The next monthly gathering of the Hanover Democratic Men's Forum will be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm in the heart of the College District in Ashland at the home of Nelson Vaughan, 209 College Avenue, Ashland.  These Democratic Men's forums provide an opportunity for Hanover Democratic men to meet, socialize, talk politics and hear interesting speakers.  The host and Chair of these Democratic Men's Forums, Nelson Vaughan, says come hungry as he will be serving heavy hors d'oeuvres. 

This month's speaker will be Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021, the non-partisan organization established to stop Gerrymandering and advocate for a Constitutional Amendment to set up a transparent, non partisan group to draw up new districts line.  Virginia is the 5th worst state for gerrymandering.  Presently the district lines are drawn to favor the incumbent, in the 2015 election no incumbents lost their seats.  In Virginia, representatives pick their voters.  Shouldn't voters pick their representatives?  Something is backwards,  go to this website to discover more:  https://www.onevirginia2021.org.

The purpose of these monthly Men's Forums is to socialize, envigorate, educate and elect Democrats and is a great opportunity to get to know like-minded Democratic men in a way that you just can't in other venues in this predominantly Republican county.  (Hopefully we can turn the county blue.)  The monthly Saturday morning committee meetings are great but you don't have the opportunity to talk and to get to know one another on a more social level.  It also gives those who can't attend the Saturday morning meetings a chance to get involved.  So please join us on WEDNESDAY MAY 23 at 7:00 pm.  Don't miss this opportunity to socialize and mobilize. 

RSVP to Nelson Vaughan at vnvaughan@aol.com or call 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.

The next monthly gathering of the Hanover Democratic Men's Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00 pm at the home of Gordon Silver 12281 Goddins Hill Road, Ashland.  These Democratic Men's Forums provide an opportunity for Hanover Democratic men to meet, socialize, talk politics and hear interesting speakers.  The host and Chair of these Democratic Men's Forums, Nelson Vaughan, says hors d'oevres will be served. 

Directions to Gordon's home:  From the intersection of VA-54 and I-95 at Ashland, drive east on VA-54 for about 3 miles, turn right at the bottom of the hill onto Rt 798 (Goddins Hill Rd), stay on Rt 798 Goddins Hill Rd (not Goddins Rd), following Rt 798 bearing left at the top of the hill, traveling for a total of about 0.6 miles, turn right into Gordon's gravel drive with a black mailbox after several houses on the right (you cannot see Gordon's home at this point because of the trees).  His driveway is about 0.1 of a mile before getting to Mt. Eagle Road on the left.

This month's speaker will be John Suddarth, one of three nominees for Virginia's First Congressional District to oppose Rob Wittman.  As everyone knows the Democratic Primary Election will be held on June 12.  John will be speaking to us either as the nominee to oppose Wittman or as one of the people who will be pulling together all the Democrats of the Santana, Suddarth and Williams campaigns to defeat Wittman in November.  John has served as the Board Chair of Hanover Habitat for Humanity and has been very active in the HDC overseeing the Committee's fundraising efforts.

The purpose of these monthly Men's Forums is to socialize, invigorate, educate and elect Democrats and is a great opportunity to get to know like-minded Democratic men in a way that you just can't in other venues in this predominantly Republican county.  The monthly Saturday morning committee meetings are great but you don't have the opportunity to talk and to get to know one another on a more social level.  It also gives those who can't attend the Saturday morning meetings a chance to get involved.  So please join us on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00 pm.  Don't miss this opportunity to socialize and mobilize. 

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. 

The next monthly gathering of the Hanover Democratic Men's Forum will be held on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at the home of Dale Mann 12778 Mount Hermon Road, Ashland.  These Democratic Men's Forums provide an opportunity for Hanover Democratic men to meet, socialize, talk politics and hear interesting speakers.  The Chair of these Democratic Men's Forums, Nelson Vaughan, says hors d'oevres will be served. 

Directions to Dale's home:  Off I-95 take exit 92A East unto route VA54, East Patrick Henry Road toward Hanover Courthouse.  Once on VA 54, take the first right onto Mt. Hermon Road (VA656).  1 mile down on the left at the political sign and white fences turn left between the trees.  Turn right at the house and go thru the gates on the right.  Past the shed, you'll see a white fence around a horse paddock.  Please park in there and walk back to the house.  GPS may take you a different way, on the farm side of the property, but after a little wandering around a bit, park in the horse paddock. 

This month's speaker will be our own Kelly Thomasson who is the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Northam.  Kelly had previously served under Governor McAuliffe and Senator Warner.  She was named in 2017 by Style Weekly as one of the top 40 under 40. Come and hear the crucial issues facing the Secretary of the Commonwealth including voter restoration rights.

