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NEWS FOR MEMBERS - MAY 2021

Good things happen America elects Democrats!
 

Isn’t it great to have a real President – a leader with dignity, compassion, and an actual policy agenda? That’s what I kept thinking as I watched President Biden’s first major address to Congress last Wednesday. His commitment to saving our democracy and building a stronger country for all Americans is clear. If you missed his speech, PBS has the highlights.

Have you voted yet? Early voting in the Democratic primary for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general began April 23. You can cast your ballot at the Warren County Registrar’s Office on weekdays and on the last two Saturdays before the election (May 29 and June 5). Early-in person voting ends June 5. You can also request a mail-in ballot before May 28. And of course, you can vote in person at your regular polling place on Primary Day, June 8. The last day to register to vote or to update your registration before the primary is May 17.
 

The field for lieutenant governor is especially large. If you’re still deciding whom to vote for, consider checking out the Virginia Association of Democratic Chairs (VADC) LG candidate forum on Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m. All LG candidates have committed to participating in this Zoom event. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3uRL0Hv. Submit questions to https://forms.gle/wQnPCZWvsuM3Rpok9. You can also follow the forum on Facebook.
 

If you’re looking for ways to support WCDC in the coming weeks and months, there are plenty of opportunities. 
 

We’re looking for Primary Day volunteers. The committee hopes to have an information table at every precinct in the county. This is a great opportunity to talk to other Democratic voters. If you’re interested, please email Eric Olson.
 

Are you interested in ensuring free and fair elections? We need a voter protection liaison for the November election. Tom Howarth held this position last fall. It involves coordinating with local election observers inside and outside local polling places on Election Day. The Democratic Party of Virginia provides training for this important role. Interested? Email Eric at the address above.

Two of WCDC’s most important goals are to expand our membership and financial bases. To that end, we’re forming two new committees:
 

  • Our treasurer, Fern Vazquez, is building a Fundraising Committee. Its first order of business is to plan our annual September dinner gala. Fern will send an email with more details in a few weeks, but if you’d like to volunteer now, please contact her by email.
     

  • Paul Miller is forming a Membership and Outreach Committee that will focus on attracting new people to our ranks. Expect to see an email about this from him soon. If you’d like to raise your hand for this committee now, you can email him.

 

We’ve got a lot to do and a lot to look forward to. I hope you’ll join us!

 

Christine R., Chair

WCDC Communications Committee

 


 

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Here are some ways you can take action to defend our democracy every day.

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CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS

Here are the phone numbers of your representatives in Congress. Use them frequently and make your voice heard!
 

Sen. Mark Warner 703-442-0670

Sen. Tim Kaine 703-361-3192

Rep. Ben Cline 540-432-2391

Representatives in Richmond:

 

Gov. Ralph Northam 804-786-2211

VA Sen. Mark Obenshain 540-437-1451

Find Your VA House Delegate

Visit our Resources for Action and Resistance page for more ways to get involved and make a difference!
 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Mark your calendars: Virginia’s Democratic primary is June 8.
     

  • More than a dozen Democrats are seeking our party’s nominations for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. You can see the full list of primary candidates on the Meet the Candidates section of our site. Here are a few who have spoken to our members at monthly meetings.
     

    • Governor candidate Jennifer Carrol Foy, who voted to expand access to Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians while she was a member of the House of Delegates. Campaign website | RVA Magazine interview

    • Lieutenant governor candidate Sean Perryman, a former president of the Fairfax County NAACP. Campaign websiteBlue Virginia interview and statement

    • Lieutenant governor candidate Andria McClellan, a member of the Norfolk City Council. Campaign website | Richmond Times-Dispatch interview

    • Lieutenant governor candidate Hala Ayala, a cybersecurity specialist who represents part of Prince William County in the House. Campaign Website

    • Lieutenant governor candidate Elizabeth Guzman, a social worker and public administrator who represents parts of Fauquier and Prince William counties in the House. Campaign Websit

    • Attorney general candidate Jay Jones, a lawyer who represents Norfolk in the House. Campaign Website

    • Dr. Doug Ward is running for the House of Delegates in District 18, which includes northeastern Warren County. His key issues include raising the minimum wage, equal rights for all, and investing in renewable energy. Check out his new campaign website.

    • Del. Sam Rasoul, who has represented Roanoke in the General Assembly since 2014, is running for lieutenant governor. He is the only candidate from our 6th Congressional District who is seeking statewide office this year. His campaign theme is Truth * Love * Grit, and you can learn all about it on his website

    • Emily Scott is running for House of Delegates in District 15 against Todd Gilbert. She is just ramping up her campaign and has a website under construction.
       

