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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.

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.

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—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). 

One of the most universal and crucial issues in the 2019 Hanover elections is acquiring high-speed internet via fiber lines for Hanover County. Don't miss our meeting on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. to 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 that is impacting all Hanoverians. As always, the coffee is on us.

Next Meeting—Our Strategy

Don’t miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, when we discuss campaign strategy and issues to get our candidates elected.

Following a most successful Blue Wave Bash, it’s time to get started, roll up our sleeves and support our candidates. As always, the coffee is on us. See you Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Incredible Blue Wave Bash

Thank you all for making our 2019 Blue Wave Bash the best ever. More than 200 people attended. Sen. Mark Warner and Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger discussed the dangers the Trump administration is posing to our Democracy and then challenged us to get our candidates elected in Hanover. It was a rousing and exciting two hours. Thanks to our committee chair, John Suddarth, and his committee for making this such a successful event. And thanks to all of you for supporting this effort that is used to make committee contributions to our candidates.  To see the pictures follow this link.

Six Candidates Have Qualified To Date

Caucus deadlines for candidate declarations have passed in four races; Caucuses have been canceled in those races, and Candidates declared our Democratic nominees including:

Morgan Goodman, 55th District House Race

Sen. Jennifer McClellan, 9th Senate District

Faye Prichard, Ashland District Board of Supervisors Race

Crystal Robens, Beaverdam District Board of Supervisors Race

Clara James Scott, South Anna District Board of Supervisors Race

Stan Scott, 4th Senate District

Caucus Deadline and Candidate Filings Still Scheduled for:

Cold Harbor District Board of Supervisors: Candidate declaration due May 11, Caucus Date, May 18, 3 pm. Mechanicsville Library.

Primary Scheduled for:

Primary Scheduled June 11 between Veena Lothe and Del. Debra Rodman, for 12th District Senate Seat.

Blue Commonwealth Gala

Major national speakers will be featured in the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Blue Commonwealth Gala on Saturday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. (Program starts at 7 p.m.) at Main Street Station, 1500 E. Broad Street. Among the speakers will be Mayor Pete Buttigieg, If you are interested in attending, get your tickets online,  One table has already been filled by HDC member Howard Ostergren. Tickets are selling fast. Contact DPVA today. OR you can buy tickets from the First CD and Matt Rowe by clicking here.


Meet the Candidates—You’ll Love ‘Em!

Don’t miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on April 13 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea to meet the candidates. For the first time in more than 50 years, we have candidates running in 5 Board of Supervisor races, 3 State Senate Races and 1 House of Delegates Race.  We expect to see many of our great candidates at the next meeting.

*Five Democratic Board of Supervisor candidates will be on hand including (click here for calls for the caucus information):

--Star incumbent Ashland District Supervisor running for a second term Faye Prichard
--Beaverdam District Candidate Crystal Robens
--Cold Harbor District Candidate James Doren
--Henry District Candidate James Wilkerson (via DVD)
--South Anna District Candidate Dr. Clara James Scott
*State-Level Candidates will be on hand including:
--55th District House Candidate Morgan Goodman
--4th District Senate Candidate Stan Scott
--12th District Candidates Veena Lothe and Rep. Debra Rodman seeking the Democratic nomination in a Primary to unseat Siobhan Dunnavant
--9th District Star Incumbent Jennifer McClellan spoke at our last meeting and was terrific. She is slated for a primary, however, no Democratic challenger has come forward.  Ngiste May will be at the meeting to represent her.

This is a very exciting time for Hanover Democrats and our candidates are amazing. See for yourself on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. As always, the coffee is on us.

Sen. Mark Warner At Blue Wave Bash

Watch for Your Mail Invitation Or Purchase AT HVADEMS.COM 

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will be the keynote speaker at the Hanover Democratic Committee’s Blue Wave Bash on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education.

Sen. Warner served as Governor of Virginia and was then elected to serve in the Senate in 2008. He has established himself as a leader who works with Republicans and Democrats to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability and promote private sector innovation and job creation. In the past two years as vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Warner has led the way in investigating Russian involvement in our elections.

In addition to Sen. Warner, State Sen. Jennifer McClellan will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Sen. McClellan has become a leader in the Virginia General Assembly and is also known to work across the aisle to enact legislation aimed at helping Virginians.

This is a special celebration for Hanover Democrats as it is the tenth anniversary of the Blue Moon Bash/Blue Wave Bash fundraiser. When we first launched the fundraiser, we called it the Blue Moon Bash because it seemed that Democrats in Virginia were elected once in a blue moon. However in 2018 as new Democratic delegates and senators were swept into office, we changed the name to Blue Wave Bash to reflect the dawning of a new era and the new energy that is propelling our candidates forward. We are especially honored to have Sen. Warner and Sen. McClellan celebrate this anniversary with us.

In addition, we are honored to have internationally renowned opera singer Brenda Louise Hudson open the program with the Spiritual, Deep River. Mark Brumitt will be performing on classical guitar. The meal for this Blue Wave Bash will be catered by Ashland Coffee & Tea and will include a roast beef station plus vegetarian options.

