Virtual Delegate Selection Process: Urgent!

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Fellow Democrats,

Last night the Democratic Party of Virginia leadership, Chairwoman Swecker, and Staff convened a call to update us on the upcoming caucuses in April 18/20th. Please see the following guidelines as the caucuses will no longer be in person. The biggest change is that anybody who wishes to participate (either by running for state delegate or alternate and/or just to vote) in the upcoming caucuses must pre-register with the State Party. This was done to ensure that caucuses can be conducted in an open, inclusive, transparent manner but also to abide by the Governor’s guidelines as to how we should conduct ourselves in the current times.
The information below should answer all the questions you have but as always DPVA staff are ready to answer your questions if you have them. You can email your questions to  political@vademocrats.org

Please read this note from DPVA Political Director Shyam Raman on new Local Caucus process for Presidential Delegate Selection:
Dear Local Chairs,
Here’s the language we would like you to send to your committee members about the new process that we will be using in the Caucus process. 
Click here for the DPVA Caucus Update
Please see below for a link to the new Statewide Call to Caucus. As a reminder, this will supercede any Calls that have currently been released, and you should be sending this to anyone interested in participating in the Caucus Process.
Click here for the DPVA Statewide Call to Virtual Caucus
Pre-Filing Forms
Click here for the pre-filing form to be a State Delegate or Alternate
Click here for the pre-filing form to participate in a Presidential Caucus
Again, please send us any other questions you may have, and we’ll get you an answer as soon as we can.
Thank you all for your support and patience!
Shyam
*****************************************************************************Thank you for your continued support as we navigate through this unprecedented situation.Juanita

Juanita R. Thorne

Chair,  Prince George Democratic Committee

February 6 PG Dems Meeting

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So many Dem events coming up:

A number of upcoming events will be discussed at the meeting tonight at 6 pm at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive in the County Government Complex.

So here is a peeksie:

Citizen Participation Initiative of the Prince George Democratic Committee, Brainstorming Session on February 12, 4:30 – 6 pm at Luca Italian Restaurant, 6411 Courthouse Road. Discussion will be around hosting “listening session” during the coming year where citizens may voice their concerns.

Citizen Participation Initiative

Quarter 1 meeting of the Central Committee at the Downtown Marriott on February 15 at 11 a.m. The Central Committee is the governing body of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Blue Commonweatlth, February 15, 6 pm at Main Street Station on Broad Street in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond. This is the Annual Fundraising Gala for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Tickets $150 (Discounts available to Central Committee Members.) Tickets available at bluecommonwealthgala.com.

Virginia Democratic Primary on March 3rd. Voters vote at their regular voting places between 6 am and 7 pm. Ballots can be cast now by absentee ballot. This writer voted earlier today. Here is the Virginia Sample Ballot. Please note that at least three of the names on the list have withdrawn from the race — Booker, Castro, and Williamson. At the moment the writer is not sure about Patrick, Bennet, and Gabbard.

March Regular Prince George Democrats Meeting, March 5 at 6 pm. Same location as above.

James E. Hill Hero Among Us Award Banquet, March 28 from 2-4 pm, at Providence Baptist Church, 15901 Providence Road, Petersburg, VA 23805. Tickets $25 per person in advance. Sponsors invited to support the event. Tickets for members to sell and flyers will be distributed at the meeting tonight (February 6.)

See everyone tonight. Wear your galoshes.

Democratic Party Platform

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Have you read the current Democratic Party Platform?

Every four years the Democratic Party adopts a platform to express its values and commitment to America. This year an updated platform will be adopted at the Democratic National Convention.

The last platform was adopted in 2016. “Whether it’s health care, the economy, education, gun reform, equal pay, voting rights, national security, or the climate crisis, the Democratic Party understands that there’s no single issue that matters more than the rest. Democrats are tackling these issues and others every day.”

