Hanover County Democratic Committee

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Two events in October!

Saturday, Oct 10- Virtual monthly meeting with Del. Ayala

Join us virtually for our next monthly Hanover Democratic Committee meeting and hear from a candidate for lieutenant governor in the 2021 Virginia elections.

H0290Delegate Hala Ayala of Prince William County will be our speaker at the meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. on October 10. Hala represents the 51st District and is running for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia with a vision for a strong, just, and prosperous future for the Commonwealth. Ayala, who would be the first woman and first Afro-Latina to hold the position, embodies the bridge between Virginia’s past and its future, as well as the bridge between struggle and success that many Virginia families face. Learn more at

Here is the log-in information:

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Have issues? Contact Steve as necessary.

Sunday, Oct 11- Party leaders come to Ashland

Qasim Rashid is the Democratic Candidate for the First Congressional District.  Party leaders from across the state are coming to Ashland to show their support for Qasim and to talk about the state of our nation.  At 2 pm on Sunday, October 11, join us on the front lawn of the Ashland Town Hall (101 Thompson Street, 23005).  There will be live music starting around 1:30.  Bring a lawn chair, wear a face mask, and respect social distancing.  This is a great time to patronize local Downtown restaurants and merchants.  Qasim Rashid will be walking around discussing his mission and purpose for running for Congress.  Starting at 2 pm, we will hear from Qasim Rashid, state Sen. McClellan, Att. Gen. Herring, and more.  The live band will continue to play after the speeches.  This is a great time to socialize with distance and to support our local small business economy!


Please join us for our next meeting of the Hanover County Democratic Committee at 10 a.m. on Sept. 12. Teri Smithson, the Hanover County voter registrar, will be our guest speaker. She will discuss early voting, absentee voting and the whole voting process.

Once again, this meeting will be conducted via Zoom. If you do not have the Zoom app, you can download it for free at zoom.us. Make sure your computer does not block it. There's also a "Join a Meeting" button at the top of the Zoom home page. The login information is as follows:


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Some of you have had difficulties in the past. If this happens, contact Steve and he will try to walk you through it.

If you want to watch the Zoom meeting live on YouTube, follow this link.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK8XYH_xdXqcH1xE4kBoXiA

Our July 11 Meeting Features a Potential Governor

Please join us for our next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Party at 10 a.m. on July 11. We'll be hearing from a Democratic leader who might very well be the next governor of Virginia. State Sen. Jennifer McClellan, who represents a part of Hanover as part of the 9th Senate District, will be our featured speaker.

Sen. McClellan announced her candidacy in June. She has a strong record of progressive legislation, having served for 11 years in the House of Delegates and four in the Senate. She is a fighter for equality, education, women's rights, economic development and other issues vital to the future of the Commonwealth.

Once again, this meeting will be conducted via Zoom. If you do not have the Zoom app, you can download it for free at zoom.us. Make sure your computer does not block it. There's also a "Join a Meeting" button at the top of the Zoom home page.

The login information is as follows:
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Some of you have had difficulties in the past. If this happens, contact Steve and he will try to walk you through it.

If you want to watch the July 11 Zoom meeting live on YouTube, follow this link.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK8XYH_xdXqcH1xE4kBoXiA


Please join us for our next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Party at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8  We'll be hearing from a Democratic leader on the critical issues of voter protection and vigilance at the polls.

Alyssa Pooler is the Voter Protection and Expansion Director for the Democratic Party of Virginia. She has a strong background in voter protection and improper purging of voter rolls. She will bring you up to date on what you can do to remain vigilant about the right to vote, both inside and outside of the polls. Click here to learn more about Alyssa.

Once again, this meeting will be conducted via Zoom. If you do not have the Zoom app, you can download it for free at zoom.us. Make sure your computer does not block it. There's also a "Join a Meeting" button at the top of the Zoom home page.

The login information is as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87613615335?pwd=TStvSHlPaEV4NEV6M2hrcFN2bXl2Zz09
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Some of you have had difficulties in the past. If this happens, contact Steve and he will try to walk you through it.

