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
Noting passing of Ruby Evans tonight at Dems Meeting
It will be a poignant meeting tonight of the Prince George Democratic Committee as we note the passing of Ruby Evans, Past Chair of the Dinwiddie Democratic Committee and amazing community volunteer.
Wishing Chris Jennings a healthy recovery
Keep Tammie & Chris Jennings in your thoughts as he recovers from a recent health event. Tammie is the Committee Secretary and well known author and political activist. Chris is her husband, collaborator, and supporter in all things.
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Morrissey Win Decisive:
Joe Morrissey won the Democratic nomination for the 16th Virginia Senate District race in November. At this point there is no Republican opponent. The votes have not been certified, of course, but various outlets describe his win was by 12 to 14 points. A two digit win is rather indisputable.
Dougherty Win Very Close:
The apparent Democratic nomine for the 62nd Virginia House District is Lindsey Doughterty over Tavorise Marks. The race was close with reportedly only about a 3.5 % difference between the two. If Dougherty is confirmed as the winner then she will face Republican Carrie E. Coyner in November.
Ruff Wins Republican Primary for the 15th VASEN:
With little surprise, Frank Ruff took about 80% of the vote in the only Republican Primary in Prince George County. He will face Democrat Virginia Smith of Prince George in the November election.
PG Dems Booth – May 4
The PG Dems are seeking donations of small items, new or gently used for our Community Day Booth at Scott Park from 8 til 2. Items may be brought to the Committee’s meeting on May 2, dropped off at our Booth after 7 on Saturday, or contact Carol Woodward at email@example.com to make arragnements.
PG Dems Meeting – May 2
Join us at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, PG Government Complex at 6 pm. ADA accessible, wifi, light refreshments, information on campaigns, etc.
Virginia Smith’s Campaign for the 15th Virginia Senate District
You are invited again t0 visit her website. She needs your volunteerism, your donations to her campaign, your issues, your ideas. Virginia was at our last meeting, but tomorrow night she will be at the Nottoway County Dems. She is planning on joining us at our May 4 Community Day Booth.
Local Election Updates as of April 30, 2019
Darlene Rowsey – Commissioner of Revenue, Sharon Jadrnak – School Board District 1, Cecil Smith – School Board District 1, Donald Bagshaw – Soil & Water, Susan Fierro – Commonwealth’s Attorney, T.J. Webb – Board of Supervisors, District II, Susan Vargo – Treasurer.
In Process Candidates:
Donald Hunter – Board of Supervisors District II, William F. “Bill” Gandel, Board of Supervisors District II.
May & June will be busy:
Come to the PG Dems meeting on May 2 at 6 pm at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive in the Prince George Government Complex. There will be some campaign updates, news about the 15th Senate District and the 64th House of Delegates District Nomination Caucuses on June 8th, the Primaries on June 11, and a reminder that there are elections for local elections as well.
In Local office races Darlene Rowsey -Commissioner of the Revenue, Sharon Jadrnak, School Board District 1, Cecil Smith, School Board District 1 and Donald Bagshaw, Soil & Water Conservation Board have all certified as candidates for those respective posts.
PG Dems Booth Community Day
Bring any of those new/gently used household items you are willing to donate for our Collectibles sale on May 4 at the PG Dems Booth. And while there hang a spell. The Community Day is at Scott Park and runs from 8 am til 2 pm. It would help if you could bring your items to the Dems meeting on May 2.
Did you know you can vote absentee in the Primaries?
This year we must still meet the criteria ( a statutory good reason) to qualify to vote absentee. When possible consider voting absentee in person. Learn more at the State Board of Elections. .https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/index.html.
Dems State Meeting Update
The Democrats met in Richmond last Saturday (March 2nd) for their Quarter 1 meeting. The Congressional District Committees heard reports, per usual, from the elected and appointed members of the Steering Committee (executive committee).
A few highlights:
- The coffers are well in the black and the digital and data staff of the party are being enlarged
- The End of Session Decompression Fundraiser on Friday night after the Steering Committee Meeting raised over $13,000
- The Blue Commonwealth Gala will be held on June 15 at Main Street Station
- 2018 election data will be in Votebuilder (the VAN) within the week of March 4th
- Petitions for candidates should be turned into the appropriate Nominating Committees no sooner than March 11 and no later than March 28 at 5 pm.
- There will be DPVA (Democratic Party of Virginia) emails out this week to Committee Chairs regarding Mobilize and other tools.
- Follow @vademocrats on Instagram.
The lead speaker was Congressman McEachin
Our own Congressman Donald McEachin was the lead speaker at the meeting on Saturday. He focused on the unity our party needs to maintain to sweep the Virginia House and Senate this Fall as well to elect and reelect Democratic Congressmen and Senators nationally.
The photo below is not the best. It literally was a standing room only meeting and there was constant movement along the aisles.
4th CD Committee Meeting April 13
A meeting of the 4th Congressional District Committee has been scheduled for April 13, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at the Virginia Diner. Please notify Carol Woodward at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend. There is a fantastic lunch buffet that doesn’t stop. Attendees may also order directly from the menu if they prefer. It would be great to have a number of our committee members there.
Northam, Fairfax, Herring
After the startling revelations about Governor Northam’s yearbook photos and another occasion of blackface, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault (essentially) fourteen years ago, and Attorney General admitted he had appeared at a party as a blackface rapper, along with some pals also in wigs and blackface. So where are we?
Governor Northam has retracted his initial admission and apology, at least in part, but revealed dressing as Michael Jackson, with blackface and doing the moonwalk on another occasion. Reporting is that he is conferring with his cabinet, other leaders, and continuing to work on the budget and other matters with the General Assembly. No resignation appears to be a near term possibility. Most, but not all, of the elected Democrats, have urged him to resign, though they have become quieter as the Fairfax allegations and Herring admission have emerged.
Lt. Gover Fairfax’s situation is a dynamically developing story as his accuser has related what she alleges happened in that hotel room in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention. Fairfax continues to deny the allegations of assault and assert that it was a consensual encounter. A troubling story is developing that she related the event to Congressman Bobby Scott (VA 3rd) though it is not clear when that conversation was had. It is reported that Lt. Gov. Fairfax has hired the same attorney that represented Justice Kavanaugh.
Now the revelation from Attorney General Herring of his blackface imitation in 1980 while he was a college student. He has released a written statement and apology.
In light of these disclosures or allegations should all three resign, turning at least the governor role to Kirk Cox? Should the ballot box be the remedy to the continued election of them when their current terms are concluded?
The Prince George Democratic Committee will be discussing these matters at its meeting tonight at 6 pm in the Prince George Human Services Building at 6450 Administration Drive in the Government Complex.
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This post is the opinion of the writer only, not the official position of the Prince George Democratic Committee. The Committee will meet on February 7th and will determine its communication at that meeting.
Governor Northam must resign. His ability to lead our party, to be embraced by our confidence in him, and to represent our party in the face of the hypocritical positions of the Republican Party have evaporated.
Can he be forgiven? Yes, there is room to forgive when there is true contrition and admission. We have not heard that. The suggestion that doing a kind of black-face homage to Michael Jackson is somehow OK, while other episodes of blackface are abhorrent, doesn’t cut it. Let’s not even talk about the KKK costume.
Even forgiveness in the face of contrition still would not leave room for Governor Northam to continue in office. Sad but true.
And to our smug Republican friends. Look at your own house. You ran Corey Stewart against Ralph Northam. Who are you to judge?