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. 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.

 

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.

Our Candidates
Three House Candidates Vie for Democratic Congressional Nomination

Watch the most recent Hanover Debate.

Edwin Santana

John Suddarth

Vangie Williams

 

 

 

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.

2018 Wins and losses:  medicaid expansion? 

Don't miss the next meeting of the Hanvoer Democratic Committee on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Virginia State Sen. Jennifer McClellan will discuss what happened in the 2018 Virginia General Assembly--the balance sheet of our wins and our losses. How close are we to Medicaid Expansion?

In addition, the HDC's Candidates' Corner will shine the spotlight on Vangie Williams who is running for the Democratic nomination for the First Congressional Seat. In March, our candidate presenter was John Suddarth, and in May, it will be Edwin Santana. This is a great chance to get an up close and personal view of the three Democratic candidates in time for the June 12 primary.

See you Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. As always, the coffee is on us.

Be Part of the Blue Wave!

The Honorable Justin Fairfax, Virginia's dynamic Lieutenant Governor, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Blue Wave Bash on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education. Sen. Jennifer McClellan will be our Master of Ceremonies.

You may have noticed we have changed the name of our popular annual fundraiser. When we launched this event nine years ago, we called it the Blue Moon Bash because once in a Blue Moon a Democrat gets elected in Hanover. Well, after the Democratic landslide last November, we have changed our tune. We are now calling this popular event the Blue Wave Bash.  We're hoping for another Blue Wave in 2018...in fact, we are hoping for a Tsunami in 2018!

Please join us for a sit down buffet dinner and cash bar at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, 17205 Mountain Road, Montpelier. We changed locations because we needed more elbow room to accommodate the growing popularity of the event. We wanted to assure that everyone has a comfortable seat to enjoy the delicious buffet dinner provided by Jake's Place.

There is a pre-dinner reception at Shrubbery Hill with Justin Fairfax and Jennifer McClellan for donors who offer $500 or more to the cause.

Proceeds from the Blue Wave Bash will go to support local, state and national Democratic candidates. Be part of the Blue Wave. Join us on Wednesday, April 25

 Click Here to get your ticket on line wave 1 

Apply Now for Dopp-Ostergren Scholarship

The Hanover Democratic Committee is accepting applications for the 2018 Melissa J. Dopp/Bobby Ostergren scholarship for graduating high school students. The one page application must be submitted by April 30 to P.O. Box 22, Ashland, Va 23005. This year, we hope to award four $500 scholarships to graduating High School seniors from Atlee, Patrick Henry, Hanover, and Lee-Davis  High Schools who have assisted the Hanover Democratic Committee, participated in Democratic campaigns, supported Democratic candidates or have participated in or started a Young Democrats club in his/her school. This is not a needs based or academic scholarship, but rather a scholarship designed to recognize students with the highest level of participation and involvement in Democratic campaigns and activities. Click here for the scholarship form.  For more information, contact Lyn Hodnett, 804-382-4532, lynh169125@comcast.net.  

May Meeting--A Chance to talk

Last of Candidates to Speak

Don't miss the monthly meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on May 12 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. In addition to meeting the last of our three Congressional Candidates, we're going to take some time to meet and greet each other. It has been a hectic three months as we have tried to give the candidates more exposure to their base in Hanover as well as have a main speaker. But now, we are more than 225 members strong. It's time to take a minute to meet and greet. AND there will be a free drawing for a Stormy Daniels kit! What's in the kit? As with everything Stormy, it will surely be a surprise.

In addition we will meet with the last of our three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the First Congressional District seat.In the candidates corner this month will be Edwin Santana. We have already heard from John Suddarth and Vangie Williams. Now, it's Edwin Santana's turn. Hanover Democrats have had several chances to hear from the candidates--the Pancake Breakfast, Women's Coffees, Men's Forum, our monthly meetings and more. We'll be ready to vote at the June primary.

As always the coffee is on us.

Blue Wave Bash--A Smashing Success

Thank each and every one of you for your support of the Blue Wave Bash. Justin Fairfax was a super hit, inspiring us to work even harder for our Democratic candidates in November. And Sen. Jennifer McClellan, a superb Master of Ceremonies.Thank each and every one of you for your support of the Blue Wave Bash. Justin Fairfax was a super hit, inspiring us to work even harder for our Democratic candidates in November. And Sen. Jennifer McClellan, a superb Master of Ceremonies.

Your generosity was once again, amazing. We topped last year's record breaking $16,000. After expenses, this will leave us with a purse that will greatly enable the Hanover Democratic Committee to support local, state and national Democratic candidates. Thank you for your generosity. You never cease to amaze!

