Thank You Breakfast

Please join us on November 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea for muffins, fruit, juice, and coffee. It's our treat to thank volunteers who have worked hard to get Democratic candidates elected. We have moved the breakfast to our usual meeting place, Ashland Coffee & Tea, to seat more people than we were able to seat at Ashcreek.  At the Nov. 10 meeting, greet Vangie Williams, our exciting candidate and we hope our next Congresswoman from the First District. Also, meet some of the candidates who are running in 2019. We thank all of you who have canvassed, phone banked, written postcards worked the polls, donated money, attended events, and supported Democratic candidates in any way. 

Please join us for our August Coffee, a morning get together this month, at 10 am on Wednesday, August 22, at the home of Jane Lux at 11253 Silverstone Drive, Mechanicsville, 23116.  All Democratic women are invited to come for great fellowship and spirited conversation with like-minded women from all over Hanover.

For those who don't know, we are a growing group of Democratic women of all ages who meet monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evening, at the homes of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. Our goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know one another so that we can better work together.  We have no formal memberships or dues.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Diane Neergaard at daneergaard@comcast.net, or 804-304-1951.

The Women's Coffee is combining with the Men's Forum to welcome U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, First Congressional District Candidate Vangie Williams, and Senator Jennifer McClellan.  Please RSVP to Diane Neergaard, Coffee Chair, at daneergaard@comcast.net.  See you Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. 

All Democratic Women are Welcome! 

Please join us for our October Hanover Democratic Women's Coffee, a morning get together this month, at 10 am on Tuesday, October, 16.  Jane Mitchell will host our gathering at her home at 16060 St. Peters Church Road, Montpelier 23192.    

All Democratic women are invited to come for great fellowship and spirited conversation with like-minded women from all over Hanover.  This will be our last Coffee before the all-important mid-term elections, so come for inspiration and information about getting our Democratic candidates elected in this contest of a lifetime. 

For those who don't know, we are a growing group of Democratic women of all ages who meet monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evening, at the homes of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. Our goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know one another so that we can better work together.  We have no formal memberships or dues.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Diane Neergaard at daneergaard@comcast.net,or 804-304-1951.

The November Hanover Democratic Women's Coffee, an evening get together this month, will be on Thursday, November 29.   Our hostess Ann Martin will welcome us to her Ashland home at 7 pm.  Ann lives at 113 Henry Clay Road, Ashland, 23005.

All Democratic women are invited to come for great fellowship and spirited conversation with like-minded women from all over Hanover and beyond.

For those who don't know, we are a growing group of Democratic women of all ages who meet monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evening, at the homes of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. Our goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know one another so that we can better work together.  We have no formal memberships or dues.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Diane Neergaard at daneergaard@comcast.net, or 804-304-1951.

All Democratic Women are invited to join us in January as we begin our seventh year of the Hanover Democratic Women's coffee caucus. Because of the busy holidays, there won't be a December Coffee,  but Information about the January Coffee will be coming in the new year.

Our Coffee Caucus is a growing group of Democratic women of all ages who meet monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evening, at the homes of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. Our goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know one another so that we can better work together.  We have no formal memberships or dues.

For more information, please contact Diane Neergaard at daneergaard@comcast.net, or 804-304-1951.

thank you, thank you, thank you

Thank you for all that you have done this year.  2018 is a great year because of people like you.  Our committee is still growing.  In 2019, we are going to do even more.

jan 2018 dem meeting

Get involved

in the Va General Assembly

Don’t miss our next meeting on Saturday, January 13, at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea…as we delve into the most crucial issues facing the Virginia General Assembly and learn how we Hanover Democrats can impact the outcome this year. REMEMBER, following our incredible victories in the November election, Democrats now have a fighting chance to get legislation passed in the General Assembly.

The January 13 meeting will feature a panel of experts on key legislative issues: Medicaid Expansion, Redistricting, the Environment and the Democratic agenda. On the panel will be Abbey Phillips, chief of staff and legislative assistant for Sen. Jennifer McClellan. Learn how we can best work to help Sen. McClellan pass her legislative agenda. Kristie Smith, the Campaign and Policy Manager for Energy and Transportation for the Virginia Conservation Network will be discussing the most crucial environmental issues. Kim Bobo, the Executive Director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, will be discussing one of today’s most crucial issues, Medicaid Expansion. Liz White, the Development Director of OneVirginia2021, will be discussing the pivotal issue of fair redistricting. Citizen lobbyist Nancy Finch will be back again this year to discuss the ABCs of how, when, and where to reach legislators in the General Assembly.

