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Monthly meeitng of the HDC committee


Please join us for our next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Party at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8  We'll be hearing from a Democratic leader on the critical issues of voter protection and vigilance at the polls.

Alyssa Pooler is the Voter Protection and Expansion Director for the Democratic Party of Virginia. She has a strong background in voter protection and improper purging of voter rolls. She will bring you up to date on what you can do to remain vigilant about the right to vote, both inside and outside of the polls. Click here to learn more about Alyssa.

Once again, this meeting will be conducted via Zoom. If you do not have the Zoom app, you can download it for free at Make sure your computer does not block it. There's also a "Join a Meeting" button at the top of the Zoom home page.

The login information is as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 876 1361 5335
Password: 542229

If you prefer to do audio by phone:
Dial by your location:  +13017158592
Meeting ID: 876 1361 5335
Password: 542229

Some of you have had difficulties in the past. If this happens, contact Steve and he will try to walk you through it.

If you want to watch the Zoom meeting live on YouTube, follow this link.

Our July 11 Meeting Features a Potential Governor

Please join us for our next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Party at 10 a.m. on July 11. We'll be hearing from a Democratic leader who might very well be the next governor of Virginia. State Sen. Jennifer McClellan, who represents a part of Hanover as part of the 9th Senate District, will be our featured speaker.

Sen. McClellan announced her candidacy in June. She has a strong record of progressive legislation, having served for 11 years in the House of Delegates and four in the Senate. She is a fighter for equality, education, women's rights, economic development and other issues vital to the future of the Commonwealth.

Once again, this meeting will be conducted via Zoom. If you do not have the Zoom app, you can download it for free at Make sure your computer does not block it. There's also a "Join a Meeting" button at the top of the Zoom home page.

The login information is as follows:
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 874 3228 4290
Password: 266542

If you prefer to do audio by phone:
Dial by your location:  +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 874 3228 4290
Password: 266542

Some of you have had difficulties in the past. If this happens, contact Steve and he will try to walk you through it.

If you want to watch the July 11 Zoom meeting live on YouTube, follow this link.

Our (Virtual) June 13 Meeting Looks at Racism

Former Vice President Joe Biden calls racism an "open wound" in America. He's right, of course; the wound and accompanying scars extend to every corner of the country, including Hanover County.

Join us at our remote monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, when we'll explore the issue. Our featured speaker will be Robert Barnette, president of the NAACP for Hanover and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He will give us an update on the lawsuit with the school board over the names of Confederates that still hang on the outside of our public schools.

As you may remember, the School Board voted 5-2 against dropping the names of Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School. The discussion promises to be both timely and informative.

Again this month, we are safeguarding the health of our members by conducting our monthly meeting via Zoom. Here is how to join us:

Download the Zoom app from if you have not already done so.

At 10 a.m. on June 13, go to the meeting link at:

Enter Meeting ID: 827 9454 3079

Please join us for our monthly meeting in June to learn more about what we all can do to heal our open wound.


Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor will be our featured speaker. She will be discussing crimShannon Taylor landscapeinal justice reform at our virtual meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. 

Shannon became the first female Commonwealth’s Attorney in Henrico and is the first Democrat elected to a countywide office in many years, Since then, she has won re-election twice while earning praise for her work with the General Assembly and state agencies to fashion sensible, progressive criminal justice policies. 

A native Virginian, Shannon was educated at the University of Virginia and received her law degree from the University of Richmond before embarking on a career that has included stops in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Richmond and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office in Richmond. Hear Shannon tell us why the role of the prosecutor in 2020 is more than “top cop.”

Our monthly meeting will be conducted via Zoom and YouTube. Here’s how you log in to the meeting via Zoom for the best experience: 

Download the free Zoom app at  Check out this link to learn more about Zoom:

Open the app and click on Join Meeting.  We recommend that you click on the link to pre-register now, so that it can set a remind about the meeting for you.  Here are the link and ID: (The ID duals as a phone number to call in if you prefer to use your phone) 
Meeting ID: 857 5120 0944

You'll be asked how you want to join the audio. That's your choice.  The meeting also will be available on Livestream through YouTube. 

