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Nine Candidates Are Running In Hanover

Hanover has the best lineup of candidates that we've had in decades. They are:

Morgan Goodman, 55th District House Race
Dr. Kevin Washington, 97th District House Race

Stan Scott, 4th Senate District
Sen. Jennifer McClellan, 9th Senate District
Debra Rodman, 12th Senate District

Faye Prichard, Ashland District Board of Supervisors
Crystal Robens, Beaverdam District Board of Supervisors
James Doran, Cold Harbor District Board of Supervisors
Clara James Scott, South Anna District Board of Supervisors Race
Please see Take Action Now for a listing of the candidates' upcoming events and links to their websites.

Hanover Tomato Festival

Please join the Hanover Democrats Saturday, July 13th 9am-4pm for the 2019 Hanover Tomato Festival. It’s a great event and our last outreach event of the season, so we encourage all of you to volunteer an hour or two at the HDC booth with Director of Outreach Ashley Hall and other members of the Hanover Democratic Committee.  We are at Booth 145 in between Usborne Books & More and Mike Delvin State Farm, and it’ll be a great day full of flags, stickers, signing people up for the HDC newsletter, and promoting our great candidates and our great organization. 

Please stop and say hi with your tomatoes and if you want to volunteer with us at Booth 145, you can call or text 804.651.8342 or email at  Look for the booth handing out little American flags and we'll see you there!


Morgan Goodman - Canvassing, Kings Charter Clubhouse Parking Lot, 9407 Kings Charter Dr., Mechanicsville, 1-3pm

Morgan Goodman  - Postcard writing & Phone banking, Ashland Library, 6-8:30 pm

Morgan Goodman - Caroline/Spotsylvania Meet & Greet, Timbers Restaurant & Bar, Ruther Glen, 2-4pm

Morgan Goodman - Postcard writing & Phone banking, Ashland Library, 6-8:30 pm

All Candidates - Hanover Tomato Festival, Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville, 5:30-8pm

All Candidates - Hanover Democratic Committee Meeting, Ashland Coffee & Tea, Ashland, 10 am
All Candidates - Hanover Tomato Festival, Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville, 9-4pm

Morgan Goodman - Write postcards from home, contact Eileen at 804.513.3005 or


James Doran, Board of Supervisors (BOS) Cold Harbor District - Contact Louise Evans ( if the above dates don't work and you would like to write postcards at home.

Morgan Goodman (, House of Delegates 55th District - Contact Morgan if you would like to write postcards or do phone calls from home.  Also please contact Morgan if you would like to "Canvassing with the Candidate" in your neighborhood any day of the week/weekend.

Jennifer McClellan, 9th Senatorial District- Contact Ngiste Abebe (

Faye Prichard (, BOS Ashland District 

Debra Rodman (, 12th Senatorial District

Crystal Robens (, BOS Beaverdam District

Clara Scott ( 804.719.1805, BOS South Anna District

Stan Scott, 4th Senatorial District - Contact Madison Scalf ( 804.592.8426

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The 2019 Melissa J. Dopp/ Bobby Ostergren Scholarship- $500
Application Deadline- May 10, 2019
PO Box 22, Ashland, VA 23005 or

The Hanover Democratic Committee will present the Melissa J. Dopp/ Bobby Ostergren Scholarship to a maximum of four graduation High School Seniors from the 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.  Up to four scholarships will be awarded in May 2019.  This is not a needs-based scholarship, but rather a scholarship designed to recognize students with the highest level of participation and involvement in Democratic campaigns and activities.


Applicant Name:_________________________________________________________________________________

Mother's Name:__________________________________________ Father's Name:  ________________________________________

Address:  ___________________________________________________

City:  ________________________________  State:  ____________  Zip:  __________________________________

Primary Phone:  ____________________________________  Alternate Phone:  _____________________________

Email Address:  _______________________________________________

High School:  _________________________________________________

College or Technical School You Hope to Attend:  ________________________________________________________

Please list the Democratic campaigns you worked on, the year and describe what you did/per volunteer experience (for instance, Kaine campaign, 2018 four phone banks in September-October).  Add another sheet if necessary.





Did you participate in any Democratic functions at your High School?  Yes__________  No___________

If yes, please list:



Any other information you wish to add:  


Submit application to Lyn Hodnett, Scholarship Chair,, 804-382-4532

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.

