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Rachel levy is our candidate for the 55th

Dr. Rachel Levy is running for the House of Delegates in the 55th District. She qualified this past month after certifying the necessary signatures and submitting them with the proper filings. We did not receive qualifying material from any other candidates for the 97th or the 55th. Therefore, there will not be delegate candidates on the June 8 primary ballot, but we will definitely see Rachel Levy on the general election ballot for November 2.

Her official campaign launch was held on Sunday, March 29, with Supervisor Faye Prichard and many other dignitaries. Check out Rachel's website, her Facebook page, her Twitter feed and her Instagram. Please (please!) donate to her campaign here

Have questions? Contact Rachel's campaign manager (another HDC member!) Ashley Hall at info@rachelfordelegate.org. Let's flip the 55th!

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

The Melissa J. Dopp/Bobby Ostergren Scholarship is awarded yearly by the Hanover Democratic Committee to graduating Hanover County seniors with the highest level of participation and involvement in Democratic campaigns and activities. The scholarship was established to honor the late Bobby Ostergren, the former Hanover County registrar for many years, and the late Melissa Dopp, a longtime activist in the Hanover Democratic Committee. 

The scholarship is not needs-based or for academic merit; it is for students who have participated in Democratic campaigns, supported Democratic candidates, helped the Hanover Democratic Committee or participated in/started a Young Democrats Club. The application form can be found on the Hanover County Public Schools scholarship website

Applications are due on April 30th. if you would like to donate funds for the scholarship fund for this year, please contact Andrea Ferment at aferment@comcast.net.

UPDATED VACCINE INFO

You can sign up for a vaccine at the new vaccinate.virginia.gov link. All individuals who have previously filled out a survey or form or signed up for a waitlist to be vaccinated through their local health district will be automatically imported into the new statewide system.

If you prefer to speak to someone, you can call the Hanover County COVID-19 call center to sign up by phone: 804-365-3240 or Virginia Department of Health’s statewide vaccination hotline at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).  Someone from the health department will contact you to set up your vaccination appointment once it is your turn (based on the phase and vaccine supply).

For more, go to www.hanovercounty.gov/1104/COVID-19-Hanover-Information

Here are contacts for candidates

 

Candidate

Point of Contact Name 

Point of Contact Email

GOV

GOV

GOV

GOV

GOV

Jennifer Carrol Foy 

Garrick Delsel

Garrick@jennifercarrollfoy.org

Lee Carter 

Josh Stanfield 

cm@carterforvirginia.com

Justin Fairfax 

Lauren Burke 

lburke007@gmail.com

Terry McAullife 

Ryan Jackson

rjackson@terrymcauliffe.com

Jennifer McClellan 

Rachel Perry 

rachel@jennifermcclellan.com

LG

LG

LG

LG

LG

LG

LG

LG

LG

Hala Ayala 

Veronica Ingham

veronica@halaforvirginia.com

Paul Goldman 

Paul Goldman

goldmanusa@aol.com

Liz Guzman 

James Conway 

james@elizabethguzmanforvirginia.com

Mark Levine

Megan Hondl

megan@levineforvirginia.com

Andrea McClellan 

Tova Yampolsky

tova@a4va.com

Sean Perryman 

Nathan Kiker

kiker.nathan@gmail.com

Sam Rasoul 

Brenna Crombie

brenna@sam4va.com

Xavier Warren 

Brandon Neal & Chris Smith 

brandon@xavierforvirginia.com & chris@xavierforvirginia.com

AG

AG

Mark Herring 

Adnan Mohamed

adnan@herringforag.com

Jay Jones 

Sam Signori

samson@jayjones.com

CARE ABOUT GOOD GOVERNMENT? THEN JOIN TEAM RACHEL

Dr. Rachel Levy is running for the House of Delegates in the 55th District. The 55th covers Hanover west of U.S. 301, almost all of Caroline County and a slice of Spotsylvania County. 

Rachel is a long-time member of the HDC, a teacher, a community activist and a leader with a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy. She lives in Ashland with her husband and 3 children. She wants to strengthen public education, increase access to health care (she believes this is a human right), preserve our environment, ensure that working people are paid fairly and enact tax reforms

How can you help? Glad you asked. Check out Rachel's website (a work in progress), her Facebook page, her Twitter feed and her Instagram.
 
Please (please!) donate to her campaign here. Finally, please sign the digital petition to get Rachel or Sarah and the Democratic statewide candidates on the ballot (Thanks to Rachel and the campaigns of six other Democratic House of Delegates candidates, delegate candidates can gather signatures electronically).

Have questions? Contact Rachel's campaign manager (another HDC member!) Ashley Hall at info@rachelfordelegate.org. Help Rachel put Buddy Fowler into the retirement that he already practices as a member of the House!

