August 2019
Eastern Shore Democrats

Accomack County & Northampton County Democratic Committees

Accomack County Democratic Committee

The next ACDC Meeting will be at 6 pm on September 4th at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Building, 19056 Parkway Road, Melfa, VA 23410. Click here for map to meeting address. The committee normally meets on the First Wednesday of each Month @ 6 pm. Check out the ACDC website and the Facebook Page.


In Attendance: Laurie Chamberlain, Diane Minor, Kathy Boyd, Debra Wharton, Linda Williams, Ken Tucker, James Lilliston, Tysheia Lilliston, Donalda Carson, Ronnie Holden, Debbie Olsen, Dana Bundick, Brandy Childress, Crystal Hart, Larry Breech, Bob Toner, Marcia Fields, Alvin Bailey, Elana Schrager, Parker Dooley, Maureen Dooley, Margaret Andrews, Al McKegg, Charles Kelly  

Thank You For Volunteers: Chair Parker Dooley thanked all who served as poll observers during the June primary. Also thanked were Bob Toner who staffed a voter registration table at the Exmore Juneteenth festival, and Ruta Vaskys and Debra Wharton who canvassed with Phil Hernandez and introduced him to many people.

Minutes and Treasurer's Report: Parker Dooley asked for a motion to approve the minutes from the June 5 meeting; Debra Wharton so moved, Maureen Dooley seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. Treasurer Al McKegg reported that the account balance on June 3, 2019 was $3,969.46; with expenditures of $1,093.75 and deposits of $233.25, the account balance on July 1, 2019 was $3,108.96. Parker asked for a motion to approve; Debra so moved, Maureen seconded; it was approved without objection. 

Meet The Candidates: Today's guests are running for Accomack County Treasurer or are working for Phil Hernandez's campaign for Virginia delegate. 

James Lilliston has worked in the Treasurer's office for 14 years. He is a native of the Shore and an alumnus of Nandua in 1991 High School and Eastern Shore Community College 1997, majoring in business administration with a specialty in computer accounting systems; he has continued with his education over the years. He seeks to improve billing and collections of unpaid business and individual taxes in a way that is consistent, efficient and fair by upgrading the system. 

Brandy Childress is an ES native who graduated from Nandua in 1994 and has worked for F&M and PNC Banks starting as a teller and now is a branch manager in a vice president's role. She is currently working at the Chincoteague branch of PNC. She wishes to install new, more efficient computer systems for the billing and collection of taxes.       

When asked about collections, Ms. Childress said publishing delinquents' names is effective. Mr. Lilliston proposed working more closely with DMV to ensure that auto registrations would not be renewed for taxpayers with delinquent personal property taxes. Neither candidate is identified with a political party. 

Elana Schrager introduced herself as Phil Hernandez's campaign manager. She reported that fundraising is going well. The campaign has been chosen to be part of the Virginia Democratic Coordinated Campaign. The formal canvassing kick-off will be Saturday July 20, noon, at the Crossroads Cafe in Onley. Greg Temple and Kathy Boyd are the Nandua District captains. 

Election Board Update: Marcie Fields reported that the election board held training for poll workers last week The board did not want members to identify with a political party. Marcie noted at the training that she took an oath to the Constitution (which stipulates education of the electorate). The trainer did not change policy, but agreed that the board should be about educating the public as well. Marcie also reported the current status of several bills in the VA legislature having to do with absentee voting and voter registration. A complete report of these will be obtained at the next meeting of the ACDC. Debra asked how many actual ballots are to be printed and Marcie said she will inform us. 

ACDC's First Breakfast Meeting

The Accomack County Democratic Committee is thrilled to announce it's first ever breakfast meeting at Kendall's Kountry Kitchen, 25254 Lankford Highway, Onley, Virginia 23418. The breakfast meeting will take place on Sept. 28 from 9-11am and will be open to the public. More details like featured speaker, breakfast menu, cost and RSVP details will be announced soon.