If you want to watch the Zoom meeting live on YouTube, follow this link.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK8XYH_xdXqcH1xE4kBoXiA

Our (Virtual) June 13 Meeting Looks at Racism

Former Vice President Joe Biden calls racism an "open wound" in America. He's right, of course; the wound and accompanying scars extend to every corner of the country, including Hanover County.

Join us at our remote monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, when we'll explore the issue. Our featured speaker will be Robert Barnette, president of the NAACP for Hanover and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He will give us an update on the lawsuit with the school board over the names of Confederates that still hang on the outside of our public schools.

As you may remember, the School Board voted 5-2 against dropping the names of Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School. The discussion promises to be both timely and informative.

Again this month, we are safeguarding the health of our members by conducting our monthly meeting via Zoom. Here is how to join us:

Download the Zoom app from zoom.us if you have not already done so.

At 10 a.m. on June 13, go to the meeting link at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82794543079

Enter Meeting ID: 827 9454 3079

Please join us for our monthly meeting in June to learn more about what we all can do to heal our open wound.


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:

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)
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.

Blue Wave Bash, April Meetings Canceled

We regret to inform you that we are postponing the Blue Wave Bash, originally scheduled for April 23. At the moment, we do not know when we will reschedule it.

Because of the Coronavirus, we are not sure when it will be safe again to hold a large meeting. Furthermore, we are also canceling our regular April Democratic Meetings.

Normally, we meet every second Saturday at 10 a.m. at The Depot in Ashland. However, we will not be meeting until we can be certain that all of our members can safely attend.

As long as everyone practices good hygiene and social distance, we will be able to lower the curve and get through this with minimal consequences. Let us stay united in spirit. If we had a president who listened to scientists and trusted his department directors, we would likely be ahead of this outbreak. Alas, we are in the predicament that we are and the best that we can do is protect one another by washing our hands frequently with soap and warm water, keeping our distance from one another, and isolating ourselves when we are sick.

This will eventually pass. Use the time to email your elected officials or take one of the actions cited in Take Action Now. Until then, stay safe. All the best to you, your friends, and your family.

CANCELED: March meeting at Patrick Henry high school

Vote Democratic

The March meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee has been canceled due to coronavirus precautions.

We will attempt to reschedule our forum for the Democratic candidates for the 1st Congressional District at a later date. 


It’s hard to keep up with everything that’s happening in the General Assembly. No problem; we’ve got you covered.

Our February Hanover Democratic Committee meeting will feature a Legislative Panel Discussion with four key players who will keep you in the know on issues ranging from redistricting to gender equity:

Andrew Goddard, legislative director of Virginia Center for Public Safety

Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021

Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Center

Eileen Davis, activist for the Equal Rights Amendment

Our meeting will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Depot, 107 S. Railroad Ave. in Ashland, next to Cross Bros. Grocery. Each speaker will conduct a brief legislative update, then take questions from the floor. Don’t miss your chance to get the full story on the issues that matter to us as loyal Democrats!

Court Challenge To Confederate Names—Hear About It At Our Next Meeting

Don’t miss our next meeting on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea when Robert Barnette, president of the state and local branch of the NAACP, will discuss the court suit against Hanover County and the School Board seeking a name change for two county schools. The two schools are named after Confederate leaders, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis (Lee-Davis High School) and Stonewall Jackson (Stonewall Jackson Middle School). This recently filed suit by the Washington Lawyers Group on behalf of the Hanover Branch NAACP could be precedent-setting for schools and buildings throughout the South. This is a timely and exciting discussion you don’t want to miss. As always, the coffee is on us.

Also, get updates from the candidates or their campaign staff. We have nine wonderful candidates. Let’s do everything we can to support these candidates. Let’s take back the Senate, take back the House, and win more seats on the Board of Supervisors! We can do it! See you Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

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.

McClellan Town Hall in August

Sen. Jennifer McClellan will hold an Ashland Town Hall at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Saturday, August 3 at 9:30-11:30 am. The Senator will be discussing the 2020 legislative agenda plus any other citizen concerns.  Please RSVP to 804-482-0714.  Learn more on Facebook.

