I just wanted to take a brief moment to thank each and every one of VAYD's chapters for their work this past campaign cycle. From Bristol City to the Eastern Shore, Arlington to Danville... we saw young people knocking on doors, making phone calls, and in many cases stepping up to run for office on behalf of the Democratic Party. Together, we helped individuals like John Miller, John Edwards, Creigh Deeds, George Barker and so many other strong advocates for the interest of young voters return to the General Assembly.
I also wanted to make special mention of the many Young Democrats who stepped up to run this cycle for General Assembly: Shawn Mitchell, Laura Kleiner, Jack Dobbyn, Mike Kondratick, Esteban Garces, and Robert Short. They sacrificed their time and energy to carry the banner for the Democratic Party, and I hope you'll join me in thanking them for their courage and commitment.
Finally, I wanted to congratulate a few of the Young Democrats who were successful at the local level on November 8th:
Brian Patton (re-elected as Russell County Commonwealth's Attorney)
Joseph Puckett (re-elected to the Russell County Board of Supervisors)
Michael Sutphin (elected to the Blacksburg Town Council)
Chris Dumler (elected to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors)
Ryan McElveen (elected to the Fairfax County School Board)
We look forward to big things in the future for each of these candidates, and wish them well in the weeks and months ahead.
With 2012 right around the corner, VAYD will on the front line helping to Jim Webb's U.S. Senate seat in Democratic hands and turn Virginia blue for President Obama next year. I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail.