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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.

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.

"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.

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

 Click Here to get your ticket on line wave 1 

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.  

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.

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!

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.

Sen. McClellan Our March Speaker

Don’t miss our March 9 meeting when Sen. Jennifer McClellan will be our guest speaker. Sen. McClellan will have so much to tell us following an eventful General Assembly. The Hanover Democratic Committee is truly honored to have Sen. McClellan as our guest speaker. She is one of the most respected leaders in the Virginia General Assembly. Our monthly meeting is on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. As always, the coffee is on us.

2019 Blue wave bash

Save the date

Save the date for an exciting 2019 Blue Wave Bash dinner on Thursday, April 25 at the Montpelier Arts and Activities Center. We are talking with a very exciting speaker….more to come on this! Stay tuned! Save the date!

Focusing Forward

Note from Chair Toni Radler

Our February meeting was nothing short of incredible. More than 145 members signed in to hear noted Richmond Times-Dispatch Political Columnist and Reporter, Jeff Schapiro. In addition to turning out for one of our favorite speakers, many of us turned out to support each other in the face of a devastating two-week controversy. Please read the monthly 2 Cents Worth by Sandra Howard, chair of the Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee. The Black Caucus' statement called for keeping our Democratic leaders in place and not calling for any resignations until all legislators are willing to ask for the resignation of Donald Trump for calling African nations s_ _ _holes and until state legislators are willing to call for the resignation of Del. Buddy Fowler for his racist 2015 Facebook post of a snarling police dog with the caption, ‘go ahead and run…he likes fast food’. The Facebook post referenced the protests of the death of Freddie Gray while being transported in a police van in Baltimore. When Sandra finished reading the Black Caucus' statement, our meeting erupted into a cheering standing ovation. Way to support Democrats, Hanover! We are going to continue Focusing Forward to turn Hanover Blue. For the sake of racial justice, women’s rights, voting rights, health care, education, and many more Democratic principles, we are Focusing Forward. We persist!

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.

Meet the Candidates—You’ll Love ‘Em!

Don’t miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on April 13 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea to meet the candidates. For the first time in more than 50 years, we have candidates running in 5 Board of Supervisor races, 3 State Senate Races and 1 House of Delegates Race.  We expect to see many of our great candidates at the next meeting.

*Five Democratic Board of Supervisor candidates will be on hand including (click here for calls for the caucus information):

--Star incumbent Ashland District Supervisor running for a second term Faye Prichard
--Beaverdam District Candidate Crystal Robens
--Cold Harbor District Candidate James Doren
--Henry District Candidate James Wilkerson (via DVD)
--South Anna District Candidate Dr. Clara James Scott
*State-Level Candidates will be on hand including:
--55th District House Candidate Morgan Goodman
--4th District Senate Candidate Stan Scott
--12th District Candidates Veena Lothe and Rep. Debra Rodman seeking the Democratic nomination in a Primary to unseat Siobhan Dunnavant
--9th District Star Incumbent Jennifer McClellan spoke at our last meeting and was terrific. She is slated for a primary, however, no Democratic challenger has come forward.  Ngiste May will be at the meeting to represent her.

This is a very exciting time for Hanover Democrats and our candidates are amazing. See for yourself on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. As always, the coffee is on us.

Sen. Mark Warner At Blue Wave Bash

Watch for Your Mail Invitation Or Purchase AT HVADEMS.COM 

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will be the keynote speaker at the Hanover Democratic Committee’s Blue Wave Bash on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education.

Sen. Warner served as Governor of Virginia and was then elected to serve in the Senate in 2008. He has established himself as a leader who works with Republicans and Democrats to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability and promote private sector innovation and job creation. In the past two years as vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Warner has led the way in investigating Russian involvement in our elections.

In addition to Sen. Warner, State Sen. Jennifer McClellan will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Sen. McClellan has become a leader in the Virginia General Assembly and is also known to work across the aisle to enact legislation aimed at helping Virginians.

