28 May 2012
May 28, 2012

Diversity and the DNC


This may cost me some votes, but here are the facts.  At this Saturday’s Virginia Democratic Party Convention, delegates will elect four members of the Democratic National Committee.  According to the DNC Charter, two must be women and two must be men.   Moreover, to the best of my knowledge, since 1972 when Ruth Harvey Charity was first elected, one of these four DNC seats has been held by an African-American.  Finally, we have tried to have geographic diversity in our DNC membership.

With these goals in mind, I (from Arlington) joined with George Wallace, the African-American vice mayor of Hampton; Mame Reiley, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair from Alexandria; and Doris-Crouse Mays, AFL-CIO President from Bedford, to form the “Unity Team.”   Our team reflects the racial and geographic diversity of the Commonwealth, and consists of four people who respect and encourage Democratic volunteers, have worked very hard to elect President Obama and all Democratic candidates, fought for Democratic issues and values, and are fully committed to continuing to build the Democratic Party.

At the State Convention, you can vote for us as the “Unity Team” or vote for us individually as George, Frank, Doris, and Mame, but we appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve Democratic victories.

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