Here’s the link:

Hope to see you all there at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9.

Blue Wave Bash, April Meetings Canceled

We regret to inform you that we are postponing the Blue Wave Bash, originally scheduled for April 23. At the moment, we do not know when we will reschedule it.

Because of the Coronavirus, we are not sure when it will be safe again to hold a large meeting. Furthermore, we are also canceling our regular April Democratic Meetings.

Normally, we meet every second Saturday at 10 a.m. at The Depot in Ashland. However, we will not be meeting until we can be certain that all of our members can safely attend.

As long as everyone practices good hygiene and social distance, we will be able to lower the curve and get through this with minimal consequences. Let us stay united in spirit. If we had a president who listened to scientists and trusted his department directors, we would likely be ahead of this outbreak. Alas, we are in the predicament that we are and the best that we can do is protect one another by washing our hands frequently with soap and warm water, keeping our distance from one another, and isolating ourselves when we are sick.

This will eventually pass. Use the time to email your elected officials or take one of the actions cited in Take Action Now. Until then, stay safe. All the best to you, your friends, and your family.

CANCELED: March meeting at Patrick Henry high school

Vote Democratic

The March meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee has been canceled due to coronavirus precautions.

We will attempt to reschedule our forum for the Democratic candidates for the 1st Congressional District at a later date. 


It’s hard to keep up with everything that’s happening in the General Assembly. No problem; we’ve got you covered.

Our February Hanover Democratic Committee meeting will feature a Legislative Panel Discussion with four key players who will keep you in the know on issues ranging from redistricting to gender equity:

Andrew Goddard, legislative director of Virginia Center for Public Safety

Brian Cannon, executive director of OneVirginia2021

Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Center

Eileen Davis, activist for the Equal Rights Amendment

Our meeting will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Depot, 107 S. Railroad Ave. in Ashland, next to Cross Bros. Grocery. Each speaker will conduct a brief legislative update, then take questions from the floor. Don’t miss your chance to get the full story on the issues that matter to us as loyal Democrats!

Special Guest Speaker at our December Meeting--Don't miss this meeting!

State Senator Jennifer McClellan will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, December 14 at 10 a.m. at The Depot, located on the right side of the Cross Brothers Building, 107 S. Railroad Avenue in Ashland. Sen. McClellan, who represents Hanover among other jurisdictions, was overwhelmingly re-elected to the General Assembly. We are so fortunate to have her as a guest speaker as she begins her next four-year term in the Virginia General Assembly.

Reorganization Caucus Will Be Held

Following Sen. McClellan's appearance, the biennial reorganization meeting will convene at 10:50 a.m. The State Party Plan requires County and City committees to reorganize every two years, at which time members rejoin, bylaws are passed and new officers are elected for a two-year term. Doors to the reorganization caucus will officially open at 10:45 a.m. (following the regular HDC meeting) and will close at 10:50 a.m. All those inline or in the room by 10:50 a.m. will be admitted to the Reorganization Caucus. Please click here for the official "Call to Caucus."  The rules for the Call to Caucus are here.

For information about the by-laws check out the links below:

The proposed by-laws from the 2019 committee are here:  click here.

To see what the proposed changes are:  click here.

To access the previous by-laws from the 2017 committee, click here.

Free Thank You Breakfast & After Election Celebration on Nov. 9

Don’t miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee. It’s our free annual Thank You Breakfast and Celebration. The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Depot, 107 S. Railroad Avenue, Ashland. It’s a full breakfast, too: egg casseroles, bacon, bagels, beverages and more. You’ve worked hard; our candidates have outdone themselves. It’s time to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.

We want to make sure we have enough room for everyone since seating is limited to 150 guests. So please register now by clicking here.

