Why We Started Writing2Win – Why We Want to Expand
Donald Trump’s win in 2016 created an urgency to flip Virginia blue and support Democrats for local, state, and federal offices. Writing2Win was born, building on the volunteer efforts of previous Democratic volunteers.
Writing2Win is dedicated to telling the right story at the right time, to fight for our Democracy, and to separate truth from fiction. We want to share our process so you can create your own Writing2Win group in your community and support local, state, and national candidates or simply help you write your own LTEs and post them on social media.
By creating new Writing2Win Teams, we will
- Develop teams of writers to promote and defend candidates’ policy positions and legislative agendas, extend the reach of campaigns, and increase awareness among voters.
- Engage people who will actively support candidates by writing LTEs and op-eds in future local, state and national elections.
The Leadership Team
We are experienced in communications, the federal government, military and law enforcement, our team has learned many lessons writing and placing letters to the editor. Our small group, working with scores of volunteer writers, has supported VA Delegate Kathleen Murphy, U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, and many other candidates and elected officials in Northern Virginia. For the 2020 election cycle we are focused on supporting U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton’s campaign for re-election and replicating our process in Virginia and elsewhere.
Julie Hunter Galdo is retired from a 45-year career managing national communication and marketing programs in the fields of health, education, and community development with particular focus on low-income and under-served populations. Post 9/11, she specialized in crisis and emergency risk communication in support of various clients in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Kristin Battista-Frazee lives in McLean, VA and is a marketing professional, social worker, and author who has worked with tech start-up companies, universities, and non-profit organizations on strategic marketing initiatives. She was also a freelance writer and previously published in The Daily Beast, Thrillist, NASW News and other outlets.
Alvina McHale retired from the U.S. Department of the Treasury after 30 years. Treasury leadership positions included running two national marketing campaigns – the first, to get people to switch from paper checks to electronic payments and the second, to promote the Obama Making Home Affordable Program. She spent 7 ½ years on Capitol Hill, was a director at a national trade association and a board member of two DC non-profit health organizations, including a two-year stint as board chair.
Hal Donahue moved to Virginia two years ago. His past experience includes a Scranton, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York policeman, operating partner of an ambulance company. Now a retired Air Force officer and international energy executive, Hal is an advocate for veterans and first responders while being a strong activist for Democratic Party candidates.