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

The Hanover Democratic Committee will be awarding scholarships of approximately $500 or more to graduating seniors from each of our county high schools. 

The Melissa J. Dopp/Bobby Ostergren Scholarship is awarded yearly by the Hanover Democratic Committee to graduating Hanover County seniors with the highest level of participation and involvement in Democratic campaigns and activities. The scholarship was established to honor the late Bobby Ostergren, the former Hanover County registrar for many years, and the late Melissa Dopp, a longtime activist in the Hanover Democratic Committee. 

The scholarship is not needs-based or for academic merit; it is for students who have participated in Democratic campaigns, supported Democratic candidates, helped the Hanover Democratic Committee or participated in/started a Young Democrats Club. 

More details about the scholarship along with the application form can be found on the Hanover County Public Schools scholarship website

Applications are due on April 10th. We were so happy to award 13 scholarships in the past three years and look forward to awarding more this year. We encourage you to share this information widely, especially with families of Senior students. In addition, if you would like to donate funds for the scholarship fund for this year, please contact Andrea Ferment at aferment@comcast.net.

UPDATED VACCINE INFO

You can sign up for a vaccine at the new vaccinate.virginia.gov link. All individuals who have previously filled out a survey or form or signed up for a waitlist to be vaccinated through their local health district will be automatically imported into the new statewide system.

If you prefer to speak to someone, you can call the Hanover County COVID-19 call center to sign up by phone: 804-365-3240 or Virginia Department of Health’s statewide vaccination hotline at 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).  Someone from the health department will contact you to set up your vaccination appointment once it is your turn (based on the phase and vaccine supply).

For more, go to www.hanovercounty.gov/1104/COVID-19-Hanover-Information

Team shop open again

Round two of our Democratic Team Shop is open. Order your shirts, hats, hoodies and more for yourself and for family/friends. They make great gifts and they are a great way to spread the Democratic spirit. Order your gear here: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/vadems

COVID-19 RespoNse

Hanover County has set up a call center to answer questions related to COVID-19. The number is 804-365-3240, and it will be open Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voice messages left in the mailbox after hours will be returned the next business day. (REMINDER: Be sure to leave your phone number at the beginning and end of message so we can call you back.) This is being done in coordination with the Chickahominy Health District, which includes Goochland, New Kent and Charles City. 

The Women's coffee and Men's forum had great discussions about the state of the Commonwealth. Many people still want to know where to access information about the response to the pandemic. You can access the links to the Chickahominy Health district here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/chickahominy/

Information from Caitlyn Hodge, director of the VA Chickahominy Health district

Vaccine information:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Moderna.html 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/Pfizer-BioNTech.html 

Become a volunteer for your friendly Chickahominy Health District: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/apply-to-volunteer/

support our candidates

Below are links directly to candidate Levy, Hanover election results, VPAP, Ballotopedia, and Wikipedia. Learn about our candidates and support them. The next election is the Primary on June 8, 2021.

55th Delegate: Rachel LevyLevy logo

HDC member Dr. Rachel Levy is running for the House of Delegates in the 55th District! Please check out her website: rachelfordelegate.org, like her on Facebook: facebook.com/RachelforDelegate, follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/RachelAnneLevy and Instagram: instagram.com/rachelfordelegate, and support her campaign: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/friends-of-rachel-levy-1

97th Delegate: TBA (It looks like we will be having a candidate announce soon!)

Candidates for VA Governor:  click here

Candidates for Lt Gov VA: click here

Candidates for Att Gen VA: click here

Shop with Democrats

The Hanover County Democratic Store is now up and running correctly. You can access the store here: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/HanVADems.

.You may need to copy and paste it into your web browser. The T-shirts and sweatshirts will have the new Hanover Democratic logo across the middle of the front and the polos will have the logo on the top left of the chest. 

The store will be open till January 4. When the items come in, they will be hand-delivered to your front door. Place your orders soon. These are the lowest prices that the items will ever be.

HCDC has a team store!

The Hanover County Democratic Committee apparel is now open! Find items that we've picked out specifically for our team. There is also spirit wear available for your family and friends. Check out the shop details below.

OUR SHOP DETAILS
- Shop Now: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/HanoverDem
- Store Open From November 23 - December 21, 2020

Items will be delivered to the house of Chair Daniel McGraw. We will then distribute them to the members. Get your orders in now! These are the lowest prices that they will ever be. The expected arrival of the items is from late January to early February.

PROBLEMS WITH YOUR EMAIL? a possible fix ...

