Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward


The Hanover Democratic Committee extends a warm welcome to all who want to work to get Democrats elected to local, state and national office. This is such an exciting time to get involved. And never has it been more important than this election cycle! We are on the threshold of making history and we want you to be part of it. The Hanover Democratic Committee has many ways you can get involved...Monthly Meetings, Women's Coffees, the Hanover Democratic Committee Black Caucus, Fair exhibits, and many, many volunteer activities. Be part of this exciting moment in history. Come to our next meeting at Ashland Coffee & Tea, the second Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. Attend a Women's Coffee, sign up for our many volunteer activities. Let's get going. Let's move forward.

August Guest Speakers, Hanover Sheriff Hines & Ashland Police Chief Goodman

Hanover's Top Law Enforcement Officials Ashland Police Chief Doug Goodman and Hanover Sheriff David Hines will be the guest speakers at the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. In the wake of police-civilian shootings throughout the country, Chief Goodman and Sheriff Hines will focus on staaff training and recruitment efforts aimed at preventing the tragedies that have occurred elsewhere. Sheriff Hines has served in Hanover law enforcement for 30 years, and was elected sheriff in 2010. Chief Goodman served 14 years with Hanover County Sheriff's department before joining the Ashland Police Force as chief in 2007. Don't miss this timely and interesting presentation on Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m. As always, the coffee is on us.

College Scholarship: And the winners are....

hvadems scholarship winners

The Hanover Democratic Committee has awarded its 2016 Melissa Dopp/Bobby Ostergren Memorial Scholarship to two Patrick Henry High School graduates who have distinguished themselves through their involvement in Democratic campaigns or have promoted Democratic efforts. The recipients of the $500 scholarships are Paul Franklin and Josie Riederer, both of Ashland. Franklin worked on the Northam for Lt. Governor campaign and is interning in Office of Restoration of Voter Rights. He will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall. Riederer interned with the Toni Radler House of Delegates campaign and worked to help register young voters at the Winter Jamboree, sponsored by the Hanover Democratic Committee's Black Caucus. Riederer will be attending New York University with her first year of study in Paris.

Coffee is Brewing


Womens meeting pic

Let's get together for our next women's coffee at the home of Stacy Sprowl in Kings Charter on Wednesday, August 10 at 7 p.m. Pearson Cost, Democratic Party of Virginia organizer, will give us an update on the Presidential and Congressional elections. To RSVP for the coffee or for directions to Stacy's home, call 804-916-0693.

In case you've never been to one of our coffees, we are a growing group of Democratic women of all ages who meet monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evenming, at the homes of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. Our goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know and inspire one another. We have no formal programs, or memberships or dues. Enjoy great fellowship, refreshments and stimulating talk with other Hanover Democratic women in a relaxing setting. Please join us.

Matt Rowe, First Congressional District Democratic Candidate

Caroline County community leader Matt Rowe is our candidate for Congress from the First Congressional District. He is an elected member of the Bowling Green Town Council, and has served as chair of the Caroline County Democratic Committee for several years. As a dedicated husband and father to three children, Matt understands the issues facing everyday families in the First District. He will not be voting for Government Shutdowns like his opponent, or for sequestration that cuts the paychecks of thousands of Virginians.

"I’m running for Congress because we need a representative that will work tirelessly to improve the day-to-day lives of everyone in the district. We need a representative that doesn’t just believe in big government or small government, but smart, efficient government. Finally, we need more representatives in Washington that speak to our hopes and aspirations and don’t simply cater to our fears. If elected, I will be that representative for you."

Matt is a native Virginian, raised by his mom, a teacher’s assistant, and his  dad, a land surveyor. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and earned his post-baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently works in Stafford County as a G.I.S. analyst.