JJ Dinner renamed!


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Blue Commonwealth Gala!

Democrats, mark June 16, 2018, on your calendars.  June 16th is the date of the next Central Committee Meeting and the Blue Commonwealth Gala that evening. The Democratic Party of Virginia decided to rename what had long been known as the J-J (Jefferson-Jackson) Dinner to be more forward, rather than backward-looking.  Both having been slave owners, did not help the case for keeping the J-J name.    More details will be shared when available.

This change was announced at the Quarter 1 Central Committee Meeting on March 3rd. in Richmond.  Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner spoke as did the Attorney General Mark Herring.  All three updated the body on their legislative or legal efforts to address gun violence, national security, reproductive rights, human rights vis a vis immigration and DACA issues, and efforts to hold the administration accountable at both the federal and state levels.

Above Senator Mark Warner, with his hand on the shoulder of the State Party Chair, Susan Swecker, has just urged her to run for President of the United States in 2020.  Attorney Mark Herring above right and Senator Tim Kaine lower left.

The 4th Congressional District Committee met prior to the Central Committee Meeting.  Petitions for Congressman Donald McEachin were notarized by members Lori Johnson Krenik and George Morrison and collected. Two replacement members of the 4th were elected … Willene Johnson of Dinwiddie and Jaime Areizaga-Soto of Richmond.  Delegate Lashrecse Aird is the Chair of the 4th CD Committee. Seated with Delegate Aird is Willene Johnson.  Tyrone Williams (L) and Tavarris Spinks, Chair of the Virginia Young Democrats, are members of the 4th CD.

Think about attending the next CD/Central Committee meetings.

Volunteerism, Involvement, & Activism


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Regular PG Dems Meeting:

Roughly 40 Democrats attended the monthly business meeting of the Prince George committeeatwork3Dems on March 1st.  The theme of the evening was “Volunteerism, Involvement, and Activism” (VIA).  Internally the PG Dems will be working on subcommittee structure, fundraising, and helping our members connect with companion groups to follow specific interests. Externally, we will be building our profile, reaching out and engaging with a number of community groups.

Carroll Briggs, the Committee Chair, asked each executive committee member to share their plans to perform in their officer roles and to describe their efforts in special duties under their purview.


Tammie Miller Jennings (L), Juanita Thorne, Pete Washington, Carroll Briggs-Chair


Committee Building:

Pete Washington, Vice Chair, has an especial interest in attracting new Committee members, particularly younger members.  He asked each member to invite a possible new member to the April meeting (5th).

“VIA”: Volunteerism, Involvement, Activism

committeeatwork (2)Tammie Miller Jennings, the Secretary, recommended that we develop some survey or method to determine particular political or volunteer interests of our members so we can help connect them with other groups in the greater Central Virginia area so that our network grows beyond the Committee.  One aspect of involvement is to also understand what Committee roles or subcommittees that appeal to individual members.  Everyone needs to be involved and recognized.  It was specifically discussed to have a hospitality subcommittee and a membership committee.  Tammie is at right in the red & white stripes.


Our Treasurer, Juanita Thorne, emphasized the need for the Committee to engage in fundraising.  She considers the members of the Executive Committee as de facto members of the fundraising committee, but she circulated a signup sheet for other members of the committee to volunteer in the fundraising effort.

Chair’s Comments:

Chairman Carroll Briggs, urged every person present to consider their interests and share them with any member of the Executive Committee, to bring a guest to every meeting.  He thanked Lillian Boyd and Pete Washington for refreshments and also thanked Juanita Thorne and Pete Washington for the door prizes.

BOS Update:

FJ Brown, District 1 Board of Supervisor Member, advised that the March 7 County Budget Work Session would be devoted to the School portion of the budget.  He also advised that the March 14th Budget Work Session had been canceled, but that a new date would be set on March 7.

4th Congressional District Committee Update:

Carol Woodward updated the Committee on the activities of the 4th Congressional District Committee and the Central Committee, both a part of the Democratic Party of Virginia.  Delegate Lashrecse Aird (63rd Virginia House District) is the Chair of the 4th CD Committee and Carol is the Secretary.

See everyone on April 5th!



Feb 27 BOS Meeting


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County Administrator presents FY 2019 Budget

Percy Ashcraft, Prince George County Administrator presented the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget to the Board of Supervisors.  This is not a done deal and there will be next steps based on what the budget looks like when finally adopted.  The next budget work session is March 7 at 6pm at the BOS Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, County Administration Building.