You can purchase your ticket by replying to the invitation you will receive by mail, or by going online at

Calls for caucus!

Follow this link, click here, to find the calls for caucus announcements, candidate forms, and caucus member forms.

Here’s To A continued Blue Wave in 2019!

Man in White Surfboard

Take It To The Streets In January…

Women’s marches—probably inappropriately named because they are for men as well as women—will be held on two weekends in January. The 2019 Women’s March RVA will be held in Richmond on January 12…the same date as the regularly scheduled meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee. And the next weekend, the national 2019 Women’s March will be held in Washington on January 19. Because of these two conflicting dates, the Hanover Democratic Committee is canceling our January meeting. Our scheduled January speaker, Sen. Jennifer McClellan has agreed to reschedule.

In the face of Donald Trump’s devolving administration, international recklessness continued close connections with Russia, and egregious actions too numerous to name, it’s really important this year to attend one or both of these marches. Please make every effort to do so. Click here for information on the Richmond march on January 12.  For information on the Washington march on January 19, click here. Please, everyone, men and women, make every effort to have your presence counted. We need to demonstrate that democratic values, sense of human decency, and rule of law are important to all of us.

For those who may not be attending the Richmond march on January 12, you can still come by Ashland Coffee & Tea and have a cup of coffee on us with several Democrats holding down the fort, making sure the coffee doesn’t get cold. We look forward to seeing Sen. McClellan at an upcoming meeting following the 2019 General Assembly session and seeing you at our regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Heading Our Nominating Committees

Thank you to all who have agreed to chair or participate in our Senate, House, and Board of Supervisor nominating committees. They include:

4th Senate District Nominating Committee—John Suddarth, chair

9th Senate District Nominating Committee—Don Barth, member (another county chairs)

12th Senate District Nominating Committee—Lyn Hodnett, member (another county chairs)

55th House District Nominating Committee—Gordon Silver, chair

97th House District Nominating Committee—Trevor Southerland, chair

Ashland Board of Supervisors—Delores Dunn, chair

Beaverdam Board of Supervisors—Betsy Farley, chair

Watch for more information on how you can participate. 

Sen. McClellan Our March Speaker

Don’t miss our March 9 meeting when Sen. Jennifer McClellan will be our guest speaker. Sen. McClellan will have so much to tell us following an eventful General Assembly. The Hanover Democratic Committee is truly honored to have Sen. McClellan as our guest speaker. She is one of the most respected leaders in the Virginia General Assembly. Our monthly meeting is on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. As always, the coffee is on us.

2019 Blue wave bash

Save the date

Save the date for an exciting 2019 Blue Wave Bash dinner on Thursday, April 25 at the Montpelier Arts and Activities Center. We are talking with a very exciting speaker….more to come on this! Stay tuned! Save the date!

Focusing Forward

Note from Chair Toni Radler

Our February meeting was nothing short of incredible. More than 145 members signed in to hear noted Richmond Times-Dispatch Political Columnist and Reporter, Jeff Schapiro. In addition to turning out for one of our favorite speakers, many of us turned out to support each other in the face of a devastating two-week controversy. Please read the monthly 2 Cents Worth by Sandra Howard, chair of the Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee. The Black Caucus' statement called for keeping our Democratic leaders in place and not calling for any resignations until all legislators are willing to ask for the resignation of Donald Trump for calling African nations s_ _ _holes and until state legislators are willing to call for the resignation of Del. Buddy Fowler for his racist 2015 Facebook post of a snarling police dog with the caption, ‘go ahead and run…he likes fast food’. The Facebook post referenced the protests of the death of Freddie Gray while being transported in a police van in Baltimore. When Sandra finished reading the Black Caucus' statement, our meeting erupted into a cheering standing ovation. Way to support Democrats, Hanover! We are going to continue Focusing Forward to turn Hanover Blue. For the sake of racial justice, women’s rights, voting rights, health care, education, and many more Democratic principles, we are Focusing Forward. We persist!

kEy issues of the 2019 VA general assembly

Saturday, December 8, 10AM

Don’t miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea when a panel of Virginia’s leading activists will discuss key issues coming before the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. Kim Bobo of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy will discuss wage legislation and immigrant rights; Kristie Smith from the Virginia Conservation Network will discuss key environmental issues; Liz White of One Virginia 2021 will discuss redistricting and Andy Goddard, from the Virginia Center for Public Safety, will discuss gun safety regulations.

In the recent campaign season, you did an incredible job working the polls, campaigning, phone banking, sending postcards, canvassing and more. Now it’s time to take the fight to the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. Find out what you can do and meet the leaders who will be instrumental in fighting for democratic ideals at the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. As always, the coffee is on us.

Coming up in January—Report from Sen. McClellan plus Reviving the ERA

Recycle your Kaine Signs

If you still have your polybag Kaine signs, please bring them to the next committee meeting.  Caroline Cooke will collect and recycle them.  Also, bring your wires for reuse by one of the campaigns.