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 Hawks, 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 Hawks 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.

One of the most universal and crucial issues in the 2019 Hanover elections is acquiring high-speed internet via fiber lines for Hanover County. Don't miss our meeting on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. to find out why it seems to be so controversial in Hanover and why all of our Democratic Board of Supervisor candidates are pushing for it. Internet guru and HDC's Vice Chair of Technology Daniel McGraw will be our guest speaker at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. Don't miss this interesting conversation that is impacting all Hanoverians. As always, the coffee is on us.

jan 2018 dem meeting

Get involved

in the Va General Assembly

Don’t miss our next meeting on Saturday, January 13, at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea…as we delve into the most crucial issues facing the Virginia General Assembly and learn how we Hanover Democrats can impact the outcome this year. REMEMBER, following our incredible victories in the November election, Democrats now have a fighting chance to get legislation passed in the General Assembly.

The January 13 meeting will feature a panel of experts on key legislative issues: Medicaid Expansion, Redistricting, the Environment and the Democratic agenda. On the panel will be Abbey Phillips, chief of staff and legislative assistant for Sen. Jennifer McClellan. Learn how we can best work to help Sen. McClellan pass her legislative agenda. Kristie Smith, the Campaign and Policy Manager for Energy and Transportation for the Virginia Conservation Network will be discussing the most crucial environmental issues. Kim Bobo, the Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, will be discussing one of today’s most crucial issues, Medicaid Expansion. Liz White, the Development Director of OneVirginia2021, will be discussing the pivotal issue of fair redistricting. Citizen lobbyist Nancy Finch will be back again this year to discuss the ABCs of how, when, and where to reach legislators in the General Assembly.

DON’T WORRY…if you are planning on attending the Inauguration of Gov. Ralph Northam, we will have you out of the meeting in plenty of time to get to the State Capitol. We will reverse the order of the meeting to start the panel discussion at 10 and end it by 10:30.Now is the time for us to press our case in the Virginia General Assembly…it is the moment we’ve been working for. Don’t miss the meeting and this opportunity to get involved! As always, the coffee is on us.

Let's get our strategy on:

suburban style!

The June meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee will focus on the “suburban strategy” and how to get Democrats elected in suburban areas (including some areas of Hanover!). Don't miss this meeting on Saturday, June 9 at 10 am at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Our guest will be Chris Bolling, the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Chris, who was unable to make a previous meeting, will be focusing on subdivisions and more populated areas, and how we can Get Out the Vote here in Hanover. We all realize that the only power we have to put the brakes on this Trump nightmare is the power to go to the polls and elect Democrats to Congress. Immediately following the June primary, we will need all the strategic help we can get to get a Democrat elected to Congress from the First Congressional District. Let’s see what the suburban strategy is all about. Please don't miss the June meeting at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. As always, the coffee is on us.

The Primary is When?

Tuesday, June 12

Primary Day, June 12, is just a few days after our Saturday meeting.  Virginia Democrats will be going to the polls to pick Democratic candidates to run for Congress. We will be selecting our Democratic Congressional candidate from three good Democratic contenders--John Suddarth, Edwin Santana, and Vangie Williams. You've met them and heard them speak...now it's our turn to pick the best candidate to win against ardent Trump supporter Rob Wittman. Please vote on June 12 and tell your friends and family. It's an important primary! The stakes are high! Be part of the decision by casting your vote for your favorite 1st District Democrat on June 12 at your regular voting location. (If you are not going to be in town, voting "absentee in person" is easy, quick and pleasant in the registrar's office at Hanover Courthouse.)

Volunteers Needed for the June 12 Primary

Because Democratic Committees are not allowed to support one Democratic candidate over another for the Democratic Primary, we often don't work Primary polls. But this year, we will be working the polls in the Chickahominy District to build up membership in the Chickahominy area (Atlee Station Road/Sliding Hill Road and beyond). If you would like to work the polls in the Chickahominy area, please contact Shawnae Lacy, 757-254-7414; shawnaelacy@hotmail.com.

