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RACHEL LEVY EVENTS

A Floral Arranging Fundraiser is set for our own Rachel Levy, running in the 55th House of Delegates District. The time is 5:30 p.m. on Sunday Sept 12. A donation includes an outside flower arranging class with the talented HDC member Andrea Ferment, the flowers and vase to take home and great refreshments. It will be in the Ashland area, and the exact address will be sent upon donation. Co-hosted by HDC members Jennifer Chambers and Carolyn Peart. Spaces are limited, so please grab a spot early by clicking on the link below and thank you! Visit https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flowers4rl

Help with billboards: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/billboards4r4del

Canvass Events Every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday; Virtual Phone Banks and Text Banks every Thursday Night: https://www.mobilize.us/dashboard/rachellevyfordelegate/events

Campaign signs: The Levy campaign has signs and hopes that folks will put them up along with their coordinated signs if they have not done so already. Use this Google form to order signs or contact Ashley at ashleyhall1984@gmail.com. Here is the link:: https://forms.gle/EynBzV4pisNQytP56

Back to school

School starts in the upcoming week. Please be mindful of traffic changes. Also, consider supporting some of our local groups who are collecting and filling backpacks to ensure that the children in our community have all that they need to succeed. The NAACP, ACEs, local elementary schools, YMCA, and other groups are sponsoring efforts to help ALL families!

Support Democratic School Boards

There has been an effort by Republicans in Northern Virginia to intimidate democratically elected school board members. They are using Critical Race Theory, misinformation and whatever tactics that they can to undermine elections across the country. Show your support for Democrats in other counties. Do not allow Virginia to be the springboard for this disruption to our Democracy! For more information: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/elaineforschoolboard

Get Involved with female leaders across the state

Recently, our House District 55 candidate, Dr. Rachel Levy, participated in the Network NOVA Power Lunch on July 23.and in the 5th Annual Women's Summit at the NOVA session in June. A different group, Family Friendly Economy Virginia, was a guest on the Network NOVA Power Lunch and Rachel was featured in their June storybook

Protect Women’s Rights

The news about Texas is devastating. If laws governing female reproduction pass through the courts, many other rights are soon to be infringed upon. Although rarely enforced, Virginia does have laws making abortion a felony (with certain exemptions). We are being attacked from all sides. Planned Parenthood is working hard on keeping Americans informed by visiting their site.

Put Families First

It seems odd that we are still struggling to pass laws that protect families. Paid Family leave is a major concern for many citizens. You can stay informed at this site: https://womenscenterforcreativework.com/resident/design-for-family-leave/

Provide whatever resources you can to our Candidates

HoD 55 Rachel Levy: https://rachelfordelegate.org
Donate to Rachel: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/friends-of-rachel-levy-1
Canvassing, phone banking and text banking for Rachel: mobilize.us/dashboard/rachellevyfordelegate/events
To join us for canvassing after the HDC meeting on August 14th or any other Saturday at Atlee Library, sign up: www.mobilize.us/rachellevyfordelegate/event/399413
Yard signs for Rachel: https://forms.gle/ahRKHdvCk7aVwMbQA

HoD 97 Stan Scott: https://stanforvirginia.org

Lt. Gov. Hala Ayala: https://www.halaforvirginia.com

Attorney General Mark Herring: https://herringforag.com

Gov. Terry McAuliffe: https://terrymcauliffe.com

Learn about Critical Race Theory

The Hanover NAACP and Together Hanover held a public forum on Critical Race Theory. Check out the NAACP website for a replay of the forum or to learn more. Visit https://www.hcbnaacp.org.

SUPPORT OUR CANDIDATES

The delegate campaigns of Rachel Levy (55th) and Stan Scott (97th) are making huge waves. Please, reach out to these campaigns directly to get involved. There is something to do every day, both in-person and virtual. We are on the verge of tremendous growth in Virginia. Stay vigilant; stay informed; and Stay united. There are many great progressive organizations doing amazing things. 

