Our Next Meeting— Free Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, November 11, 9 a.m.
Don't miss our renowned Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 11 at 9 a.m. at the Ashcreek Recreation Center, 10854 Linderwood Drive, Mechanicsville (in the Ashcreek subdivision off New Ashcake Road). Not only are we having delicious pancakes, sausages, and applesauce made by our own HDC members, but we are having some very special guest speakers. The five Democrats running for the Democratic nomination from the First Congressional District against Rob Wittman in 2018 are our guest speakers. This is a rare opportunity to see and hear these excellent candidates all under one roof. Two of the HDC's very own members are included in the lineup: Tom Hicks, Edwin Santana, Ryan Sawyers, John Suddarth, and Vangie Williams.
Tom Hicks for congress
Tom, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, former Navy nuclear submarine officer, engineer, businessman, husband and father, believes in and wants to serve his country again.
As the son of an Italian war refugee whose home and town were destroyed in World War II, Tom developed a deep appreciation for the freedoms enjoyed in this country that are, sadly, not universal. As a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and Navy submarine officer during the cold war, Tom experienced firsthand the obligation and sacrifice required of those who serve. As a small business owner and engineering consultant to large companies and national laboratories, he brings to this contest experience and a determination to take on today’s issues, with an eye on the interests of future generations.
Edwin Santana for Congress
Edwin Santana was born in Florida and grew up in a small town in Maine. Edwin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Maine Maritime Academy, where he also did ROTC training to become a Marine Officer.
Edwin first came to Virginia as part of his officer’s training at Quantico Marine Corps Base. He was then stationed at Camp Pendleton (CA) and returned back to Quantico (with a deployment to Oman).
Ryan Sawyers for Congress
Ryan Sawyers is Chairman of the Prince William County School Board, the 2nd largest school system in Virginia and the 35th largest school system in the country.
In 2015, he was the first Democrat in the county’s history to win the elected, county-wide Chairman’s seat. He is a husband, father, and small business owner.
Ryan has stood on his bedrock of progressive principles since the day he took office and he will do the same when he is in Congress. He will fight to: fund public education, protect a woman’s right to choose, reduce student debt and college tuition at state colleges, fight for a living wage and Project Labor Agreements so government dollars are spent wisely the first time, fight for small businesses by reducing the burden of health care costs and establishing broadband internet to all parts of the district so businesses can use technology more efficiently.
John Suddarth for Congress
John Suddarth is a native of Prince William County. He grew up in Cherry Hill and graduated from Gar-Field Senior High School. John has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from West Point with a minor in economics. John’s career in the Army started as an artillery officer stationed in Germany. He left the Army as a captain after commanding a field artillery battery in the Rapid Deployment Force based in California. His accomplishments in the Army include earning the coveted Ranger Tab and being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
Vangie Williams for Congress
Virginia’s 1st Congressional District - often called America’s First Congressional District - encompasses all or part of 19 counties, and the City of Fredericksburg. The First District is the home to American history, from Manassas to Williamsburg, to Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, and everywhere in between, the First District is where history was made, and where history will be made again with the election of Vangie Williams in 2018.