In addition, OneVirginia2021 will be working the Primary Day polls at a non-partisan table to ask for support to stop gerrymandering in Virginia. If you are interested in working to stop gerrymandering, contact Woodi Sprinkel at 804-363-5188, wwsprinkel@comcast.net; or Don Barth at 804-299-3160, donna.don@comcast.net.

If you are interested in working for one of the candidates at the Primary polls, please contact the Suddarth, Santana or Williams campaigns.

Don't miss Gospel Music Festival II:

The Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee is presenting some of the best Gospel artists in Virginia at Gospel Music Festival II on Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m. in Coburn Hall on the campus of Virginia Union University. Tickets are only $10, and you can buy them at the June 9 HDC meeting or buy them online at hvadems.com/gmf2 or you can send a check to HVADems, P.O. Box 22, Ashland, VA 23005.

"The price of the ticket does not reflect the talent that will be presented at Gospel Music Festival II. We wanted to keep the cost of the tickets down so the Festival will literally be available to everyone. Our goal is to raise awareness about voter registration. We will be registering voters at the event. Voting is a precious right that Americans have died for. All we need to do is register and vote. We hope Gospel Music Festival II will shine the spotlight on voter registration," said Sandra Howard, chair of the Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee.

The incredible line up will feature Cora Harvey Armstrong, renowned songwriter, pianist, and recording artist. Other artists include Caroline County resident Justin Morris, noted for his "Sam Cooke sound-alike voice"; Tribute, a Richmond-based gospel group under the direction of Michelle Lightfoot; the 2nd Mt. Zion Celebration Mass Choir with director Kevin Pleasants; the Ella C. Johnson Inspiration Choir from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Doswell; Stacie Brown who has sung background vocals for Mathew E. White; and sisters Berkley Winston and Addisyn Winston will perform on the piano.

"Suburban strategy"

saturday, February 10  

 Kim Wright and Chris Bolling                                                                              

Come to the meeting on Saturday, February 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea and hear about the "Suburban Strategy" which is credited with our big wins last November. Chris Bolling, the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, and Kim Wright, a founder and leader of the Liberal Women of Chesterfield County, will be our guest speakers. Bolling has spent the last decade working on major Democratic campaigns including those of Governor Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, President Barack Obama, and Secretary Hillary Clinton. He most recently served as the political director for Ralph Northam’s primary campaign. Wright founded Liberal Women of Chesterfield County two days after the Presidential Election. She and her group are given a large share of the credit for turning Chesterfield blue in the last election.

Please don't miss this important meeting. We are working hard in Hanover County. Now, let's learn about the "Suburban Strategy" which may help us work even more effectively to Get Out The Vote this November. As always, the coffee is on us. See you Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m., Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Membership Renewal

Don't forget to re-up your membership...bring your form and $30 dues for the next two years to the meeting on February 10, or mail them to HDC, P.O. Box 22, Ashland, VA 23005.

Support Fair Redistricting

Stop gerrymandering and unfair redistricting. Please support onevirginia2021's efforts to make voting fair again. Please sign onevirginia2021's petition by clicking here.

Take the survey

Do you have an opinion on renaming Hanover schools named after Confederate heroes? We bet you do. The County wants to know. Please make your voice heard by taking the county survey by clicking here.

Now there are four.

Tom Hicks, one of the candidates for the Democratic Nomination from the First Congressional District, has dropped out of the race citing personal, family and business constraints.Meanwhile, he has thrown his support to Hanover Democratic Committee member John Suddarth.  Read More...

We are sorry to see Tom go, but we still have four great candidates: Edwin Santana, Ryan Sawyers, John Suddarth, and Vangie Williams. The candidates have appeared in numerous meetings throughout the 1st Congressional District. As you get to know each one better, ask yourself the really important question...which one do think will beat Rob Wittman in November. Which one will Democratic voters, independents and swing voters come out and support on November 12?

Ready for the most important midterm election of our lives?