This is a special celebration for Hanover Democrats as it is the tenth anniversary of the Blue Moon Bash/Blue Wave Bash fundraiser. When we first launched the fundraiser, we called it the Blue Moon Bash because it seemed that Democrats in Virginia were elected once in a blue moon. However in 2018 as new Democratic delegates and senators were swept into office, we changed the name to Blue Wave Bash to reflect the dawning of a new era and the new energy that is propelling our candidates forward. We are especially honored to have Sen. Warner and Sen. McClellan celebrate this anniversary with us.

In addition, we are honored to have internationally renowned opera singer Brenda Louise Hudson open the program with the Spiritual, Deep River. Mark Brumitt will be performing on classical guitar. The meal for this Blue Wave Bash will be catered by Ashland Coffee & Tea and will include a roast beef station plus vegetarian options.

You can purchase your ticket by replying to the invitation you will receive by mail, or by going online at hvadems.com.

Calls for caucus!

Follow this link, click here, to find the calls for caucus announcements, candidate forms, and caucus member forms.

kEy issues of the 2019 VA general assembly

Saturday, December 8, 10AM

Don’t miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea when a panel of Virginia’s leading activists will discuss key issues coming before the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. Kim Bobo of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy will discuss wage legislation and immigrant rights; Kristie Smith from the Virginia Conservation Network will discuss key environmental issues; Liz White of One Virginia 2021 will discuss redistricting and Andy Goddard, from the Virginia Center for Public Safety, will discuss gun safety regulations.

In the recent campaign season, you did an incredible job working the polls, campaigning, phone banking, sending postcards, canvassing and more. Now it’s time to take the fight to the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. Find out what you can do and meet the leaders who will be instrumental in fighting for democratic ideals at the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. As always, the coffee is on us.

Coming up in January—Report from Sen. McClellan plus Reviving the ERA

Recycle your Kaine Signs

If you still have your polybag Kaine signs, please bring them to the next committee meeting.  Caroline Cooke will collect and recycle them.  Also, bring your wires for reuse by one of the campaigns.

Next Meeting—Our Strategy

Don’t miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, when we discuss campaign strategy and issues to get our candidates elected.

Following a most successful Blue Wave Bash, it’s time to get started, roll up our sleeves and support our candidates. As always, the coffee is on us. See you Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Incredible Blue Wave Bash

Thank you all for making our 2019 Blue Wave Bash the best ever. More than 200 people attended. Sen. Mark Warner and Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger discussed the dangers the Trump administration is posing to our Democracy and then challenged us to get our candidates elected in Hanover. It was a rousing and exciting two hours. Thanks to our committee chair, John Suddarth, and his committee for making this such a successful event. And thanks to all of you for supporting this effort that is used to make committee contributions to our candidates.  To see the pictures follow this link.

Six Candidates Have Qualified To Date

Caucus deadlines for candidate declarations have passed in four races; Caucuses have been canceled in those races, and Candidates declared our Democratic nominees including:

Morgan Goodman, 55th District House Race

Sen. Jennifer McClellan, 9th Senate District

Faye Prichard, Ashland District Board of Supervisors Race

Crystal Robens, Beaverdam District Board of Supervisors Race

Clara James Scott, South Anna District Board of Supervisors Race

Stan Scott, 4th Senate District

Caucus Deadline and Candidate Filings Still Scheduled for:

Cold Harbor District Board of Supervisors: Candidate declaration due May 11, Caucus Date, May 18, 3 pm. Mechanicsville Library.

Primary Scheduled for:

Primary Scheduled June 11 between Veena Lothe and Del. Debra Rodman, for 12th District Senate Seat.

