Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward

Stay United!

by Daniel McGraw

It may be a cliché, but “stronger together” is a reality. This past year has been very challenging for parents, students, coworkers, healthcare professionals, hospitality staff, educators, first responders and more. Implementing political campaigns has been difficult. Little has changed in the world. However, nothing feels quite the same.
Many of our community leaders have worked tirelessly to inform the public about new developments, social justice concerns and decisions of elected officials. We need to continue to stay engaged and stay connected to one another.

Recently, at an NAACP meeting, I heard the words, “Stay United!” And, a part of me wanted to challenge that statement … shouldn’t we hold people accountable, shouldn’t we have the difficult conversations, … shouldn’t we … (YES! The answer is “yes.”)

What we should not do is destroy our relationships with people who are fighting the good fight and doing the right things. In times like this, we need to build each other up. We need to recognize the good things that members of our community are doing. Certainly, things could be better. That is why we keep fighting the good fight. Stay United!
If we have achieved success, if we have reached a level of financial independence, if we have gained something in life, then it is our obligation to use that knowledge to lift up our peers. Each of us is doing our part. We do not know what everyone is going through in their own lives. But, we do know that they matter. You matter, I matter; we all can make a difference.

I was pleased to see leaders from colleges hold educational meetings about race, gender and equity. It was inspiring to watch social media pics of prominent members of our society hold vaccination rallies. There are no words to describe the people who collected school supplies and food products to put into backpacks so that EVERY child felt loved and appreciated on the first day of school.

There are so many things that people are doing and so much more than can be done. I have not participated in everything. There is not enough time in the day to do it all. But, together, if we “Stay United,” we can achieve so much more.

Certainly, elections have consequences. We know this. Our actions have consequences, as well. Let’s make the most each day by doing the good work! Being a Democrat is a badge of honor that many of us wear with pride. We stand for justice, and many times we are standing against tyranny. When I think of the many men and women who sacrificed everything in order to be certain that their families and our parents and all the children of the United States can attend the same schools, live on the same streets and drink from the same water fountain, I swell up with immense pride.

While my part may be small, it is still significant. Maybe you are doing more, maybe you are doing less; together we are making a difference. We are all contributing to the legacy of people like James Baldwin and John Lewis. We honor their memories when we “Stay United.” There are going to be many battles (minute and ostensible) in the upcoming months. Please, contribute what you can. Do the things that are right, and please, please, please “Stay United.”

Rachel Levy (candidate for HoD 55th District) and Stan Scott (candidate for HoD 97th District) are doing tremendous work! They are at events, talking with voters, and they are creating a stir. Their social media accounts are extremely active. And, what is most amazing (for them) is these are just normal days. They have always been active and fighting the good fights. Now, their rivals are starting to take notice. Don’t let their misinformation confuse us. Don’t let fear blind us from what is right. It is okay to get “into some good trouble.”

A few days ago, I saw a post from Arthur Brill. He was capturing a moment at the nation’s capital where people were gathered to remember the many people who had died needlessly by people who had sworn an oath to serve and protect them. He was including his Ashland Peace Project in the moment, to generate conversation and bring light to some dark moments in our history. The topic of “Black Lives Matter” (or any other reminder about injustice) should not be controversial. When a member of our society is hurting, it is our responsibility to provide comfort or to provide support; it is not our place to find fault in their logic.

When my 85-year-old grandmother collapsed into my 12-year-old arms in 1986 during her stroke, I was not thinking about why this was happening or how she could have prevented it, or what was happening to other grandmothers in the world. I was only thinking about bringing her comfort and (hopefully) having her in my life a little while longer. I am certain that everyone has a story, a painful/joyful memory. If we “Stay United,” we will each be able to share our story just a little while longer.


Find out what's going on in our Hanover County Government via our monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 from Faye Prichard, the only Democratic member of the Board of Supervisors. She will be our guest speaker and update us on the board, COVID, education, the Wegman's buildout and more. 

We've been tracking the uptick in cases and the progress of the Delta variant. The safety of our members is always a top priority, and unfortunately, again this month we'll be returning to our virtual format out of an abundance of caution. Please check below for Zoom details.


Meeting ID: 856 9904 0716
Passcode: 890597

By Phone
+1 301 715 8592 US

Live Streamed on YouTube


Due to the pandemic, we're going to take a temporary break for the popular Men's Forum. With so many Zoom calls going on and people moving into fall tasks, it seems prudent and more productive to wait until we can meet face to face. Watch this space for more information and we hope to be back on the ball soon.


Our September Democratic Women's Coffee will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, virtual again because of the resurgence of Covid-19 cases fueled by the delta variant.

Since we're well into our 2021 Virginia governmental campaign, we'll catch up with news of our candidates. And, we can catch up with other like-minded women from around the county. Now, more than ever, it's very important to all Democrats to come together to protect our Democracy.

So please wipe away Zoom fatigue for a while and join us "face-to-face."

Remember our Women's Coffees are for bringing together Democratic women from all parts of Hanover in an informal way for energizing fellowship with each other. They're for socializing, but also for forming strong relationships to help elect Democratic candidates and promote our Democratic ideals locally and nationally. The Coffee Caucus is a group for all ages that meets monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evening, at the homes of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. We have no formal memberships or fees.

New friends are always welcome.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Diane Neergaard at daneergaard@comcast.net or 804-304-1951.


A Floral Arranging Fundraiser is set for our own Rachel Levy, running in the 55th House of Delegates District. The time is 5:30 p.m. on Sunday Sept 12. A donation includes an outside flower arranging class with the talented HDC member Andrea Ferment, the flowers and vase to take home and great refreshments. It will be in the Ashland area, and the exact address will be sent upon donation. Co-hosted by HDC members Jennifer Chambers and Carolyn Peart. Spaces are limited, so please grab a spot early by clicking on the link below and thank you! Visit https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flowers4rl

Help with billboards: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/billboards4r4del

Canvass Events Every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday; Virtual Phone Banks and Text Banks every Thursday Night: https://www.mobilize.us/dashboard/rachellevyfordelegate/events

Campaign signs: The Levy campaign has signs and hopes that folks will put them up along with their coordinated signs if they have not done so already. Use this Google form to order signs or contact Ashley at ashleyhall1984@gmail.com. Here is the link:: https://forms.gle/EynBzV4pisNQytP56

Back to school

School starts in the upcoming week. Please be mindful of traffic changes. Also, consider supporting some of our local groups who are collecting and filling backpacks to ensure that the children in our community have all that they need to succeed. The NAACP, ACEs, local elementary schools, YMCA, and other groups are sponsoring efforts to help ALL families!