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Grassroots Award Winner

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Ashland Resident Don Barth was named the First Congressional Grassroots Award Winner for his volunteer activities supporting local, statewide and national Democratic candidates. He was chosen among nominees from 13 county committees in the First Congressional District. Don’s wife, Donna Barth, is also active in campaign activities. They are a dynamic duo. Both were presented complimentary tickets to the Hanover Democratic Committee’s upcoming Blue Wave Bash which will feature U.S. Senator Mark Warner on Thursday, April 25. Click here to purchase your ticket online. 

Below is Delegate Fowler's letter to his constituents about the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Dear XXX,

                Thank you for contacting me about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).  According to the Archivist of the United States, the ERA is not currently pending before the states but is categorized as a failed amendment.  The General Assembly does not have the power to ratify an amendment to the Constitution of the United States not currently pending before the states.
                Congress submitted the ERA to the states in 1972 with a seven-year deadline for ratification.  The amendment appeared to be moving quickly towards adoption with 35 states ratifying it when concerns were raised about potential unintended consequences, including the loss of religious liberties and its impact on public facilities.
                Once those concerns were raised not only did no new states ratify the amendment, but 5 states rescinded their previous ratification.  As the original 1979 deadline approached, Congress extended the deadline to 1982.  When the second deadline passed, Congress declined to extend it again, effectively withdrawing the amendment from consideration. This fact was generally recognized by both proponents and opponents of the amendment at the time, as efforts to get additional states to ratify it ceased for more than a decade. Not only that but in 1983 proponents introduced a new ERA in Congress because the original amendment was no longer valid.

Congratulations, Don!

Don Barth, our Ashland District Chair who works tirelessly on behalf of the Hanover Democratic Committee and who volunteers repeatedly for Democratic candidates on the local and statewide level, has been chosen as the 1st Congressional District Grassroots Award Winner. He will receive this award on Saturday, March 2 in Richmond. Congratulations, Don! We can’t think of a more deserving Democrat to receive this award.

Now that’s an order!

The Hanover Democratic Committee is so fortunate to be able to meet monthly at Ashland Coffee & Tea. We are grateful to owners Kate and Mike Hawks who have been so very generous to allow us to meet in this popular and comfortable venue. We need to help Kate and Mike by ordering our food in the room where we meet, not in the main restaurant as this overburdens the restaurant’s normal activities. Grab and go breakfast sandwiches and baked good are available at the bar in our meeting room. This will allow Ashland Coffee & Tea to handle its regular customers without overwhelming the cash register in the main room. So please, order your breakfast sandwich or baked goods in the room where we are meeting. Thank you!

Candidates Corner

In April, we will post Calls to Caucus to elect Democratic candidates to run for the Hanover Board of Supervisors, the State Senate and House of Delegates. Please look for those calls and sign up to be a delegate to the Nominating Caucuses.

Meet & Greet for Stan Scott

A Meet & Greet for Stan Scott, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 4th District Senate Seat, will be held on Monday, March 4. The fried chicken dinner will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 117, 39 School Street in Reedville. $10.  Hannah Overton Tiffany will hold a Meet and Greet for Stan Scott and Francis Edwards (HOD 99th) this Sunday, March 3 from 2-4 pm at 30 Sturman Lane in Warsaw. 

Crystal Robens at Beaverdam Ruritan

Crystal Robens, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the Beaverdam District Seat on the Board of Supervisors, will have a booth at the 9th annual Beaverdam Wine Festival on Saturday, April 13 at 19419 Beaverdam Road, VA 23015.  She also will speak at the Beaverdam Ruritan monthly meeting on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet & Greet for Morgan

Come out to the home of Eileen Johnson on Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30 pm to 8: 30 pm to meet and discuss topics with Morgan Goodman.  RSVP to Eileen Johnson at 804-752-6140 for the street address.  Morgan will also be speaking at the Ashland Rotary Club on Thursday, March 28 from 12 pm - 1 pm at Ashland Coffee & Tea.  (Sandwiches are $10)