Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward

Crucial Dates

Town of Ashland residents:  Ashland elections are scheduled for May 19. Apply for an absentee ballot citing health concerns. Click here. If you vote in person, go to the Ashland Town Hall between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on May 19.  Learn more about the candidates.  Click here.

The Democratic Primary to nominate our Democratic Congressional candidate is now scheduled for June 23 at your usual polling location. Apply now for an absentee ballot citing health concerns. Click here

Gov. Ralph Northam holds tri-weekly updates on the coronavirus in Virginia at 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You can view them on NBC Channel 12.  You also can view them through his Twitter feed @governorVA. You can read his press releases and sign up for announcements from him by clicking here.

Exploring new ideas

HDC member Rachel Levy would like to start an HDC-affiliated group that would identify and organize community service opportunities for HDC members. If you are interested in exploring this, please contact her at levy166@gmail.com

HELP A STUDENT

Scholarships are more important now than ever. The Hanover Democratic Committee will award scholarships of approximately $500 to one or more graduating seniors from each of the county high schools.

The scholarships are awarded based on the student’s service to Democratic candidates, the HDC or to a Young Democrats Club. The deadline has been extended to May 7. The application can be found here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UFn9aHl8d6VPQEKrJsr9c3Z3bnboU2Q3/view

We have awarded more than 10 scholarships and look forward to more!

Thank a hero

We want to extend our gratitude to all of the healthcare workers, first responders, critical workers, and many more. Many of them are working excessive hours. Thank you for all that you do.

ZOOM INTO OUR MAY DEMOCRATIC MEETING

Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor will be our featured speaker. She will be discussing crimShannon Taylor landscapeinal justice reform at our virtual meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. 

Shannon became the first female Commonwealth’s Attorney in Henrico and is the first Democrat elected to a countywide office in many years, Since then, she has won re-election twice while earning praise for her work with the General Assembly and state agencies to fashion sensible, progressive criminal justice policies. 

A native Virginian, Shannon was educated at the University of Virginia and received her law degree from the University of Richmond before embarking on a career that has included stops in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Richmond and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office in Richmond. Hear Shannon tell us why the role of the prosecutor in 2020 is more than “top cop.”

Our monthly meeting will be conducted via Zoom and YouTube. Here’s how you log in to the meeting via Zoom for the best experience: 

Download the free Zoom app at zoom.us.  Check out this link to learn more about Zoom:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

Open the app and click on Join Meeting.  We recommend that you click on the link to pre-register now, so that it can set a remind about the meeting for you.  Here are the link and ID: (The ID duals as a phone number to call in if you prefer to use your phone)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85751200944 
Meeting ID: 857 5120 0944

You'll be asked how you want to join the audio. That's your choice.  The meeting also will be available on Livestream through YouTube. 

Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK8XYH_xdXqcH1xE4kBoXiA/videos

Hope to see you all there at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9.

Postpone the Wegman's Public Hearing

As published in the Local

We are hearing from many residents that they fear they must decide between their health, protecting their homes, and their right to attend and be heard at the upcoming Board of Supervisors’ public hearing for the Wegman’s rezoning application. The Hanover Democratic Committee stands against the suppression of speech and impairment of the right to participate in local government, especially on topics that are important to residents. Since Governor Northam has issued a stay-at-home order until June 10, 2020, it does not seem in line with public safety to hold a public hearing on the Wegmans’ project. There are many residents who deserve the right to attend and have their voices heard. Many residents feel it is important to hear and respond to Wegman’s position at the hearing since its representatives will be present throughout the proceeding. There are no deadlines that require the hearing now and there are no procedures that will allow citizens the ability to attend and fully participate in the hearing process. It seems the prudent thing to do is to postpone the May 6th public hearing on the Wegmans’ project until it is safe for Hanoverians to meet in public.

The Hanover Democratic Executive Committee

MAY MEN'S FORUM CANCELLED

The next monthly gathering of the Hanover Democratic Committee (HDC) Men's Forum has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Please watch this space for additional information. Be safe in the meantime.

WOMEN'S COFFEE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

While our Hanover Democratic Women's Coffees are suspended temporarily because of the virus, we look forward to soon resuming our informal gatherings of like-minded women from all over the county.