Hanover County Democratic Committee

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The Hanover County Democratic Committee is committed to reaching out to the community, building a broad-based political committee, and raising money to nominate and run candidates for federal, state, and local office. Located in Virginia, electing Democrats is the key to making our country the best it can be for all citizens.


Please feel free to contact the following executive committee members with questions or concerns:

Chair- Dan McGraw

Past Chair - Toni Radler

Past Chair - Gordon Silver

Vice Chairs

Political Strategy- Morgan Goodman

Technology - Steve Johnson

Outreach- Ashley Hall

Fundraising- John Suddarth

Treasurer - Sandy Fellerman

Corresponding Secretary - Mary Ann Pugh

Recording Secretary - Joette Mitchell

District Chairs


Chair - Don Barth; Co-Chair- Cathy Lee


Chair - Betsy Farley; Co-Char- 


Chair - June Bohrer; Co-Chair - Jennifer Byrnes

Cold Harbor

Chair - Louise Smith Evans; Co-Chair- Wendy Brooks


Chair - Jeni CarrCo-Chair - Coleen Berry


Chair - Rita DowlingCo-Chair - Joette Mitchell

South Anna

Chair - Mary KnightCo-Chair -

Committee Chairs

Voter Registration - Vacant

Black Caucus - Sandra Howard

Women's Coffee - Diane Neergaard

Men's Forum - Nelson Vaughan

Immigration - Woodi Sprinkel

Take Action Now - Jen Chambers, Christiane Riederer von Paar, Mary Anne Pugh

Social Media -  Mary Anne Pugh

Facebook - Mary Anne Pugh

Sgt. at Arms - Allen Neergaard

Special Projects - Lyn Hodnett

Central Committee Representatives

Rita Dowling

Howard Ostergren

Gordon Silver

Trevor Southerland

There will be no Men's Forums in December.  Please watch for details about a Men's forum for Congressional candidates on January 22.

Congressional Candidates Face-OFf

We are excited to announce that the next monthly gathering of the HDC Men's Forum on Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. at The Depot (107 S. Railroad Avenue, Ashland) will be a discussion among the candidates who have announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination for the First Congressional District.

At this point, the candidates running for the Democratic nomination are Phil Cox, Qasim Rashid, Kevin Washington and Vangie Williams. If other candidates announce between now and the forum date, they will be added to the lineup of forum speakers. Following the presentation, we will conduct an unofficial presidential candidate straw poll from among the attendees. 

The forum will be moderated by Rich Meagher, political science professor at Randolph-Macon College. Mr. Meagher was the moderator at our previous First Congressional District Forum about two years ago.

The purpose of our monthly HDC Men's Forums is to socialize, invigorate, educate and elect Democrats to office. The Men's Forum provides an opportunity for Hanover Democrats to meet, talk politics and hear interesting speakers in our predominately Republican, but slowly turning Democratic county.

Because of its scope, this month's forum is open to men and women from Hanover County and the surrounding counties in the First Congressional District. Please join us on Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. RSVP to Nelson Vaughan at vnvaughan@aol.com or call his cellphone or text 201.826.7093, or call his landline 804.496.6217.

We'll be starting our 8th year of Hanover Democratic Women's Coffees with a morning Coffee on Friday, January 17. Our hostess, Toni Radler, will welcome us to her home at 309 Hillsway Drive, Ashland at 10 am.

Please come for great conversation and refreshments in a relaxing setting with like-minded women from all over Hanover.

Our Coffee Caucus is a growing group of Democratic women 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. Our goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know one another so that we can better work together. We have no formal memberships or dues.

New friends are always welcome. 

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Diane Neergaard at daneergaard@comcast.net or 804-304-1951.

Call to Caucus for VA House Delegate 97th District

The Hanover Democratic Committee is calling a caucus for the Democratic candidate for the 97th VA House of Delegate election.  Access the call to caucus and application for participation here.  People who wish to be considered as candidates must print this form (click here), fill out the form and follow the directions.

Men's Forum

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm

Home of Russ Johnson

11375 Otter Run Dr., Ashland

Guest Speaker: Toni Radler, Chair

Mens Forum

Our monthly Democratic Men's Forum provides an opportunity for Democratic men to meet, socialize, talk politics and hear interesting speakers. Don't miss October's Forum at the home of Russ Johnson, 11265 Otter Run Drive in Ashland. HDC Chair Toni Radler will discuss the importance of winning this year's local elections. And she will discuss the question: is our Democracy really up for grabs in 2020.

Also, Democratic candidates running for office in November are invited to attend. See you at Russ Johnson's home on October 23, 7 p.m.

