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Hanover Democratic Committee is Co-Hosting the Virginia Blue Celebration

The Hanover Democratic Committee is excited to offer our members a discount to the Virginia Blue Celebration:   a statewide event that is being held to celebrate all our candidates who were elected in the Blue Wave in November.  All volunteers, elected officials, and committee members are invited to attend. The regular price for the ticket is $50, but members of the HDC receive a $15 discount, making the cost $35!

When:  Wednesday, January 15, 2020     Time: 6pm - 9pm

Where:  Sun Trust Building, 919 E. Main St., Richmond 23219 (4th floor)

Use the promo code: HANOVERDEMS at checkout to receive $15 off each ticket! We are happy that we are able to make this event accessible to as many volunteers and activists as possible!

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If you have questions, contact Colleen Grady. 
(571)438-1142 |

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At Our Next Meeting: A True Groundbreaker

At our next Hanover Democratic Committee meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a true groundbreaker. Ghazala Hashmi will be our featured speaker at 10 a.m. on January 11 at The Depot. In November, Ghazala became the first Muslim American woman elected to the Virginia State Senate, winning the 10th Senate District which includes all of Powhatan County and parts of Richmond and Chesterfield County.

Not only that, but this remarkable woman helped tip the balance of power in the Senate to the Democrats, giving our party and our purpose unified control of state government for the first time in more than 25 years.

Ghazala was born in Hyderabad, India, and moved at the age of four with her family to the United States. Raised in Georgia, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University.

She and her husband Azhar moved to the Richmond area in 1991, and Ghazala has spent the past 25 years as a leading educator in Virginia’s college and university system. She currently serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Reynolds Community College. She and Azhar have two daughters who were born and raised in Midlothian and educated in Chesterfield County public schools.

Ghazala overcame ugly campaign tactics to win the election. Her opponent employed doctored images of her to frighten voters and his campaign owned up to it. Fortunately, Ghazala’s strong messages on education and gun violence reduction resonated with voters in the 10th District. Now you’ll be able to hear and meet Ghazala at our meeting on Jan. 11.

And, as always, the coffee is on us!

Coffee Meeting

Coffee is brewing!

At the house of

Toni Radler

309 Hillsway Drive, Ashland

Friday, January 17 at 10 am

Men's Forum

at the


107 Railroad Avenue, 23005

Guest Speaker: First Congressional Candidates

Wednesday, January 22 at 7 PM

Mens Forum

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We are excited to announce that the next monthly gathering of the HDC Men's Forum on Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. at The Depot (107 S. Railroad Avenue, Ashland) will be a discussion among the candidates who have announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination for the First Congressional District.  

At this point, the candidates running for the Democratic nomination are Phil Cox, Qasim Rashid, Kevin Washington and Vangie Williams. If other candidates announce between now and the forum date, they will be added to the lineup of forum speakers. Following the presentation, we will conduct an unofficial presidential candidate straw poll from among the attendees.

The forum will be moderated by Rich Meagher, a political science professor at Randolph-Macon College. Mr. Meagher was the moderator at our previous First Congressional District Forum about two years ago.
The purpose of our monthly HDC Men's Forums is to socialize, invigorate, educate and elect Democrats to office. The Men's Forum provides an opportunity for Hanover Democrats to meet, talk politics and hear interesting speakers in our predominately Republican, but slowly turning Democratic county.  

Because of its scope, this month's forum is open to men and women from Hanover County and the surrounding counties in the First Congressional District. Please join us on Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. RSVP to Nelson Vaughan at or call his cellphone or text 201.826.7093, or call his landline 804.496.6217.