Puller and her twenty-four years of service to Northern Virginia in the State Senate and House of Delegates.

Similar to the Amundson Institute, the program will consist of six bright junior and senior high school students who live in the 36th District.  They will travel to Richmond, watch the legislative process at work in the Senate and House Chambers, Committee, meet with policy makers, and tour historic state facilities.

After returning, the students will each give a 10 minute presentation on a state policy proposal that relates to the 36th District. Some of my best legislative ideas have come from student projects!

Applicants should demonstrate strong leadership skills, a strong work ethic and an interest in their state government.

Application Deadline: December 15th

Dates: Sunday, January 29th through Tuesday, January 31st


You can also read more and watch videos of several introductions of past Amundson and Puller Institute introductions on my blog here:

YouTube: Senator Surovell Introduces 2016 Puller Institute

May 21, 2015 – The Dixie Pig: 2015 Amundson Institute Presents Policy Projects
June 26, 2012 – The Dixie Pig: Three Amundson Fellows Featured in Patch & Graduation

January 9, 2012 – The Dixie Pig: Announcing the Amundson Institute 
December 25, 2011 – The Dixie Pig: 2012 Young Leaders Program
In previous years, students met with the Governor, Former Delegate Kris Amundson, Cabinet Secretaries, advocacy groups, along with various Delegates and Senate members. They will also have the opportunity to explore the General Assembly Building, the Capital, listen in on committee hearings and sit in during session itself.

As per usual, there will be NO cost to the student. Our office will handle all of the transportation, meals, daytime activities and sleeping arrangements. All the students have to do is enjoy the experience!

Please pass along this message and information to any outstanding young students that you believe would enjoy and benefit from this program.

Additionally. please contact my office at or at 571.249.4484 if you have any comments, questions or concerns regarding the Puller Institute.  I look forward to hearing from the young leaders of our area!




Brentsville/Gainesville: Joe Jourdan, 586-480-0357,

Coles: Melissa Tuck, 804-972-8584,

Coles/Potomac: Kelly Hennessy, 208-720-8894,

Neabsco: Annabella Rockwell, 917-515-7054,

Neabsco: Gigi Slais, 703-599-6455,

Occoquan and Woodbridge: Natalia Vallejo, 571-432-9128,

Occoquan and Woodbridge: Rohan Ramesh, 703-589-0755,   

Potomac/Coles: Kelly Hennessy, 208-720-8894,

Potomac: Nick Widmyer, 304-596-7650,

Woodbridge: Terry Bermea, 210-954-3862,

Deputy Regional Organizing Director: Ethan Damon, 774-270-1629,

Organizing Director: Fernando Mercado,

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