Democrat Donte Tanner Announces Plan for An Independent Redistricting Commission

CENTREVILLE, VA – Today, Air Force Veteran and Small Business Owner Donte Tanner announced his plan to fight gerrymandering in Virginia by instituting an independent redistricting commission. The purpose of this commission is to redraw the lines, with electoral politics taken out of the equation. 

“It’s time we give the voters the right back to choosing their elected officials — not the other way around.” Said Tanner, “Nothing gets done when we are yelling at each other from both ends of the field. We need fairer elections to promote bipartisan governing, and to have a government that gets things done, rather than just grandstanding.”

Donte’s plan to enact an independent commission will look much like California’s system. Here are the details: 

The Commission will be composed of 14 members: 5 Democrats, 5 Republicans, and 4 members belonging to neither party. Their selection process will be done by the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts. Of the pool of Democrats and Republicans, the majority and minority leaders of the House of Delegates will be able to strike up to two potential commissioners from the selected pool. 

The drawing criteria will be:

Electoral Fairness: Districts should be drawn as closely to a 50/50 margin split as possible. This should be determined by an average of the precincts electoral results in gubernatorial cycles, presidential cycles, and off-off year election cycles. 

Contiguity: Districts should be one whole contiguous district, with all parts adjacent to each other. 

Compactness: The district should be compact, with its constituents living as near as possible to each other. Examples of a not compact district would be Virginia Delegate District 72. 

Community Boundaries: Communities, incorporated and unincorporated should be taken into consideration.

Donte knows this is just the beginning to solve a very difficult, but important problem in Virginia. This plan is meant to start a discussion, and Donte will be meeting with leaders and experts throughout the commonwealth to discuss his plan to end gerrymandering. 


The 40th District’s Newest Constituent: Evelyn Reese Tanner


I’d like to introduce everyone to the 40th district’s newest constituent: Evelyn Reese Tanner! She is healthy at 9lbs, 11oz and 22 inches tall!

I’ve been a Father for only a day now, and it’s more amazing and life-changing than I could have ever expected. I already see the world through her eyes, and it’s more clear now than ever that we need serious change to give her the world she deserves.

I’m running for Evelyn. I’m running because I want to make sure she gets the best education from our incredible public schools. I’m running because when Evelyn grows up, I want her to be making as much as her male counterparts, and that she gets access to affordable healthcare.

We made Northern Virginia our home because it’s where we can achieve the American dream.

I will fight so that Evelyn, and every other child born in Virginia, gets their shot at that dream too.

ENDORSEMENT: Donte Earns the Support of VoteVets!


CENTREVILLE, VA – Today, Air Force Veteran Donte Tanner, received the endorsement of VoteVets, a national veteran’s group, committed to electing Veterans to public office. VoteVets has endorsed both Republican and Democratic candidates. This adds another major endorsement for Tanner as he campaigns to unseat long time Delegate and Republican leader Tim Hugo.

“My time in the military had a profound impact on the leader I am today. I am deeply honored to be a part of the VoteVets family, and I am humbled by their confidence in me to serve Virginia as the next delegate for the 40th district,” Tanner said. “In this time, when people are increasingly losing confidence in our elected leaders, we need more veterans in office who have lived the credo of service before self. VoteVets has been very successful in getting men and women in uniform elected and I’m proud to be on their team.”

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Donte earns the support of “Run for Something”, a group that supports Young Candidates for Office


CENTREVILLE, VA – Today, Air Force Veteran and Small Business Owner Donte Tanner earned the support of “Run for Something”, an organization dedicated to encouraging young people to run for office.

“I’m thrilled to have earned the support of Run For Something,” Tanner Said. “Making government work better for Virginia families begins at the local level. We are seeing an unprecedented level of excitement and enthusiasm for young candidates, and it just means we will see more young people involved in the political process.”

Tanner is running against 14-year incumbent Republican Tim Hugo in the 40th district, which went 8 points for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Donte Earns the Support of Bi-Partisan Organization That Supports Military Veterans


Today, Donte Tanner’s campaign for delegate was endorsed by New Politics, a national organization that recruits and supports military veterans and national service alumni to run for public office.