RSVP to Nelson Vaughan at vnvaughan@aol.com or call the cell phone and text messages 201.826.7093; home 804.496.6217.

If you are a woman and receive this, please send to your favorite Democratic male relative, neighbor or friend.

At Our Next Meeting: A True Groundbreaker

At our next Hanover Democratic Committee meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a true groundbreaker. Ghazala Hashmi will be our featured speaker at 10 a.m. on January 11 at The Depot. In November, Ghazala became the first Muslim American woman elected to the Virginia State Senate, winning the 10th Senate District which includes all of Powhatan County and parts of Richmond and Chesterfield County.

Not only that, but this remarkable woman helped tip the balance of power in the Senate to the Democrats, giving our party and our purpose unified control of state government for the first time in more than 25 years.

Ghazala was born in Hyderabad, India, and moved at the age of four with her family to the United States. Raised in Georgia, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University.

She and her husband Azhar moved to the Richmond area in 1991, and Ghazala has spent the past 25 years as a leading educator in Virginia’s college and university system. She currently serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Reynolds Community College. She and Azhar have two daughters who were born and raised in Midlothian and educated in Chesterfield County public schools.

Ghazala overcame ugly campaign tactics to win the election. Her opponent employed doctored images of her to frighten voters and his campaign owned up to it. Fortunately, Ghazala’s strong messages on education and gun violence reduction resonated with voters in the 10th District. Now you’ll be able to hear and meet Ghazala at our meeting on Jan. 11.

And, as always, the coffee is on us!

We need your support

by Dan McGraw, HDC Chair

Please help us in any way you can. Without you, we have nothing. I have listened with great amazement from people like Gordon Silver and Toni Radler about the growth of the Hanover Democratic Committee. Although no youngster myself, I am a baby by comparison in terms of committee membership. I began attending meetings in 2015, when the committee was already significant in size. I watched it grow from 170 to over 300+. During that time, I heard about the times when there were just a handful of members.

And those members have kept this committee moving in the right direction. That is why we need your help. We must continue to expound upon the legacy of so many people who have given strength to Hanover Democrats like you and me. We need phone bankers, canvassers, logistics coordinators, social media specialists, financial donors, and people who can spread the message that “We are proud Democrats and we need more enthusiasts and activists and citizens yearning for a better America.”

Therefore, we need to get more Democrats elected in local, state, and national positions. We need you to do that with us. I was asked to share my vision as the newly elected chair to the Hanover Democratic Committee. My view is strength in numbers. More Democrats in PTA leadership positions, day-care volunteers, non-profits and local clubs, etc. The more involved you are in the community, the stronger our community will be.  I am proud of you.  As the message began, “Please help us in any way you can.” We are stronger in numbers and powerful beyond measure.

Invite your friends to join us. Tell your family to take a peek. Keep yourself involved. Let me know what I can do to encourage you and keep the light going. Taking on the role of the chair is an incredible task. I have already started to see the overwhelming number of hats Toni and those before her have had to wear. I am humbled by the feat, and I am up for the task. In 2019, we flipped the House and Senate. With your support, we have the opportunity to get even more Democrats elected.

I look forward to serving you.

Our December Hanover Democratic Women's Coffee will be a festive end-of-the-year get together at the home of Jen Chambers Wednesday evening, December 11. Jen will welcome us to her home at 901 South Center Street in Ashland at 7 pm.

Please join like-minded women from all over Hanover for a time of refreshments and warm fellowship with each other.

Our Coffee Caucus is a growing group of Democratic women 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. Our goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know one another so that we can better work together. We have no formal memberships or dues.

New friends are always welcome.

Hanover Democratic Committee is Co-Hosting the Virginia Blue Celebration

The Hanover Democratic Committee is excited to offer our members a discount to the Virginia Blue Celebration:   a statewide event that is being held to celebrate all our candidates who were elected in the Blue Wave in November.  All volunteers, elected officials, and committee members are invited to attend. The regular price for the ticket is $50, but members of the HDC receive a $15 discount, making the cost $35!

When:  Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Time: 6 pm - 9 pm, Where:  Sun Trust Building, 919 E. Main St., Richmond 23219 (4th floor)

Use the promo code: HANOVERDEMS at checkout to receive $15 off each ticket! We are happy that we are able to make this event accessible to as many volunteers and activists as possible!   More information:  Facebook    Link to tickets: bit.ly/jan20va     If you have questions, contact Colleen Grady.  (571)438-1142 | colleen@vademocrats.org


Unhappy with Trump’s destructive agenda? TAKE ACTION NOW!

This new resource from the Hanover Democratic Committee is designed to help citizens take strategic acts that will protect our Democracy.  Watch for weekly action items here on the HDC webpage, in your inbox and on Facebook. 

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