Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward

Three-Part Two Cents

Donald Trump’s racism has served as an open door to other racists, encouraging them to come out into the sunshine. And so, 13 KKK members grabbed their sheets and held a rally in Hanover in early July. It was a short 15 minutes, but as you will see, it’s left a deep scar on our county.  

In this month’s Two Cents column, three HDC members give their response to this unwanted intrusion: Pat Hein who witnessed the demonstration taking place right outside her front door, Ashland District Supervisor Faye Prichard, the only supervisor who gave a strong response telling the Klan to stay out of our county, and Sandra Howard, the chair of the HDC Black Caucus who passionately spoke for minority citizens of Hanover. 

Let’s heal this ugly scar by winning more seats on the board of supervisors, winning seats in the State Senate, and winning seats in the House. Canvass, phone bank, write postcards and donate! Toni Radler

First Cent

By Patricia Hein

On July 7, there was a Klu Klux Klan rally across the street from my house!

I know that hatred and bigotry abound but it is easy to believe that it is “out there, someplace else” not in my front yard.

There were thirteen people gathered in front of the Hanover Government Center. They held “Royal Order of White Loyalist” signs, some wore white robes and pointed white hats. Many cars that drove past on route 301 honked their greetings ( and maybe their approval).  The experience brought me to tears. Who, Why?

Who has come to my neighborhood to express their hatred? Are these fellow Hanover citizens? Is Hanover seen as a place where such a message would be acceptable? Are they gathered on Route 301 because Rt 95 is blocked due to holiday traffic and there is good exposure here? Is this display of white supremacy now somehow acceptable because of what we hear from the White House? I have always known that our voices, leadership and votes matter. Seeing the Klu Klux Klan out my front window was sickening but also very much a call to action. I want to think that most Hanoverians believe in freedom and justice for all. We must raise our voices in our neighborhoods, churches, schools and at NRA meetings!

Second Cent

By Faye Prichard

Sadly, as many of you know, the KKK held a demonstration on the lawn of the Hanover County courthouse.  I cannot begin to express the sickness I feel at having this despicable hate group in our county. There is absolutely no room for that kind of hate in our home.  While we are often described as pretty homogeneous, the truth is we are not all one thing.  We are black and white and Hispanic.  We are men and women.  We are farmers and townspeople as well as suburbanites. But what we all are, is Hanover County citizens. Every one of us. It is particularly offensive to see this kind of display right after we celebrate the birth of our country. We are better than this and this kind of display is not welcome here.  Please know that the county had no prior notice of the demonstration.

Third Cent

by Sandra Howard

As Chairman of the Black Caucus of the  HDC, I am concerned about the Board of Supervisors' very anemic response to the KKK's appearance and demonstration in Hanover.  With the exception of Supervisor Faye Prichard, those of you who responded didn't seem too concerned that Hanover was the place the Klan picked to demonstrate and ask for membership support. And, those Board members with no response... well "the silence was deafening."

Bigotry and disdain for any human being are like cancer and it eats at the core of our Inalienable and God-given rights as our Constitution's Ninth amendment so states the concept of "inalienable rights". The Ku Klux Klan ideas represent a deadly poisonous venom spewed on black and people of color and there is no place in Hanover County or America for this deep-rooted hatred because of the color of anyone's skin. Our nation thrived on diversification and will continue to do so. We fought that war and "WON"; it ended May 9, 1865; this is 2019.  We, as Americans have too many issues to deal with these immoral and hateful acts and we will continue to stand and fight against theses vile forms of oppression.

We support the Hanover NAACP's call on the Hanover Board of Supervisors to speak out against racism and inequality and replace its cavalier message with one of dignity, moral character, and support for all of the people they serve, all people of Hanover County.

Sandra R. Howard- Chairman, The Black Caucus of the HDC

Black caucus response to kkk

As chairman of the Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee, I am concerned about the Board of Supervisors’ very anemic response to the KKK’s recent appearance and protest in Hanover. With the exception of Supervisor Faye Prichard, those who responded didn’t seem too concerned that Hanover was the place the Ku Klux Klan picked to demonstrate and ask for membership support. And those who didn’t respond — their silence was deafening.