Many of you on Comcast platforms have not been getting recent emails because Comcast has updated its mail server. It is blocking forwarded mail unless you contact your email postmaster. This affects you because we forward emails through HVAdems.com. We know this is going on because we're getting a ton of bouncebacks. As best we can tell, it appears that Comcast has increased their security to require e-mail addresses to be pre-approved.

Mary Laymen has created a quick video on “How to approve emails from a person or organization in Comcast." It is located at this link: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYXv2XNnEw.

Please watch and review the video even if you do not use Comcast internet because other Internet providers are moving to new systems. This video shows a skill that is becoming an industry standard. Share this with friends.

Appointed School Board vs. Elected School Board?

We want to hear from you about whether you believe one version of the board is preferred to the other one. Currently, we have an appointed school board. Please take this two (2) question survey and let us know your thoughts. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWM9J7D

we need your support!

There are two runoff elections on Jan. 5, 2021, in the Georgia elections. Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff really need your support. This election is crucial to all of us and especially crucial to the success of the Biden administration. If we can win these two seats, we will break Mitch McConnell's chokehold on the Senate. Please go on Warnock's and Ossoff's websites and donate to their campaigns: https://warnockforgeorgia.com/ and https://electjon.com/

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Be sure to vote on Tuesday, November 3. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have already voted, that is great! Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped to "Get Out the Vote" this year. All of the sign deliveries, postcard writing, phone banking, social media and active engagements are paying off. The turnout has been incredible already. This is an important year for Democrats!  If you applied for a mail-in ballot and have not already returned it, you will need to bring your ballot to your voting precinct on the day of elections. Curbside voting is available. If you need a ride to the polls, give Daniel McGraw (804-647-9958) a call, and we will find a way to get you to the polls to vote. Stay safe and thank you to all who have voted and will help others to vote.

Hanover Democratic Sample Ballot

Message from Daniel McGraw. Chair HDC

As many of you know, early voting has already started. All registered voters can go to the County Registrar to vote in person, drop off their mail-in ballot, or participate in curbside voting.  Going into this unprecedented election cycle, and as the first day of early voting started to approach, I felt a sense of urgency to share the Democratic Sample Ballot.  

There were many email discussions taking place about what is the best decision. Many people across the state were engaging in intense social media discussions. And, early voters were asking me to share my opinion on the matter of Amendment One. Therefore, I called for a special session to hear from members of the Executive Committee. Prior to that session, I sent a survey to the committee leaders, and fielded email replies about the topic.

The committee agreed to only add a suggestion if we had consensus.  Prior to the discussion, 50% of the members wanted a NO vote on Amendment One. Thirty percent (30%) wanted no decision made, 10 % were in favor of a YES vote, and 20% were undecided.  I felt this was an accurate reflection of where the larger group stands.  All major decisions have always been made by either the Chair and/ or the Executive Committee (EC). There was much discussion.  A few important points were addressed: (1) We did not want to make a decision that would be extremely divisive of our membership; (2) We agreed to come to consensus; (3) We determined that this was an issue upon which the electorate would want the opinion of the Chair and EC.

As a result, we did come to a consensus that a NO vote marked on the ballot is the best decision.  However, we also noted that some of our members, including members of the EC, may vote YES for Amendment One. I do not know what the future will hold: Whether we made the right decision or not will be determined in the decades to come if the NO vote prevails. After the meeting, I later heard from a few people that they were concerned that a member of our EC may have been a political consultant and there should have been a more equitable representation. We have definitely learned that it is important for counter-arguments to be equal in weight. Going forward, we will ensure that as many voices as possible can be heard when we are making important decisions. I do not have all of those ways of communication worked out yet, but utilizing Survey Monkey and other platforms come to mind. We do strive to be transparent.

You can view the opening arguments for voting for or against Amendment One here: (obtained from the Men's Forum) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhJDTYzeIdQ 

POSTCARD PEOPLE

Get those pens ready; packets of cards and address labels are ready for you. Each packet has 30 cards because that's how many addresses are on one sheet. 

Needless to say, we are not gathering in one place to write postcards. People can write postcards from their own homes. Porch pickup will be available in Mechanicsville, Ashland, and Montpelier. Contact Colleen Berry at lasseire@gmail.com for pickup locations. 

As to stamps, writers are being asked to provide postage, if possible. It is recommended using a first-class stamp ($.55 or forever) to guarantee delivery. These are larger 5x7 cards, so there is more space to write! If anyone can't write but wants to donate stamps or vice versa, this will be coordinated. 
Our message: There will be a sample paper attached to each packet. You can write for the entire BLUE TICKET (Elect Biden/Harris for President/Vice President, Re-elect Mark Warner for Senator, Elect Qasim Rashid for House of Representative) or any version of them. Write from your heart, what speaks to you about the importance of this election. 