Among the highlights of the proposed budget

  • 116+ million dollar budget
  • would maintain County’s reserve fund around 16%, well above the 12.5% minimum
  • would include building (through bond debt) one new elementary school
  • might include as much as a 5 cent rise in the real estate tax rate
  • might include increase in consumer’s county water bill
  • might include increase in consumer’s wastewater (sewer) bill
  • would support the previously planned replacement of county vehicles
  • would not add county employee slots
  • would fund the Schools/County MOU fully
  • would maintain our AA+ bond rating

Stay tuned for more information.

Meeting on March 1, 2018


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Shake off the doldrums, spring is coming!

Come out on Thursday, March 1, at 6 pm, for our regular monthly business meeting.  We meet at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive in the Prince George Government Complex.

We will get updated on the outcome of our reorganization, plans for the future, and invitations to all to get involved.  Bring your ideas, brings some cookies or chips and let’s have a ball with our new officers:  Carroll Briggs-Chair, Pete Washington-Vice Chair, Tammie Miller Jennings-Secretary, and Juanita Thorne-Treasurer.


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Hopewell & Prince George Democrats with Delegate Lashrecse Aird (63rd VA House District). We work hard and we play hard!



Board of Supervisors meeting Feb 13



The BOS meet tomorrow night in the 3rd Floor Meeting Room:

There are no public hearings scheduled tomorrow night, but as it is the first meeting night of the month, the VDOT representative will be present to present updates. See the Agenda The draft minutes from the January 23rd meeting are also available.

Members are urged to follow one or more meetings of county government, including school board meetings.

FJ being sworn in as BOS member from District 1

Alert! PGDEMS Strategy Meeting FEB 8


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Prince George Dems Strategy Meeting:

Please make plans to attend our strategy meeting at 6 pm on Thursday, February 8th, in the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Government Complex.  You are invited to attend even if you have never been a member of the Prince George Dems.  Are you part of another organization that might like to share ideas with us?  Come meet with us.  More information will follow so what Facebook and your email.  You may contact Carol Woodward at woodwardcd@aol.com or by Messenger at Carol Dois Woodward.

Other quick announcements:

4th CD – Primary June 12

The 4th Virginia Congressional District Committee, of which our Local Committee is a

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Donald McEachin

part, selected a Primary (June 12) as our candidate selection process.  Congressman McEachin is very comfortable with that and asks our help in getting signatures on his petition to get his name on the ballot.  If Congressman McEachin does not have a Primary opponent, we can cancel the Primary.


Delegate Lashrecse Aird (63rd Virginia House District) is the Chair of the 4th CD Committee.


Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA)

The next Central Committee Meeting is on March 3 in Richmond at DPVA Headquarters, 919 E. Main Street, Sun Trust Building.  The eleven Congressional District Committees meet quarterly to conduct business governing the State Party.  Visitors are welcome.  Remember that all Democratic Party meetings are open to the public.  Carol Woodward is Secretary of the 4th CD Committee and accordingly, will be attending.  If you would like to attend as an observer you are welcome to ride along and learn more about the Party.  Learn more about the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Next Regular Meeting of the PG DEMS.

We meet next for our regular business meeting on March 1 at 6pm at the Prince George Human Services Building.  Learn more about the PG DEMS.




New PG Dems Officers!


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Priority & Strategy Sessions Ahead!

At the PG Dems meeting on February 1, 2018, the following new officers were elected;

Chair – Carroll Briggs

Vice Chair – Pete Washington

Secretary – Tammie Miller Jennings

Treasurer – Juanita Thorne.

There are other subcommittee position s in the committee, but the above officers are members of the executive committee.  Due to illness and travel out of the country, only Carroll and Juanita could actually be at the meeting.  Soon we will post some short bios and pictures of our new officers,

CarrollandRolandMcAuliffeOpeningA few words now about Carroll.  He served in the past as Vice-Chair of the Committee for four years.  He was the lead on the Civil Rights Pioneers Celebrations hosted by the PG Dems and the NAACP in 2012.  So he comes on board with a lot of knowledge about our Local Committee and the Democratic Party of Virginia.  More at a later time.  Carroll is pictured at left.

Short Recap of Meeting:

After the election of officers and an updated financial report, District 1 Board of Supervisor (BOS) Member, Floyd Brown, Jr. (FJ) gave an update on the functioning of the BOS particularly with regard to the schedule of meetings for the next couple of months and the process for seeking appointment to various County Boards and Commissions. To be appointed to any of the County’s Boards or Commissions, a citizen must complete an application.   At this link on the County website, you will also find the list of expiring terms and descriptions of the bodies.

He urged everyone to get involved with our local government and community organizations. Dates are pending at this point for a series of Town Halls in the planning stages for District 1 by FJ and the other District 1 Supervisor, Alan Carmichael. Stay tuned.