RACHEL LEVY CAMPAIGN EVENTS

Tuesday Afternoon Rachel Runs for Us Canvass: Every Tuesday at 4 p.m. from now until Election Day. Sign up at www.mobilize.us/rachellevyfordelegate/event/399412

Saturday Morning Rachel Runs for Us Canvass: Every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. from now until Election Day. Sign up at www.mobilize.us/rachellevyfordelegate/event/399413

Caroline Canvass - July 24 at 10:30 a.m.: Join DC canvassers as they join members of the 55th to canvass the very important Caroline County. Info at
www.mobilize.us/rachellevyfordelegate/event/398814

Thursday Evening Rachel Runs For Us Phone Bank/Text Bank: 6:30 p.m. from now until Election Day. Sign up at www.mobilize.us/rachellevyfordelegate/event/392580

FREEDOM RIDERS

This past week, we witnessed the rebirth of the Freedom Riders, reminding us that our fight is not over. There are still many individuals who are trying to suppress voter rights and quiet those who speak truth to power. Stay tuned for more ways to get involved. 

97th House District Call to Caucus and Candidate Filing Form

Hanover Dems in the 97th District: here are the documents pertaining to the Call to Caucus and Candidate Filing Form. Reach out to Stan Scott at 804-833-8831 or rstantonscott@comcast.net with questions.

Call to Caucus

Candidate Filing Form

Donations for Scholarships

Strong applications for our college scholarship program are rolling in ... but our HDC coffers are low. Can you help?? Last year we gave out a total of $2,000 to our three Melissa J. Dopp/Bobby Ostergren Scholarship winners. Since we have not held a fundraiser due to Covid, we have just $500 to award this year. The level of commitment to volunteering for Democratic campaigns, leading their peers and working with voter turnout in this year’s scholarship candidates is truly impressive. We would love to be able to give out at least two $500 scholarships this year. Please contact Scholarship Chair Andrea Ferment if you are willing to donate funds to support these Young Dems. Her contact is aferment@comcast.net. You can mail a donation for scholarships to P.O. Box 22, Ashland VA. We need all funds by May 3.

CANDIDATE RALLY ON MAY 16! BE THERE!

On Sunday, May 16 at 2 pm, the HDC is sponsoring a candidate rally in Ashland. Confirmed speakers include gubernatorial candidates Sen. Jennifer McClellan and Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax; Lieutenant Governor candidate Del. Hala Ayala; Attorney General Mark Herring and attorney general candidate Jay Jones; House of Delegates candidate Rachel Levy' and Ashland District Supervisor Faye Prichard.

At the moment, the plan is to host on the Town Lawn in front of the new building. But, if the lawn is not ready, we plan to hold the rally at one of the properties along the railroad tracks in Ashland. There are a lot of what-ifs to consider. For now, save the date and be ready to hear from all of the candidates one more time before the June 8 primary.

HDC Swag

Click here to order your gear before May 17. https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/hanoverdem

Candidate Updates

Sen. Jen McClellan (candidate for the office of VA Governor) attended the Women's coffee. There were many people on the call. Also, several candidates attended the Men's Forum. You can see the video footage from the Men's Forum here

Rachel Levy, Ph.D., Candidate for the 55th

Rachel Levy Desserts for Dems Virtual Fundraiser Saturday, May 8th at 7 pm https://secure.actblue.com/donate/desserts4dems

Everyone that buys a ticket gets a box of homemade treats baked and donated by Hanover Democratic Rachel Levy supporters Peggy Lavinder and Mel Titus and everyone that donates $250 dollars and up gets a bottle of sparkling wine to enjoy with their desserts. We will also have a virtual reception on May 8 to enjoy our desserts together. 

Rachel Levy Rural Virtual Town Hall from 7-8 p.m. on May 11th https://secure.actblue.com/donate/desserts4dems

Experts in education (Rachel Levy, Ph.D.) and healthcare (Dr. Ben Moses) will discuss those issues and more, including broadband, and how they affect rural Virginia and the rural parts of their districts. This event is free. Please sign up at the mobilize link above.