Big Change Coming for HDC In October—New Meeting Place

In September, we meet as usual at Ashland Coffee & Tea, but in October, we begin meeting in a new Ashland location…right across the railroad tracks at a side meeting room in Cross' grocery store. The room is called the Depot and seats 200 people. ACT owner Cate Hawks so kindly helped us locate the new meeting space because Ashland Coffee & Tea is renting the room where we currently meet to Yarn Universe. It is part of a novel marketing concept of mixing retail and coffee shops with the hope that one business will stimulate clientele for the other business. This is a financial move on the Hawks’ part to keep Ashland Coffee & Tea a successful coffee shop. We are so grateful for the many kindnesses Cate and Mike have shown us and look forward to ACT catering our events in the future as they did for the Blue Wave Bash. It was delicious!

Remember, everything stays the same for our meeting in September…we will still meet at Ashland Coffee & Tea. The change to the Depot at the right side of the Cross building will occur in OCTOBER. There is parking in the back of the store. HDC will still have free coffee at the meetings, and you will still be able to purchase breakfast sandwiches at the meeting. The new location is right across the railroad tracks from the Iron Horse on the right side of the Crosses Grocery Store. We will have a big sign out there in October.

Meet & Greet at Historic Shrubbery Hill—

Come and bring a friend!

Mark your calendar now for a Meet and Greet on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at Shrubbery Hill, 15209 Mountain Road, the home of Mary Anne Pugh. This Meet & Greet is being held for South Anna District Candidates, Debra Rodman running for the Senate in the 12th District, Morgan Goodman running for the House in the 55th District, and Clara Scott for the South Anna Board of Supervisors seat. All three share the same precincts in the South Anna District.  Senate District 12, of which Hanover has six precincts, is considered by political observers to be the second most flippable district in Virginia, second only to a Northern Virginia District. So let’s flip it! Come to the Meet and Greet and bring a friend. RSVP to or call 804-916-0693.



Coordinated Campaign - Postcard Party, Rockville Library, 10-1pm

Morgan Goodman/Crystal Robens/Debra Rodman/Clara Scott - Canvass, Rockville Library, 10-1pm  RSVP:

Debra Rodman - Saturday Doors for Democrats!,  2307 N. Parham, Henrico, 10 am & noon       


Morgan Goodman/Crystal Robens/Debra Rodman/Clara Scott - Canvass, 16015 Coatesville Rd., Beaverdam (Ashley's home) noon-4pm.  RSVP:

Debra Rodman - Sunday Doors for Democrats!,  2307 N. Parham, Henrico, noon   



Morgan Goodman - Phone Banking, Ashland Library, 6-8:30 pm


DRC Legislative Forum 2019, discussing important topics for people with disabilities, Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, 6:30 pm


James Doran - Broadband Summit at Richmond Marriott (all day)


Coordinated Campaign - Postcard Party, Hanover Library, 10-1pm     

James Doran - First Shiloh Baptist Church Fish Fry/Picnic, 8150 Walnut Grove Rd., Mechanicsville, noon-2pm

James Doran/Kevin Washington - Meet & Greet, Molly & Chris Poisant's home. 7-9pm.  Contact Louise at for address.

Crystal Robens/Stan Scott/Kevin Washington - Canvass, Hanover Library, 10-1 pm 

Debra Rodman - Saturday Doors for Democrats!, 2307 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, 10 am & noon


Debra Rodman - Sunday Doors for Democrats!  2307 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, noon


James Doran - Canvassing, Battlefield Precinct, 6-8pm.  Contact Louise at for launching location


Phone Banking at Toni Radler's home, 309 Hillsway Drive, Ashland.  RSVP 804-916-0693


James Doran - Meet & Greet, Pebble Creek, Susan Tate's home, Mechanicsville, 6:30-8pm.  Contact Louise for address

Notes - Coordinated Campaign means the event is for all 9 candidates running in Hanover County 


James Doran, Board of Supervisors (BOS) Cold Harbor District - Contact Louise at if you would like to write postcards from home.

Morgan Goodman, House of Delegates 55th District, Contact Iyla at if you would like to do phone banking from home. 

Jennifer McClellan, Senate 9th District - contact Ngiste Abede (

Faye Prichard, BOS Ashland District (

Crystal Robens, BOS Beaverdam District (

Debra Rodman, Senate 12th District.  Contact Ilana Beller at or Ashley Hall or 804.651.8342.  If you can't make Ashley's schedule and want to canvass, contact Ashley.

Clara Scott, BOS South Anna District ( or 804.719.1805 or Chaz Nuttycombe ( or 804.301.3390

Stan Scott, Senate 4th District.  Contact Madison at or 804.592.8426 or Lucas  Contact Colleen at if you would like to write postcards from home.

Kevin Washington, House of Delegates 97th District ( or 804.873.3882).  Fighting for US!  Vote for Kevin Washington in the 97th.  Contact Colleen at if you would like to write postcards from home.