We're crowdfunding $35,000 to create campaign videos for progressive candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates in the November 2017 election.

Compelling campaign ads will help these small campaigns in Virginia talk about the issues, expand their reach to more voters, and WIN.

We’re working with our friends at Flippable and Sister District to identify which candidates in Virginia to support.

Contribute to help us turn Virginia blue, one vote at a time!

FAQ

  • Who are you?

We're filmmakers and activists. We've worked for and with companies like VICE, Participant Media, Maker Studios, and SoulPancake and now we are using our skills as directors and producers to fight back. You can read more about our team (Sarah, Mara, and Lauren) on our website or follow us on Facebook.

  • What does $35,000 pay for?

The money we raise will pay for:

  • Our start up costs (legal fees and insurance to make sure we do everything safely and by the book)

  • Two campaign videos for two different candidates (we'll employ an all female team of 7 crew members)

  • Distribution of those videos (we're using paid advertising to make sure that the voters in each specific district in Virginia see our videos). 

The more we raise, the more videos we’ll be able to make, and the more candidates we’ll be able to support.

  • Why Virginia?

All 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are up for election in November 2017. Virginia voted Democratic in the last three national elections, but the House of Delegates is 2/3 Republican! (Thanks to gerrymandering.) That can change this November, and we're going to fight hard to make sure Virginians are represented fairly in their state government. 

Also, Virginia is a "bellwether state." If Virginia elects progressives this fall in spite of gerrymandering at the state level, it will be an important victory for Democrats heading into the 2018 midterm elections.  

  • What's a SuperPAC?

A SuperPAC is an "independent expenditure committee." Basically, it allows us to create explicitly political advertising. With a SuperPAC, we can overtly advocate for or against political candidates for office.

It's a powerful political tool, and we want to use it to elect progressive politicians at every level of government.

  • Why do you have a SuperPAC?

We started One Vote At A Time last fall to advocate for gun safety legislation. After the election, we realized that we can't just focus on gun safety anymore. We expanded our mission. Now, we're working to elect progressive politicians in 2017, 2018, and beyond. 

  • What do you mean "take back the SuperPAC"?

Ok, ok, so if we had our way, the United States would have publicly financed elections at every level of government. In the mean time, we want to use every tool at our disposal to amplify the voices of the people and elect progressive politicians.

That's why we're crowdfunding: we think the best way to fight back is to work together. We aren’t backed by any billionaires or special interests; we’re funded by engaged citizens like you. 

We're taking back the SuperPAC and we want YOU to be a part of it.

  • Have you done this before?

Yes! You can see some of our past work here: Mary's Story, Blood Money, and #DoYourJob.

  • How will you make sure these ads are effective?

By using social media to distribute the videos online, we can make sure these compelling stories are seen by voters in the district we're focused on. It’s essentially neighbors talking to their neighbors about why electing progressive politicians matters.

Together, we will turn Virginia blue, one vote at a time.


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Laura Moyer endorsed

    “I endorse this because I am gut sick to think that the USA is losing its 241-year-old democracy on our watch. I agree with the idea of acting where it will matter most, in our state legislature. Let's do this.”

  • Terrill Currington endorsed

    “Progressives must take over local legislative infrastructures and closely monitor the actions of representatives. #VoteBluePushGreen”

  • Mo Schorr endorsed

    “Our stories matter. I contribute a small amount monthly to support One Vote's work to tell these stories. Take back your country.”

  • Susan Hogue endorsed

    “there is a wave we all feel and it's time to join.”

  • Patricia Griffith endorsed

    “I can't think of any better way to leverage my small dollars than to give them to women filmmakers to make powerful visual documents that will help elect progressive leaders.”

  • Cate Hardesty endorsed

    “I whole heartily endorse this group and the work that they are doing.”

  • Lynn Jenkins endorsed

    “Proud to support this thoughtful and doable plan. Go get em ladies.”

  • anna greger endorsed

    “I support this and I hope you will also. One vote at a time.”

August 9, 2017

Announcing One Vote At A Time's Virginia candidate slate!

Team,

Thanks to your incredible support, we are headed to Virginia...in 10 days! 

After careful thought and consultation with our partners at Flippable, Sister District, and others, we have decided to produce campaign ads for Jennifer Carroll Foy (VA-02), Elizabeth Guzman (VA-31), and John Bell (incumbent in VA-87). You can read more about these candidates below.

 Thanks to some generous equipment donations, along with volunteer housing support in Virginia, we are able to create THREE ads from the funds we raised, rather than just two. We're working hard to stretch our budget as far as it will go, and we're proud to be making these ads free-of-charge for the campaigns.

