First Candidates Forum

Four candidates vying for the nomination in the upcoming Democratic Primary for the First Congressional District participated in the Candidates Forum on 22 January at the Depot.  The videographer was not able to capture all of the final statements, but most of the forum was captured.  You can see part one here and part two here.  Nearly 100 people attended the event.  While there, many people participated in an unofficial straw poll for the presidential primary.  The results are Kamala Harris 2%, Mayor Bloomberg 7%, Sen. Sanders 13%, Joe Biden 16%, Sen. Klobuchar 17%, Sen. Warren 22%, and Mayor Buttigieg 23%.  Thank you to all who participated.  This poll was for fun and the results do not reflect the opinions of the Hanover Democratic Committee.  Many members in attendance were not part of the HDC.  There will be another U.S. First Congressional District Candidates' Forum at 10 am on Saturday, March 14 at Patrick Henry High School (12449 W. Patrick Henry Rd, 23005).  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Great Loss

In the last several weeks, the Hanover Democratic Committee has suffered several great losses in the passing of four members including Nelson Vaughan, Carolyn Griffis, Charles Layne and Tom Colosi. All are already greatly missed.

Most notably, the founder and chair of the HDC’s Men’s Forum, Nelson Vaughan, died unexpectedly on January 18. Nelson moved back to Ashland, his grandparents’ home, several years ago. He immediately jumped headlong into town and HDC activities. He was the founder and chair of the HDC’s monthly Men’s Forum. The candidates’ forum, which he most recently organized for those running for the Democratic nomination for the First Congressional District, was attended by almost 100 people. If it was an HDC activity, Nelson was involved--canvassing, phone banking, and volunteering for candidates. He was also active in other activities in Ashland, especially the Ashland Kiwanis where he served as Secretary. Click here to see his obituary.

Carolyn Griffis, was a member of the HDC for decades and was a fixture at the polls on Election Day in Cold Harbor. She was active in HDC activities and worked tirelessly to get candidates elected. A service was held for Carolyn in January in Elkton, Va and another will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church on the Boulevard in Richmond on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. See her obituary.

Charles Layne, also was a member of the HDC for decades along with his surviving wife, Mae. He was a great supporter of Democratic candidates. He was an optical engineer and retired to his birthplace, Beaverdam from Florida. See his obituary.

Tom Colosi, another longtime HDC member, supported many HDC activities. Like the other members we have lost, Tom had a keen intellect. He worked in conflict resolution in Washington, DC before retiring to Glen Allen. He is survived by his wife and longtime HDC member Susan Shearouse. See his obituary.

A Special Thank You

We want to thank those who have donated to the HDC in memory of Nelson Vaughan. A special thank you to Addie Brugger, Caroline Cooke and Anita Stratton.