  • Did you know that you can help candidates get on the ballot by signing their petitions online? Go to VaDemPetitions.org, enter your voter information, and choose the candidates whose petitions you want to sign. You’ll be asked to provide your email address as part of your signature. Click the submit button, and you’re done! You can sign petitions for as many of the candidates as you like. Each signature helps a candidate get on the June 8 primary ballot.
     

  • Have you paid your 2021 annual dues? The suggested amount is $30 per person. (Dues are not a requirement, but they do help us cover expenses throughout the year.) You can mail a check to Warren County Democratic Committee, PO Box 615, Front Royal, VA 22630. Or you can pay online via ActBlue.

GOOD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN

AMERICA ELECTS DEMOCRATS!

 

While this country faces many problems – festering extremism, stubborn poverty, unchecked climate change, and a broken health care system, to name a few – Democrats will work in good faith to solve them and build a future of freedom and prosperity for all.

FEATURED EVENTS

Monthly meetings on the second Saturday of each month.

MONTHLY MEETING

Second Saturday of each month

11:00 AM via Zoom

Monthly membership meetings are held the second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. The next meeting of the Warren County Democratic Committee will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12th, 2021 at Shelter 1 at the Bing Crosby Stadium. Please bring your mask and remember to practice social distancing.

 

If you'd like to receive meeting reminders by text, please email the Communications Committee Chair to request to be added to the list.

Defund Ben Cline

DEFUND BEN CLINE

Final Wednesday of each month

7:00 PM via Zoom

Rep. Ben Cline is part of the Republican Coup Caucus promoting the lie that the 2020 presidential election results were fraudulent. He voted to block the certification of electors just hours after terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

 

Help us call or write Ben Cline’s biggest donors to persuade them to stop giving him money. You can call or write letters at your convenience, or you can join our monthly letter writing events on Zoom (7 p.m. on the final Wednesday of the month). To get access to the resources or to join the monthly Zoom, email Lauren W

You can also donate to the Democratic Party of Virginia’s campaign against Cline and five other key Virginia Republicans who stoked the divisiveness that led to the insurrection.

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VIRGINIA PRIMARY VOTING IS NOW OPEN

Have you voted yet? Early voting in the Democratic primary for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general began April 23. You can cast your ballot at the Warren County Registrar’s Office on weekdays and on the last two Saturdays before the election (May 29 and June 5). Early-in person voting ends June 5. You can also request a mail-in ballot before May 28. And of course, you can vote in person at your regular polling place on Primary Day, June 8. The last day to register to vote or to update your registration before the primary is May 17.

 
 
 
Eric Olson, Chariman

Eric Olson, Chairman

Warren County Democratic Committee

A WORD FROM OUR CHAIRMAN

 

Welcome to the Warren County Democrats.  In this presidential and senatorial election year, we need everyone’s help more than ever.  If you’re new to politics, thank you for getting involved.  If you’ve been active before, thank you for increasing your level of participation.  If you’ve previously sided with other parties, we so appreciate you helping us now.  Democrats are truly a “big tent” party.  Whether you’re centrist, leftist, or moderate conservative, if you agree that the party of Trump must be defeated, welcome to the effort to promote good governance, with sane, just, and enlightened policies that benefit all of society.

There are many ways to volunteer.  Show up at advertised events.  Consider joining the Warren County Democratic Committee, with a suggested donation of $30.  However much you can afford, we will put it to good use.  By all means, give to the campaigns of your favorite candidates; but remember, it costs money to have us as a local presence, paying for printing, office space, event fees, etc.  Help us contact targeted voters – we will train you and pair you with experienced door knockers and phone bankers.  Help register voters.  There are numerous “behind the scenes” support roles to fill:  data collection and entry, post card and letter writing, event set up, and more.  

Join the fight to protect our environment, ensure health care, strengthen the middle class, help the poor, support education, and maintain a strong, sensible national defense. To accomplish this, we must remove from office the most corrupt, dangerous leader in our nation’s history.  The stakes couldn’t be higher, and we’re counting on YOU!

TRUTH MATTERS

In an increasingly polarized media environment, it can be hard to separate truth from political spin when it comes to the issues about which our community cares. Members of the Warren County Democratic Committee are dedicated to keeping you informed so you can make sound decisions each time you exercise your right to vote.

MOST RECENT ARTICLES:
 

Mar 11, 2021

Lies and Accountability

by Steve Foreman, published in The Northern Virginia Daily

Mar 10, 2021

Hypocrisy?

by PJ Payne, published in The Northern Virginia Daily

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