Accomack Coordinated Campaign Office

The Accomack County Democratic Committee is pleased to announce the opening of it's 2019 Coordinated Campaign Office at the Historic Onancock School, 6 College Ave., Onancock, VA 23417. The office opened on Sat. Aug. 10, 2019 with a festive opening party featuring a pot-luck supper. The office will be staffed daily from 9-5 pm and will be the central location for Accomack's campaign operations including canvassing efforts, phone calls, campaign literature and yard signs (while they last). Volunteers wanted and much appreciated. Stop by and help us turn Virginia Blue this year! 

Tyson Foods Volunteers
Accomack Canvass Aug 24
Accomack Friend to Friend

Northampton County Democratic Comittee

The next NCDC meeting will be held at 7 pm on September 3rd at the Northampton Social Services Building, 5265 The Hornes, Eastville, VA 23347. Click here for map to meeting addressNormally the NCDC meets on the First Tuesday of each Month @ 7 pm. Check out the NCDC website and the Facebook Page.


In Attendance: Sandra Beerends, Ruth Boettcher, JoAnn Clark, JoAnne Fitchett, Dawn Goldstine, Linda Goldstine, Arlene Joynes, Bill Payne, Linda Schulz, Odessa Sullivan, Bob Toner, Lynda Whitehead, and Carrie Wynder  

Guests: Chris Casey, Mohona Chowdhury, Sara Hayet, and Davis Sargeant 

Candidate Updates: Lynwood Lewis, Candidate for Virginia Senate. Lynwood presented information on his campaign. He reminded us that the special session called by Governor Northam on gun violence is set to start next week.   

Mohona Chowdhury, Elaine Luria’s staff. Mohanna introduced herself and said that she joined Elaine’s team at the beginning of February. She will be helping in the 2019 races and is based in Virginia Beach.   

Davis Sargeant, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Davis explained that his goal is to strengthen the Democratic party in Congressional District VA02. Linda Schulz invited Davis to attend a future meeting to discuss the importance of canvassing. 

Sara Hayet, Field Director for Phil Hernandez. Sara discussed plans for the upcoming campaign. 

Minutes and Treasurer’s Report: Motion to approve the minutes from the May 7 meeting was made by Bob Toner, seconded by Odessa Sullivan, and unanimously approved. 

Arlene Joynes presented the current Treasurer’s Report. As of 6/1/19 Bank Balance was $5,850.07. Adding Dues $30 and Dividend Earned $0.25, the Bank Balance as of 6/30/19 was   $5,880.32 with No Outstanding Checks. Linda added that we owe $100 for an ad in the Juneteenth program. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented was made by Bill Payne, seconded by JoAnne Fitchett, and passed unanimously. 

July 4th in Cape Charles: Committee members brought items to be included in the baskets for the drawings on the 4th of July. Tickets will be sold at one for $1 or three for $2. Participants in the parade will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Washington Street as usual. Bill Payne will bring a golf cart; Bob Toner said that our booth is No. 33. 

Outreach/Voter Registration/Absentee Voting Report: Bob Toner thanked Sandy, Arlene, Betty, and Bill for their help at the Juneteenth Celebration. Two people updated their voter registration information at this event. Bob said that he has also been doing barber shop voter registration in Exmore with some success. He also announced a new event—African American Heritage Festival on July 6 at the Central Park in Cape Charles. 

Precinct Operations Report: Bill Payne reported that Evelyn Burton has agreed to lead Precinct 3 for another year. 

Electoral Board : JoAnn Clark reported that the recent primary election went very well with no problems reported. She and JoAnne Fitchett recently attended the State Training Conference in Midlothian. 

New Business: August 24 Meet and Greet. Betty Bibbins is organizing the meet and greet barbeque for Phil Hernandez and Lynwood Lewis on August 24 at JoAnne Fitchett’s home in Cheriton.   