The purpose of these monthly Men's Forums is to socialize, invigorate, educate and elect Democrats and is a great opportunity to get to know like-minded Democratic men in a way that you just can't in other venues in this predominantly Republican county.  The monthly Saturday morning committee meetings are great but you don't have the opportunity to talk and to get to know one another on a more social level.  It also gives those who can't attend the Saturday morning meetings a chance to get involved.  So please join us on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm.  Don't miss this opportunity to socialize and mobilize. 

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. 

Let's all get together and support Vangie Williams to beat Rob Wittman in November and become our next representative.

Coffee is brewing!

All Democratic Women are Welcome! 

Please join women from all over Hanover at our April Women's Coffee Caucus gathering on Wednesday morning, April 18, at the home of Caroline Cooke at  9008 Mount Eagle Road, Ashland, 23005. Caroline will welcome us at 10 am

Come for great fellowship and spirited conversation with a wealth of like minded women in this relaxed setting.   There's much to talk about and take action on as we work to advance our Democratic ideals.

For those who don't know, we are 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 may better work together.  We have no formal memberships or dues.

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

 

Kara Chabora will host our May Democratic Women's Coffee on Thursday, May 17, at her home at 9120 Ashlar Place, Mechanicsville, 23116.  It's time for another evening coffee, and Kara will welcome us at 7 pm. 

Please come for great fellowship and spirited conversation with like-minded women in the relaxed setting of Kara's home, centrally located just off of Chamberlain Road, (U.S. Highway 301). There's always much to talk about and take action on. 

For those who don't know, we are 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 may better work together.  We have no formal memberships or dues.

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

 

 

Nancy Patterson will host our June Coffee, a morning coffee this time, on Wednesday, June 27, at her home at 10445 Windam Hill Road, Glen Allen 23059.  Nancy will welcome us at 10 am.

Please come for great fellowship and spirited conversation with like-minded women from all over Hanover.

For those who don't know, we are 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 may better work together.  We have no formal memberships or dues.

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

Please come to this monthly Coffee on Thursday, July 26, for great fellowship and spirited conversation with like-minded women from all over Hanover.

This July Coffee, an evening get together this time, will be at the home of Betsy Farley. Betsy, who lives in the Hickory Hill Subdivision at 13192 Rooney Lee Drive, Ashland  23005, will welcome us at 7 pm.

For those who don't know, we are 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.

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

 

Five House Candidates Vie for Democratic Congressional Nomination

We are pleased to announce five excellent candidates for congressional nomination.  These candidates are looking for the bid, but all pledge to support the properly elected candidate.  2017 has turned out to be a good year.  Let's make 2018 even better.

Meet & Greet Fundraiser

for Vangie Williams

Please join Morgan Goodman for a Meet & Greet Fundraiser for Vangie Williams on Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Kings Charter Clubhouse, 9407 Kings Charter Drive, Mechanicsville. Hors-d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP to morgankgoodman@gmail.com or call 703-967-7254 by July 13.

Congratulations to Our Scholarship Winners:

Three graduating Hanover County high school seniors have received the 2018 Bobby Ostergren/Melissa Dopp Scholarship. Alaina Head, a graduate of Lee-Davis, Madison Lee, a graduate of Hanover High School, and Chaz Nuttycombe, a graduate of Hanover High, received the Bobby Ostergren/Melissa Dopp Scholarships of $500 for their outstanding contributions to Democratic candidates and causes. All worked extensively on local, state and national campaigns and were active in their high school Democratic clubs. In addition, four runners-up were selected including Aimee DeBell, a graduate of St. Gertrude High School, Regina Tabay, a graduate of Atlee High School, Henry Franklin, a graduate of Patrick Henry, and Madeleine Gravely, a graduate of Patrick Henry. All had been active in Democratic efforts during their high school careers and were awarded $350 scholarships.

Thank you to Howard Ostergren and Carolyn Waugaman for their generous contributions that helped support the Hanover Democratic Committee’s scholarship fund and helped us reach more students this year. “These young people inspire us. In sometimes difficult situations among their high school peers, they persisted. We believe that the future is in good hands with leaders like these seven young people,” said Lyn Hodnett, chair of the HDC’s scholarship committee.

Gospel Music Festival Postponed:

Gospel Music Festival II, which was scheduled for June 30, was canceled because of summer scheduling conflicts. The HDC Black Caucus plans to reschedule the Gospel Festival. For a refund on your ticket, please contact Kermit Fox, Caucus Treasurer at 804-641-8199.

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.

"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?

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.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES

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.

THREE CANDIDATES REMAIN

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

BRING YOUR GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

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.