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NEWS FOR MEMBERS - JULY 2021

Good things happen America elects Democrats!
 

Remember how hard we worked in 2019 to turn the General Assembly blue? On July 1, we saw some of the fruits of our labor. That’s the day that legislation from the 2021 General Assembly session became law. Here are some highlights of how our Democratic lawmakers represent all Virginians, regardless of party:

Simply put, Democrats deliver. These achievements underscore why we must keep the General Assembly, governor’s mansion and attorney general’s office in Democratic hands this November. Our mission this fall is to elect Terry McAuliffe, Hala Ayala, and Mark Herring and to do everything we can to support Warren County’s three House of Delegates candidates.

We’ll start organizing our work for our 2021 candidates at the next Warren County Democratic Committee meeting, at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10. Please meet in picnic shelter #1 at Gertrude Miller Park, next to Bing Crosby Stadium, 905 Stadium Drive, in Front Royal.

One opportunity to promote our candidates is coming up fast. We’re looking for help at our information table at the Warren County Fair, which runs from Aug. 2-7 (Monday-Saturday). We staff the table, which is outdoors under a canopy, from 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and for several hours Saturday afternoon and evening. The shifts are short and fun; getting to chat with our neighbors and soak up the fair atmosphere is always a good time. If you can help, contact Eric Olson. We’ll also have a sign-up sheet at the meeting.

At the end of Saturday’s meeting, guest speaker Sharon Crowell will make a brief presentation on the need for Virginia to enact medical aid for the dying. Everyone deserves dignity and compassion at the end of life. You can read more about this effort at Virginia Compassion & Choices

Although we’re in the midst of the lazy days of summer, our fall calendar is filling up fast with dinners and fundraisers. Here are the most important events on our radar:

Thursday, Sept. 16 – WCDC’s annual dinner fundraiser. Start time, speakers and other details are TBA.

Saturday, Sept. 18 – Warren-Page NAACP annual dinner, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 23 – Lake Frederick Democrats and Independents dinner and dance, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 25 – Blue Commonwealth Gala, 5 p.m., Richmond. Details here.

 

Keep track of these and other events on our WCDC calendar. A future newsletter will provide more details about the dinners.

As we get ready 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.

At our June meeting, the Rev. Al Wood announced that longtime WCDC member Mary Timbers passed away on June 5. She was 96. Mrs. Timbers was a member of the Warren-Page NAACP and a former Warren County election officer. You can read here about her lifelong commitment to her family, faith, and community. We extend heartfelt condolences to Mary’s daughter Vida Timbers, who is an active WCDC member.



I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

 

Christine R., Chair

WCDC Communications Committee

 


 

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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

 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Although we’re in the midst of the lazy days of summer, our fall calendar is filling up fast with dinners and fundraisers. Here are the most important events on our radar:

    • Thursday, Sept. 16 – WCDC’s annual dinner fundraiser. Start time, speakers and other details are TBA.

    • Saturday, Sept. 18 – Warren-Page NAACP annual dinner, 6 p.m.

    • Thursday, Sept. 23 – Lake Frederick Democrats and Independents dinner and dance, 5 p.m.

    • Saturday, Sept. 25 – Blue Commonwealth Gala, 5 p.m., Richmond. Details here.

  • The DPVA Veterans and Military Families Caucus is looking to expand its membership. You can sign up here
     

  • The Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus is conducting an ongoing “Blue Wine in Blue Virginia” fundraiser to support Democratic women running for office this year. Click here for a $50 personalized bottle and click here for a $35 bottle of Blue Wine.
     

  • Our guest speaker at our June monthly meeting was Delmara “Deetzie” Bayliss, a Winchester attorney who is running for the House of Delegates in District 29, which includes part of northern Warren County. You can read about her campaign announcement here. Her campaign website is under construction and will launch soon. With Deetzie’s announcement, we now have a Democratic candidate in each of the three House of Delegates districts in our county.
     

  • WCDC member Jackie Bourque passed away on May 20th. Jackie was a former vice chair and co-organizer with Peg Goodyear of our annual Club of 100 fundraising initiative. You may send expressions of sympathy to Jackie’s husband, Mervin, and family at 1444 Stokes Airport Road, Front Royal, VA 22630.

  • At our June meeting, the Rev. Al Wood announced that longtime WCDC member Mary Timbers passed away on June 5. She was 96. Mrs. Timbers was a member of the Warren-Page NAACP and a former Warren County election officer. You can read here about her lifelong commitment to her family, faith, and community. We extend heartfelt condolences to Mary’s daughter Vida Timbers, who is an active WCDC member.
     

  • 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, July 10th, 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

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 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, 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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