DON’T WORRY…if you are planning on attending the Inauguration of Gov. Ralph Northam, we will have you out of the meeting in plenty of time to get to the State Capitol. We will reverse the order of the meeting to start the panel discussion at 10 and end it by 10:30.Now is the time for us to press our case in the Virginia General Assembly…it is the moment we’ve been working for. Don’t miss the meeting and this opportunity to get involved! As always, the coffee is on us.

"Suburban strategy"

saturday, February 10  

 Kim Wright and Chris Bolling                                                                              

Come to the meeting on Saturday, February 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea and hear about the "Suburban Strategy" which is credited with our big wins last November. Chris Bolling, the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, and Kim Wright, a founder and leader of the Liberal Women of Chesterfield County, will be our guest speakers. Bolling has spent the last decade working on major Democratic campaigns including those of Governor Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, President Barack Obama, and Secretary Hillary Clinton. He most recently served as the political director for Ralph Northam’s primary campaign. Wright founded Liberal Women of Chesterfield County two days after the Presidential Election. She and her group are given a large share of the credit for turning Chesterfield blue in the last election.

Please don't miss this important meeting. We are working hard in Hanover County. Now, let's learn about the "Suburban Strategy" which may help us work even more effectively to Get Out The Vote this November. As always, the coffee is on us. See you Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m., Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Membership Renewal

Don't forget to re-up your membership...bring your form and $30 dues for the next two years to the meeting on February 10, or mail them to HDC, P.O. Box 22, Ashland, VA 23005.

Support Fair Redistricting

Stop gerrymandering and unfair redistricting. Please support onevirginia2021's efforts to make voting fair again. Please sign onevirginia2021's petition by clicking here.

Take the survey

Do you have an opinion on renaming Hanover schools named after Confederate heroes? We bet you do. The County wants to know. Please make your voice heard by taking the county survey by clicking here.

Now there are four.

Tom Hicks, one of the candidates for the Democratic Nomination from the First Congressional District, has dropped out of the race citing personal, family and business constraints.Meanwhile, he has thrown his support to Hanover Democratic Committee member John Suddarth.  Read More...

We are sorry to see Tom go, but we still have four great candidates: Edwin Santana, Ryan Sawyers, John Suddarth, and Vangie Williams. The candidates have appeared in numerous meetings throughout the 1st Congressional District. As you get to know each one better, ask yourself the really important question...which one do think will beat Rob Wittman in November. Which one will Democratic voters, independents and swing voters come out and support on November 12?

Top Virginia Activist on Gun Violence

Find Out What You Can Do

Don't miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on March 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Avenue when the top Virginia activist against gun violence, Lori Haas, will be our guest speaker. Haas, the Virginia State Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, got involved in the effort to enact common sense gun laws after her daughter was shot twice but survived the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. Since then she has worked with the Brady Campaign, the Virginia Center for Public Safety, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, among others, and regularly lobbies on Capitol Hill in Washington and before the Virginia General Assembly.

Come to the meeting on March 10 at 10 a.m. and see which legislators are taking Blood Money from the NRA, what the Virginia legislature has done to enact common sense gun laws, and what we can do to stop the national nightmare of gun violence at our schools, concerts, movie theaters and churches.

As always the coffee is on us.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES

We are looking to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students to lead us in our demand for sensible gun legislation following yet another school shooting which took 17 lives. Many of us are planning on traveling to Washington, DC on Saturday, March 24 to take part in March for Our Lives to protest the lack of commonsense gun legislation, the NRA and the politicians who do nothing to stop mass shootings with semi automatic weapons. For the details on the March, go to https://www.marchforourlives.com . March for Our Lives is planned by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and families.

March for Our Lives Locally
A local March for Our Lives will be held on Saturday, March 24 in Richmond.  For more information, go to this site.

At our Meeting on Saturday, March 10, we will send post cards to those companies still giving the NRA special credit cards, discounts, and other benefits. The businesses that patronize the NRA need to know we will not patronize them.