General donation form: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/rachellevyweb 

Volunteer form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqHod8VVxl--xrhzPc40nESnO1vpCKLHNVr6EXCJyPNSYvyA/viewform

Ashland Meet and Greet at Jason Guard's House- June 5, Save the Date 

Rachel levy is our candidate for the 55th

Dr. Rachel Levy is running for the House of Delegates in the 55th District. She qualified this past month after certifying the necessary signatures and submitting them with the proper filings. We did not receive qualifying material from any other candidates for the 97th or the 55th. Therefore, there will not be delegate candidates on the June 8 primary ballot, but we will definitely see Rachel Levy on the general election ballot for November 2.

Her official campaign launch was held on Sunday, March 29, with Supervisor Faye Prichard and many other dignitaries. Check out Rachel's website, her Facebook page, her Twitter feed and her Instagram. Please (please!) donate to her campaign here

Have questions? Contact Rachel's campaign manager (another HDC member!) Ashley Hall at info@rachelfordelegate.org. Let's flip the 55th!

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

The Melissa J. Dopp/Bobby Ostergren Scholarship is awarded yearly by the Hanover Democratic Committee to graduating Hanover County seniors with the highest level of participation and involvement in Democratic campaigns and activities. The scholarship was established to honor the late Bobby Ostergren, the former Hanover County registrar for many years, and the late Melissa Dopp, a longtime activist in the Hanover Democratic Committee. 

The scholarship is not needs-based or for academic merit; it is for students who have participated in Democratic campaigns, supported Democratic candidates, helped the Hanover Democratic Committee or participated in/started a Young Democrats Club. The application form can be found on the Hanover County Public Schools scholarship website

Applications are due on April 30th. if you would like to donate funds for the scholarship fund for this year, please contact Andrea Ferment at aferment@comcast.net.

UPDATED VACCINE INFO

You can sign up for a vaccine at the new vaccinate.virginia.gov link. All individuals who have previously filled out a survey or form or signed up for a waitlist to be vaccinated through their local health district will be automatically imported into the new statewide system.

If you prefer to speak to someone, you can call the Hanover County COVID-19 call center to sign up by phone: 804-365-3240 or Virginia Department of Health’s statewide vaccination hotline at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).  Someone from the health department will contact you to set up your vaccination appointment once it is your turn (based on the phase and vaccine supply).

For more, go to www.hanovercounty.gov/1104/COVID-19-Hanover-Information

Here are contacts for candidates

 

Candidate

Point of Contact Name 

Point of Contact Email

GOV

GOV

GOV

GOV

GOV

Jennifer Carrol Foy 

Garrick Delsel

Garrick@jennifercarrollfoy.org

Lee Carter 

Josh Stanfield 

cm@carterforvirginia.com

Justin Fairfax 

Lauren Burke 

lburke007@gmail.com

Terry McAullife 

Ryan Jackson

rjackson@terrymcauliffe.com

Jennifer McClellan 

Rachel Perry 

rachel@jennifermcclellan.com

LG

LG

LG

LG

LG

LG

LG

LG

LG

Hala Ayala 

Veronica Ingham

veronica@halaforvirginia.com

Paul Goldman 

Paul Goldman

goldmanusa@aol.com

Liz Guzman 

James Conway 

james@elizabethguzmanforvirginia.com

Mark Levine

Megan Hondl

megan@levineforvirginia.com

Andrea McClellan 

Tova Yampolsky

tova@a4va.com

Sean Perryman 

Nathan Kiker

kiker.nathan@gmail.com

Sam Rasoul 

Brenna Crombie

brenna@sam4va.com

Xavier Warren 

Brandon Neal & Chris Smith 

brandon@xavierforvirginia.com & chris@xavierforvirginia.com

AG

AG

Mark Herring 

Adnan Mohamed

adnan@herringforag.com

Jay Jones 

Sam Signori

samson@jayjones.com

CARE ABOUT GOOD GOVERNMENT? THEN JOIN TEAM RACHEL

Dr. Rachel Levy is running for the House of Delegates in the 55th District. The 55th covers Hanover west of U.S. 301, almost all of Caroline County and a slice of Spotsylvania County. 

Rachel is a long-time member of the HDC, a teacher, a community activist and a leader with a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy. She lives in Ashland with her husband and 3 children. She wants to strengthen public education, increase access to health care (she believes this is a human right), preserve our environment, ensure that working people are paid fairly and enact tax reforms

How can you help? Glad you asked. Check out Rachel's website (a work in progress), her Facebook page, her Twitter feed and her Instagram.
 
