Current Phonebanking Opportunities

2021 Virginia Elections Quick Links

Scroll down for phone banking tips and to learn about the candidates!

Join A Virtual Phonebanking Event

Join Sister District MA-RI Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Sign up to join on the SDP MA-RI Mobilize page.

Each virtual phonebank over Zoom includes training for new phonebankers (returning callers can jump right in). We share successes and address questions throughout and veteran phonebank leaders will help you get comfortable, increase your effectiveness, and make sure you have a great experience. You can stay muted and connected the whole time, or disconnect and join us when we break. Come one, come all!

Make Calls On Your Own

Want to make calls on your own time? Terrific! Contact us at team@sisterdistrictma.com for instructions.

What You Need To Make Calls

  • a comfortable spot with your computer/tablet and phone. You'll probably call from your own phone - these are down-ballot, underfunded candidates, so no frills;

  • Zoom login information to join the event (you'll receive connection details after you sign up through our Mobilize page);

  • information about the candidates folks might ask (see below, we've got the highlights!);

  • a pen and paper to keep a call tally (we'll ask you to report your calls to help us track our effort and impact);

  • earbuds or headphones. Optional, but useful for hands-free dialing;

  • and an ActionID account to access VPB (the virtual phone bank system we use to make calls). Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information about ActionID accounts and password reset shortcuts.

To Begin, Learn About The Candidates

Knowing a bit about the candidates and/or having their website and dossier easily accessible will make your life easier as you make calls and voters have questions! We suggest choosing a couple of key issues to learn about and highlight:

Roslyn (Roz) Tyler

Fragile incumbent representing the district since 2005

Delegate Tyler was born and raised in Emporia, Virginia, and first elected to the Virginia General Assembly in 2005. She has served as clinical coordinator of physical therapy at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center for over 20 years, and is a member of the Virginia Physical Therapist Association. In the legislature, Roslyn chairs the House of Delegates Education committee and serves on the Agriculture Chesapeake and National Resources and Appropriations committees.

http://roslynfordelegate.com

Opponent: Otto Wachsmann Jr. (Wachmann pronounced WAX-man)

A pharmacist and small business owner running to “stand up to the radical left.” A hard right Republican looking to undo much progress that Virginia’s Democratic majority has made.

District 75

Brunswick, Greensville, Southampton, Sussex, and part of Lunenburg counties; cities of Emporia and Franklin.

One of only three rural districts with a Democratic representative. 14% with Bachelor's degree or higher, 56% African-American.


Key Issues

  • Broadband
    Ensuring access for her rural constituents.

  • Education
    First in her family with a college degree and chair of the education committee, Roz is a strong advocate for early education and raising teacher’s salaries.

Chris Hurst

Fragile incumbent representing district since 2017

Delegate Hurst began his career as a journalist, but left the industry and decided to run for office after recovering from a profound tragedy, when his girlfriend and fellow journalist Allison Parker was murdered on live television. Sister District supported Chris when he first ran successfully for office in 2017. As a Delegate, he has continued to fight tirelessly for increased access to mental health care, promoting gun safety laws, and has been an advocate for quality and affordable schools with adequately paid teachers.

https://hurst4delegate.com

Opponent: Jason Ballard

He presents himself as a moderate, but if elected, he is committed to implementing school choice policies, which often increases racial segregation, and rolling back all gun safety reforms. He also states that he will “oppose ‘cancel culture’” in all of its forms."

District 12

Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties and includes the city of Radford.

One of only three rural districts with a Democratic representative. Parts of the district have poverty rates of more than 20%.


Key Issues

  • Affordable Housing
    Homes selling within 48 hours

  • School Construction and Funding
    500 million added to budget in the last two years but still so much work to do to implement change.


Elizabeth Guzman

Fragile incumbent representing district since 2017

Delegate Guzman came to the US from Peru as a single mother with only $300, putting herself through college and earning 2 master's degrees. She is a social worker and public administrator who has worked to protect children from abuse and serve adults with food insecurity and substance use disorders. Running for her 3rd term in the HOD after defeating a 16-yr Republican incumbent in 2017, Elizabeth has passed > 19 bills and is focused on ensuring that Virginia is #1 not only for business, but also for workers. https://www.elizabethguzmanforvirginia.com

Opponent: Ben Baldwin

A financial advisory who supports anti-worker bills, including right to work laws that weaken labor unions.



District 31

Portions of Prince William County & Fauquier County.

Located in the north east corner of VA, this district has a high % of college grads (>47%) and low unemployment. Prince William County



Key Issues

  • Criminal Justice Reform Decriminalize marjiuana, reduce arrests targeting Black citizens.

  • Healthcare Paid quarantine for workers diagnosed with COVID-19.


Virginia Calendar

  • Monday, May 17 - Primary Voter Registration Deadline

  • Friday, May 28 - Primary Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • Tuesday, June 8 - Primary

  • Friday, Sept 17 - Early Voting Begins

  • Monday, October 11 - Voter Registration Deadline for General Election

  • Friday, October 22 - Absentee Ballot Request Deadline for General Election

  • Tuesday, November 2 - General Election


Other Useful Information and Resources

Need Help Logging Into Your ActionID Account?

Sister District Project uses OpenVPB, an interactive phonebanking system. Before making calls or joining a virtual phonebanking session, you'll need to set up your ActionID account. If you've made calls with other organizations, you may already have an account.

  • Already have an account, but forgot your login information? Reset your password.

  • Need to create an account? Sign up for an ActionID account. You'll need that account to log into OpenVPB and make calls.