Overdevelopment- Major Issue

faye pritchard


 Next Meeting
 August 10
10 am
Ashland Coffee & Tea
 Faye Prichard (shown) and Pattie Bland



Next Meeting—Focus on One of the Hottest Campaign Issues

Overdevelopment and Hanover’s inability to handle it is one of the hottest issues in the 2019 Board of Supervisors race. Pattie Bland, chair of the Coalition for Hanover’s Futures, and Faye Prichard, Ashland District Supervisor on the Board of Supervisors, will be our guest speakers at the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea to discuss the need to protect our rural communities, fight overdevelopment, and ensure that we have the infrastructure needed to handle what’s happening in Hanover.  Don’t miss this meeting as Pattie and Faye discuss one of the biggest threats facing Hanover—and what it means to you and your pocketbook.

That’s Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. at Coffee & Tea.

Big Change Coming Up

Starting in OCTOBER, we will be meeting at a new location…until then, we will continue to meet at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Cate Hawkes, owner of Ashland Coffee & Tea has helped us secure another meeting place starting in OCTOBER, right across the street at the Depot in Crosses. The Depot, which is on the right side of the Crosses store, seats 200, and will be able to serve us coffee. Owner Chris Stem will also be able to serve us breakfast rolls, etc. The reason for the move is that Cate and Mike Hawkes are renting out the room we currently use to retail, while maintaining the coffee shop in the front. We love Ashland Coffee & Tea and Cate and Mike, and we hate to move. But this was a move needed to ensure the success of Ashland Coffee & Tea. We really appreciate Cate helping us locate at Crosses. Parking is in the back, and certainly will be very convenient. Please just remember that for August and September we are still at Ashland Coffee & Tea. We don’t move until the OCTOBER meeting. More information at our meeting in August.

Coffee Meeting

Coffee is brewing!

Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 PM

At the house of

Nelson Vaughan

209 College Avenue

Ashland, VA 23005

Men's Forum

at the home of

Nelson Vaughan

209 College Avenue, Ashland VA

Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 pm

Mens Forum

Long Live America

by, Betsy Farley

Donald Trump is planning a July 4th party to celebrate himself. He is also suggesting he will stay in office long after the constitutional maximum of two terms. This is not what the 4th represents. Look back at the Declaration of Independence, it is one of the most important United States historical documents. Take time to read and think about what is stated in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. It is something we should do every 4th.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Donald Trump, get a grip. You are not the change agent! Long live America and God Bless.

Action 2:

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Schedule of Events for Hanover Democratic Candidates 

James Doran/Morgan Goodman/StanScott/Kevin Washington - Hanover Coordinated Campaign - "Caravan Canvass, Mechanicsville Library, 12:30-6pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/goodmanforvirginia/event/107937
James Doran - Canvassing, Black Creek, 3-6pm. Contact Louise at lsmithevans@comcast.net for meeting location
Morgan Goodman/Crystal Robens/Debra Rodman - Canvass after the below open house in Wilmington Parrish (10 minutes from Ashland & Montpelier)
Debra Rodman - Debra's Parham Office Opening Party, 2307 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, 1-2:30pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dpva/event/111251 or ashley.hall@takethemajority19.org

All Candidates - Training for all volunteers and would-be volunteers doing all types of volunteering, Ashland Library 5:30pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/goodmanforvirginia/event/109642
Kevin Washington - Mechanicsville Rotary Club, Cold Harbor Restaurant, 8153 Mechanicsville Turnpike, 7:30-8:30 am

James Doran - Cavassing, 6:30-8:30pm. Contact Louise at lsmithevans@comcast.net for location