You can read a bit more about our group's story in an article that Bustle wrote about us: The Female Filmmakers Turning Popcorn Into Politics.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to send an email to: sully@themasterplan.co

Together, we're going to turn Virginia blue, one vote at a time.

Thank you,

The One Vote At A Time team

Candidates

Jennifer Carroll Foy (VA-02)

Jennifer Carroll Foy is a public defender, lifelong Virginian, and foster mom. She was one of the first African-American woman to graduate from Virginia Military Institute, and she has dedicated her life to public service. Because she believes so strongly that no child should be without a nurturing home, she started the Foundation for Foster and Orphan Children, a nonprofit committed to building better futures for orphan and foster children. She currently works for the Arlington Public Defender’s Office, where she represents the most vulnerable members of her community. 

Elizabeth Guzman (VA-31)

Elizabeth Guzman is a public administrator and a social worker who resides in Dale City. Elizabeth and her husband Carlos have four children and live in Ridgefield Estates. In between ballet and tap lessons, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts activities, judo practices, and swimming lessons at the Dale City Recreation Center, Elizabeth works tirelessly as a Court Appointed Service Advocate for CASA CIS to prevent child abuse, a PTO representative for Penn Elementary School, and as a "Cookie Mom" for her youngest daughter's Girl Scout troop. The Guzman family are active and long-time members of Harvest Life Changers Church in Woodbridge. The Guzmans also attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Elizabeth came to the United States from Peru as a single mom, looking for a better future for her oldest daughter. She remembers those early years; working three jobs in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment for her and her daughter. Despite graduating with honors from high school in Peru, Elizabeth's parents could not afford to send her to college. With her love of learning Elizabeth persevered, and enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College, obtaining her degree in Office Administration and Management. Elizabeth also holds a Bachelor's in Public Safety from Capella University, a Master's in Public Administration from American University, and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Elizabeth is a long time resident of Prince William County, living in the community for more than 15-years - in spite of elected officials like Chairman Corey Stewart, who worked to divide the community and threaten the Hispanic community, which Elizabeth is a proud member of. She fell in love with Prince William County because of all of the opportunity the area offered to her as a community leader and homeowner, and her desire to raise her children in a diverse, engaging environment.

Elizabeth has been working in the public sector for 10 years, and currently works as the Division Chief for Administrative Services for the Center for Adult Services for the City of Alexandria. Her personal and professional experience have given her strong insight into the needs of the 31st House of Delegates district, and Elizabeth cares about the many challenges residents in Prince William County and Fauquier County face. Elizabeth will fight as a strong advocate for the needs of the 31st District, whether that's legislating for change in Richmond, or attending a community meeting in Catlett.

John Bell (VA-87)

John Bell served almost 30 years in the United States Air Force before retiring as a Major in 2007. John served as a Finance Officer, working to reduce costs without sacrificing the mission, and won numerous awards for his work.

John then went to the private sector, using his expertise to help government clients deliver services more efficiently. Since his retirement in 2017, John now works full-time as a Delegate representing the 87th District.

John was elected in 2015 to the Virginia House of Delegates, winning by only a 320-vote margin. His priorities in the House focus on making a pathway to prosperity for everyone through progress in community safety, education, and transportation. 


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  • Emilio Herrera endorsed

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  • Laura Moyer endorsed

    “I endorse this because I am gut sick to think that the USA is losing its 241-year-old democracy on our watch. I agree with the idea of acting where it will matter most, in our state legislature. Let's do this.”

  • Terrill Currington endorsed

    “Progressives must take over local legislative infrastructures and closely monitor the actions of representatives. #VoteBluePushGreen”

  • Mo Schorr endorsed

    “Our stories matter. I contribute a small amount monthly to support One Vote's work to tell these stories. Take back your country.”

  • Debra A Watson endorsed

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  • Dianna Autrey endorsed

  • Elisabet Michaelsen endorsed

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  • Susan Hogue endorsed

    “there is a wave we all feel and it's time to join.”

  • Aida Reyes endorsed

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  • Patricia Griffith endorsed

    “I can't think of any better way to leverage my small dollars than to give them to women filmmakers to make powerful visual documents that will help elect progressive leaders.”

  • Elizabeth Dery endorsed

  • Hilarie Kavanagh endorsed

  • Martha Cermak endorsed

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  • Cate Hardesty endorsed

    “I whole heartily endorse this group and the work that they are doing.”

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  • Lynn Jenkins endorsed

    “Proud to support this thoughtful and doable plan. Go get em ladies.”

  • Gwendolyn Olicker endorsed

  • anna greger endorsed

    “I support this and I hope you will also. One vote at a time.”

  • Roberta Medina endorsed

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