We are writing as PRIVATE CITIZENS, not as a part of HDC or any campaign (postcards are labeled with that message). 
Keep it POSITIVE! Remind people about no-reason-needed, in-person early voting that has started at the elections offices in Hanover (these are all Hanover addresses right now) or absentee mail-in ballots.

Postcards should be mailed by October 15 to catch the early voting  Once the 1,000 cards we have left are addressed, that will be a total of 6,000 volunteer postcards sent, which is great in a pandemic era with no parties. Thanks to everyone who has helped.

VOLUNTEER FOR QASIM RASHID 

We have a great chance at beating Rob Wittman this year, but we need YOUR HELP NOW. Hopefully, many of you watched the Rashid-Wittman Debate for a good comparison between the two candidates. There was no comparison. We need to start now; it is only about five weeks until Election Day.

Various NON-CONTACT volunteer opportunities are available to help elect Qasim Rashid to be our next 1st Congressional District Representative.
These opportunities include:
1. Automatic phone-banking using the automatic dialing system, where your computer automatically dials, indicates who is talking, the appropriate questions to ask and then you record responses on your computer. Contacts will be throughout the 1st District.
2. Self-Dialing phone banking with you doing the dialing. A contact list and script will be provided. Contacts will be in Hanover County.
3. Literature drop (Lit-drop) You will be going door to door and leaving literature at the door with NO personal contact.
4. Virtual house parties to meet Qasim via Zoom or Google Meet. 
5. GOTV Captains for distributing lit drop. Captains at staging areas for people to pick up their lit. The staging area could be McDonald’s, Starbucks, your home, or wherever.

Throughout, all volunteers MUST wear a mask and social distance (a minimum of 6 feet). We don't want others or our volunteers to become infected.
Josh Anderson is Qasim's Hanover County Captain at 571.235.5817 or joshua@rashidforva.com

To volunteer, please contact Josh as above or Don Barth at 804.299.3160 (phone and/or audio message)or 856.889.5905 (phone or text) or donna.don@comcast.net.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We need to have a landslide victory for the Democrats in November so Trump can not contest the election. The only way to achieve this is to get everybody out to vote, which means we need everyone to volunteer.

Below are the volunteer opportunities:

Joe Biden/Kamala Harris and the coordinated campaign: Robert Morissette, robert.morissette@2020victory.com
Mark
Warner: Ryan Jackson, ryan@markwarnerva.com

It is less than 5 weeks until the election.  Joe, Kamala, Mark, and Qasim need your help NOW!

Signs are here

We have Biden/ Harris signs!  If you or your neighbors and friends want signs, send an email to info@hvadems.com. Include in your email your name, address, phone number, and the number of yard signs you want. We even have I VOTED EARlY signs and bumper stickers. We also have a handful of 4' x 4' barn signs for those who want to produce a large display. 

Voting has already started. 

You can go to the Hanover County Wickham Building (7497 County Complex Road Hanover, VA 23069) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for early voting, curbside voting, or to drop off your absentee ballot. You can also exchange your absentee ballot for an in-person ballot if that is your wish. The phone number for the registrar is 804-365-6080. Here is the Hanover County Democratic Committee ballot: HDC_Sample_Ballot_2020.pdf. On Saturday, October 24, several people will be gathering at Gandy Elementary School to perform a vote-early rally car ride from Gandy to the Wickham building. The gathering starts around 8:30 a.m. Even if you have already voted, your presence is appreciated.  Social distancing and masks are required.

Coordinated signs are in!

The long-awaited yard signs and large 4x4 signs are now in. You can call the usual people who get signs to you, or you can fill out this Google form and we will find a way to the signs to you as quickly as we can. You can access the Google form through this link: https://forms.gle/kvN1K5Z8NKcHfB4B8

Absentee and Early Voting

Some of you and your neighbors may have seen envelopes with "vote by mail" stamped on the outside delivered to their doors. This is an effort by many Hanover Democratic volunteers, coordinated by Ashley Hall, to safely get the word out that we need everyone to vote. This year, all registered voters can vote absentee in-person or by mail-in ballot.  They can also vote curbside and in-person through the new early vote (up to 45 days prior to the election). The final day to vote is Tuesday, November 3. This country's future depends on every vote. We need Qasim Rashid in Congress, Mark Warner in the Senate, Kamala Harris as the Vice President, and Joe Biden as the President. Information about voting and registering to vote can be found here:  https://www.elections.virginia.gov/

Qasim and Mary Trump

Tune in on Facebook to see/hear Mary Trump's discussion about her uncle. https://www.facebook.com/145617052119094/posts/3775787515768678/