Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward

Next Meeting—Committee Reorganization

December 9, at 10 a.m. Regular Monthly Meeting to Follow

Don’t miss our reorganization meeting on Saturday, December 9 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Avenue. This is the biennial reorganization caucus, required by the State Democratic Party. The purpose of the caucus is to re-elect members of the HDC for 2018-19 term. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 10 a.m. (Only those in line by 10 a.m. will be allowed to enter the Caucus.) Any Hanover Democrat wishing to participate in the Caucus and/or be a candidate for election to the Committee must complete a Caucus Participation/Membership form and mail that form to HDC, P.O. Box 22, Ashland, VA 23005 or fill out a form the day of the caucus. (If you are already a member of the HDC, you have received the membership form in the mail.)  Immediately following the Caucus, a regular meeting of the newly reorganized Hanover County Democratic Committee will be held at which time the election of officers and approval of the By-Laws will take place. Nominations for officers will be accepted from the floor.

The Caucus Participation/Membership forms include an affirmation that the participant is a Democrat, does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee, believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, and is a registered voter in Hanover County. Dues of $30.00 are assessed along with the Membership Form.  There is no assessment for participation in the Caucus. (Dues will be excused for reasons of financial hardship.) For the official call to caucus, caucus rules, and newly drafted bylaws



By now, you should have received your membership renewal form in the mail. Most of the information we have from your previous membership has been completed for your convenience.

But it is important that you need to renew your membership at the reorganization meeting on December 9th. Please make any changes to your information and check off all the itmes you may be interested in contributing to our wonderful grassroots organization.

Once you have completed the form, please return it in the envelope provided together with your check. If you intend to be present at the meeting in December, you may bring it to the meeting. It is there that you will renew your membership to our very active community.

five Wonderful candidates are ready for the 2018 congressional nomination

The Pancake Breakfast was a huge success.  So, many people RSVP’d that it seemed all the seats, and then some, would fill.  And they did.  Yet, we were still able to find room to bring in everyone who wanted to attend.  Next year, we will find an even bigger venue.  Let’s keep this momentum going! To our great delight, five Democrats came forward at the Pancake Breakfast to discuss their plan to vote out Rob Wittman for U.S. House of Representative.  If you would like to see their speeches you can click here. 

These speeches are on YouTube.com in a list called "HVA Pancake Breakfast 2017."  The candidates seeking the bid for the District 1 of Virginia are Tom Hicks, Edwin Santana, Ryan Sawyers, John Suddarth, and Vangie Williams,.  Please take the time to watch and listen to their speeches.  Due to the great work of Morgan Goodman and Cori Johnson, Hanover County has increased its Democratic vote by 7%. 

If the momentum keeps growing strong, our next District 1 U.S. House of Representatives will be a Democrat.  Then, we will flip the Delegates in 2020 and revamp our strong hold for the Presidential election.  Hindsight is 20/20 for many Americans.  But, we need for everyone to remain vigilant.  Get to know the candidates running for office.  Share your concerns with them, so that they can create a message that best represents who we are as human beings, as Democrats, and as Americans.

Daniel McGraw

Coffee is brewing!

Wednesday, November 29, 7pm

Coffee Meeting


Christianne Riederer will host our November Coffee at her home  "on the tracks" in Ashland.  This is an evening coffee so Christiane will welcome us at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 29.  Her address is 1008 South Center Street, Ashland, 23005.

And the best news: Senator Jennifer McClellan will be joining us.

This will be our last Coffee in 2017 as we'll take a break for the busy December holiday season  We've worked hard in campaigning for our outstanding candidates and in growing our Hanover Democratic organization, so let's gather at  Christiane's and enjoy a special, relaxing  time with each other.

As ever, there will be plenty of refreshments and a chance to meet new friends and forge stronger ties with old ones.

For those who don't know, we are a growing group of Democratic women of all ages who meet monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evening, 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 so we can better work together. We have no formal programs, membership requirements or dues.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Diane Neergaard at daneergaard@comcast.net or804-299-2399.

Men's Forum

The next meeting of the Men's Forum will be held on Wednesday, January 24. Mark you calendars now.  Speaker and location to be announced. The HDC Men's Forum has gotten off to a great start in 2017, thanks to Forum Chair Nelson Vaughan and Co -Chair Don Barth. More interesting speakers and good fellowship await in 2018.


By Toni Radler

There is just one word to describe our post election Pancake Breakfast and that word is JOYOUS! It was like a great family reunion of all those who worked so hard for the many victories of the 2017 election. We were thrilled as Ralph Northam took the Governor's Mansion, thrilled when Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring swept the election for Lt. Governor and Attorney General. But then, the unpredictable, the unbelievable happened. Race after race came in as a win for us, not once, not twice, but an incredible fifteen times. For me personally, the cherry on top was the defeat of the political ogre, Bob Marshall. Blessed irony, he was beaten by one of those he claims to hate and consistently works against...a transgender woman. How sweet it is!

Unfortunately, our two good House of Delegates candidates were not in this victorious Democratic sweep. But to the Pancake Breakfast crowd's delight,  both have pledged to run again in two years. The Pancake Breakfast crowd was thrilled to meet five candidates for the Democratic nomination to run for Congress from our First Congressional District, including two of our own from the Hanover Democratic Committee--John Suddarth and Tom Hicks. Frankly, we usually have to beat the bushes within a leaf of their lives to find even one candidate. But this year, we have five really good candidates running for the Democratic nomination.

So the campaign season ends; the campaign season begins. Let's start from today to predict a win in 2018, to believe that with our hard work, we will have a win for Congress in 2018. We've got great candidates. And we've got a great team of workers--that's you. And we are ready to go again!