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. 

Ready for the most important midterm election of our lives?

Let’s get our A-game going as we kick off our Congressional campaign at the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Our candidate, Vangie Williams, who handily won the primary campaign, will be the guest speaker. Political pundits are saying it’s the year of the woman…let’s make that true in Hanover too as we launch the 2018 campaign and work hard to get Vangie elected and Sen. Tim Kaine re-elected. Also at the July meeting, meet our combined campaign coordinator from the Tim Kaine campaign, Danni Jonyo. Come out and support Vangie on Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m. and let’s launch the Hanover Democratic Committee’s work to unseat Rob Wittman and to make sure Tim Kaine holds his Senate seat. As always, the coffee is on us.

Phone Banks Are Starting in July.

Sign up for phone banks in Ashland on Thursdays, July 10 and July 26 at 6 p.m. at the home of Toni Radler by calling 804-916-0693. There will be phone banks throughout the county in August… watch for notifications. Phone banking is fun and a good way to meet other Democrats.

Tomato Festival

Fresh off our very successful day at the Ashland Strawberry Faire, we encourage everyone to volunteer an hour or two for the HDC Booth at the 2018 Hanover Tomato Festival- July 14th 9am-4pm at Booth 145 in Section G near Bow-Wow Beach. 

It’ll be a great day full of flags, stickers, signing people up for the HDC newsletter and promoting our two great candidates Tim Kaine and Vangie Williams. Its super fun, but more so, it's extremely important to have an active booth full of volunteers and energy. It truly makes a difference, so everyone is strongly encouraged to stop by and represent the Hanover Democrats! 

Please join Director of Outreach Ashley Hall and contact her at 8046518342 or so she can put you on the schedule for July 14. Thanks!

Star-Studded Lineup

Don’t miss our star-studded lineup at the next monthly meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, August 11 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Seventh Congressional District Candidate Abigail Spanberger and the First Congressional District Chair Matt Rowe will be our guest speakers, giving us an overview of the Midterm Elections. In addition, there will be updates from the Tim Kaine campaign and from the Vangie Williams Congressional Campaign.

Remember, it was not too long ago that Hanover was included in the 7th District until a court-ordered redistricting moved Hanover to the First Congressional District. Many of us still remember Dave Brat's win in 2014, and we are rooting for Spanberger to take Brat’s seat. Spanberger has gotten national publicity as being a likely upset race in Virginia!

Rowe, who ran for the First Congressional District Seat in 2016, and now chairs the overarching First Congressional District, will give an overview of the race, as we are all working hard for Vangie Williams’ election in the First District. Matt, who has served on the Bowling Green Town Council, was a former chair of the Caroline Democratic Committee, and has been involved in local campaigns for years, will have a great overview of how this year's Midterm Election is different from other years.

This will be an exciting meeting. Don't miss it. As always the coffee is on us.


Never mind the notices that Ashland Coffee & Tea is closing during renovations. Owners Kate and Mike Hawks will keep it open for our Saturday meetings throughout the renovation. We are very grateful. Be sure to stop by Ashland Coffee & Tea for lunch whenever you can. The menu is delicious, and changes to the facility are exciting!

Special Free Drawing

Don’t miss our special free drawing. You have to be present to win!

next meeting

Don't miss the monthly meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. at the newly renovated Ashland Coffee & Tea when Hanover Registrar Teri Smithson will be on hand to answer all the questions you ever had about voting, purging voting rolls, the upcoming election and whether Hanover is hack proof and more...whatever you want to ask about voting. There are a lot of misconceptions out there...find out from the horse's mouth on Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea.

Immediately following the meeting, our own John Suddarth, Holly Ford, and Sarah Meredith of the Vangie Williams for Congress campaign will lead a canvass for Vangie. Please join the canvass following the meeting. It is the best way to reach voters. You will leave right from Ashland Coffee & Tea.

tim Kaine here On Sept. 16

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, First Congressional District Candidate Vangie Williams and Senator Jennifer McClellan will be our guest speakers at historic Shrubbery Hill, the home of Mary Anne Pugh at 15209 Mountain Road on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. It’s free and it’s a great way to kick the campaign season into high gear.