Carroll advised the group that he and the executive committee will be communicating to identify priorities and strategies for the PG Dems.  He invites and solicits input from every member of the Committee and from those in the community with Democratic principles and ideals.  He urged that this is not the time in our history to sit back.  We must make history and protect our country.  He further reported that Tammie Miller Jennings, Lillian Boyd, and Pete Washington will be hosting a strategy session on February 8th at 6 pm.  The meeting place should be secured in the next day or two and that meeting place will be announced.

The PG Dems will hold their next regular business meeting on March 1.

Denya Hankerson, Board of Elections


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Denya Hankerson Sworn-In:  Electoral Board:

On February 1, 2018, Denya Hankerson became our Committee’s second representative on the Prince George Electoral Board when she was sworn-in by Bishop Knott, Circuit Court Clerk.  She joins our other member, Lillian Boyd, on the Electoral Board.  There is one Republican on the Board, Mrs. Barbara Tabb.

We had hoped the swearing-in could be in the courtroom, but there were preliminary motions occuring there in a murder trial.  YIKES!

Each locality’s Electoral Board is responsible for supervising elections in the county, training of election officials, and ascertaining the vote after every election.  It is a time consuming and terribly important job, especially in these times.

Thank you Sharon Goertz:

Sharon Goertz Swearing In

Sharon Goertz 

We thank Sharon Goertz, who served as one of our representatives on the Board for a number of years.  Sharon, a writer, has been stalwart in attendance to her duties while on the Board and we appreciate her selfless service.  Denya replaces Sharon on the Electoral Board.


Election of Committee Officers:

Tonight, February 1, at 6 pm, the Committee will meet to elect officers and to attend to other business matters.  The meeting is at 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Human Services Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room.  See you there.

Meeting of 4th CD Committee Sat, Feb. 3:

The 4th CD Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia will meet on Feb 3 at Noon at the Virginia Diner in Wakefield for the primary purpose of determining the selection method of our 4th Congressional District Nominee.  The meeting is open to the public, and you are welcome.  Please let Carol know if you plan to attend so that she can assure adequate seating.  Meals can be ordered at the individual’s cost.

PG Dems Officer Elections, Feb 1:


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The Prince George Dems to elect officers:

Please attend the meeting on February 1st.  Yes, that is Thursday of this coming week.  The weather played havoc with our meeting efforts in January.  Voting members were elected at the makeup meeting on January 11, but the notice was short so we decided to delay the election of officers until our regular meeting on February 1st.

Meeting time is at 6 pm at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Government Complex.  The meeting is in the Community Meeting room on the 1st floor of the building.  The building is ADA compliant and the meeting is open to the public.

Candidates for office to date:

Chair – Carroll Briggs

Vice-Chair – Pete Washington and Tammie Miller Jennings

Secretary –

Treasurer – Juanita Thorne

Note: that nominations will be taken from the floor

Ever Heard of Gerrymandering?

The image below is a depiction of the 15th Virginia Senate District, held by Republican Frank Ruff, whose districts covers most of Prince George County.  When we met recently he told me that this district was created by Democrats.  It was redistricted in 2011 when the Republicans controlled the process.  The drive to Clarksville, where he resides, took this writer almost an hour and a half drive each way.  However, Senator Ruff, met with me for over an hour, was very direct, and even paid for the coffee.  Thank you, Senator Ruff.




United Citizens Power


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United Citizen Power:

The Prince George Democrat received a notice of the meeting of a group, United Citizens Power, which was active during the campaign for the 64th House of Delegates race, supporting Rebecca Colaw.  This was a pre-existing and continuing group.  UCP is planning a meeting on January 30th and you are invited to attend, though you should RSVP by call Michele Joyce at 757.620.39311.

United Citizen Power – Southside Chapter

2018 Strategy Session

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Station #5
3901 Bridge Rd, Suffolk, VA 23435

RSVP: Michele – 757.620.3931

We’ll get an overview of national landscape and how we can make a difference locally – by turning our values into action.

If you are sick of starting over for every campaign, this session is for you. We’ll be building a long-term power building plan that grows each year instead of wasting energy beginning again. Or maybe you’re just curious about how we can make the biggest impact in our community. This session is for you, too!

Join us to help make our democracy work better for ALL of us.

RSVP to Michele Joyce at 757.620.3931 to save your spot. All are welcome!

United Citizen Power is a grassroots organization that helps develop the capacity of regular citizens to organize their own communities.

Prince George Dems Meeting – Feb 1:

The next regular meeting of the PGVA Dems will be on Thursday, February 1, at 6 pm at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive, Prince George Government Complex in the 1st-floor meeting room.

At this meeting we will elect officers for the next two year term.