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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

don and donna

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.

Blue Commonwealth Gala—Get Your Tickets Now

Just a quick reminder: use this link ( to purchase your tickets to the Blue Commonwealth Gala in order to sit in our 1st Congressional District section.  The Blue Commonwealth Gala is Saturday, June 15 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) at Richmond's historic Main Street Station. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $150. Don’t miss this exciting event.

Another Exciting Event:  First CD Brunch 

From First CD Chair Matt Rowe: I'm excited to announce a wonderful event the 1st CD Dems are putting together next month. On Sunday, June 16 in Richmond (the morning after the Blue Commonwealth Dinner), our committee will be hosting the 1st CD Democrats Brunch to Support Local Committees. Our keynote speaker will be Delegate Danica Roem and will feature comedy from Team Fred.

The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise funds to support your local committees here in CD1. Many committees here in our district are robust and are doing well, while many more are still in the process building themselves up. Our Democratic Party is strong when we work everywhere. Our 1st CD Committee wants to help ensure that every local committee in CD1 has the resources it needs to succeed. We are hoping this fundraiser will be one step in getting to that goal.

Below are the details for our fundraiser. The location is the Delta Hotel in Richmond, which also happens to be the site of the DPVA room block for the Blue Commonwealth Dinner the night before. We are making it as easy as possible for our fellow Democrats to show up the next morning!

1st CD Democrats Brunch to Support Local Committees

Keynote Speaker: Delegate Danica Roem

Featuring: Comedy from Team Fred

Location and Time:  Sunday, June 16 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Delta Hotel, 555 Canal Street, Richmond VA

Tickets are $50, sponsor levels are available too through the link.  Please share this with your committees and anyone else you can to help make this fundraiser a success!  Purchase your tickets here.  Thanks for all you do!