About Us

Who We Are

The Virginia House Democrats are devoted to creating a better future for Virginia families by guiding efforts to elect Democratic leaders of character, integrity, ability, and vision.

Our official site, vahousedems.org, represents the authoritative Democratic voice in the House of Delegates. The Virginia House Dems are committed to recruiting and electing leaders who will fight for education, jobs, and equality for all Virginians.


What We Do

As the leading organization supporting Democrats for the Virginia House, we’re focused on recruiting candidates for critical seats and supporting them through the entire election cycle.

We offer full-cycle guidance for campaigns, including:

  • Recruiting and training candidates.
  • Training campaign staff.
  • Connecting campaigns with consultants.
  • Assisting with the funding of polls.
  • Coordinating media needs like TV ads.
  • Assisting with campaign fundraising.
  • Helping candidates hone their strategies and find their voice.

The House Democratic Caucus assists elected Democratic delegates with research and public relations during the legislative session. We also raise money to recruit and fund candidates for the House and supervise their campaigns. 

We owe our success to our Democratic leadership, the unity of our delegates, and supporters like you.


Charniele Herring

Charniele Herring

Caucus Chair

More About Charniele

Charniele Herring has represented the 46th District since 2009, during which time she’s fought to restore funding for homeless services, passed a bill to give small businesses competitive advantages, and worked to make the Commonwealth safer. Her environmental protection efforts were recognized by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters with the “Legislative Hero” award. The Virginia Education Association recognized her with the “Rookie of the Year” award in 2009 and with the “Solid as a Rock” award in 2013 and 2015. As chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, she helped sweep statewide offices in 2013. She was elected chair of the House Democratic Caucus in 2015.

Charniele has lived in Northern Virginia for more than 30 years, mostly in Alexandria, where she’s been a member of the Rotary, chair of the West End Business Association, and chair of the Alexandria Commission for Women. She currently serves on the board of the Parent Teacher Leadership Institute of Alexandria and as a trustee of Hopkins House, where she advocates for pre-K education.


Staff

Virginia House Dems staff members are dedicated local leaders with experience working on campaigns, as part of local organizations, or in elected office.

Jaime Reimers

Jaime Reimers

Executive Director

More About Jaime

Jaime Reimers joined the House Democratic Caucus as executive director in December 2020 after cycles in Colorado and Michigan. 

In Colorado, she served as the executive director of the Democratic Senate Campaign Fund. For the 2020 cycle, she oversaw all Democratic state Senate campaign operations and helped to ensure that the Democrats retained and expanded their majority in the CO Senate.

Prior to her work in Colorado, she served as deputy caucus services director for the Michigan Senate Democrats, manager for state Senator Winnie Brinks’ historic campaign, senior organizer for the Michigan House Democrats, and special operations director for Congressman John Dingell’s 2012 campaign.

Before entering politics, Jaime was a certified secondary English and speech teacher in Southeast Michigan and gained her degree in English from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Erin Monaghan

Erin Monaghan

Legislative & Policy Director

More About Erin

Erin Monaghan joined the House Democratic Caucus staff as legislative director in January 2020 after working for former House Democratic Leader and Delegate David J. Toscano (57th District) as a session aide, communications aide, fundraising and events manager, and legislative aide between 2016 and 2019.  

She spent 15 years practicing law in Washington, D.C., including nearly 10 years as a litigation attorney for the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Once freed from Hatch Act restrictions, Erin became involved with her local Democratic party and campaigns and is a member of the Fifth Congressional District Democratic Committee and a former co-chair of the Charlottesville Democratic Committee. She has been involved with DPVA voter protection efforts since 2008.

Erin returned to Charlottesville in 2007 for the third time to work for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation (after being born there and then earning her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Virginia). She subsequently worked as a seasonal reader for UVA’s undergraduate and School of Law admissions offices for several years. She has also worked as an application consultant for students applying to college or law school.  She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Emily Beer

Emily Beer

Member Services Director

More About Emily

Emily Beer has worked as a graphic designer and political staffer for more than a decade. Before joining the House Democratic Caucus, she was a legislative aide, the operations director for the Adam Cook for Congress campaign, and deputy director of the Office of Party Leaders at the Democratic National Committee.

Emily has provided graphic design consulting for local, state, and national campaigns and progressive organizations around the country, including the Obama Victory Fund, the National Action Network, and the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She currently lives in Richmond with her dachshund, Honey.