With approximately 745,000 residents, Virginia’s fifth congressional district covers all or part of Greene, Campbell, Bedford, Albemarle, Nelson, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Cumberland, Appomattox, Prince Edward, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Fauquier, Rappahannock and Madison Counties, as well as the independent cities of Bedford, Charlottesville (main site of the University of Virginia) and Danville, making it Virginia’s largest district with an area of 10,181.03 square miles, larger than New Jersey and Vermont.
On election night in 2008, Olivia Ferguson McQueen held her breath. It wasn’t about politics. She watched the numbers anxiously all night, then gasped, shocked and elated to see an African-American elected president of the United States.
It felt personal, and communal, for her, an all-but-unknown civil rights pioneer. As a young girl in Virginia in the 1950s, she was a reluctant but resolute plaintiff in a lawsuit her parents helped bring challenging the segregated schools in Charlottesville. When a court ordered then-all-white schools to admit the black plaintiffs, the governor shut down the schools rather than comply. So Olivia Ferguson, 16 at the time, spent her senior year in the school board office with one other student and an occasional tutor. In the end, she was given just a makeshift certificate listing courses she had completed.
Last month, more than 50 years later, she was honored in Charlottesville and finally given a high-school diploma.
Notice of Buckingham County Democratic Committee
Reorganization Caucus and election of Officers
The Buckingham County Democratic Committee hereby announces that it will hold an unassembled caucus beginning at 10:00 am, on February 13th, 2016 in the County Library’s meeting room, 1140 Main St, Dillwyn, VA 23936 for the purpose of electing members to the Buckingham County Democratic Committee, and the election of new officers for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years.
For additional information or if you have questions, you may contact: Lisa Hystad, Chair 5th District, Democratic Party of Virginia, 434-985-4832, or Email: email@example.com
Authorized by the 5th District, Democratic Party of Virginia.
In yet another victory for Democrats, the federal court hearing a lawsuit challenging the state’s congressional lines just ruled that elections this year must go forward under a new map proposed by a court-appointed expert, one that all but guarantees that GOP Rep. Randy Forbes’ 4th District will turn solidly blue. Republicans had asked the court to delay implementation pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the judges declined to do so, saying that the defendants had “not made a strong showing that they are likely to succeed on the merits” when their appeal is heard.
Prof. Bernard Grofman, the court’s expert, devised two maps, one known as Plan 6 and the other as Plan 16. The court opted for the latter, saying, among other things, that it made the fewest alterations to the existing map while still remedying its critical flaw—namely, that it packed too many black voters into the 3rd District (occupied by Democrat Bobby Scott), thus diminishing black voting strength in surrounding areas. Under the new lines, Scott’s seat remains a Democratic stronghold, but Forbes will find himself in a district where Barack Obama won over 60 percent of the vote. He’ll have virtually no chance of surviving there. The GOP appeal could yet upend things, but it won’t be heard until February or March, and a ruling wouldn’t come until some time later. Given that Virginia’s filing deadline is March 31 and its primary is June 14, the SCOTUS would probably be reluctant to send the entire state back to square one once Virginia’s entire electoral apparatus is set in motion for 2016. (We previously analyzed Plan 16 in this post, and you can find a map here. The court’s full decision is here.)
Columbine. Blacksburg. Newtown. Aurora. Tucson. Oak Creek. Charleston. San Bernardino.
Too many communities across the country are still suffering from the heartbreaking consequences of a gun in the wrong hands. In the past decade, more than 100,000 people have died as a result of gun violence. Many of these crimes were committed by people who never should have been able to purchase a gun in the first place.
Sympathy is not enough to stop gun violence. Congress has repeatedly failed to take action, blocking commonsense reforms supported by the vast majority of the American people – including gun owners themselves.
The President has a responsibility to do everything in his power to reduce gun violence. This week, he will.
Pursuant to Section 8.1 of the DPVA Party Plan, a Democratic Committee shall be elected for each county and city by the Democratic voters during the period between December 1st in odd numbered years and the 15th of the following January. City and County Democratic Committees must determine the date of their reorganization meeting and communicate that information to the State Party by November 15th of each odd numbered year.
The following committees have announced their Caucuses for the purpose of the election of such committees:
The Franklin County Democratic Committee will hold its reorganization meeting on Thursday, December 10 @ 7PM. The doors will open at 6 PM for registration. The meeting will be held at the Franklin County Dems Office at 527 S. Main Street in Rocky Mount.
The Madison County Democratic Committee will hold its reorganization meeting on Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ 4PM (doors @ 3:30). in the upstairs meeting room (Extension Office) of the War Memorial Building at 2 South Main Street, Madison VA 22727. We will complete our slate of officers and updated by-laws at our Dec. 12 meeting, and vote on those immediately following the election of committee members on Jan. 17th. A social will follow the conclusion of the elections.
The Prince Edward County Democratic Committee will hold its reorganization meeting on January 6, 2016 @ 6:00PM. at the Prince Edward County Resources and Agriculture Building, 100 Industrial Road, Farmville VA 23901. The election of officers will occur at this time.
The Fluvanna County Democratic Committee will hold its reorganization meeting on Saturday, January 9 @ 10:30AM. at the Fluvanna Library, 214 Commons Blvd, Palmyra, 22963
The Albemarle County Democratic Committee will hold its reorganization meeting on January 25 @ 6PM.
The Mecklenburg County Democratic Committee will hold its reorganization meeting on Saturday, December 19 @ 10AM. at the Mecklenburg Senior Citizens Center, 411 king St, South Hill VA, 23970
The Charlottesville Democratic Committee will hold its reorganization meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Registration opens @ 6:45PM,, mass meeting begins @ 7:15PM. at CitySpace, 100 5th Street NE (in the Market Street Parking Garage building).
The Danville Democratic Committee will reorganize Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Danville Regional Airport @ 10:00AM (doors to open at 9:30AM). The newly organized committee will meet immediately following the reorganizational caucus in order to elect officers for 2016-2017.
The Bedford Democratic Committee announces its reorganization caucus for Monday, January 11, 2016, @ 7:00PM (doors @ 6:00PM), in the Bedford Room of the Bedford Public Library, 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford. To receive a membership pre-filing form please contact Ann Duncan at 540-816-0828 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The completed form and a voluntary $10 annual fee need to be returned to Ann Duncan before 6:59PM. on Monday, January 11.
The Mecklenburg County Democratic Committee announces a Call to Caucus for the purpose of reorganizing its Committee on Saturday January 9, 2016 at Mecklenburg Senior Citizens Center, 411 King St, South Hill VA 23970. Doors @ 9:00AM, Caucus will begin promptly @ 10:15AM. Any person attending the caucus who wants to participate in the Caucus, shall sign a standardized Caucus Participation Form stating that: he or she is a Democrat; does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the ensuing general election; believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, and is a registered voter in Mecklenburg County, VA. A meeting of the newly elected officers for the 2016-2017 term will be held following the conclusion of the Caucus.
The Appomattox County Democratic Committee (ACDC) is conducting their “Reorganization Meeting” on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at 6:30pm in the Carver-Price Legacy Museum, 102 Carver Lane, Appomattox, Va. 24522. We are seeking Democrat officers and members for active roles as: Chairman, Co-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. We also welcome Democrats that want to become active participants in the Appomattox County Democratic Committee. We need and welcome Your Support and Talents; especially, for this upcoming election! We look forward to meeting with you. Your Voice and Vote is Appreciated!”