Please (please!) donate to her campaign here. Finally, please sign the digital petition to get Rachel or Sarah and the Democratic statewide candidates on the ballot (Thanks to Rachel and the campaigns of six other Democratic House of Delegates candidates, delegate candidates can gather signatures electronically).

Have questions? Contact Rachel's campaign manager (another HDC member!) Ashley Hall at info@rachelfordelegate.org. Help Rachel put Buddy Fowler into the retirement that he already practices as a member of the House!

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

The Hanover Democratic Committee will be awarding scholarships of approximately $500 or more to graduating seniors from each of our county high schools. 

The Melissa J. Dopp/Bobby Ostergren Scholarship is awarded yearly by the Hanover Democratic Committee to graduating Hanover County seniors with the highest level of participation and involvement in Democratic campaigns and activities. The scholarship was established to honor the late Bobby Ostergren, the former Hanover County registrar for many years, and the late Melissa Dopp, a longtime activist in the Hanover Democratic Committee. 

The scholarship is not needs-based or for academic merit; it is for students who have participated in Democratic campaigns, supported Democratic candidates, helped the Hanover Democratic Committee or participated in/started a Young Democrats Club. 

More details about the scholarship along with the application form can be found on the Hanover County Public Schools scholarship website

Applications are due on April 10th. We were so happy to award 13 scholarships in the past three years and look forward to awarding more this year. We encourage you to share this information widely, especially with families of Senior students. In addition, if you would like to donate funds for the scholarship fund for this year, please contact Andrea Ferment at aferment@comcast.net.

UPDATED VACCINE INFO

You can sign up for a vaccine at the new vaccinate.virginia.gov link. All individuals who have previously filled out a survey or form or signed up for a waitlist to be vaccinated through their local health district will be automatically imported into the new statewide system.

If you prefer to speak to someone, you can call the Hanover County COVID-19 call center to sign up by phone: 804-365-3240 or Virginia Department of Health’s statewide vaccination hotline at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).  Someone from the health department will contact you to set up your vaccination appointment once it is your turn (based on the phase and vaccine supply).

For more, go to www.hanovercounty.gov/1104/COVID-19-Hanover-Information

Team shop open again

Round two of our Democratic Team Shop is open. Order your shirts, hats, hoodies and more for yourself and for family/friends. They make great gifts and they are a great way to spread the Democratic spirit. Order your gear here: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/vadems

COVID-19 RespoNse

Hanover County has set up a call center to answer questions related to COVID-19. The number is 804-365-3240, and it will be open Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voice messages left in the mailbox after hours will be returned the next business day. (REMINDER: Be sure to leave your phone number at the beginning and end of message so we can call you back.) This is being done in coordination with the Chickahominy Health District, which includes Goochland, New Kent and Charles City. 

The Women's coffee and Men's forum had great discussions about the state of the Commonwealth. Many people still want to know where to access information about the response to the pandemic. You can access the links to the Chickahominy Health district here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/chickahominy/

Information from Caitlyn Hodge, director of the VA Chickahominy Health district

Vaccine information:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Pfizer-BioNTech.html 

Become a volunteer for your friendly Chickahominy Health District: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/apply-to-volunteer/

support our candidates

Below are links directly to candidate Levy, Hanover election results, VPAP, Ballotopedia, and Wikipedia. Learn about our candidates and support them. The next election is the Primary on June 8, 2021.

55th Delegate: Rachel LevyLevy logo

HDC member Dr. Rachel Levy is running for the House of Delegates in the 55th District! Please check out her website: rachelfordelegate.org, like her on Facebook: facebook.com/RachelforDelegate, follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/RachelAnneLevy and Instagram: instagram.com/rachelfordelegate, and support her campaign: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/friends-of-rachel-levy-1

97th Delegate: TBA (It looks like we will be having a candidate announce soon!)

Candidates for VA Governor:  click here

Candidates for Lt Gov VA: click here

Candidates for Att Gen VA: click here

Shop with Democrats

The Hanover County Democratic Store is now up and running correctly. You can access the store here: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/HanVADems.

