After the 2019 Virginia Elections concluded on Tuesday, the Democrats have managed to create not just history, but also a glimmer of hope for the wave of progress to flow through the entire state. Even though the polls indicated the interest of the voters to the state Democratic Party, the state party itself left no stone unturned for ensuring its win.
Moreover, with the win in the off-year elections, the Democratic Party in Virginia has successfully managed to take control of both the houses in the state legislature. Also, it seems that the state would not have to fight for long for the policies, which people have yearned for.
The hopes of progress and liberalism come from the long history of the Democratic Party and not just because of the history created in the 2019 Virginia elections. As it was under the leadership of the Democrats (White Democrats) in the past that played a key role in the enactment of Civil Rights and Voting Rights to all African Americans across the country.
The Civil Rights of 1964 and the Voting Rights of 1965 not only ensured that discrimination in all sections of the society ends, but also provided with equal opportunity to register their concern and opinion in selection of the leaders.
Winning the 2019 Virginia elections is also remarkable because the state Democratic Party won on the promise of better future and policies. The stance of the state Democratic Party as they voiced concerns against repressive abortion policies, helped the party to ensure that the voters let the controversies surrounding Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring be bygones.
With Democrats taking control of both House of Delegates and Senate House, Gov. Ralph Northam issued a statement in which he pledged to work on absolving Virginia of issues like climate change, gun control laws, defending rights of the all sections of the society.
He said, “Tonight, the ground has shifted in Virginia government. The voters have spoken, and they have elected landmark Democratic majorities in both the Senate and the House of Delegates. Tonight, Virginians made it clear they want us to continue building on that progress. They want us to defend the rights of women, LGBTQ Virginians, immigrant communities, and communities of color.”
“I look forward to working with our new Democratic majority to make these priorities a reality. Together, we will build a stronger, more inclusive, and more just Commonwealth.”
It remains to be seen if the state Democratic Party learns from the mistakes made in the past, give respect to the mandate of 2019 Virginia Elections and push Virginia towards a better future. Or they use the control gained after more than a quarter to favor the lobbyists and worsen the state of Virginia.