Let’s get our A-game going as we kick off our Congressional campaign at the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Our candidate, Vangie Williams, who handily won the primary campaign, will be the guest speaker. Political pundits are saying it’s the year of the woman…let’s make that true in Hanover too as we launch the 2018 campaign and work hard to get Vangie elected and Sen. Tim Kaine re-elected. Also at the July meeting, meet our combined campaign coordinator from the Tim Kaine campaign, Danni Jonyo. Come out and support Vangie on Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m. and let’s launch the Hanover Democratic Committee’s work to unseat Rob Wittman and to make sure Tim Kaine holds his Senate seat. As always, the coffee is on us.

Phone Banks Are Starting in July.

Sign up for phone banks in Ashland on Thursdays, July 10 and July 26 at 6 p.m. at the home of Toni Radler by calling 804-916-0693. There will be phone banks throughout the county in August… watch for notifications. Phone banking is fun and a good way to meet other Democrats.

Tomato Festival

Fresh off our very successful day at the Ashland Strawberry Faire, we encourage everyone to volunteer an hour or two for the HDC Booth at the 2018 Hanover Tomato Festival- July 14th 9am-4pm at Booth 145 in Section G near Bow-Wow Beach. 

It’ll be a great day full of flags, stickers, signing people up for the HDC newsletter and promoting our two great candidates Tim Kaine and Vangie Williams. Its super fun, but more so, it's extremely important to have an active booth full of volunteers and energy. It truly makes a difference, so everyone is strongly encouraged to stop by and represent the Hanover Democrats! 

Please join Director of Outreach Ashley Hall and contact her at 8046518342 or ashleyhall1984@me.com so she can put you on the schedule for July 14. Thanks!

Top Virginia Activist on Gun Violence

Find Out What You Can Do

Don't miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on March 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Avenue when the top Virginia activist against gun violence, Lori Haas, will be our guest speaker. Haas, the Virginia State Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, got involved in the effort to enact common sense gun laws after her daughter was shot twice but survived the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. Since then she has worked with the Brady Campaign, the Virginia Center for Public Safety, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, among others, and regularly lobbies on Capitol Hill in Washington and before the Virginia General Assembly.

Come to the meeting on March 10 at 10 a.m. and see which legislators are taking Blood Money from the NRA, what the Virginia legislature has done to enact common sense gun laws, and what we can do to stop the national nightmare of gun violence at our schools, concerts, movie theaters and churches.

As always the coffee is on us.


We are looking to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students to lead us in our demand for sensible gun legislation following yet another school shooting which took 17 lives. Many of us are planning on traveling to Washington, DC on Saturday, March 24 to take part in March for Our Lives to protest the lack of commonsense gun legislation, the NRA and the politicians who do nothing to stop mass shootings with semi automatic weapons. For the details on the March, go to https://www.marchforourlives.com . March for Our Lives is planned by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and families.

March for Our Lives Locally
A local March for Our Lives will be held on Saturday, March 24 in Richmond.  For more information, go to this site.

At our Meeting on Saturday, March 10, we will send post cards to those companies still giving the NRA special credit cards, discounts, and other benefits. The businesses that patronize the NRA need to know we will not patronize them.


In a surprise announcement, Democratic candidate Ryan Sawyers announced he would be dropping out of a four way race for the Democratic nomination for Congress. "I want to thank my friends and family for being by my side during every step of this journey. Unfortunately, due to personal and professional reasons I have decided to suspend my campaign for Congress," Sawyers said in a news release on February 27.

During the next three months before the June 12 Primary, you will have another opportunity to get an up close and personal look at the three candidates competing for the Democratic nomination to run for Congress against Trumper Rob Wittman. You've seen the candidates at the HDC's Pancake Breakfast, the Women's Coffees, and the HDC's Men's Forum. If you missed these appearances, you can view the Men's Forum video taken by Tom Wulf on line here.In addition, we will have the candidates speak to us one on one at our next three monthly meetings.