This HDC event is sponsored jointly by our Women's Coffee and Men’s Forum and will be held on the beautiful grounds of Shrubbery Hill.  Seating will be provided under a tent with folding chairs set up in theater style. But, if you would like to bring your comfortable lawn chair from home, please do. You can set up outside the tent under a shade tree or near the Gazebo. Cold drinks and other refreshments will be served. This Meet, Greet & Eat is a great opportunity for meeting our wonderful candidates before the all-important midterm elections. Come out, bring a friend, and be prepared to get fired up to Get Out The Vote to re-elect Sen. Kaine and elect Vangie Williams to Congress. Please RSVP to Diane Neergaard, Coffee Chair, at or Forum Chair Nelson Vaughan at See you Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

redistricting and how it will impact Hanover

Next meeting: Saturday, October 13

The next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea will take an in-depth look at proposed changes to the House District map and specifically at what it will do to Hanover's 55th and 97th House Districts. Liz White, the Deputy Director of the One Virginia 2021, will discuss the current proposal and its impact on Hanover districts especially the 55th House District. How Hanover is positioned during redistricting is a crucial issue. White is the Deputy Director of OneVirginia2021 and has been with the organization since 2015. She has a BA from the College of William and Mary and is helping OneVirginia2021 grow its supporter base.  Don't miss this important meeting at Ashland Coffee & Tea, on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. As always, the coffee is on us.


Tuesday, November 6 is the most important Midterm Election of our lives. Please go out and vote to re-elect Sen. Tim Kaine and elect Vangie Williams to Congress. Sen. Kaine is unique…he’s not a politician, but a true public servant. He’s there to make the lives of his constituents better. We need more like him in Washington. Vangie Williams is following right in his footsteps and is who we need to represent the people of the First Congressional District (all of Hanover). Please don’t miss this opportunity to elect two wonderful Democratic candidates and to put a dent in Donald Trump’s destructive agenda. Talk to your young people to make sure they vote too. See you at the polls. We need every one of you to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (See Ashley Hall’s Two Cents…A Vote Is A Chess Move, Not A Valentine.)

Thank You Breakfast—Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10

Don’t miss our Thank You Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. You have worked the Polls, phone banked, knocked on doors, written postcards, donated money, attended forums, and more. We want to thank all of you who have worked so hard this campaign season.

We have moved our breakfast to Ashland Coffee & Tea to serve as many as possible. Ashland Coffee & Tea will give us an extra 25 seats over our location at Ashcreek.  Ashland Coffee & Tea will be serving a continental breakfast:  muffins, fruit, coffee and juice.  The coffee and breakfast is on us.

This will be a great way to celebrate our hard work and hopefully celebrate Democratic victories. You will have the opportunity to meet several candidates running for office from Hanover in 2019. And there will be several free drawings. Don’t miss this great time to fellowship with other Hanover Democrats. (We might be able to talk Daniel McGraw into teaching us the rest of the Dougie.) See you Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10.

Help Wanted…Urgently!

We are on the verge of a first….staffing all polls, all precincts, every hour. That is a herculean task. That’s 468 shifts. Please help us fill every precinct, every hour. Please see our specific needs below:

In Henry District for the Totopotomoy Precinct at Eastern Hanover Volunteer Fire Station #3, 4428 Mechanicsville Turnpike for three shifts: from 6 to 8 a.m.; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.  Call Colleen Berry, 804.244.1555.

In the Beaverdam District for the Beaverdam Precinct at Beaverdam Elementary School at 15485 Beaverdam School Road for two shifts: from 6-8 a.m.; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Call Alexia Miles, 804.227.3583.

