Pete Washington and I are discussing PG Dems Social media presence at Prince George Bar B Q.
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!
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.
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,
A 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!