RIP Mo Moretz

We are sad to share the announcement of Mo Moretz's passing.  He was a kind gentleman, smiling friend, and dedicated Democrat.  Over the years, he has served in many capacities, including chair of the Henry District.  You can access his obituary here. His family says:

Instead of flowers, if you'd like to make a gift to an organization he cared about, the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church Building Fund (2446 Old Church Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111), the Marshall-Moretz Christmas Dinner Fund at First Presbyterian Church (P.O. Box 165, Richmond, KY 40476), or the Telford YMCA ( would all be worthwhile choices. Any organization that matters to you would also be suitable.

RIP John Spurlock

We lost another great warrior. John Spurlock passed away recently. Please keep his wife Johnetta in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the rest of the family.  He was a man who knew how to make others laugh, smile and enjoy life.  His goodwill and humor will be missed.  You can access his obituary here.  

During a time when children are being separated from their families, the national debt is rising, and constitutional norms are being violated, we need more people to step up into the role that John filled. He was a man of confidence and calm. His presence will be missed, but he will never be forgotten.

Drinking Liberally

The first Drinking Liberally night will be at 7 p.m.on Friday, March 6 at the Mechanicsville Mexico restaurant. This is an opportunity to socialize with liberals in the evening. Drinking Liberally is not associated with the Hanover Democratic Committee. But, it is a way for liberal-minded people to get to know one another. The current plan is to start meeting every first Friday at Mexico restaurant. Please start inviting your friends to come and spend a relaxing evening just talking and having fun with fellow liberals!

2020 Blue Wave Bash…Save the Date!

The Governor Will Be Our Keynote Speaker

After spearheading one of the most successful General Assembly Sessions in decades, Governor Ralph Northam will be the keynote speaker at the Hanover Democratic Committee’s 11th annual Blue Wave Bash on Thursday, April 23.

In addition to Gov. Northam, Sen. Jennifer McClellan, who represents four precincts in Hanover and who has shepherded dozens of bills through the 2020 General Assembly, will also be an honored guest speaker. HDC Chair Daniel McGraw will serve as master of ceremonies.

Because of the overflowing crowd at last year’s event, we are moving our dinner fundraiser to the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen where we can accommodate 230 guests for a plated dinner.

Doors will open at 6:30 for wine, beer and soft drinks; the dinner service begins at 7 p.m. Guests will choose a dinner entre in advance when they purchase their Blue Wave Bash tickets. Entree choices will include an herb pork loin or lemon caper chicken or vegetarian creamy herb tortellini plus a Strawberry Fields salad with dressing, vegetable medley, wild rice, rolls, and assorted desserts.

You will receive a printed invitation later this month and will be able to purchase a ticket online in the next few weeks.

Keep the wave going…make plans now and save the date, Thursday, April 23. More to come!

Public Service with a TIP

By Lou Szari

The Hanover General Registrar’s Office needs voting citizens to assist with our elections. The people who staff the polling places are called Officers of the Election. They earn $135 performing the necessary functions to deliver accurate and friendly service at each polling place during the elections. Officers of Election are trained annually and given regular refresher training sessions in the weeks prior to any election. The training is detailed but it is delivered in clear, manageable units of information. It is interesting work and it is essential to all of us that the election runs smoothly.

You can access the information and application online

Key “Officers of Election” into the search box and the description and application will appear. are on your way to meaningful public service with manageable time commitments.

This is the chance to clearly understand the processes and practices which consistently deliver fair, honest elections to your Hanover neighbors. I would be proud to have you serve the public in our next election. The General Registrar’s office phone number is 804-365-6075 but the online information is quicker to access. Come join the team providing an essential public service “with a tip.”

Lou Szari is chairman of the Hanover County Electoral Board.