The schedule for candidate appearances is:

March 10--John Suddarth from Hanover
April 14--Vangie Williams from King George
May 12--Edwin Santana from Stafford


We show our appreciation for our children's teachers and for community leaders by making them cookies. Now, we'd like to show our appreciation to the Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team. President Trump's administration and his aplogists have done everything they can, but have failed to discredit this dedicated team of public servants. So let's show them our appreciation. Bring an UNOPENED box of Girl Scout Cookies (or another brand from the grocery store) to our meeting on March 10, and we will mail them with a note of appreciation. As one commentator said when indictments against 13 Russians recently were released, "At last, we feel like something is being done to protect us!" Thank you to these incredible Americans.

Star-Studded Lineup

Don’t miss our star-studded lineup at the next monthly meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, August 11 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Seventh Congressional District Candidate Abigail Spanberger and the First Congressional District Chair Matt Rowe will be our guest speakers, giving us an overview of the Midterm Elections. In addition, there will be updates from the Tim Kaine campaign and from the Vangie Williams Congressional Campaign.

Remember, it was not too long ago that Hanover was included in the 7th District until a court-ordered redistricting moved Hanover to the First Congressional District. Many of us still remember Dave Brat's win in 2014, and we are rooting for Spanberger to take Brat’s seat. Spanberger has gotten national publicity as being a likely upset race in Virginia!

Rowe, who ran for the First Congressional District Seat in 2016, and now chairs the overarching First Congressional District, will give an overview of the race, as we are all working hard for Vangie Williams’ election in the First District. Matt, who has served on the Bowling Green Town Council, was a former chair of the Caroline Democratic Committee, and has been involved in local campaigns for years, will have a great overview of how this year's Midterm Election is different from other years.

This will be an exciting meeting. Don't miss it. As always the coffee is on us.


Never mind the notices that Ashland Coffee & Tea is closing during renovations. Owners Kate and Mike Hawks will keep it open for our Saturday meetings throughout the renovation. We are very grateful. Be sure to stop by Ashland Coffee & Tea for lunch whenever you can. The menu is delicious, and changes to the facility are exciting!

Special Free Drawing

Don’t miss our special free drawing. You have to be present to win!

2018 Wins and losses:  medicaid expansion? 

Don't miss the next meeting of the Hanvoer Democratic Committee on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Virginia State Sen. Jennifer McClellan will discuss what happened in the 2018 Virginia General Assembly--the balance sheet of our wins and our losses. How close are we to Medicaid Expansion?

In addition, the HDC's Candidates' Corner will shine the spotlight on Vangie Williams who is running for the Democratic nomination for the First Congressional Seat. In March, our candidate presenter was John Suddarth, and in May, it will be Edwin Santana. This is a great chance to get an up close and personal view of the three Democratic candidates in time for the June 12 primary.

See you Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. As always, the coffee is on us.

Be Part of the Blue Wave!

The Honorable Justin Fairfax, Virginia's dynamic Lieutenant Governor, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Blue Wave Bash on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education. Sen. Jennifer McClellan will be our Master of Ceremonies.

You may have noticed we have changed the name of our popular annual fundraiser. When we launched this event nine years ago, we called it the Blue Moon Bash because once in a Blue Moon a Democrat gets elected in Hanover. Well, after the Democratic landslide last November, we have changed our tune. We are now calling this popular event the Blue Wave Bash.  We're hoping for another Blue Wave in 2018...in fact, we are hoping for a Tsunami in 2018!

Please join us for a sit down buffet dinner and cash bar at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, 17205 Mountain Road, Montpelier. We changed locations because we needed more elbow room to accommodate the growing popularity of the event. We wanted to assure that everyone has a comfortable seat to enjoy the delicious buffet dinner provided by Jake's Place.

There is a pre-dinner reception at Shrubbery Hill with Justin Fairfax and Jennifer McClellan for donors who offer $500 or more to the cause.

