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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The Virginia 20th House of Delegates District Nominating Committee (Nominating Committee) will hold an assembled caucus on Saturday, June 6, 2015 beginning at noon at the Staunton Public Library, 2nd floor Meeting Room, 1 Churchville Avenue, Staunton for the purpose of nominating a Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, 20th District (HoD, 20th District).



The Counties of Bath and Rockbridge, the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista and those precincts of Amherst and Augusta Counties that lie within the 24th District will hold an assembled caucus beginning at noon, Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Howard Johnson Inn, 2836 N. Lee Hwy., Lexington, to nominate a Democratic candidate for the 24th District Virginia House of Delegates. Any person wishing to seek nomination must pre-file with Gene Zitver, Chair of the 24th District Nominating Committee, (202) 372-7303 (email: gzitver@aol.com) no later than 5 p.m. on May 18, 2015.

There is no charge for those wishing to attend and vote at the caucus. Anyone pre-filing must pay a $50 non-refundable filing fee, with Mr. Gene Zitver.


Will Nonpartisan Redistricting Ever Happen?

One Virginia 2021About a year ago a small group convened to investigate the possibility of revitalizing the issue of redistricting. They believe that the in-state legislative districts belong to the citizens of the Commonwealth; not to any legislator, political party, or special interest. They are fighting for an independent commission on redistricting.

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Lynchburg Democratic Committee GOTV

131014 Lynchburg Democratic CommitteeNext Tuesday, May 6, is Election Day. The Lynchburg Democratic Committee has endorsed Joan Foster, Randy Nelson and Treney Tweedy for City Council. All registered voters in the City of Lynchburg can cast up to three votes. If you will be unable to vote on May 6 because you will be out of town, or for several other reasons, there is still time to vote in-person absentee at the Registrar’s office on Odd Fellows Road, through Saturday May 3. For additional information contact the Registrar’s office at 847-1609.

We believe that our endorsed candidates will win if enough people turn out to vote. The danger is that turnout may be lower than usual, skewing the results. We hope that you not only vote, but encourage others to vote, either through personal contacts or as a get-out-the vote volunteer. The candidates and the LDC need volunteers for these actions:

Saturday, May 3: Door-to-door canvassing at 10 AM and again at 1 PM, meeting at the Elks Lodge parking lot at 5th and Polk Streets. Canvassing voters by phone at 1344 Main Street (next to Robin Alexander’s) at 10 AM.

Sunday, May 4: Door-to door and phone canvassing, both at 1344 Main at 2 PM.

Monday, May 5: Phone canvassing from 1344 Main from 10:30 AM to 8 PM

Tuesday, May 6, ELECTION DAY: Can you help hand out sample ballots and other campaign material at polling places? If so, or if you would like to canvass door-to-door or by phone, can provide rides to the polls, need a ride, or know someone who needs a ride, please call the Lynchburg Democratic Committee office at 845-1400.

There will be a Get out the Vote Rally on Saturday May 3 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Elks Lodge parking lot, 5th and Polk Streets. Sponsors are the Voters League, the Elks Lodge and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. All six candidates have been invited to speak. Activities include:

Music from DJ Bruce Toler

Free hot dogs, chips and soda from Noon to 3

Processing non-violent felons restoration of rights applications

Representatives from United Way’s 211 program

Health screenings

Sam Rasoul easily takes Roanoke House of Delegates seat

140108 Sam Rasoul The Democratic Party held just one House of Delegates seat west of Richmond, and Tuesday night they held onto it.


Sam Rasoul shook off past failures to be elected to Congress and as Roanoke mayor to drub Republican former Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson in a special election for the 11th District House of Delegates by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. The seat was vacated by Democrat Onzlee Ware, who resigned in November to spend more time with his ailing mother.

Full story online at The Roanoke Times.

2014 Inaugural Events

Southwest Inaugural Ball
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, ”Celebrating Local Artisans and Agriculture” – Abingdon
Saturday, January 4, 2014 – 6PM
Inaugural Gala of Attorney General-elect Mark Herring
The Woodlands at Algonkian – Sterling
Saturday, January 4, 2014 – 7PM
Hampton Roads Inaugural Ball
Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, “A Salute to Virginia’s Veterans and Military Families” – Norfolk
Sunday, January 5, 2014 – 6PM
DPVA Chairwoman’s Inaugural Dinner
Location details upon RSVP – Richmond
(Questions, Contact ChairDinner@vademocrats.org)
Monday, January 6, 2014 – 7:30PM
Inaugural Gala of Attorney General-elect Mark Herring
Richmond CenterStage – Richmond
Saturday, January 9, 2014 – 7PM
Inaugural Gala of Lieutenant Governor-elect Ralph Northam
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Richmond
Friday, January 10, 2014 – 6PM
Executive Mansion Open House – Richmond
Capitol Square, Richmond, Virginia
Saturday, January 11, 2014 – immediately following the inaugural parade
Prayer Breakfast
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Richmond
Saturday, January 11, 2014 – 8AM
LGBT Inaugural Brunch
Crowne Plaza Downtown Richmond
Saturday, January 11, 2014 – 10AM
Inauguration Ceremony
Capitol Square, Richmond
Saturday, January 11, 2014 – 12PM
Inaugural Parade
The parade will begin immediately after the ceremony – Richmond
Saturday, January 11, 2014

Richmond Inaugural Ball
Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center – Richmond
Saturday, January 11, 2014 – 8PM
First Lady’s Luncheon
Thalhimer Pavilion, Science Museum of Virginia – Richmond
Sunday, January 12, 2014 11AM – Monday, January 13, 2014