“Dedication to his country runs deep for Donte Tanner – from his parents’ military and public service to his own service in the Air Force,” said Emily Cherniack. “Virginia families deserve a servant leader like Donte who will always put them first, and we’re proud to endorse him in his run for Delegate.”

New Politics was founded in 2013 and works to bring a new generation of leadership to politics by helping promising military veterans and national service alumni run for public office. The organization identifies top talent, helps them build a winning campaign infrastructure, and provides mentorship and support throughout their campaigns.

Excited to welcome New Politics to Team Tanner!

Join our People Powered Campaign


On day one, Donte’s campaign made the commitment that this was going to be a people-powered campaign. Our focus is to take Donte’s story of “service before self” to every corner of the 40th district. Whether it’s by knocking doors, making phone calls, or going to every public event in the district, we are going to win this campaign by having one-on-one conversations directly voters. 

Want to join us in telling Donte’s story? Sign up to volunteer to join us!

Donte Tanner, Democratic Nominee for Virginia House of Delegates, Endorsed by Democracy for America

Team Tanner is proud to announce we received the endorsement of Democracy For America!

Press Release Below:

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed six progressive candidates challenging Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates. DFA will be mobilizing its 37,065 members in the state through fundraising, organizing, and volunteering to support its endorsed candidates in the state.

Democracy for America Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on the endorsements:

“Ending the Republicans’ veto-proof majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates will not happen unless we invest in progressives who are willing to take on entrenched Republicans. With these candidates, we will be expanding the map and channeling the enormous grassroots resistance energy we are seeing in Virginia into building more progressive power in the State House. It is past time for the state’s political leadership in Richmond to reflect the strength, values, and diversity of its people.”

DFA endorsed the following six Democratic candidates running in Republican-held seats in Virginia House of Delegates:

  • Sheila Bynum-Coleman (VA-62)
  • Wendy Gooditis (VA-10)
  • Chris Hurst (VA-12)
  • Josh King (VA-02)
  • David Reid (VA-32)
  • Donte Tanner (VA-40)

These House of Delegates endorsements are an initial part of the group’s on-going “Purple to Blue” Project, a national multi-year effort to build power in state House and Senate chambers across the country, with a focus on making “purple” state legislative seats (like those in Virginia) decisively Democratic. As part of the program, DFA earlier this year endorsed eight incumbent progressives in the House of Delegates, as well as Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of the state. Since it’s launch, the program has mobilized its renowned network of small dollar donors and grassroots volunteers to elect state legislators in battleground states nationwide, with recent victories from Virginia to Arizona, Colorado, Maine, New Mexico, and more.

Democracy for America is a people-powered political action committee with 1 million members nationwide. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 917 progressive candidates nationwide.

Donte Tanner, Democrat, Launches Campaign for Virginia House of Delegates 40th District

CENTREVILLE, VA – Today, U.S. Air Force veteran and small business owner Donte Tanner officially announced his campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 40th district. Tanner, born and raised in the Commonwealth, is the son of two police officers. He learned the value of public service from his parents and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, going on to serve in the Air Force with distinction and rose to the rank of Captain. Afterwards, he went on to start his own government consulting firm in Centreville, and understands firsthand what it means to be a small business owner.

“I am excited to officially launch our campaign for Virginia House of Delegates.” Donte said, “For too long, constituents in the 40th district have been betrayed by their representative who has been too focused on his own career in Richmond at the expense of my neighbors. We can do better, and that’s why I’m running. We can do more to strengthen our schools, support small business owners, and solve our traffic problems. For years, our community has been effectively silenced and forgotten by our representative in Richmond. That ends today, as I begin our listening tour because I believe that our best solutions will come from the folks that live in the district, not Richmond. I look forward to listening to my neighbors over the next coming weeks about what we can do to move our district forward”

In homes, coffee shops, and community gatherings, Tanner will begin his campaign with a listening tour of the district, listening to the concerns of constituents and work on finding solutions to our most pressing issues.

The 40th District spans from Haymarket in Prince William County and goes as far east to Clifton in Fairfax County. Its residents consist of families, small business owners, and commuters who all sent a message to Washington last year when they voted for Hillary Clinton in the Presidential Election.