Proceeds from the Blue Wave Bash will go to support local, state and national Democratic candidates. Be part of the Blue Wave. Join us on Wednesday, April 25

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Apply Now for Dopp-Ostergren Scholarship

The Hanover Democratic Committee is accepting applications for the 2018 Melissa J. Dopp/Bobby Ostergren scholarship for graduating high school students. The one page application must be submitted by April 30 to P.O. Box 22, Ashland, Va 23005. This year, we hope to award four $500 scholarships to graduating High School seniors from Atlee, Patrick Henry, Hanover, and Lee-Davis  High Schools who have assisted the Hanover Democratic Committee, participated in Democratic campaigns, supported Democratic candidates or have participated in or started a Young Democrats club in his/her school. This is not a needs based or academic scholarship, but rather a scholarship designed to recognize students with the highest level of participation and involvement in Democratic campaigns and activities. Click here for the scholarship form.  For more information, contact Lyn Hodnett, 804-382-4532, lynh169125@comcast.net.  

next meeting

Don't miss the monthly meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. at the newly renovated Ashland Coffee & Tea when Hanover Registrar Teri Smithson will be on hand to answer all the questions you ever had about voting, purging voting rolls, the upcoming election and whether Hanover is hack proof and more...whatever you want to ask about voting. There are a lot of misconceptions out there...find out from the horse's mouth on Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Immediately following the meeting, our own John Suddarth, Holly Ford, and Sarah Meredith of the Vangie Williams for Congress campaign will lead a canvass for Vangie. Please join the canvass following the meeting. It is the best way to reach voters. You will leave right from Ashland Coffee & Tea.

tim Kaine here On Sept. 16

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, First Congressional District Candidate Vangie Williams and Senator Jennifer McClellan will be our guest speakers at historic Shrubbery Hill, the home of Mary Anne Pugh at 15209 Mountain Road on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. It’s free and it’s a great way to kick the campaign season into high gear.

This HDC event is sponsored jointly by our Women's Coffee and Men’s Forum and will be held on the beautiful grounds of Shrubbery Hill.  Seating will be provided under a tent with folding chairs set up in theater style. But, if you would like to bring your comfortable lawn chair from home, please do. You can set up outside the tent under a shade tree or near the Gazebo. Cold drinks and other refreshments will be served. This Meet, Greet & Eat is a great opportunity for meeting our wonderful candidates before the all-important midterm elections. Come out, bring a friend, and be prepared to get fired up to Get Out The Vote to re-elect Sen. Kaine and elect Vangie Williams to Congress. Please RSVP to Diane Neergaard, Coffee Chair, at daneergaard@comcast.net or Forum Chair Nelson Vaughan at vnvaughan@aol.com. See you Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

May Meeting--A Chance to talk

Last of Candidates to Speak

Don't miss the monthly meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on May 12 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. In addition to meeting the last of our three Congressional Candidates, we're going to take some time to meet and greet each other. It has been a hectic three months as we have tried to give the candidates more exposure to their base in Hanover as well as have the main speaker. But now, we are more than 225 members strong. It's time to take a minute to meet and greet.

AND there will be a free drawing for a Stormy Daniels kit! What's in the kit? As with everything Stormy, it will surely be a surprise.

In addition, we will meet with the last of our three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the First Congressional District seat.  In the candidate's corner, this month will be Edwin Santana. We have already heard from John Suddarth and Vangie Williams. Now, it's Edwin Santana's turn. Hanover Democrats have had several chances to hear from the candidates--the Pancake Breakfast, Women's Coffees, Men's Forum, our monthly meetings and more. We'll be ready to vote at the June primary.

As always the coffee is on us.

redistricting and how it will impact Hanover

Next meeting: Saturday, October 13

The next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea will take an in-depth look at proposed changes to the House District map and specifically at what it will do to Hanover's 55th and 97th House Districts. Liz White, the Deputy Director of the One Virginia 2021, will discuss the current proposal and its impact on Hanover districts especially the 55th House District. How Hanover is positioned during redistricting is a crucial issue. White is the Deputy Director of OneVirginia2021 and has been with the organization since 2015. She has a BA from the College of William and Mary and is helping OneVirginia2021 grow its supporter base.  Don't miss this important meeting at Ashland Coffee & Tea, on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. As always, the coffee is on us.