Board of Supervisors Meeting 1-9-18

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No public hearings at January 9th BOS Meeting:

Though there were no public hearings there were reports on a possible special tax district for the Exit 45 area of Prince George, and update on intersection improvements in the future, appointment of candidates to various boards and commissions, and recognition of the dedicated service of our county first responders during the recent artic and snow storms.

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This is a link to the county provided recap of the meeting:

Here is a link to the County’s Citizen Boards and Commissions. There will be terms expiring throughout the year so if there is a Board or Commission in which you are interested, it would be well to follow the instructions for submitting your interest.

The next BOS meeting will be on January 23rd.

 

Reorganization Meeting on Thursday

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Yes, our rescheduled Reorganization Meeting will be on January 11th, 6 pm, in our usual meeting place, the 1st Floor Community Room in the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Government Complex.  Please help share this information.

JAN 4 REORGANIZATION RESCHEDULED

Jan 4 Meeting Rescheduled to Jan 11

Due to snow/road conditions and the fact that the county government is closed meaning we couldn’t get the key to the room anyway, the Reorganization meeting is rescheduled to January 11.  It will be at 6 pm, hopefully in our regular meeting room if it is available that night.  Please stay tuned as we will publish updated information as soon as we have it.

Stay warm, stay home.  See you next Thursday!

January 4th Reorganization Meeting

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Pre-file if you wish to be elected to the Prince George Democratic Committee:

Complete and submit this 2018-2020 Voting_Membership_Application if you wish to be elected to the Prince George Democratic Committee for the 2018-2020 term.  You may submit the completed form by emailing to Randy Goertz at rgoertz@msn.com or to Floyd Brown, Jr. (FJ) at floyd.brownjr@comcast.net or by mailing to the Prince George Dems, PO BOX 2048, Prince George VA 23875.  The application must be received by 5 pm on January 3rd.

Those elected to the committee may then vote on the officers for the 2018-2020 Term.  The nominees are

  • Carroll Briggs – Chair or Vice Chair
  • Pete Washington – Vice Chair
  • Tammie Miller Jennings – Secretary
  • juanita Thorne – Treasurer

Nominations will also be taken from the floor.

The calendar year dues are payable beginning in January and are $15 per year.

For more information, the Committee bylaws are available on the Documents page.

Congratulations to FJ Brown:

On December 27th Floyd Brown, Jr., was sworn in for his first term on the Prince George Board of Supervisors.  Other newly elected officials were also sworn in, namely, Marlene Waymacy, Supervisor District 2, Rob Eley, School Board District 1, Chris Johnson, School Board District 2, Susan Clark Vargo, Treasurer (special election.)

 

FJ being sworn in as BOS member from District 1

Floyd Brown, Jr., being sworn in by Judge W. Allen Sharrett. Floyd Brown, Sr. holding the bible for the swearing in.  Dr. J. Alfred Reid, Pastor of First Baptist Church witnessing. Photo by Dana Rieves.

 

 

 

 

Heading into Session

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“Session” begins January 10:

It is not too early to start reviewing the bills which have been pre-filed, determining which committees they are assigned to, and reading bills of interest in full.  The number of pre-filed bills available to review will grow as they are processed.  The Index on the Legislative Information Services gives a quick look at the Topic of a bill a one or two line description and the sponsor. The Cumulative Index is at the bottom of the list on the right.  While on the site, click around to see what else might tickle your fancy.

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Inauguration Noon January 13: Inaugural Theme:  “The Way Ahead”:

The inauguration of our 73rd Virginia Governor now has its website up and running.  Here you can learn about all of the activities around the inauguration, including the parade and the balls, as well as request tickets for the inauguration, itself.

