The core of DC Unite for Progress’ efforts is a team of motivated volunteers committed to working to elect politicians who will defend our communities and civil liberties, build governing bodies that respect diversity, and represent the rights of all people. In 2019, DC Unite for Progress (DC UP) will continue to promote candidates who work actively to build a more inclusive, equitable, and accountable democracy for all of their constituents. Through mobilizing volunteers to canvass, phone bank, and text bank, DC UP will once again focus on Virginia state races, building on our first three years of elections engagement work.
DC UP Elections History
During the crucial midterm elections, DC UP concentrated canvassing efforts in support of U.S. House of Representatives candidate Leslie Cockburn, who faced a challenging race in one of Virginia’s most gerrymandered districts: VA-5. In 2018, DC UP knocked on more than 2,000 doors across Fauquier, Madison, Greene, and Albemarle Counties and talked with nearly 800 voters about Leslie Cockburn’s progressive vision for the district. While Cockburn ultimately lost the race, she picked up a huge number of votes and shifted the district blue by 10 percentage points over the 2016 congressional race.
Our community also contributed to a number of other close races across the country as we used phone and text banking to get out the vote for women of color candidates working to make a difference in their communities, including Lucy McBath, Xochitl Torres Small, Stacy Abrams, and Gina Ortiz Jones.
Devastated by the results of the 2016 election but energized to resist hatred and oppression, DC UP galvanized volunteers to work on flipping the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017, focusing most of our support on electing Delegate Danica Roem. Seventy-five unique volunteers came out with DC UP over the course of four months to canvass and phone bank. As a group, we knocked on close to 3,000 doors and spoke with hundreds of voters. Together, we built a strong community to support Danica Roem, an incredible candidate and now a formidable delegate, and other delegates, including Lee Carter, Dawn Adams, Jennifer Carroll Foy, and Hala Ayala, who are working hard on behalf of Virginians every day.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, DC UP mobilized close to 200 volunteers who knocked on 5,000 doors, talked to an estimated 1,500 people, and registered 100 new voters in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Read more about our inaugural year on the About DCUAH page!