Pete Washington and I are discussing PG Dems Social media presence at Prince George Bar B Q.
Protect the Vote presentation:
Lillian Boyd and Denya Hankerson, our representatives on the Prince George Electoral Board, spoke efficiently and accurately last night at the PG Dems meeting about the security measures in place to protect the vote in Prince George County, really across the Commonwealth.
Their presentation covered the entire gamut, from the training of election officials, certification of the machines, the absentee, and in-person voting process, the Canvass of the vote the day following the election, and the actual certification of the vote.
Both parties work so hard to get voters to turn out and actually vote. When those voters do vote, their votes must be protected and must count.
Lillian Boyd has been the Committee’s representative on the Prince George Electoral Board for a number of years and Denya Hankerson was appointed. to represent our Committee this year, replacing our prior representative, Sharon Goertz.
The representation on the Electoral Board is determined by the party of the Governor. The party of the Governor is allowed two representatives on the Electoral Board of each locality. The third seat is held by the other major party. Each committee presents its nominees to the Circuit Court Chief Judge by letter and if satisfactory to the Judge the representative is then sworn-in to serve a four-year term.
We have been fortunate to have such competent and committed representatives to our Electoral Board.
Come to the meeting with a friend:
Or with a family member, neighbor, anyone interested in saving our country,
We will get updated on
- the status of the Committee (financial, correspondence, etc.)
- the activities of the 4th Congressional District Committee
- an update from the coordinated campaign
- plans for our booth at Community Day on May 5th
- activities of our subcommittees
- updates on the Prince George Board of Supervisors
- retirement on July 1 of Katherine Tyler- General Registrar
- voting security update by our Electoral Board representatives
- hear about our leaders’ lunch with Senator Tim Kaine
- oh, yes there are snacks and door prizes
Here is a chance to get informed and have some fun — 6 pm, Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the County Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive in the government complex. The meeting room is on the first floor. It is ADA accessible and non-smoking.
Carroll, FJ, and Carol met with Senator Tim Kaine:
Senator Kaine had a listening lunch with area Democratic leaders and elected officials on Saturday, March 31st at Croaker’s Spot in Petersburg. The Senator gave some insight into his campaign strategy and legislative concerns, but his main focus was to hear from us in the Tri-Cities area as to the needs of our communities and the activities of our Committees and offices.
Many thanks to Delegate Lashrecse Aird who organized this event. Lashrecse was on spring break vacation with her family and couldn’t be there, but she had put together a meaningful event.
BOS info from FJ Brown:
Supervisor Brown provided the following documents to alert the committee members as to upcoming County dates of significance and activities of the Board of supervisors. Don’t hesitate to contact him with any concerns or questions, even if you are not a resident of District 1 at email@example.com
PG Dems meet on April 5:
At this meeting, we will be making plans for our booth at the May 5 Community Day at Scott Park. These are pictures from some our past Community Day booths.
We are seeking gently used, colorful “springesque” clothing, handbags, jewelry, and so on to sell to bargain hunters. So we need contributions to that effort and we will need volunteers at the May 5 Community Day. We hope to have campaign lit, signs (if available). We will register voters, have Restoration of Rights information available, and so on.
Other dates on the horizon …
The General Assembly will be called into special session on April 11, primarily to deal with the budget. A large aspect of the budget impasse from the regular session is the expansion of Medicaid. All Virginians have a stake in this, not only those who might be able to have access to medical coverage. The budget affects all of us.
April 18 is Veto Day, the day on which the General Assembly, comes back into session to deal with, if it can, vetoes from Governor Northam.
Plan to attend our business meeting on April 5 and learn more about what is going on in the political arena and in our community.
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.
Carol Woodward 4th CD Committee, Carroll Briggs - Chair, Delegate Aird -63rd, Executive Committee, Juanita Thorne Treasurer, Pete Washington Vice Chair, Prince George Dems, Secretary, Tammie Miller Jennings
Regular PG Dems Meeting:
Roughly 40 Democrats attended the monthly business meeting of the Prince George Dems 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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.