Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward


All Democratic Women are Welcome!

Our Coffees are for bringing together Democratic women from all parts of Hanover for energizing fellowship and for forming strong relationships to help elect Democratic candidates and promote our Democratic ideals locally and nationally. The Coffee Caucus is a group of all ages who meet monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evening, at the homes of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. We have no formal memberships or fees.
Stay tuned for more information on our August meeting.
For more information, please contact Diane Neergaard at dianeandallen1@gmail.com or 804-304-1951.


We have postcards available for the Herb Jones for Congress campaign. We will bring these to upcoming HDC meetings for anyone who would like to take a packet home to write. Each packet of 30 comes with scripts, address labels and stamps (if you need them). There will also be in-person pick-up opportunities in August (6, 20, 27th at 10 a.m.) at the Atlee Library. If you would like to write but can't make it to any of these, please email Colleen (Lasseire@gmail.com) or Louise (lsmithevans@comcast.net). We hope to have postcards and addresses for Josh Throneburg as well, so stay tuned.


Canvassing is both a lot of fun and a wonderful chance to connect with folks in your community. If you're interested in helping us reach out to voters across the Fifth Congressional District, our field team, Chris, Ashley, Michael, Wendy, Trenton, and Elizabeth are excited to help you get rolling! You can sign up here to learn more.

We canvass in Hanover for Josh weekly. To join a canvass, please email Ashley at ashley@joshforvirginia.com.
Or you can join our digital phone banks on Sunday afternoons or Wednesday nights.

To sign up, click here:

Wednesday night - https://www.mobilize.us/joshforvirginia/event/451266

Sunday afternoon - https://www.mobilize.us/joshforvirginia/event/450644 

When we canvass, of course, we tell voters about Josh, but more importantly, we listen to their concerns. It's impossible to know how to best represent folks if you've never asked them what matters to them, but we talk to voters every day who've never had a politician ask them what they thought about anything. We're changing that with every knock and every phone call. We've reached out to about 20,000 voters already, and we're not slowing down. We love getting out and talking to voters: it's the way we're going to be able to flip this district. It does, however, take time, energy and (of course) money. If you're able to help financially, you can support our efforts right here.


Financial: We’ve had a great month in fundraising, surpassing the 100k mark and well on our way to surpassing 150k by the end of the month. However, we are still behind where we would like to be, so, please donate here.

Voter Outreach: We’ve had a full calendar this month! Herb attended a gun safety town hall (which his opponent failed to attend), the Gloucester Dems Summer Social, various fundraisers across the Commonwealth (and in D.C.), and meetings with many local organizations throughout the district.

This month saw the beginning of our summer canvassing launches, with door knocking in Chesterfield, Henrico, and Williamsburg. We also launched our sign delivery program, with volunteers hand-delivering signs to fellow voters.

Hirings: The campaign has brought on Stephen Rast as field director. He spearheads our canvassing launches, phone banking and postcard writing operations.

clark mercer to speak AT OUR AUgust 13 MEETING

Our guest speaker for August will be Clark Mercer. He was Gov. Ralph Northam's chief of staff and well known to many of you. He is also the president of the Ashland Theatre Foundation which has hosted great book talks and discussions about banned books, pride recognition, and overall protection of Democratic values.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 13 at the Iron Horse Restaurant, 100 S. Railroad Avenue in Ashland.

If you cannot join us in person:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 856 9904 0716
Passcode: 890597

By Phone
+1 301 715 8592 US

Live Streamed on YouTube

Monthly two cents: the republican ideology

by Don Barth

Vote Republican if you

1. Believe that only white people should vote and the path for others to vote should be very difficult.
2. Believe that schools should not teach the true history of non-white people.
3. Believe that it is more important to be able to own an assault rifle than to lose the lives of innocent children who can be killed by them.
4. Believe that the minority should be able to override the wishes of the majority of Americans.
5. Believe love can only occur between two people of the same race and opposite gender.
6. Believe that religion does not include caring, helping, etc. of all people, religion is only for people like me who only care about me.
7. Believe that wealthy people should pay a lower percentage tax than lower and middle-income people.
8. Believe it is good for CEOs of big businesses to receive huge salaries, raises and bonuses while some of the actual working people who do the work don't make enough money to feed their families.
9. Believe it is more important for big oil companies to be able to pollute, endanger our health, cause a climate crisis and make huge profits than it is for the companies to care about the future of our planet, its people and the climate crisis.
10. Believe it is more important to be against abortion than it is to give proper pre-natal and post-natal care to children as well as their parents.
11. Believe it is more important to allow big pharmaceuticals to make huge profits while the people using these prescriptions must sometimes decide between taking life-saving drugs or paying the rent.
12. Believe it is more important to allow the legislators to pick their voters via gerrymandering than it is for the voting districts to be established scientifically to be fair to all.
13. Believe there are two genders, female and male, period. There is no such thing as transgender.
14. Believe that it is more important to be governed by a dictator than to live in a democracy where the government is chosen honestly by the people.
15. Believe once a person is elected they should only work for the citizens of their party not for all the people in their district.
16. Believe that no guns should be registered but all immigrants should be.
17. Believe that lying is OK when it helps me.
18. Don't believe in listening to others because that would indicate that you are weak and need others.
19. Believe in ending Social Security and Medicare
20. Believe in abolishing all or most civil service jobs and turning them into positions appointed by the president so everybody in government owes their job to the president and he can fire them whenever he wants, and turning our country into "Big Brother" and "1984".
21. Believe in more tax breaks for billionaires and corporations.
22. Believe in repealing Obamacare
23, Believe in killing the world's population via the "climate crisis."
24. Believe in requiring 10-year-old rape victims to carry their babies till birth.
25. Believe in banning contraceptives, making abortions illegal, and then once the baby is born to give no assistance to the baby nor parents and also having no plan for an over-populated world as Virginia's governor.

