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.


Board of Supervisors Meeting 1-9-18



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.


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 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 or to Floyd Brown, Jr. (FJ) at 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,

Delegate Emily Brewer (64th): Room TBD; 804 698 1619,

Delegate Riley Ingram (62nd): Room E312; 804 698 1062,

Senator Rosalyn R. Dance (16th): Room E615; 804 698 7516,

Senator Frank M. Ruff (15th): Room E505; 804 698 7515,