Morgan Goodman/Crystal Robens/Debra Rodman/Clara Scott - Educator's Canvass with Ashley, Ashland Coffee & Tea porch, 4-6:30pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dpva/event/111056 or ashley.hall@takethemajority19.org
Morgan Goodman/Debra Rodman/Clara Scott - Phone Bank at Ashley's, 16015 Coatsville Rd., Beaverdam (10 minutes from Ashland), 7-9pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dpva/event/111056/ or ashlay.hall@takethemajority19.org

Coordinated Campaign - Postcard Party, Mechanicsville Library, 2:30-4:30pm
James Doran - Event, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 8175 Pleasant Grove Rd., Mechanicsville, morning
James Doran/Stan Scott/Kevin Washington - Meet & Greet, 1973 Retreat Drive, Mechanicsville, (Addie Brugger's Home), 6-9pm
Morgan Goodman/Debra Rodman/Clara Scott - Celebrate Women's Equality Day at The Women's Breakfast and Canvass Launch, 15690 Saint Peters Church Rd. Montpelier (Claudia & Tom Hicks home) 10-1pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dpva/event/111073/.
Stan Scott/Kevin Washington - Canvassing, Mechanicsville Library, 2:30-4:30pm

Debra Rodman - Sunday Doors for Democrats! 2307 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, noon

Kevin Washington - Mechanicsville Rotary Club, Cold Harbor Restaurant, 8153 Mechanicsville Turnpike, 7:30-8:30

Hanover BOS (Board of Supervisors) Meeting - Supporting Broadband, Government Center, Hanover, 7pm
HDC Combination Women's Coffee/Men's Forum - 209 College Ave., Ashland, 6:30pm

Morgan Goodman/Crystal Robens/Debra Rodman/Clara Scott - Canvass, Rockville Library, 10-1pm RSVP: ashley.hall@takethemajority19.org
Debra Rodman - Saturday Doors for Democrats!, 2307 N. Parham, Henrico, 10am & noon

Morgan Goodman/Crystal Robens/Debra Rodman - Canvass, 16015 Coatesville Rd., Beaverdam (Ashley's home) noon-4pm. RSVP: ashley.hall@takethemajority19.org
Debra Rodman - Sunday Doors for Democrats!, 2307 N. Parham, Henrico, noon

James Doran - Broadband Summit at Richmond Marriott (all day)

James Doran - First Shiloh Baptist Church Fish Fry, 8150 Walnut Grove Rd., Mechanicsville, lunchtime

James Doran - Meet & Greet, Pebble Creek, Susan Tate's home, Mechanicsville, 6:30-8pm. Contact Louise at lsmithevans@comcast.net for location

Note: Coordinated Campaign means the event is for all 9 candidates running in Hanover County


James Doran
, Board of Supervisors (BOS) Cold Harbor District - Contact Louise at lsmithevans@comcast.net if the above dates don't work and you would like to write postcards from home.

Morgan Goodman, House of Delegates 55th District, Contact Iyla at iyla@goodmanfordelegate.com if you would like to write postcards or do phone banking from home.

Jennifer McClellan - Contact Ngiste Abebe (ngiste@jenifermcclellan.com)

Faye Prichard, BOS Ashland District (fayeprichard.com)

Crystal Robens, BOS Beaverdam District (crystalrobens@gmail.com)

Debra Rodman, Senate 12th District. Contact Ilana Beller at ibeller@takethemajority19.org or Ashley Hall at Ashley.hall@takethemajority19.org or 804.651.8342. If you can't make Ashley's schedule,and want to canvass, contact Ashley.

ClaraScott, BOS South Anna District (cscottforsupervisor@gmail.com) or 804.719.1805

Stan Scott, Senate 4th District. Contact Madison at madison@stanforvirginia.org or 804.592.8426 or Lucas at lucas@stanforvirginia.org. Contact Colleen at lasseire@gmail.com if you would like to write postcards from home.

Kevin Washington, House of Delegates 97th District (info@kevinforvirginia.org). Contact Colleen at lasseire@gmail.com if you would like to write postcards from home.