NEWS FOR MEMBERS - OCTOBER 2021
Election Day is less than two weeks away, and the latest polls indicate that the governor’s race will go right down to the wire. Every vote truly does count. We want to keep Virginia’s government in Democratic hands, and we have the power to make that happen.
There has been some chatter in the media that Virginia Dems are tired, or that the GOP has the edge in enthusiasm. Really? Remember this: Just four months ago, we Democrats turned out in record numbers in a free and fair election to nominate Terry McAuliffe because of his record of creating jobs, expanding access to health care, and investing in education. Terry won all 133 cities and counties in Virginia. The Republicans, on the other hand, chose their nominee in a weird “unassembled convention” after a nasty intraparty fight.
The McAuliffe-Ayala-Herring ticket is working hard and ready to govern for all. It’s time to do all we can to help our candidates – including House of Delegate hopefuls Emily Scott, Doug Ward, and Deetzie Bayliss – as they race toward the finish line.
To canvass between now and Nov. 2, contact Eric Olson. The Democratic Party of Virginia is coordinating phone banking across the state. Your can sign up for any of these outreach methods – and the shifts of your choice – by filling out this form if you want to phone bank this weekend and this form if you want to phone bank Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
If you’d like to phone bank but don’t want to use an app on a phone or computer, email me. Earlier this week, our field representative from the state party sent over a list of more than 1,600 voters from across the county. I can give you as many call sheets as you like. (Seriously -- I’ve got 150 sheets.) If you choose this option, you must email photos or scans of your completed call sheets to our field rep for data collection purposes. I will provide details when you contact me.
If you have any spare time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday from now through Oct. 30, you can help staff our table outside the county registrar’s office. To sign up, email Fern Vazquez.
On Nov. 2, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. We plan to have information tables at each precinct during these hours. Please sign up for a few hours if you can. It’s important to have a friendly Democratic face or two at each polling place to answer voters’ questions. To volunteer, email Eric Olson.
If you're new to this, Eric will offer brief trainings on Saturday Oct. 30 at 10 a.m., and Sunday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. at one of the picnic shelters next to Bing Crosby Stadium. On Election Day, we will try to pair first timers with experienced workers.
Feeling a little anxious about discussing politics with strangers? We have tools that can help. If a voter asks why he or she should vote for Terry, here are some reference points from the state party:
Terry has a proven record of creating good jobs and economic activity across Virginia:
As governor, he created 200,000 good jobs, reduced unemployment in all cities and counties across the Commonwealth and raised personal income 14%.
As Virginia's next governor, he will create good paying jobs, raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, make sure all Virginians have access to paid sick days and family medical leave.
Terry will Increase access to affordable childcare and support for caregivers.
Terry will make sure every Virginia child receives access to a world-class education:
With a $2 billion annual investment, he will expand pre-k to every 3 and 4-year old child in need, get every Virginia student online, and make Virginia the best state in the nation for STEM and computer science education.
He will raise teacher pay above the national average for the first time in Virginia history.
Terry has been a tireless advocate for expanding access to quality, affordable health care, and with 700,000 Virginians still uninsured that couldn't be more important.
As governor, Terry will expand coverage, lower premiums, and pass a prescription drug sunlight law to hold drug companies accountable for predatory prices.
The finish line is in sight, friends. Let’s do everything in our power to make sure our outstanding public servants win on Nov. 2.
Keep fighting the good fight,
WCDC Communications Committee Chair
Here are some ways you can take action to defend our democracy every day.
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
Keep up with the latest news, events and conversations by following the Warren County VA Democratic Committee on Facebook. Share and discuss the latest political articles, join in on an array of resistance actions, and get to know other members online.
On Nov. 2, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. We plan to have information tables at each precinct during these hours. Please sign up for a few hours if you can. It’s important to have a friendly Democratic face or two at each polling place to answer voters’ questions. Precinct captains will coordinate this effort as we get closer to Election Day. In the meantime, if you’re interested in helping, email Eric Olson.
There are many ways you can help our outstanding Democratic candidates win on Election Day. (For a complete list, click here and then click the “Meet the Candidates” link to navigate down the page.)
WCDC recently launched text messaging for our members. We use texts to send reminders for meetings and alert members to volunteer opportunities and quick-turn calls to action. If you’d like to receive texts from us, send us your mobile number.
Former WCDC Chairman Steve Foreman is running a write-in candidacy for Board of Supervisors in the Fork District. Steve is focusing of education, the economy, and infrastructure and says that his goals for Warren County is to make it a place where opportunities make it possible for families to prosper here from one generation to another. Read more about Steve here.
The DPVA Veterans and Military Families Caucus is looking to expand its membership. You can sign up here
As we get ramp up for the campaign season, one way you can really help WCDC is by joining our Club of 100 fundraiser. You can make your $100 contribution through Act Blue or by sending a check, payable to WCDC, to Warren County Democratic Committee, PO Box 615, Front Royal, VA 22630. Contributions help cover expenses such as yard signs, postcards, and donations to candidates. These funds are a critical part of our budget, and we appreciate any amount you can give. Thank you to Peg Goodyear for leading this effort.
Now that more people are getting vaccinated, some of our members are considering reviving the monthly tradition of the Lunch Bunch at Mom's Country Kitchen (if you prefer another restaurant let us know). If you are interested in participating, please email us and tell us which day of the week and week of the month you would prefer, plus start time (noon, 1 p.m., or other) and location.
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.
Here are some more highlights of how our Democratic lawmakers represent all Virginians, regardless of party:
In five weeks, Virginia Democrats reshape decades of state policy Virginia Mercury 2/12/202
Enacted new voting laws to make voting easier.
Boosted the minimum wage for the first time in 12 years.
Raised pay for state employees, including teachers, sheriff’s deputies and state police.
The LGBTQ panic defense is no longer a defense for murder or manslaughter.
Enacted a bill of rights protects domestic workers from discrimination and harassment
Virginia decriminalized pot possession.
Virginia ends fiscal year 2021 with historic $2.9 billion budget surplus
Simply put, #DemocratsDeliver. These achievements underscore why we must keep the General Assembly, governor’s mansion and attorney general’s office in Democratic hands this November.
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, November 13th, 2021 at a location TBD. 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
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.
VIRGINIA STATE-WIDE ELECTIONS
Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021
6:00 AM until 7:00 PM
The Virginia primaries have ended and we have a strong slate of candidates ready to face off against their Republican opponents on November 2nd. Check out our Voting Matters page to prepare for the election. Make sure you're registered and ready to vote. Volunteer to help us staff polling stations and campaign for candidates. Remind your friends and family to mark their calendars. We've made a lot of progress over the past few years and we don't want to lose ground. Show up for democracy!
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!
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
by Steve Foreman, published in The Northern Virginia Daily
Mar 10, 2021
by PJ Payne, published in The Northern Virginia Daily