In Manassas Park City County, Virginia, the Democratic Party has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. In the last presidential election, 65.6% of people voted for Democrats, 32.5% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 1.9% voted for Independents. This trend was further solidified when Danica Roem became the first openly transgender elected official in Virginia, defeating former president Del. Robert Marshall, R.
The Democratic message resonated with communities along Route 28, particularly in Manassas Park, a rapidly changing area that has seen an influx of immigrants and millennials in recent years. Attorney Jimmy Bierman, 36, former chairman of the Dranesville Democratic Party committee, is the only Democrat seeking the position of supervisor, although more candidates are considering running. The race took a negative turn in recent weeks when Marshall and his supporters published advertisements highlighting Roem's transgender identity and referring to the Democrat with masculine pronouns. Despite this criticism, Roem focused on local issues such as traffic congestion in her community of Manassas Park.
Simon and Kaye Kory, both representatives from Fairfax, are seeking the Democratic nomination for a redesigned seat in the 13th District House of Delegates. Foust (Democrat from Dranesville) has announced that he will not run for re-election in November, so he has called for Democratic primary contests in his dark blue districts. In Manassas Park City County, Democrats have been successful in engaging with religious communities and other local groups to build support for their party. Melissa Marion, 48, a federal worker from Manassas Park who voted for Rome said that traffic on Route 28 is very intense and busy all the time.
The county in the city of Manassas Park voted Democratic in the four most recent presidential elections after they were Republicans in 2000 and 2004. The success of Democrats in Manassas Park City County serves as an example to other areas across the nation on how to run in opposition to unpopular Republican presidents. It is clear that Democrats have been able to effectively engage with religious communities and other local groups to build support for their party.