We’ll have guest speakers, and of course, free drawings. Most of all, enjoy the fellowship of our Democratic family and our fabulous lineup of candidates. Don’t miss the fun. Register now.

Vote Like Your World Depends on It!

We can rant and rave at the state of public affairs all we want. We can rail about health care and gun violence and education and on and on … but now we have a chance to act on November 5!

Vote like you never have before. Vote early and then find a friend, a neighbor or someone you’ve never met and make sure they cast a ballot. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Depending on your precinct, here are our candidates:

4th Senate District: Stan Scott
9th Senate District: Jennifer McClellan
12th Senate District: Debra Rodman

55th House District: Morgan Goodman
97th House District: Kevin Washington

Ashland: Faye Prichard
Beaverdam: Crystal Robens
Cold Harbor: James Doran
South Anna: Clara Scott

Election Night Watch Party

There’s always more fun in numbers on Election Night! So join our exceptional field of candidates in watching the election returns. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight at the AshCreek Community Center, 10854 Lindenwood Drive, Mechanicsville. Good luck to the best lineup of candidates Hanover has seen in a generation! You inspire us! As the wise lady once said, “Win, Baby, Win!”

Clara Scott and Crystal Robens invite their supporters to a watch party at the Hanover Community Center, 14662 Bethany Church Road, Montpelier from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Election Day: The Countdown Begins

Folks, it’s hard to take our eyes away from what’s going on in Washington, but we need your undivided attention. We’re in the home stretch of a critical legislative election in Virginia; one that might tell whether we ever get gun reform or additional support for our health care and education priorities. So don’t miss our next monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at The Depot in Ashland. Our guest speaker will be Matt Rowe, Democratic Chairman of the First Congressional District is the guest speaker. He will discuss our chances for taking the House of Delegates and state Senate. Matt is a political analyst and former congressional candidate. We’ll have free drawings and, as always, the coffee is on us.

First Time in Our New Hangout

Don’t forget — we are changing our meeting location in October. We hate to bid adieu to Ashland Coffee & Tea, but we’re excited to be in a room called The Depot in Cross Brothers Grocery at 107 S. Railroad Ave., just about kitty corner to Ashland Coffee & Tea (across the railroad tracks). The meeting room seats 200, so let’s fill it up. ACT owner Cate Hawks so kindly helped us locate the new meeting space because her business is renting the room where we previously met 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!

The Depot room is on the right side as you face the store. Parking is available in back. HDC will still have free coffee at the meetings, and you will still be able to purchase breakfast sandwiches at the meeting. We’ll have signage just in case anyone gets confused. See you there!

Court Challenge To Confederate Names—Hear About It At Our Next Meeting

Don’t miss our next meeting on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea when Robert Barnette, president of the state and local branch of the NAACP, will discuss the court suit against Hanover County and the School Board seeking a name change for two county schools. The two schools are named after Confederate leaders, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis (Lee-Davis High School) and Stonewall Jackson (Stonewall Jackson Middle School). This recently filed suit by the Washington Lawyers Group on behalf of the Hanover Branch NAACP could be precedent-setting for schools and buildings throughout the South. This is a timely and exciting discussion you don’t want to miss. As always, the coffee is on us.

Also, get updates from the candidates or their campaign staff. We have nine wonderful candidates. Let’s do everything we can to support these candidates. Let’s take back the Senate, take back the House, and win more seats on the Board of Supervisors! We can do it! See you Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Take Back the Senate--

Never More Important!

Guest Speakers are Del. Debra Rodman and Brian Cannon

Don't miss the Hanover Democratic Committee's next meeting on Saturday, July 13 at 10 am at Ashland Coffee & Tea when Debra Rodman, our candidate for the 12th senate district,  speaks to us for the first time since winning the Democratic Primary last month. In addition, Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 will discuss the disastrous Supreme Court ruling permitting political gerrymandering to continue. 