The “planks” of the 2016 Platform were:

  • Raise Incomes & Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class
  • Create Good Paying Jobs
  • Fight for Economic Fairness & Against Economic Inequality
  • Bring Americans Together & Remove Barriers to Opportunities
  • Protect Voting Rights, Fix our Campaign Finance System, & Restore our Democracy
  • Combat Climate Change
  • Build a Clean Energy Economy & Secure Environmental Justice
  • Provide Quality & Affordable Education
  • Ensure the Health & Safety of all Americans
  • Provide Principled Leadership
  • Support our Troops & Keep Faiath with our Veterans
  • Confront Global Threats
  • Protect our Values
  • Be a Leader in the World

Maybe it would be well for all of us to read the current Democratic Platform for ourselves in preparation for the adoption of the 2020 Party Platform in July.

New Officers

The Committee held its mandatory biennial reorganization on December 5th. New members and officers were elected.

Prince George Democrats

The officers who will serve two-year terms are :

  • Chair – Juanita Thorne
  • Vice Chair – Tammie Miller Jennings
  • Secretary – Judy Chalkley
  • Treasurer – Algier Bryant

After the business of the caucus was concluded the Dems celebrated with wonderful food and beverages provided by members.

Democrats Know How to Have a Good Time

One fine piece of business was to ask for a consensus on the date of the January meeting. It was decided that rather than meet on the first Thursday of January which would be January 2, we would meet on January 9th instead same time – 6 pm- in the our usual meeting room in the Prince George Human Services Building.

Dems Meeting Thursday Night

Last Regular Meeting Before Election

We’ll have a super paced agenda on Thursday night, October 3rd, at 6 pm at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive in the government comples. Look for Building 12, next to School Board Meeting if your GPS isn’t helpful.

We will be plannig for:

  • Our Dems booth at the Richard Bland Pecan Festival which is on October 12th from 11am until 5 pm, but we will also need to set up and take down. We will need our fantastic Demcratic volunteers to make this successful
  • The staffing at the polls on Election Day. Precinct Captains will be reporting on their volunteers and schedules
  • The Biannual Committee Reorganization Caucus on December 5th per the rules of the Democratic Party of Virginia
  • Key Subcommittee updates and requests

Put Local Candidates Forum in your Calendar

The Woman’s Club of Prince George County is hosting a Local Candidates Forum on Sunday, October 13 from 3-6pm at the Disputanta Community Center on 460 (10010 B County Drive). There are staggered elections for members of the Board of Supervisors and for the School Board as well as for the Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Absentee Voting Has Begun

You may vote in person or request a mail in absentee ballot. Learn more at vote.virginia.gov.

Important Voting Dates

  • October 15 – last day to register to vote or update address for this election
  • October 29 by 5pm – Request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you
  • November 2 – Vote an absentee ballot in person at the registrar’s office, 2nd Floor, South Wing of the County Administration Building
  • November 5th – Election Day. Polls are open from 6am til 7pm

Many candidate activites coming up!

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Get in the know. There are three candidate town halls or candidate forums coming up soon. There are more details on the Upcoming Events page, but here is the lineup:

September 22- The James River Junior Woman’s Club will host a Forum for Candidates for Local Office at the Prince George Heritage Center & Museum in the Prince George Government Comples from 2 to 5 pm.

September 28 – The Prince George Dems will sponsor a Postcard Party for Michele Joyce at the Prince George County Library, 6605 Courts Drive, Prince George VA 23875 from 12:00 -2:00 pm. Join in the fun. Light refreshments provided.

October 13- Meet the Candidates Forum at the Disputant Community Center 10010 County Drive (Rt. 10) from 3:00 to 6:00 pm sponsored by the Prince George Woman’s Club.

Michele Joyce Town Hall

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Michele Joyce Townhall September 17:

Please stop by the Burrowsville Community Center on September 17, 2019, anytime between 7 and 8:30 pm.

Michelle Joyce, who is a candidate for Virginia House of Delegates in the Burrowsville area, House District 64, will be holding a Town Hall style event.

Michelle wants to hear YOUR concerns, questions, problems, and priorities for issues such as Health Care, Rural Issues, Food and Internet deserts or anything you want to tell her.  She is coming to Burrowsville as part of her 64th House District “Listening Tour”.  

Michelle wants to be our voice in the Richmond Legislature going forward.

Photograph of Michele Joyce, Democtratic Candidate for the 64th Virginia House District.
Michele Joyce