Northampton Coordinated Campaign Office

The Northampton Coordinated Campaign office will be at 1504 Merry Cat Lane, Colonial Square, Suite 17 B, just off Lankford Highway in Belle Haven. The office will serve both Lyn Lewis and Phil Hernandez. The official office opening is tentatively scheduled for August 29.

Hiring Field Organizer

About Phil Hernandez:  Raised in Hampton Roads by a single mom, Phil went to public schools and then to William & Mary, becoming  the first in his family to graduate from college. Phil’s spent the years since fighting for the rights of working people around the country. Now, he’s ready to advocate for all the people and families across Norfolk and the Eastern Shore whose voices aren’t heard in Richmond. House District 100 is a DLCC (Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee) spotlight race and a Crooked Media targeted race . 

About Senator Lynwood Lewis:  The 6th Senate District is urban, rural and almost entirely coastal. These characteristics are important to note,  as they direct and shape the policies and investments Senator Lewis has fought for in Richmond: a strong system of public education that is both fully funded and equitable, closing the healthcare gap through Medicaid Expansion, solutions to sea level rise and coastal flooding, and targeted investments to Broadband expansion and Chesapeake Bay clean-up -- both of which are critical for economic development in the 6th District.

Northampton Outreach Lewis & Hernandez

August Special Events

Brunch with Senator Lynwood Lewis and Delegate Candidate Phil Hernandez

Sponsored by Indivisible ESVA  

Lynwood Lewis & Phil Hernandez
Enjoy an informal conversation with the 2019 Democratic General Assembly candidates running to represent the Eastern Shore - incumbent, Senator Lynwood Lewis and Delegate Candidate Phil Hernandez. You'll not only hear from the candidates, but you will also have the opportunity to let them know what issues are important to you. This will be a two-way conversation.
The stakes with this election couldn't be higher:
• Remember that 50 Republicans voted against ratifying the ERA.
• Remember the special session on gun control.
• Remember, we only need two seats to flip the General Assembly.
• The 2019 Virginia statewide elections are seen as a bellwether for the 2020 Presidential election.

  • What: EGGS INDIVISIBLE BRUNCH - a warm breakfast buffet will be offered
  • Cost: $18 including tax and gratuity.
  • Where: The Island House Restaurant, 17 Atlantic Avenue, Wachapreague (we will have a private room)
  • When: Saturday, August 17 10 AM – 12 noon
  • Topic: What comes next after we turn the General Assembly Blue

RSVP deadline - End of the Day, August 12. If you RSVP and do not attend we will ask you to kindly send us the brunch cost as we must pay the restaurant for our RSVP count.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ( or call Lorna, (757) 336-3718 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

If you reserve a place and have to cancel before the end of the day, Monday, August 12, contact JoAnn Clark at 757-678-6092.  The Island House has informed us that they will accept cash only. In addition they will not be responsible for collecting the money. So we will ask you to pay our Steering Committee as you enter the restaurant. The brunch is $13.99 + tax + tip = $18. Please have $18 cash (exact change will be much appreciated). If you forget to bring cash, there is an ATM machine in the lobby. 

Meet and Greet
Senator Lynwood Lewis &
HD-100 Candidate Phil Hernandez

With Very Special Guest: Congresswoman Elaine Luria

Lewis and HernandezMeet & Greet

Please Help to Support Your Local Democratic Committee

Electing Phil Hernandez as our Delegate and Re-Electing Lynwood Lewis as our State Senator are our main goals this year

