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.

Senator John Edwards’ Town Hall on Roanoke Rail Service

John EdwardsSenator John S. Edwards will host a Town Meeting “Amtrak Is Coming To Roanoke” on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 5:30-7:00 PM at the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, VA.

The Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Jennifer Mitchell, will make a presentation on the status and progress of plans for rail passenger transportation in Western Virginia and will answer questions from the public. Please place this event on your calendar and join us at the town hall meeting.

Roanoke Valley Visitors Bureau/0. Winston
Link Museum
101 Shenandoah Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24016

For further information, please contact Senator Edwards’ office at 540-985-8690
or via email at

First Annual DPVA Rural Retreat – Lynchburg 11 – 13 July

rural_caucus_retreat_stdThe First Annual Rural Retreat of our DPVA Rural Caucus will be held from July 11-13 in Lynchburg, Virginia. The weeked will be a multi-state meeting/training event with Local and District Chairs, representatives from each caucus of the DPVA, YD leaders, state party leaders, DNC leaders, members of the “I’m Ready for Hillary” group and many elected officials from Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. We have made the retreat particularly accessible for Young Democrats with a discounted cost for attendance (fee includes meals), as well as discounted rooms for all attendees, capping it all off with free musical entertainment. We look forward to national media also being present.

This will be one of the best training events in the country this cycle, featuring some of the best trainers in the “biz” of electing Democrats, including: DNC Rural Council cofounder Deb Kozikowski, Executive Director, Rural Votes; Jennie Blackton, Trainer, Association of Democratic Chairs, Progressive Majority Vote Center and Women’s Campaign International; NARAL Pro-Choice VA and Equality Virginia board member Catherine S. Read, Owner-Principal, Creative Read, Inc.; Nancy Rodrigues, Virginia Secretary of Administration and former Chair of the Virginia State Board of Elections; Laura Lee Kleiner, School Board member, Staunton, VA and Faith Co-Chair, National YDA; and Young Democrats of America Rural Chair Dave Eplin; among others.

Fee is $90 per person, reduced fee is $75 for YDA, includes meals and training materials.

2014 Rural Retreat Brochure

Register Here!!!

Lynchburg Democratic Committee Votes Wednesday on Endorsements

The Lynchburg Democratic Committee (LDC) will vote on endorsements for City Council at the regular monthly meeting in the Lynchburg Public Library Community Room, Lakeside Drive near Memorial Avenue. Candidates who were not able to speak at the LDC Forum on March 13 have been invited to speak at this meeting.

Last week’s forum sponsored by the LDC was attended by three of six candidates: Councilwoman Joan Foster, Councilman Randy Nelson, and school board vice chairwoman Treney Tweedy.

To vote for endorsements, you need to be registered to vote in the City of Lynchburg and be a member of the LDC. If you were a member of the LDC in 2013, you may renew your membership for 2014 at the meeting.

This year’s election is a citywide race for council’s three at-large seats. Every voter can vote for up to three candidates. Election Day is May 6.

Call to Reorganization Meeting of the Waynesboro Democratic Committee

The Sixth District Democratic Committee hereby calls a reorganization meeting for the Waynesboro Democratic Committee.  This meeting will be held at 7 PM on March 19, 2014 at the Waynesboro Public Library, 600 S. Wayne Ave. Waynesboro, VA 22980.

Any Democrat who is registered to vote in Waynesboro may attend and vote in the reorganization, provided that he or she signs a declaration that he or she is a Democrat, is a registered voter in Waynesboro, believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, and does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the next ensuing election.

The full Call to the Reorganization Meeting is attached:

Call to Reorganization – Waynesboro Democratic Committee

Caucus Rules:

Waynesboro Democratic Committee Caucus Rules

Caucus Declaration:

Waynesboro Democratic Committee Caucus Declaration

Mark Warner Endorses Sam Rasoul

Sam Rasoul’s campaign for the 11th District House of Delegates special election in January 7 got an important endorsement today. According to a press release from the campaign, Sen. Mark Warner said, “I am proud to endorse Sam Rasoul for the House of Delegates 11th District. I worked with Sam in 2008 and was impressed with his work ethic and business background. His experience in finding consensus with people from various backgrounds will make him a valuable asset in Richmond, representing the citizens of Roanoke. Vote Sam Rasoul on January 7.”

Read the complete post by Elaine on Blue Virginia.

Democrats tap Sam Rasoul to run for Onzlee Ware’s seat

Roanoke Democrats on Saturday nominated Sam Rasoul to run against Republican Octavia Johnson in January’s special election to fill Del. Onzlee Ware’s seat representing the 11th District in  the Virginia House of Delegates.

Rasoul edged out Roanoke Councilman David Trinkle by 44 votes in the four-way firehouse primary. Trish White-Boyd, a local Democratic organizer and owner of a home health care agency, came in with 522 votes, while Trinkle’s colleague on the city council, Court Rosen, finished with 462.

Full story online at The Roanoke Times.