In light of the Supreme Court ruling which gives state legislatures the go-ahead to draw legislative districts based on party politics, NEVER has a victory in the State Senate and the House been more important. Following the 2020 census, the General Assembly will redraw political districts. And those district lines will be in place for the next 10 years. We must win the Senate and House to ensure fair redistricting. 

Rodman in the 12th, Stan Scott in the 4th and Sen. Jennifer McClellan in the 9th are running for the Senate from Hanover. For the House, Morgan Goodman is running for the 55th District seat, and Dr. Kevin Washington is running for the 97th District seat. Please make sure you come to this important July 13 meeting to hear Rodman and Cannon, 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. As always, the coffee will be on us. 

Next Meeting—Focus on One of the Hottest Campaign Issues

Overdevelopment and Hanover’s inability to handle it is one of the hottest issues in the 2019 Board of Supervisors race. Pattie Bland, chair of the Coalition for Hanover’s Futures, and Faye Prichard, Ashland District Supervisor on the Board of Supervisors, will be our guest speakers at the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea to discuss the need to protect our rural communities, fight overdevelopment, and ensure that we have the infrastructure needed to handle what’s happening in Hanover.  Don’t miss this meeting as Pattie and Faye discuss one of the biggest threats facing Hanover—and what it means to you and your pocketbook.

That’s Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. at Coffee & Tea.

McClellan Town Hall in August

Sen. Jennifer McClellan will hold an Ashland Town Hall at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Saturday, August 3 at 9:30-11:30 am. The Senator will be discussing the 2020 legislative agenda plus any other citizen concerns.  Please RSVP to 804-482-0714.  Learn more on Facebook.

Big Change Coming Up

Starting in OCTOBER, we will be meeting at a new location…until then, we will continue to meet at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Cate Hawks, owner of Ashland Coffee & Tea has helped us secure another meeting place starting in OCTOBER, right across the street at the Depot in Crosses. The Depot, which is on the right side of the Crosses store, seats 200, and will be able to serve us coffee. Owner Chris Stem will also be able to serve us breakfast rolls, etc. The reason for the move is that Cate and Mike Hawks are renting out the room we currently use to retail, while maintaining the coffee shop in the front. We love Ashland Coffee & Tea and Cate and Mike, and we hate to move. But this was a move needed to ensure the success of Ashland Coffee & Tea. We really appreciate Cate helping us locate at Crosses. Parking is in the back, and certainly will be very convenient. Please just remember that for August and September we are still at Ashland Coffee & Tea. We don’t move until the OCTOBER meeting. More information at our meeting in August.

Next Meeting—This Year’s Hot Campaign Issue

Don’t miss our meeting on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea as we discuss the most universal and crucial issue in the 2019 Hanover elections--high-speed internet via fiber lines for Hanover County. Find out why it seems to be so controversial in Hanover and why all of our Democratic Board of Supervisor candidates are pushing for it. Internet guru and HDC’s Vice Chair of Technology Daniel McGraw will be our guest speaker at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. Don’t miss this interesting conversation about an issue that is impacting all Hanoverians. As always the coffee is on us.

Yes, We Have a Candidate for the 97th District! Meet Him on June 8th.

Dr. Kevin Washington, a 25 year retired Army veteran, an engineer and businessman, is our Democratic candidate running for the House of Delegates in the 97th District which has been torn asunder by ultra-conservative Republicans trying to take the party nomination from Del. Chris Peace.

June Primary For Six Hanover Precincts

Veena Lothe and Del. Debra Rodman will square off in a June 11 Primary in six Hanover precincts to win the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Siobhan Dunnavant for the 12th District Senate seat. Those Hanover precincts, where a primary will be held on June 11, are: Rockville (Rockville Library), Farrington (Abner Church), Montpelier (Montpelier Center), South Anna (South Anna Elementary School), Wilmington Parish (Patrick Henry High School) and West Hanover (Parks & Rec at Montpelier Center).