.You may need to copy and paste it into your web browser. The T-shirts and sweatshirts will have the new Hanover Democratic logo across the middle of the front and the polos will have the logo on the top left of the chest. 

The store will be open till January 4. When the items come in, they will be hand-delivered to your front door. Place your orders soon. These are the lowest prices that the items will ever be.

HCDC has a team store!

The Hanover County Democratic Committee apparel is now open! Find items that we've picked out specifically for our team. There is also spirit wear available for your family and friends. Check out the shop details below.

OUR SHOP DETAILS
- Shop Now: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/HanoverDem
- Store Open From November 23 - December 21, 2020

Items will be delivered to the house of Chair Daniel McGraw. We will then distribute them to the members. Get your orders in now! These are the lowest prices that they will ever be. The expected arrival of the items is from late January to early February.

PROBLEMS WITH YOUR EMAIL? a possible fix ...

Many of you on Comcast platforms have not been getting recent emails because Comcast has updated its mail server. It is blocking forwarded mail unless you contact your email postmaster. This affects you because we forward emails through HVAdems.com. We know this is going on because we're getting a ton of bouncebacks. As best we can tell, it appears that Comcast has increased their security to require e-mail addresses to be pre-approved.

Mary Laymen has created a quick video on “How to approve emails from a person or organization in Comcast." It is located at this link: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYXv2XNnEw.

Please watch and review the video even if you do not use Comcast internet because other Internet providers are moving to new systems. This video shows a skill that is becoming an industry standard. Share this with friends.

Appointed School Board vs. Elected School Board?

We want to hear from you about whether you believe one version of the board is preferred to the other one. Currently, we have an appointed school board. Please take this two (2) question survey and let us know your thoughts. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWM9J7D

we need your support!

There are two runoff elections on Jan. 5, 2021, in the Georgia elections. Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff really need your support. This election is crucial to all of us and especially crucial to the success of the Biden administration. If we can win these two seats, we will break Mitch McConnell's chokehold on the Senate. Please go on Warnock's and Ossoff's websites and donate to their campaigns: https://warnockforgeorgia.com/ and https://electjon.com/

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Be sure to vote on Tuesday, November 3. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have already voted, that is great! Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped to "Get Out the Vote" this year. All of the sign deliveries, postcard writing, phone banking, social media and active engagements are paying off. The turnout has been incredible already. This is an important year for Democrats!  If you applied for a mail-in ballot and have not already returned it, you will need to bring your ballot to your voting precinct on the day of elections. Curbside voting is available. If you need a ride to the polls, give Daniel McGraw (804-647-9958) a call, and we will find a way to get you to the polls to vote. Stay safe and thank you to all who have voted and will help others to vote.

Coordinated signs are in!

The long-awaited yard signs and large 4x4 signs are now in. You can call the usual people who get signs to you, or you can fill out this Google form and we will find a way to the signs to you as quickly as we can. You can access the Google form through this link: https://forms.gle/kvN1K5Z8NKcHfB4B8

Absentee and Early Voting

Some of you and your neighbors may have seen envelopes with "vote by mail" stamped on the outside delivered to their doors. This is an effort by many Hanover Democratic volunteers, coordinated by Ashley Hall, to safely get the word out that we need everyone to vote. This year, all registered voters can vote absentee in-person or by mail-in ballot.  They can also vote curbside and in-person through the new early vote (up to 45 days prior to the election). The final day to vote is Tuesday, November 3. This country's future depends on every vote. We need Qasim Rashid in Congress, Mark Warner in the Senate, Kamala Harris as the Vice President, and Joe Biden as the President. Information about voting and registering to vote can be found here:  https://www.elections.virginia.gov/

Qasim and Mary Trump

Tune in on Facebook to see/hear Mary Trump's discussion about her uncle. https://www.facebook.com/145617052119094/posts/3775787515768678/

Hanover Democratic Sample Ballot

Message from Daniel McGraw. Chair HDC

As many of you know, early voting has already started. All registered voters can go to the County Registrar to vote in person, drop off their mail-in ballot, or participate in curbside voting.  Going into this unprecedented election cycle, and as the first day of early voting started to approach, I felt a sense of urgency to share the Democratic Sample Ballot.  