Blue Commonwealth Gala

Major national speakers will be featured in the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Blue Commonwealth Gala on Saturday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. (Program starts at 7 p.m.) at Main Street Station, 1500 E. Broad Street. Among the speakers will be Mayor Pete Buttigieg, If you are interested in attending, get your tickets online, vademocrats.org.  One table has already been filled by HDC member Howard Ostergren. Tickets are selling fast. Contact DPVA today. OR you can buy tickets from the First CD and Matt Rowe by clicking here.



Tuesday, November 6 is the most important Midterm Election of our lives. Please go out and vote to re-elect Sen. Tim Kaine and elect Vangie Williams to Congress. Sen. Kaine is unique…he’s not a politician, but a true public servant. He’s there to make the lives of his constituents better. We need more like him in Washington. Vangie Williams is following right in his footsteps and is who we need to represent the people of the First Congressional District (all of Hanover). Please don’t miss this opportunity to elect two wonderful Democratic candidates and to put a dent in Donald Trump’s destructive agenda. Talk to your young people to make sure they vote too. See you at the polls. We need every one of you to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (See Ashley Hall’s Two Cents…A Vote Is A Chess Move, Not A Valentine.)

Thank You Breakfast—Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10

Don’t miss our Thank You Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. You have worked the Polls, phone banked, knocked on doors, written postcards, donated money, attended forums, and more. We want to thank all of you who have worked so hard this campaign season.

We have moved our breakfast to Ashland Coffee & Tea to serve as many as possible. Ashland Coffee & Tea will give us an extra 25 seats over our location at Ashcreek.  Ashland Coffee & Tea will be serving a continental breakfast:  muffins, fruit, coffee and juice.  The coffee and breakfast is on us.

This will be a great way to celebrate our hard work and hopefully celebrate Democratic victories. You will have the opportunity to meet several candidates running for office from Hanover in 2019. And there will be several free drawings. Don’t miss this great time to fellowship with other Hanover Democrats. (We might be able to talk Daniel McGraw into teaching us the rest of the Dougie.) See you Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10.

Help Wanted…Urgently!

We are on the verge of a first….staffing all polls, all precincts, every hour. That is a herculean task. That’s 468 shifts. Please help us fill every precinct, every hour. Please see our specific needs below:

In Henry District for the Totopotomoy Precinct at Eastern Hanover Volunteer Fire Station #3, 4428 Mechanicsville Turnpike for three shifts: from 6 to 8 a.m.; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.  Call Colleen Berry, 804.244.1555.

In the Beaverdam District for the Beaverdam Precinct at Beaverdam Elementary School at 15485 Beaverdam School Road for two shifts: from 6-8 a.m.; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Call Alexia Miles, 804.227.3583.

There's Still Time To Help Vangie& Tim

Please volunteer for Vangie Williams and Tim Kaine by canvassing and/or phone banking out of Vangie's office at 104 N. Railroad Ave., Suite F, Ashland (right next to Suzanne's, enter from the back) every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Call Madison at 804.592.8426.  Let's get out the vote!  Remember if we vote, we win!

Forum with Vangie Williams and Rob Wittman---Vangie Won Hands Down!

More than 500 people attended the Forum between Vangie Williams and Republican Rob Wittman at Hanover High School on Thursday, October 25…more than half of the attendees were Vangie supporters. Vangie won the forum by a landslide. Even though the crowd was asked not to applaud, murmurs of disapproval echoed throughout the high school auditorium as Williams read out loud her opponent’s major contributors (special interest groups, big business lobbyists and right-wing organizations.) The audience broke rank and booed when Wittman answered a question, saying he supports Corey Stewart, the darling of White Nationalists, over Sen. Tim Kaine. She nailed it on October 25; let’s get out and vote, and nail it at the polls!

Next Meeting—This Year’s Hot Campaign Issue

Don’t miss our meeting on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea as we discuss the most universal and crucial issue in the 2019 Hanover elections--high-speed internet via fiber lines for Hanover County. 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 about an issue that is impacting all Hanoverians. As always the coffee is on us.

Yes, We Have a Candidate for the 97th District! Meet Him on June 8th.