There is no way you nor I could vote Republican. If we don't speak up, we are complicit. Unless we all get out and work (there are many ways in addition to going door to door) our butts off for all of our Democratic candidates, we will see our world change drastically because the people who think the above WILL BE IN CHARGE. Fairness, caring and unbiased will mean nothing. Two perfect examples are electing Trump in 2016 and recently electing Youngkin.

ethan lynne receives hdc scholarship

Ethan C. Lynne of Ashland is the winner of the 2021 Melissa J. Dopp/Bobby Ostergren Scholarship, awarded yearly by the Hanover Democratic Committee to graduating Hanover County seniors with the highest level of participation and involvement in Democratic campaigns and activities.

Lynne, a graduating senior at Patrick Henry, is winning a $1,200 scholarship award. He is the son of Andy and Karen Lynne of Ashland. Lynne plans to attend The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., to pursue a degree in political communications. He has an extensive background in participating in Democratic Party causes. In 2019 he interned with the Democratic Party of Virginia in their Richmond office. In 2020 he ran text banks for the Biden/Warner/Rashid/McAuliffe campaigns, texting thousands of voters. His text banking work continued into 2021 when he led High-Schoolers for Terry (McAuliffe) and texted more than 2 million Virginians. From June 2020 to the present, he has served as the co-chair of Virginia Teen Democrats, leading members and coordinating multiple events. Throughout 2021 he served as a digital intern with the DPVA, writing fundraising letters and designing graphics. Lynne also registered numerous voters at his high school for the 2021 election.


Just as a reminder, HDC members must rejoin every 2 years. The new year started January of this year and many members have yet to rejoin. So just as a reminder, previous members please rejoin and all people who are interested in joining please join. If you would like to rejoin/join online please visit this link: Hanover Democrats - Dues. The online form will allow you to pay your dues with a credit card via Act Blue.


Postcards to Hanover voters from the Hanover Registrar’s Office went out by mail last week with mistaken information. Rachel Levy reached out to Registrar Teri Smithson, who confirmed that Ashland residents were told they are in the 60th House District, when they are in fact in the 59th. Please check your postcards when they come and have your friends and neighbors do the same. It appears that the mistake was limited to Ashland Precinct 101. An explanation from the county is located here.


Our own Don Barth has taken it upon himself to point out the differences between our party and the do-nothing, go-backward Republicans. Here's a cheat sheet:

Following are just a few of the many things the Democrats have recently provided in Virginia and the nation:

1. Universal access to high-speed internet

2. Easier access to voting

3. Expanded access to health care

4. Increased funding for education

5. Reduced child poverty in the U.S. by 30%

6. Funded infrastructure projects: bridges, transit, rail, replacement of lead pipes, clean water and the electric grid

7. Raised the minimum wage in Virginia

8. President Biden in his first year created 6 million new jobs, the most jobs created in one year.

9. Abolished the death penalty

10. 10th among all states and first in the South in the percent of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19

11. $2.6 billion budget surplus in Virginia

12. Enacted the Virginia Clean Economy Act

13. The unemployment rate dropped from 6.2% when President Biden took office to 3.9% a year later, the largest single-year drop in American history.

14.  When President Biden took office, more than 18 million people were receiving unemployment benefits. One year later, only 2 million people were receiving these benefits, the largest single drop in one year.   

15.  The number of households reporting that they sometimes or often did not have enough food to eat dropped by 32%. 

16.  Largest investment ever in the power grid, electric vehicle chargers and climate resilience.

17.  First-ever approvals of large-scale offshore wind projects.

18.  Largest investment and national bipartisan plan to get safe and clean drinking water to all Americans.