There were many email discussions taking place about what is the best decision. Many people across the state were engaging in intense social media discussions. And, early voters were asking me to share my opinion on the matter of Amendment One. Therefore, I called for a special session to hear from members of the Executive Committee. Prior to that session, I sent a survey to the committee leaders, and fielded email replies about the topic.

The committee agreed to only add a suggestion if we had consensus.  Prior to the discussion, 50% of the members wanted a NO vote on Amendment One. Thirty percent (30%) wanted no decision made, 10 % were in favor of a YES vote, and 20% were undecided.  I felt this was an accurate reflection of where the larger group stands.  All major decisions have always been made by either the Chair and/ or the Executive Committee (EC). There was much discussion.  A few important points were addressed: (1) We did not want to make a decision that would be extremely divisive of our membership; (2) We agreed to come to consensus; (3) We determined that this was an issue upon which the electorate would want the opinion of the Chair and EC.

As a result, we did come to a consensus that a NO vote marked on the ballot is the best decision.  However, we also noted that some of our members, including members of the EC, may vote YES for Amendment One. I do not know what the future will hold: Whether we made the right decision or not will be determined in the decades to come if the NO vote prevails. After the meeting, I later heard from a few people that they were concerned that a member of our EC may have been a political consultant and there should have been a more equitable representation. We have definitely learned that it is important for counter-arguments to be equal in weight. Going forward, we will ensure that as many voices as possible can be heard when we are making important decisions. I do not have all of those ways of communication worked out yet, but utilizing Survey Monkey and other platforms come to mind. We do strive to be transparent.

You can view the opening arguments for voting for or against Amendment One here: (obtained from the Men's Forum) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhJDTYzeIdQ 

POSTCARD PEOPLE

Get those pens ready; packets of cards and address labels are ready for you. Each packet has 30 cards because that's how many addresses are on one sheet. 

Needless to say, we are not gathering in one place to write postcards. People can write postcards from their own homes. Porch pickup will be available in Mechanicsville, Ashland, and Montpelier. Contact Colleen Berry at lasseire@gmail.com for pickup locations. 

As to stamps, writers are being asked to provide postage, if possible. It is recommended using a first-class stamp ($.55 or forever) to guarantee delivery. These are larger 5x7 cards, so there is more space to write! If anyone can't write but wants to donate stamps or vice versa, this will be coordinated. 
Our message: There will be a sample paper attached to each packet. You can write for the entire BLUE TICKET (Elect Biden/Harris for President/Vice President, Re-elect Mark Warner for Senator, Elect Qasim Rashid for House of Representative) or any version of them. Write from your heart, what speaks to you about the importance of this election. 

We are writing as PRIVATE CITIZENS, not as a part of HDC or any campaign (postcards are labeled with that message). 
Keep it POSITIVE! Remind people about no-reason-needed, in-person early voting that has started at the elections offices in Hanover (these are all Hanover addresses right now) or absentee mail-in ballots.

Postcards should be mailed by October 15 to catch the early voting  Once the 1,000 cards we have left are addressed, that will be a total of 6,000 volunteer postcards sent, which is great in a pandemic era with no parties. Thanks to everyone who has helped.

VOLUNTEER FOR QASIM RASHID 

We have a great chance at beating Rob Wittman this year, but we need YOUR HELP NOW. Hopefully, many of you watched the Rashid-Wittman Debate for a good comparison between the two candidates. There was no comparison. We need to start now; it is only about five weeks until Election Day.

Various NON-CONTACT volunteer opportunities are available to help elect Qasim Rashid to be our next 1st Congressional District Representative.
These opportunities include:
1. Automatic phone-banking using the automatic dialing system, where your computer automatically dials, indicates who is talking, the appropriate questions to ask and then you record responses on your computer. Contacts will be throughout the 1st District.
2. Self-Dialing phone banking with you doing the dialing. A contact list and script will be provided. Contacts will be in Hanover County.
3. Literature drop (Lit-drop) You will be going door to door and leaving literature at the door with NO personal contact.
4. Virtual house parties to meet Qasim via Zoom or Google Meet. 
5. GOTV Captains for distributing lit drop. Captains at staging areas for people to pick up their lit. The staging area could be McDonald’s, Starbucks, your home, or wherever.