Dr. Kevin Washington, a 25 year retired Army veteran, an engineer and businessman, is our Democratic candidate running for the House of Delegates in the 97th District which has been torn asunder by ultra-conservative Republicans trying to take the party nomination from Del. Chris Peace.

June Primary For Six Hanover Precincts

Veena Lothe and Del. Debra Rodman will square off in a June 11 Primary in six Hanover precincts to win the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Siobhan Dunnavant for the 12th District Senate seat. Those Hanover precincts, where a primary will be held on June 11, are: Rockville (Rockville Library), Farrington (Abner Church), Montpelier (Montpelier Center), South Anna (South Anna Elementary School), Wilmington Parish (Patrick Henry High School) and West Hanover (Parks & Rec at Montpelier Center). 

Here’s To A continued Blue Wave in 2019!

Man in White Surfboard

Take It To The Streets In January…

Women’s marches—probably inappropriately named because they are for men as well as women—will be held on two weekends in January. The 2019 Women’s March RVA will be held in Richmond on January 12…the same date as the regularly scheduled meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee. And the next weekend, the national 2019 Women’s March will be held in Washington on January 19. Because of these two conflicting dates, the Hanover Democratic Committee is canceling our January meeting. Our scheduled January speaker, Sen. Jennifer McClellan has agreed to reschedule.

In the face of Donald Trump’s devolving administration, international recklessness continued close connections with Russia, and egregious actions too numerous to name, it’s really important this year to attend one or both of these marches. Please make every effort to do so. Click here for information on the Richmond march on January 12.https://varatifyera.org/event/womens-march-rva-expo/  For information on the Washington march on January 19, click here. https://www.womensmarch.com/2019/ Please, everyone, men and women, make every effort to have your presence counted. We need to demonstrate that democratic values, sense of human decency, and rule of law are important to all of us.

For those who may not be attending the Richmond march on January 12, you can still come by Ashland Coffee & Tea and have a cup of coffee on us with several Democrats holding down the fort, making sure the coffee doesn’t get cold. We look forward to seeing Sen. McClellan at an upcoming meeting following the 2019 General Assembly session and seeing you at our regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Heading Our Nominating Committees

Thank you to all who have agreed to chair or participate in our Senate, House, and Board of Supervisor nominating committees. They include:

4th Senate District Nominating Committee—John Suddarth, chair

9th Senate District Nominating Committee—Don Barth, member (another county chairs)

12th Senate District Nominating Committee—Lyn Hodnett, member (another county chairs)

55th House District Nominating Committee—Gordon Silver, chair

97th House District Nominating Committee—Trevor Southerland, chair

Ashland Board of Supervisors—Delores Dunn, chair

Beaverdam Board of Supervisors—Betsy Farley, chair

Watch for more information on how you can participate. 

Take Back the Senate--

Never More Important!

Guest Speakers are Del. Debra Rodman and Brian Cannon

Don't miss the Hanover Democratic Committee's next meeting on Saturday, July 13 at 10 am at Ashland Coffee & Tea when Debra Rodman, our candidate for the 12th senate district,  speaks to us for the first time since winning the Democratic Primary last month. In addition, Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 will discuss the disastrous Supreme Court ruling permitting political gerrymandering to continue. 

In light of the Supreme Court ruling which gives state legislatures the go-ahead to draw legislative districts based on party politics, NEVER has a victory in the State Senate and the House been more important. Following the 2020 census, the General Assembly will redraw political districts. And those district lines will be in place for the next 10 years. We must win the Senate and House to ensure fair redistricting. 

Rodman in the 12th, Stan Scott in the 4th and Sen. Jennifer McClellan in the 9th are running for the Senate from Hanover. For the House, Morgan Goodman is running for the 55th District seat, and Dr. Kevin Washington is running for the 97th District seat. Please make sure you come to this important July 13 meeting to hear Rodman and Cannon, 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. As always, the coffee will be on us.