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By James Doran

Back in December 2012, I had my first introduction to Hanover County politics. With the school board seat for my district coming up for appointment in 2013, I decided to reach out to the person that would be doing the appointing — Cold Harbor Supervisor Elton Wade. When I talked to Elton about throwing my hat in the ring, he was nice enough on the phone and agreed to meet with me after the holidays. 

That meeting never occurred. The reason it didn’t occur is that the next issue of the Mechanicsville Local featured a story about Norman Sulser and how he thought he had a  “handshake “ deal with Elton dating back 20 years and should be appointed to the school board as his reward. Elton said he didn’t remember making that agreement, but went with Norm’s word and appointed him in June 2013. As you might imagine, that experience left a sour taste in my mouth and made me wonder why Hanover appoints its school board members rather than elects them.

Roughly eight years later, I’m still convinced that an elected school board is in the best interest of the citizens of Hanover County. More importantly, I’m convinced that an elected school board is in the best interests of the 17,000 schoolchildren in Hanover. I ran for the Board of Supervisors seat in Cold Harbor in 2019 and one of the main reasons was that position currently appoints the school board member from our district. I’m not pushing for an elected school board with designs on running for it myself. I want the citizens in Hanover to have more of a say in who makes these decisions.

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Two Lieutenant Governor Candidates Will Join Us in January

Our monthly meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee will feature two candidates for the Democratic lieutenant governor nomination in 2021. The action starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Elizabeth Guzman is a social worker, a public administrator, and a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 31st District, which includes portions of Fauquier and Prince William counties. Xavier Warren is an Arlington businessman who is running on a pro-jobs platform.

Each will have the floor at our virtual meeting for about 10-12 minutes, with Guzman going first, and then we will open up the session for questions and answers. Learn more about Delegate Guzman and Xavier Warren via their websites, so you'll be prepared when you log in to our January meeting.

Here's how:
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 856 9904 0716
Passcode: 890597

+1 301 715 8592 US

Live Streamed on YouTube


The Men's Forum makes its triumphant return after a brief holiday hiatus. This month, we're joined by Ms. Caitlin Hodge, the Chickahominy Health District's Public Information Officer and COVID Response Team Leader, for the latest on COVID-19 in our area. 

Log into Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, to learn about the county's pandemic response and upcoming vaccine distribution. Ms. Hodge holds a Bachelor of Science in community health from Ithaca College, along with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Albany.  

The floor will open for questions following Ms. Hodge's presentation. To assure your question is responded to please forward your questions to Don Barth by January 20 who will forward them to Ms. Hodge.   

Our monthly Men's Forum informs, invigorates and connects Hanover's Democratic community and has long provided a candid way for Hanover Democrats to meet, talk politics, and hear interesting speakers in our predominantly Republican, but slowing turning Democratic county. 

We are grateful to be back to our regularly scheduled programming, despite the ongoing pandemic, and thank our members for their continued support. 

Join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85699040716?

Password: cGtvK0lwbkpZcjFmUUVSSONPZ0FXdz09 

Meeting ID:  856 9904 0716 
Passcode:  890597 
By Phone  +1 301 715 8592 US 

RSVP to Don Barth at donna.don@comcast.net, or call his cellphone or text 856.889.5905, or leave a message on his landline 804.299.3160

Coffee Meeting


All Democratic and Like-Minded Women Are Welcome!  

We'll be starting off our ninth year of Hanover Democratic Women's Coffees in late January — still by Zoom, of course — so be looking for more information on the date soon.

While we celebrate the victories of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, it's time to look forward to 2021's Virginia government elections and the 2021 state legislature meeting, as well. There are many candidates to meet and issues to weigh in on. 

Our Coffees are great for energizing fellowship with other Democratic Women. Come to learn, come to talk. There's plenty of room for a really big group at these virtual Coffees, so everybody, please join us — and please encourage like-minded friends and neighbors to "zoom" with us, too. For more information contact Diane Neergaard at daneergaard@comcast.net or 804-304-1951.