THREE CANDIDATES REMAIN

In a surprise announcement, Democratic candidate Ryan Sawyers announced he would be dropping out of a four way race for the Democratic nomination for Congress. "I want to thank my friends and family for being by my side during every step of this journey. Unfortunately, due to personal and professional reasons I have decided to suspend my campaign for Congress," Sawyers said in a news release on February 27.

During the next three months before the June 12 Primary, you will have another opportunity to get an up close and personal look at the three candidates competing for the Democratic nomination to run for Congress against Trumper Rob Wittman. You've seen the candidates at the HDC's Pancake Breakfast, the Women's Coffees, and the HDC's Men's Forum. If you missed these appearances, you can view the Men's Forum video taken by Tom Wulf on line here.In addition, we will have the candidates speak to us one on one at our next three monthly meetings.

The schedule for candidate appearances is:

March 10--John Suddarth from Hanover
April 14--Vangie Williams from King George
May 12--Edwin Santana from Stafford

BRING YOUR GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

We show our appreciation for our children's teachers and for community leaders by making them cookies. Now, we'd like to show our appreciation to the Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team. President Trump's administration and his aplogists have done everything they can, but have failed to discredit this dedicated team of public servants. So let's show them our appreciation. Bring an UNOPENED box of Girl Scout Cookies (or another brand from the grocery store) to our meeting on March 10, and we will mail them with a note of appreciation. As one commentator said when indictments against 13 Russians recently were released, "At last, we feel like something is being done to protect us!" Thank you to these incredible Americans.

2018 Wins and losses:  medicaid expansion? 

Don't miss the next meeting of the Hanvoer Democratic Committee on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Virginia State Sen. Jennifer McClellan will discuss what happened in the 2018 Virginia General Assembly--the balance sheet of our wins and our losses. How close are we to Medicaid Expansion?

In addition, the HDC's Candidates' Corner will shine the spotlight on Vangie Williams who is running for the Democratic nomination for the First Congressional Seat. In March, our candidate presenter was John Suddarth, and in May, it will be Edwin Santana. This is a great chance to get an up close and personal view of the three Democratic candidates in time for the June 12 primary.

See you Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. As always, the coffee is on us.

Be Part of the Blue Wave!

The Honorable Justin Fairfax, Virginia's dynamic Lieutenant Governor, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Blue Wave Bash on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education. Sen. Jennifer McClellan will be our Master of Ceremonies.

You may have noticed we have changed the name of our popular annual fundraiser. When we launched this event nine years ago, we called it the Blue Moon Bash because once in a Blue Moon a Democrat gets elected in Hanover. Well, after the Democratic landslide last November, we have changed our tune. We are now calling this popular event the Blue Wave Bash.  We're hoping for another Blue Wave in 2018...in fact, we are hoping for a Tsunami in 2018!

Please join us for a sit down buffet dinner and cash bar at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, 17205 Mountain Road, Montpelier. We changed locations because we needed more elbow room to accommodate the growing popularity of the event. We wanted to assure that everyone has a comfortable seat to enjoy the delicious buffet dinner provided by Jake's Place.

There is a pre-dinner reception at Shrubbery Hill with Justin Fairfax and Jennifer McClellan for donors who offer $500 or more to the cause.

Proceeds from the Blue Wave Bash will go to support local, state and national Democratic candidates. Be part of the Blue Wave. Join us on Wednesday, April 25

 Click Here to get your ticket on line wave 1 

Apply Now for Dopp-Ostergren Scholarship

The Hanover Democratic Committee is accepting applications for the 2018 Melissa J. Dopp/Bobby Ostergren scholarship for graduating high school students. The one page application must be submitted by April 30 to P.O. Box 22, Ashland, Va 23005. This year, we hope to award four $500 scholarships to graduating High School seniors from 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. This is not a needs based or academic scholarship, but rather a scholarship designed to recognize students with the highest level of participation and involvement in Democratic campaigns and activities. Click here for the scholarship form.  For more information, contact Lyn Hodnett, 804-382-4532, lynh169125@comcast.net.  

May Meeting--A Chance to talk

Last of Candidates to Speak

Don't miss the monthly meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on May 12 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. In addition to meeting the last of our three Congressional Candidates, we're going to take some time to meet and greet each other. It has been a hectic three months as we have tried to give the candidates more exposure to their base in Hanover as well as have the main speaker. But now, we are more than 225 members strong. It's time to take a minute to meet and greet.