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Local legislators will be in the Pocahontas Building:

The Pocahontas Building is at 900 East Main Street, Richmond VA 23219

Delegate Lashrecse Aird (63rd): Room E318; 804 698-1063, DelLAird@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Emily Brewer (64th): Room TBD; 804 698 1619, DelEBrewer@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Riley Ingram (62nd): Room E312; 804 698 1062, DelRIngram@house.virginia.gov

Senator Rosalyn R. Dance (16th): Room E615; 804 698 7516,district16@senate.virginia.gov

Senator Frank M. Ruff (15th): Room E505; 804 698 7515, district15@senate.va.gov

 

 

 

Prince George Proposed Legislative Agenda

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Proposed 2018 County Legislative Agenda:

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The County will consider and adopt its 2018 Legislative Agenda tonight in its Board Meeting.  Take a look at it and determine if it seems (in part or in total) if seems appropriate to you.  You can find it as well as the Agenda on the County’s website.  It appears that the “.gov” address is not active, but you can still get to the website here  Prince George Website.

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Two New Prince George Supervisors

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First staggered term election results in two new Board of Supervisor members:

District 1:

Floyd M. Brown, Jr. defeated Joe Wallace with a 4 point spread, though Wallace carried Richard Bland, Templeton, and Harrison precincts.  Brown, however, decisively carried the Union Branch and Rives precincts, as well as the absentee ballots.  He obviously understood the dynamics required to win the election. The third candidate in the race, Shayne Bridgman, took 7.1 % of the vote.

This will be Brown’s first elected office, though he had run for the Board in the last election.  He is native to the county and his father, Floyd Brown, Sr., has served in the past as an appointed member of the Board of Supervisors.  Both of his parents have served the county in a variety of roles, particularly on the Planning Commission (Floyd, Sr.) and on the Board of Zoning Appeals (Erma Brown.)

Floyd (FJ as he is known to some) is currently the Treasurer of the Prince George Democratic Committee and is a leader in a number of civic and service organizations.  He is a computer technologist and partner in a technology services firm.  He will represent District 1 along with Alan Carmichael.

District 2:

Marlene Waymack handily won the election in the District 2 race against the incumbent Board Chairman, Bill Robertson, and against former Board Member, Bill Gandel.  This octogenarian and first-time political candidate carried every precinct including the absentee ballots.  There is little doubt that the campaign manager, Joseph Waymack, engineered a winning strategy, including the expected last-minute negative campaign mailer.

Waymack also has long-term, generational ties to Prince George County and has served in the Registrar’s office in the past.  She currently works at John Randolph Medical Center.

It is likely that there will be a Waymack representing District 2 for many Boards to come. She joins TJ Webb, and Donald Hunter as representatives of District 2.

Turnout:

Approximately 43.4% of the registered voters turned out to vote.  The writer does not know if this level of participation is typical of a non-presidential election year, but the statewide races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, as well as the feisty House of Delegate races, generated plenty of annoying advertising.  Congratulations to Floyd Brown, Jr. and Marlene Waymack, and to all of the candidates for their commitment to serving our county.

 

Important Dates & Campaign Updates

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As a Democratic Party member and advocate, it is our duty to educate ourselves and others about issues and candidates.  Other than voting, this is our primary responsibility.  If we don’t accept the responsibility to do this, then we should not blame others for our ignorance. 

The election is in 30 days!

Today, October 8th, marks the one-month milestone before citizens go to the polls on November 7th.  Before then …

October 16th is the deadline to register to vote in the November 7th election.  Already registered? Double check your registration for correctness at your county registrar’s office or by going online at www.elections.virginia.gov.  This is especially important if you have moved or had a name change since the last election.  The Prince George County Registrar’s office is on the Second Floor, South Wing, of the County Administration Building.

October 21, 5:00 pm is the deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. A request by mail must be received by 5 pm that day.

November 4, 5:00 pm is the last day to vote absentee in person.

The election in Prince George:

The Democratic nominees for the statewide offices are:

Governor:  Ralph Northam, currently the Lieutenant Governor.  He is a physician and Gulf War veteran.  Ralph is a native Virginian, having been born and raised on the Eastern Shore.

Lieutenant Governor:  Justin Fairfax, is a lawyer, former prosecuting attorney, and now a Justin Fairfax speaking in Hopewelldefense attorney in Northern Virginia.  This young man and his three siblings were raised by a single mother.  All four went to college and two went to law school.  Justin’s law degree is from Columbia University where he was on the Law Review.

 

Attorney General:  Mark Herring is currently the Attorney General.  He has fought for women’s reproductive health rights, expansion of Medicaid, challenged the Trump Immigrant Travel Ban, and many other efforts to protect the rights of Virginia citizens.