There's Still Time To Help Vangie& Tim

Please volunteer for Vangie Williams and Tim Kaine by canvassing and/or phone banking out of Vangie's office at 104 N. Railroad Ave., Suite F, Ashland (right next to Suzanne's, enter from the back) every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Call Madison at 804.592.8426.  Let's get out the vote!  Remember if we vote, we win!

Forum with Vangie Williams and Rob Wittman---Vangie Won Hands Down!

More than 500 people attended the Forum between Vangie Williams and Republican Rob Wittman at Hanover High School on Thursday, October 25…more than half of the attendees were Vangie supporters. Vangie won the forum by a landslide. Even though the crowd was asked not to applaud, murmurs of disapproval echoed throughout the high school auditorium as Williams read out loud her opponent’s major contributors (special interest groups, big business lobbyists and right-wing organizations.) The audience broke rank and booed when Wittman answered a question, saying he supports Corey Stewart, the darling of White Nationalists, over Sen. Tim Kaine. She nailed it on October 25; let’s get out and vote, and nail it at the polls!

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.

The next monthly gathering of the Hanover Democratic Men's Forum will be held on THURSDAY APRIL 19 at 7:00 pm in the heart of the College District in Ashland at the home of Nelson Vaughan, 209 College Avenue, Ashland.  These Democratic Men's forums provide an opportunity for Hanover Democratic men to meet, socialize, talk politics and hear interesting speakers.  The host and Chair of these Democratic Men's Forums, Nelson Vaughan, says come hungry as he will be serving heavy hors d'oevres. 

This month's speaker will be Mayor Jim Foley, Mayor of the Town of Ashland who will be retiring from Town Council after the election this May.  Come and hear Mayor Foley talk about his time in office and what the future holds for Ashland and Hanover County. 

The purpose of these monthly Men's Forums is to socialize, envigorate, educate and elect Democrats and is a great opportunity to get to know like-minded Democratic men in a way that you just can't in other venues in this predominantly Republican county.  The monthly Saturday morning committee meetings are great but you don't have the opportunity to talk and to get to know one another on a more social level.  It also gives those who can't attend the Saturday morning meetings a chance to get involved.  So please join us on Thursday April 19 at 7:00 pm.  Don't miss this opportunity to socialize and mobilize. 

RSVP to Nelson Vaughan at or call cell phone and text messages 201.826.7093; home 804.496.6217.
If you are a woman and receive this, please send to your favorite Democratic male relative, neighbor or friend.


HANOVER COUNTY, Richmond, and Ashland

Below are the upcoming events for volunteering for the coordinated campaigns of Senator Kaine and Vangie Williams.  The address for the IBEW is 1400 East Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs  23075.  The address for Toni's is 309 Hillsway Drive, Ashland 23005.  The Richmond office is 107 South 1st Street, Richmond 23219.

The Verdict is Guilty

by Steve Johnson

Remember the immigrant children incarcerated in cages at the border? Neither do I. That was so … June ago. Events move at the speed of light these days; under the current administration, some new outrage greets us almost every morning, distracting us from whatever incensed us the day before. Snub a centennial veterans’ remembrance in France? Shift the focus to allegedly incompetent firefighting in California. A caravan approaching the southern border? Break out the tear gas on women and children to show them we don’t stand for their nonsense. FBI raid Michael Cohen’s office? Shift the focus to NFL players kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.

And on it goes, day after day, until the brains of even the most civic-minded of us are fried like morning bacon. There’s a strong suspicion that this is either a designed or instinctive Trumpian strategy — throw it all against the wall until you can’t stand to look or smell the wall anymore. Which makes it all the more important that we turn back to the kids on the border. Fifty or 100 years from now, historians will look back on the United States and be considerably less impressed by debates over corporate tax rates or sentencing guidelines than they will by the way officials reacted to immigrant children coming from Mexico and points south, including cutting loose tear gas on them, a chemical banned on the battlefield.