Throughout, all volunteers MUST wear a mask and social distance (a minimum of 6 feet). We don't want others or our volunteers to become infected.
Josh Anderson is Qasim's Hanover County Captain at 571.235.5817 or joshua@rashidforva.com

To volunteer, please contact Josh as above or Don Barth at 804.299.3160 (phone and/or audio message)or 856.889.5905 (phone or text) or donna.don@comcast.net.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We need to have a landslide victory for the Democrats in November so Trump can not contest the election. The only way to achieve this is to get everybody out to vote, which means we need everyone to volunteer.

Below are the volunteer opportunities:

Joe Biden/Kamala Harris and the coordinated campaign: Robert Morissette, robert.morissette@2020victory.com
Mark
Warner: Ryan Jackson, ryan@markwarnerva.com

It is less than 5 weeks until the election.  Joe, Kamala, Mark, and Qasim need your help NOW!

Signs are here

We have Biden/ Harris signs!  If you or your neighbors and friends want signs, send an email to info@hvadems.com. Include in your email your name, address, phone number, and the number of yard signs you want. We even have I VOTED EARlY signs and bumper stickers. We also have a handful of 4' x 4' barn signs for those who want to produce a large display. 

Voting has already started. 

You can go to the Hanover County Wickham Building (7497 County Complex Road Hanover, VA 23069) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for early voting, curbside voting, or to drop off your absentee ballot. You can also exchange your absentee ballot for an in-person ballot if that is your wish. The phone number for the registrar is 804-365-6080. Here is the Hanover County Democratic Committee ballot: HDC_Sample_Ballot_2020.pdf. On Saturday, October 24, several people will be gathering at Gandy Elementary School to perform a vote-early rally car ride from Gandy to the Wickham building. The gathering starts around 8:30 a.m. Even if you have already voted, your presence is appreciated.  Social distancing and masks are required.

RIP Fred Hodnett

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Fred Hodnett, husband of longtime HDC member Lyn Hodnett, passed away recently. Fred was a man of great humor and integrity. He could make us laugh. But, he also kept us grounded. His obituary can be found here. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund at DUMC. The Ashland Kiwanis is offering a scholarship in his honor. We could talk at length about the many great things that Fred has bestowed upon us. But, his own words convey his successes best. You can access an interview with him here. The interview is about an hour in length, and well worth your time. We will miss Fred, but his legacy continues with us.

Support Qasim Rashid

Our candidate for the First Congressional District is Qasim Rashid. Due to many rules and regulations governing federal election years, the HDC is limited as to what it can contribute. But, individuals can contribute much more. Please consider donating to Qasim's campaign. All amounts are welcome from $5 to $500, or more. Another way to contribute to Qasim's efforts to help nominate him for national recognition. Here is the signup link – share if you can:  https://act.indivisible.org/signup/endorsement-signup. Registering will make you eligible to participate in this vote supporting Qasim. This endorsement provides an opportunity for Qasim to receive support on a national level. You do not have to be a member of an Indivisible group to vote. If you have any questions, please send an email to Heather Allen at WilliamsburgJCCIndivisble@gmail.com and she can help.

Apply to Vote by Mail/ Absentee

Several of our member volunteers will be hand delivering applications to vote by mail/ absentee to people across the County. We will use PPE to deliver these applications to the doors; no interactions. We will not be able to deliver to everyone. If you receive an application and have already applied, please share it with a friend. If you would like to apply to vote by mail/ absentee online, you can learn more here.

Opportunities with the Coordinated Campaign

The Virginia Victory coordinated campaign is looking for paid Fellows to work with Joe Aguilar, the regional field director. 
Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScncDmwkxnf0FurVatDugUMzLCKGEmN2Vg_RAFE2bOqs0Fl0w/viewform.

People may also sign up for phone-banking with the Coordinated Campaign here: https://www.mobilize.us/vavictory/event/280220/.  For more information contact Joe Aguilar at joe.aguilar@virginiavictory.org