Virginia House Districts in Prince George:

62nd: Sheila Bynum-Coleman is challenging Riley Ingram, who has held the seat for Sheila Bynum-Coleman in Hopewellalmost 3 decades.  She garnered about 40% of the vote in the last race and has continued her quest to become the Delegate from the 62nd because she is someone who will listen to and fight for the right of citizens.

63rd: Delegate Lashrecse Aird is the incumbent and is unopposed Delegate Lashrecse Aird in Hopewellin this election.  She faced a challenge in the primary and had the opportunity to speak to citizens in the 63rd and throughout our area. She continues to be active in reaching out to citizens and organizations throughout the 63rd and the Crater area.

Rebecca Colaw64th:  Rebecca S. Colaw is the Democratic nominee for this seat which has no incumbent.  Rebecca is a Gulf War Air Force veteran herself and is currently an attorney in Suffolk.  She is very interested in workforce development and the expansion of broadband throughout the 63rd.  Being a horsewoman she is also particularly interested in the agricultural challenges in the district.

Democrats in the local Prince George Races:

FJ in Rotary ShirtBoard of Supervisors, District 1:  Floyd Brown, Jr. is the candidate in this district.  He is uniquely qualified having been born and raised in the district.  “FJ” is a business owner and IT professional and understands the challenges to our Prince George,  as both a rural community, as well as a close neighbor to the urban development to the northwest of Prince George.  F.J is the Treasurer of the Prince George Democratic Committee.

Leila HolmesSchool Board, District 2:  Leila Holmes, a member of the Prince George Democratic Committee, is the candidate for this seat.  She has been an active parent and citizen volunteer in the school system and has made it a practice to attend and comment at the school board meetings.  She will advocate for transparency and fairness in our schools and will advocate for the best educational opportunities for all of our students.

 

All of the candidates have web pages and most have presences on Facebook and Twitter.  The easiest way to find their presence online is simply to google a name and go from there.

Early this week we will load the sample ballots for each Prince George Precinct on the Documents page and we will continue to update the events page.  If you learn of a political event we should publish, please share that information with Carol Woodward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Election season has heated up

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Not engaged yet? There is still time:

Only 33 days til the election.  It is now or never.

Come out to the Prince George Dems meeting tonight (Thursday, October 5) at 6 pm at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Government Complex.  On tap …

  • campaign updates
  • precinct planning
  • coordinated campaign signs (donations appreciated)
  • 4 X 6 signs need to be installed at likely points — what are those locations?

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Other events:

Candidates forums

October 15:  sponsored by the Junior Women’s League, 3 -5 pm at the Prince George Heritage center

October 26:  Meet & Greet November 7th Candidates, Leila R. Holmes running for School Board District 2 and William F. “Bill” Gandel, running for Board of Supervisors, District 2. Location:  Prince George County Library 6605 Courts Drive, Prince George, VA

October 26:  sponsored by the Friends of Burrowsville School, District 2 candidates, 7:30 pm, Burrowsville Community Center

October 29:  sponsored by the Women’s Club, 3-6 pm at the Disputanta Community Center

Festivals

Czech-Slovak Festival October 21 at the Prince George Heritage Center at 11 am

Richard Bland College Pecan Festival, October 28-29, Democrats Without Borders will have a booth.  Volunteers needed. 10 -5 on Saturday, 10 – 4 on Sunday

 

Volunteering

Canvassing (knocking doors in Prince George) Saturdays ( 9 am, 12pm & 3pm)-Sundays (12pm and 3 pm). Current meeting point is Scott Park.

Phone Banking in Prince George Tuesdays 5 to 8 pm, Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive.

New to these activities?  Not to worry.  Training is included.

 

Last Day to Register to Vote:  October 16

 

Committee Candidates need our support:

Floyd Brown, Jr. is running for the District 1 Board of Supervisor seat.

Leila Holmes is running for the School Board seat for District 2.

What can you do to support them?  Donate, make phone calls, knock on doors, encourage those in your circle to support them.

 

Sheila-Bynum Coleman (62nd) and Deborah Colaw (64th) Virginia House of Delegate Districts need our support, too.  Jump in.