The Democratic Party of Virginia held its Steering and Central Committee Meetings in Blacksburg, Virginia this weekend – visiting the Fightin’ Ninth Congressional District for the first time in memory. The trip was a bit of challenge, but if you are going to be stuck on a Virginia interstate for hours, I-81 has nice scenery, and the weather was beautiful. Once we got there, we received a very warm welcome from the Montgomery County and other SW Va Democrats and were happy to be at Va. Tech. I liked the new format which included workshops in addition to the business meeting. Highlights included:
- General Assembly candidate recruitment is ongoing and will continue past primary filing deadline as committees have until August 23 to nominate candidates.
- DPVA is working with campaigns, local committees, and constituencies in preparing GOTV efforts, voter file updates, mailings, fundraising, volunteer efforts, and other 2011 election activities.
- Sign up for the DPVA/OFA/VYD “summit” to be held in Richmond on July 15-17 (more later)
- Central Committee adopted the memorial resolution for Ray Colley; resolutions honoring Sen. Whipple, Sen. Ticer, Del. Phillips, Del. Shuler, and PW Comm. Attny Ebert; and issue resolutions supporting America’s working families, Virginia’s public employees, and Afghanistan/budget priorities (see below).
- We will make minor corrections in the 2012 delegate selection plan, and it will be considered by the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee on Saturday, June 11 (more later).
- Chairman Moran appointed a Site Selection Committee for the 2012 Virginia Convention and I am honored to serve as the 8th District representative (more later).
- Promote and Protect the Vote – if you are a lawyer/law student interested in helping, contact DPVA.
- Brandyn Keating reported on OFA activities – including volunteer recruitment, voter outreach, and voter registration this summer.
- DPVA has ramped up its communications activities, including email, social media, press release and other updates. Communications director Brian Coy lead a workshop of message development and delivery – focusing on the party’s commitment to opportunity and fighting for middle class families.
- Del. Onslee Ware led a very interesting workshop on General Assembly key issues and process.
- The Virginia Democratic Black Caucus held their annual Juneteenth Lunch, which was excellent as always – and included a presentation on the Freedom Rider movement (more later).
DPVA_Resolutions_June_2011.pdf (202.5 KiB, 877 hits)
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I was proud to represent Virginia on the Democratic National Committee for 12 years. I am in DC now, but still active in voter protection and Democratic Party rules. More about me, click here.