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. 

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 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,  

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 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;

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,; or Don Barth at 804-299-3160,

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 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.

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.

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. 

Noted Political Columnist & Reporter - Our Guest in February

Don’t miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, February 9 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea when Richmond Times-Dispatch political columnist Jeff Schapiro will be our guest speaker. We are so lucky to get Jeff to speak to the HDC. He is one of our most popular speakers and considered by many to be the best political columnist in Virginia. Come and hear his take on the 2019 Virginia General Assembly, redistricting and the state of the state. You read him in the newspaper, now come and meet him in person. As always the coffee is on us.


In addition to Schapiro, Eileen Davis, one of the leaders of the ERA movement, will give us an update on what’s next for the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA was killed in committee when Del. Buddy Fowler moved to pass it by indefinitely. Fowler did this in spite of the room full of ERA proponents and just as many standing outside the hall in support of just letting the amendment out of committee so it could come to the floor for a vote.

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.
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