AND there will be a free drawing for a Stormy Daniels kit! What's in the kit? As with everything Stormy, it will surely be a surprise.

In addition, we will meet with the last of our three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the First Congressional District seat.  In the candidate's corner, this month will be Edwin Santana. We have already heard from John Suddarth and Vangie Williams. Now, it's Edwin Santana's turn. Hanover Democrats have had several chances to hear from the candidates--the Pancake Breakfast, Women's Coffees, Men's Forum, our monthly meetings and more. We'll be ready to vote at the June primary.

As always the coffee is on us.

Let's get our strategy on:

suburban style!

The June meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee will focus on the “suburban strategy” and how to get Democrats elected in suburban areas (including some areas of Hanover!). Don't miss this meeting on Saturday, June 9 at 10 am at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Our guest will be Chris Bolling, the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Chris, who was unable to make a previous meeting, will be focusing on subdivisions and more populated areas, and how we can Get Out the Vote here in Hanover. We all realize that the only power we have to put the brakes on this Trump nightmare is the power to go to the polls and elect Democrats to Congress. Immediately following the June primary, we will need all the strategic help we can get to get a Democrat elected to Congress from the First Congressional District. Let’s see what the suburban strategy is all about. Please don't miss the June meeting at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. As always, the coffee is on us.

The Primary is When?

Tuesday, June 12

Primary Day, June 12, is just a few days after our Saturday meeting.  Virginia Democrats will be going to the polls to pick Democratic candidates to run for Congress. We will be selecting our Democratic Congressional candidate from three good Democratic contenders--John Suddarth, Edwin Santana, and Vangie Williams. You've met them and heard them speak...now it's our turn to pick the best candidate to win against ardent Trump supporter Rob Wittman. Please vote on June 12 and tell your friends and family. It's an important primary! The stakes are high! Be part of the decision by casting your vote for your favorite 1st District Democrat on June 12 at your regular voting location. (If you are not going to be in town, voting "absentee in person" is easy, quick and pleasant in the registrar's office at Hanover Courthouse.)

Volunteers Needed for the June 12 Primary

Because Democratic Committees are not allowed to support one Democratic candidate over another for the Democratic Primary, we often don't work Primary polls. But this year, we will be working the polls in the Chickahominy District to build up membership in the Chickahominy area (Atlee Station Road/Sliding Hill Road and beyond). If you would like to work the polls in the Chickahominy area, please contact Shawnae Lacy, 757-254-7414; shawnaelacy@hotmail.com.

In addition, OneVirginia2021 will be working the Primary Day polls at a non-partisan table to ask for support to stop gerrymandering in Virginia. If you are interested in working to stop gerrymandering, contact Woodi Sprinkel at 804-363-5188, wwsprinkel@comcast.net; or Don Barth at 804-299-3160, donna.don@comcast.net.

If you are interested in working for one of the candidates at the Primary polls, please contact the Suddarth, Santana or Williams campaigns.

Don't miss Gospel Music Festival II:

The Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee is presenting some of the best Gospel artists in Virginia at Gospel Music Festival II on Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m. in Coburn Hall on the campus of Virginia Union University. Tickets are only $10, and you can buy them at the June 9 HDC meeting or buy them online at hvadems.com/gmf2 or you can send a check to HVADems, P.O. Box 22, Ashland, VA 23005.

"The price of the ticket does not reflect the talent that will be presented at Gospel Music Festival II. We wanted to keep the cost of the tickets down so the Festival will literally be available to everyone. Our goal is to raise awareness about voter registration. We will be registering voters at the event. Voting is a precious right that Americans have died for. All we need to do is register and vote. We hope Gospel Music Festival II will shine the spotlight on voter registration," said Sandra Howard, chair of the Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee.

The incredible line up will feature Cora Harvey Armstrong, renowned songwriter, pianist, and recording artist. Other artists include Caroline County resident Justin Morris, noted for his "Sam Cooke sound-alike voice"; Tribute, a Richmond-based gospel group under the direction of Michelle Lightfoot; the 2nd Mt. Zion Celebration Mass Choir with director Kevin Pleasants; the Ella C. Johnson Inspiration Choir from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Doswell; Stacie Brown who has sung background vocals for Mathew E. White; and sisters Berkley Winston and Addisyn Winston will perform on the piano.