Roanoke County 4th Annual Spring Fling and Silent Auction!

Come spend an evening with The Roanoke Times Metro Columnist Dan Casey .

The Roanoke County Democratic Committee invites you to join us for our fundraiser, the 4th Annual Spring Fling and Silent Auction with our special guest, Dan Casey.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, Cash bar, Music, and Democratic camaraderie! 
To purchase sponsorships or tickets, click on “Tickets Available” or contact our Fundraising Chair, Jessica Hilbish at

Sponsorships are $100 and include 2 tickets and 2 drink tickets.
Single Tickets are $25 and include 1 drink ticket.
Student Tickets are $15 with Student ID (no drink ticket). 

We look forward to seeing you on March 25th at the Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, 3640 Colonial Ave, SW, Roanoke, VA 24018!

Acting Locally – Rockbridge County

In addition to the site Goodlatte Watch, multiple efforts are underway to raise awareness of and inspire participation in the political process at the local level. Two recent additions are:

50 Ways – Rockbridge is described as “a group of concerned citizens .., working together to research, educate, and act on major political issues…” The website offers a number of resources that guide action and collaboration. Links to issues by topic and ways to take action provide a pathway to expression.

Dear Bob, is a record of daily emails penned by Chris Gavaler to our Congressional Misrepresentative, Bob Goodlatte, It includes responses received from Mr. Ethics but more likely penned by his legislative assistants while they take time away from developing short-sighted immigration policy for 45.

Take some time to visit. Better yet, take action to be involved.

New Website Tracks Goodlatte

As Bob Stuart reported in The News Virginian, Gene Zitver of Lexington has established a new website, Goodlatte  Watch, to follow the antics of Mr. Ethics as he misrepresents us in Congress.

Zitver said he started the website because he “is just concerned people in the 6th District are not sufficiently aware of [Goodlatte’s] record, his votes and his positions.” – The News Virginian

Please take time to visit, comment, and contribute!





6th Congressional District Democratic Call to Convention




Pursuant to the authority provided by the Virginia Democratic Party Plan, the Sixth District Democratic Committee hereby calls a Convention, at 10 a.m. May 21, 2016, at Rockbridge County High School, Lexington, Virginia 24450.

Incorporated Documents. All appropriate provisions of the Virginia Democratic Party (DPVA) Plan (“State Party Plan”), as amended, the DPVA 2016 Call to Convention, and the DPVA 2016 Delegate Selection Plan are hereby incorporated into this Call by reference and made a part hereof.


The purposes of the District Convention shall be:

To elect two male (one Sanders; one Clinton) and two female (one Sanders; one Clinton) National Delegates, one male (Clinton) National Alternate;

To elect three (3) permanent members to the permanent Credentials and Rules Committees of the State Convention;

To select a presidential elector representing the Sixth Congressional District in the 2016 general presidential election;

To nominate a candidate to the U.S. House of Representatives;

To conduct such other business as may properly come before the Convention.

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SAW Presidential Primary Educational Forum

Here in the central valley the Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro Democrats held an educational forum last week with representatives of the two Democratic candidates: Terry O’Neill, President of NOW and Dr. David RePass, Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut acted as campaign surrogates.

For those who are still considering how they will cast their ballots, this discussion may provide a closing argument. For others it may only reinforce their choices. Nevertheless, it was an evening where all agreed that what matters most is that a Democrat sits in the Oval Office a year from now.

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Pre-Primary Forum in Staunton

160224 Clinton Sanders ForumTonight the Democratic Committees of Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County are sponsoring a forum for those planning to vote in the Super Tuesday Primary on March 1st.  There will be three names on the ballot, but Governor O’Malley has suspended his campaign, so this forum features representatives from the Clinton and Sanders Campaigns:

Terry O’Neill, President of The National Organization for Women (NOW), an attorney and a professor will be the speaker for the Clinton Campaign. 

David E. RePass, an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, will be the speaker for the Sanders Campaign.

Note: an interpreter from the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind has volunteered to provide accommodation for the hearing impaired during the evening. Thank you Rachel Effinger!

The event will be held at the White Star Tavern in Staunton on Thursday, February 25th from six to eight pm.  The campaign representatives will be invited to address the attendees around seven pm.  After both have spoken, there will be an opportunity for questions of them.

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The Virginia GOP Oath is a Barrier for All of Us

VoteThere’s more to the Virginia Republican loyalty oath than the thinly disguised effort to suppress the vote. The GOP intends the process to provide a taxpayer funded voter contact list; the process places a barrier between voters and their ballots; it potentially confounds any recount process.

First, the suppression not only affects the Republican primary but also the Democratic primary. I have talked to registrars who have flatly stated that they will not have separate lines for the two sets of voters, Thus, Democrats will be delayed access to their ballots while enduring an increased wait caused while Republicans complete their oaths. That delay will potentially deny voters with limited time their privilege to vote. So Democrats have standing in this issue too. But for Republicans: the oath represents an artificial gate between them and their ballots that does not exist for Democrats; two classes of voters. Equal protection has never been a Republican forte.
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Hamlar to Headline 6th CD Democratic Celebration

Mike HamlarThe second annual Northern Sixth Congressional District Democratic Fundraiser and Awards dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. January 21, 2016, at the Beth El Synagogue in Harrisonburg. Mike Hamlar, fresh off a campaign for Virginia State Senate and who has recently founded the Step Up Virginia PAC will be the featured speaker.

Last year’s Northern Sixth District Democratic Grass Roots Award winner, Jennifer Lewis of Waynesboro, went on to be elected as a Director in the Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District this past November. We look forward to celebrating more future local officeholders.

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