To refresh your recollection, more than 2,500 children were separated at the border under the administration’s zero-tolerance policy, announced in April. Despite a court order, more than 500 children were still apart from their parents as of Labor Day, with about 300 of those cases involving children whose parents were deported without them. Not long before Election Day, 245 children were still without their parents, according to the ACLU, which initiated the court action against the administration. But, as one humanitarian volunteer asked the New York Times in October: “Where are all the cameras now? The kids are still in there.” And immigration lawyers continue to uncover new separation cases that administration representatives justify using specious claims against the parents — Catholic Charities found at least 16 new, little-publicized cases.

I would submit that the family separation policy — and especially the way that it has receded from public consciousness — will leave a trail of horror for future generations. Some political analysts have compared it with the relocation and forced internment of some 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. That’s an apt analogy, though families were not separated or broken through deportation in the way that the Trump policy did. Recall President Reagan signed a law in 1988 that apologized for the internment and authorized $20,000 in reparations to each survivor of the camps. I don’t think it’s beyond the realm of possibility that an embarrassed Congress and president in the distant future might feel it necessary to take the same action for families split apart at the border.

In the meantime, it would behoove all of us to continue to pay attention to the plight of immigrant children, whether it’s forgoing a slice of pizza to send a few bucks to the ACLU or immigrant rights’ groups; calling or writing member of Congress; or just familiarizing ourselves with the latest count of separated children. "A society will be judged by how it treats its weakest members," said Harry Truman. And as it stands right now, that verdict is guilty.

Coffee is brewing!

Sunday, february 25, 2018

Coffee Meeting

Our February Coffee will be held on Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at the home of Morgan Goodman in King's Charter,  9468 Manorwoods Drive, Mechanicsville 23116.

Special guests at this Coffee will be Edwin Santana and Ryan Sawyers, who are vying to represent us in our Congressional First District race this fall.So please join us as we gather in a relaxing setting with other like-minded women and hear from these candidates who are seeking to replace our current Republican Congressman.

As ever, we'll have time to enjoy catching up with old friends and making new ones.

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 may better work together.  We have no formal memberships or dues.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Diane Neergaard at,or 804-299-2399.

Men's Forum

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The first monthly gathering in 2018 of the Hanover Democratic Men's Forum will be held on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 at 7 p.m. at the King's Charter Clubhouse, 9407 King's Charter Drive, Mechanicsville 23116.  These Democratic Men's Forums provide an opportunity for Hanover Democratic men to meet, socialize, talk politics and hear interesting speakers.  Hors d'oevres will be served.

This monthly meeting will be the opening of the 2018 election year and will be a question and answer panel discussion among our 5 Democratic candidates for the First Congressional District.  The moderator will be a secret guest.  Of course, the candidates are well known: Tom Hicks / Hanover County; Edwin Santana / Stafford; Ryan Sawyers / Gainesville; John Suddarth / Hanover County; Vangie Williams / Dahlgren. We have had a little breather from local politics.  Now, it is time to put our energies into selecting the best Democratic candidate to defeat Republican Rob Wittman. 

There will be a primary election on June 12 to select our Democratic candidate.  This will be a good chance to get to know more about our five candidates.  This is the beginning of our chance to catch and ride the new years "blue wave" breaking in Virginia.The purpose of the monthly Men's Forum is to socialize, educate and elect Democrats. 

It is a great opportunity to get to know like-minded Democratic men in a way that you just cannot do in other venues in this predominantly Republican county.  This is another great opportunity to talk with the candidates individually.  It also gives those who can't attend the Saturday morning meetings a chance to get involved.  So please join us on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 at 7 p.m.  Don't miss this opportunity to socialize and mobilize.

RSVP to Nelson Vaughan at or call the cell phone and text messages 201.826.7093; home 804.496.6217.

Five House Candidates Vie for Democratic Congressional Nomination

We are pleased to announce five excellent candidates for congressional nomination.  These candidates are looking for the bid, but all pledge to support the properly elected candidate.  2017 has turned out to be a good year.  Let's make 2018 even better.