Also, thank you to all who worked so hard to put the 2018 event together, especially the Blue Wave Bash Committee headed by Josh Briere, and including Mary Anne Pugh, Mary Knight, Toni Radler, Ashley Hall, Gordon Silver and Daniel McGraw. Also, thank you to those who did the flower arrangements, Lyn Hodnett, Becket Franklin and Miriam Green;  Dr. Alphine Jefferson for his solo reminding us of the times we are living in; Mark Brumitt for his classical guitar, Jake's Place for some delicious food; Howard Ostergren for signage, Christiane Riederer for design, those who worked the reception desk,  and all the workers who registered guests, set up and cleaned, parked cars, sold drink tickets, served drinks, and worked on every detail that made the Blue Wave Bash a success. Thank you to Mary Anne Pugh who opened her home to host a major donor reception.

It's your generosity and hard work that truly are the energy behind the Blue Wave!

The next monthly gathering of the Hanover Democratic Men's Forum will be held on THURSDAY APRIL 19 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'oevres. 

This month's speaker will be Mayor Jim Foley, Mayor of the Town of Ashland who will be retiring from Town Council after the election this May.  Come and hear Mayor Foley talk about his time in office and what the future holds for Ashland and Hanover County. 

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.  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 Thursday April 19 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.

Monthly 2 Cents from Vangie Williams.(This month's Two Cents features Vangie Williams, one of three Democrats vying for the Democratic nomination to run for the first Congressional District seat. The April newsletter featured John Suddarth and the June newsletter will feature Edwin Santana. We have three good candidates running for the Democratic nomination...we will be excited to wholeheartedly support the candidate who wins the June 12 primary. Don't forget to vote!)

Ready to Work For the First District

by Vangie Williams

I am from the 1st District. I grew up here, have family roots going back 300 years, and it’s where my husband and I have chosen to raise our daughters. This is my home. My experience and knowledge of the district makes me uniquely positioned to understand the issues that impact our communities. From idling in traffic on I-95 and I-64 to watching families struggle with paying out-of-pocket for medical services, I know that our current representative in Washington is not doing his job. The same problems we’ve faced for years are not getting better. They’re getting worse. At some point we have to say ‘enough is enough.’ I decided now was the time to run for Congress because the hardworking men and women of the 1st District should get a fair shot at success. We need good government that takes care of people, not the bottom line of greed-driven companies. As a strategic planner I solve problems for the government every day. I look for solutions to real problems real people face in the 1st District. My common sense agenda for our future looks like this:

• An economy that works for everyone. We can bring good jobs to the 1st District throughimprovements and new investments in education, transportation and innovation.

• Healthy families with access to world-class healthcare. I support a single-payer healthcaresystem that puts people over profits. I believe healthcare is a right and profit-driven armies oflobbyists are standing in the way of real healthcare reform.

• Investing in our communities and our hometown heroes. My INVEST Initiative will address core issues like education, public safety, military families and veteran dignity while revitalizing communities – big and small – all across our great nation. But in order for us to bring jobs and prosperity back to our district, we have to remove greed and excessive corporate profits from the system.

The influence of money in politics is at the core ofcorruption, government waste and congressional dysfunction. It’s the reason why healthcare has become outrageously expensive and we’re not improving patient outcomes. It’s time to close tax loopholes by having large corporations pay their fair share in taxes and take stepsto undo the harm from Citizens United with legislation such as the DISCLOSE Act (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting a Light On Spending in Elections). Without such measures, special interests will continue to have a strangle hold on making progress for the average American. Ultimately, we have to remove barriers and bring people together. It’s not “us versus them” when it comes to making sure our children are safe, and ensuring every school has the resources it needs for teachers to prepare the next generation for the future. The issues we face every day are not exclusive toone political party. Taking on an incumbent will be a challenge, but it’s a challenge I readily accept.

I have concrete policy proposals. And more importantly, I know government. I know how rules are made and how they are implemented. My 25 years as a public servant and work with federal contracts has given me the know how to make vision a reality. Programs we rely on a daily basis were managed under my leadership. People in the district are ready for change. I know this because I’m gaining new supporters every weekacross the entire political spectrum. My message of “we the people” resonates with residents who voted for Trump and still want Wittman out of office. Plus, many want to see a woman with a seat at thetable. In 230 years, Virginia has only sent four women to Congress.We need new leadership on Capitol Hill that will represent your interests. As your congresswoman, I’m ready to work for the people of the 1st District.

Coffee is brewing!

Sunday, february 25, 2018

Coffee Meeting

Our February Coffee will be held on Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at the home of Morgan Goodman in King's Charter,  9468 Manorwoods Drive, Mechanicsville 23116.

Special guests at this Coffee will be Edwin Santana and Ryan Sawyers, who are vying to represent us in our Congressional First District race this fall.So please join us as we gather in a relaxing setting with other like-minded women and hear from these candidates who are seeking to replace our current Republican Congressman.

As ever, we'll have time to enjoy catching up with old friends and making new ones.

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 804-299-2399.