Accomack County

Accomack Solicitation Letter

Northampton County


Dear Friends,  

Time is getting short and we need your help now ! Please donate.
The Northampton County Democratic Committee URGENTLY needs your help now to be sure that we elect Phil Hernandez to the House of Delegates and keep Lynwood Lewis in the Virginia Senate.
Let's make sure we flip the General Assembly from Red to Blue.
Your contribution will help us pay for important campaign activities and materials. We need to raise: 
• $1350 to pay rent for the Northampton County 2019 Democratic Campaign Office.
• $750 toward purchase of 250 candidate lawn signs.
• $500 toward purchase 10 8'X10' highway signs.
• $350 to cover the printing of sample ballots.
• With your help we can also fund the purchase of bumper stickers, lapel stickers and direct mail materials.
To contribute, click on this link: and click on the DONATE NOW button under Donate to Northampton Committee. You can also send a check to NCDC, PO Box 14, Cape Charles, VA 23310.
Please send your financial contribution, and while you are at it, sign up to volunteer at Let's continue to work together to elect Democrats.
This is the first time in more than 10 years that we have sent out an appeal for funds. But we feel that the opportunity to turn the General Assembly blue is too important, so we are making an exception to the rule now.
Thank you,
Linda Schulz, PhD 
Chair , Northampton County Democratic Committee

Virginia Population Projections Show Growth In Democratic Strongholds

This map shows Virginia's current congressional districts. Much of the state's projected population growth in the next 20 years will be concentrated in 10 large counties and cities in the eastern part of the state, particularly in Northern Virginia, currently home to the 8th, 10th and 11th districts.

Virginia Population Projections

The population projections for Virginia's Eastern Shore are not as as hopeful. In fact the latest population projections by county show both Accomack and Northampton County populations decreasing markedly in 2020, 2030 and 2040.

You can view an interactive map and chart from the University of Virginia showing the individual projections for each and every Virginia county at:

Virginia Population Map
2019 General Election Dates

After Two More Mass Shootings, Here’s Where Gun Laws Stand in Virginia 

Virginia Gun Laws

The issue of gun violence is so wide-spread that someone is killed with a gun every nine hours in Virginia, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. That’s 958 deaths per year.  

Virginia knows the horror of mass shootings all too well, but mass shootings are not the only consequence of lax gun laws; nearly 67% of gun deaths in Virginia are suicides, with nearly 57% of all suicide deaths in the state involving firearms, according to Giffords.  

Guns are also frequently involved domestic violence incidents. From 2004 to 2013, 37% of female murder victims in Virginia were killed by an intimate partner, and six out of every ten of those murders was carried out with a firearm, according to an analysis of FBI data.

Despite studies showing that stronger gun laws would likely reduce gun deaths among young people, Virginia’s Republican-controlled General Assembly has not acted on the issue.

Republicans have also blocked almost every gun safety bill over the past two decades and notably refused to consider any gun law reforms after the Virginia Beach mass shooting in May, adjourning a July special session on gun laws in just 90 minutes.

As a result, Virginia still has among the loosest gun laws in the United States, earning a “D” grade from Giffords.
Virginia’s Gun Laws

In the decade following the Virginia Tech shooting, Virginia’s legislature, which has largely been controlled by Republicans, has actually passed more measures to preserve or expand gun rights than to reign them in.

Since Virginia Tech, the state has made it easier to carry a concealed gun into a bar, made it legal to keep guns in car glove boxes, and continued to ignore calls for expanded background checks.
Former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell even repealed the state’s one-gun-a-month law that kept the Virginia Tech gunman from purchasing multiple guns at once.

This year, Democrats proposed several bills that would have reformed the state’s gun laws. Every bill was blocked by Republicans, mirroring their obstruction in 2018, when the General Assembly rejected all but two of more than 80 gun-related bills.

  1. Universal Background Checks (HB 2479, SB 1454, SB 1164, SB 1162): These bills would require people to pass an instant background check before purchasing a firearm.
  2. Extreme Risk Protection Order laws (SB 1458, HB 1763): These bills, commonly called red flag laws, allow close family members and law enforcement officers to petition a court to temporarily limit a person’s access to firearms if they have exhibited dangerous behavior. 
  3. Domestic Violence (SB 1467): This legislation prevents persons with permanent protective orders (i.e., domestic abusers) from purchasing firearms and mandates that prohibited abusers relinquish their guns, too. 
  4. Assault Weapons and Extended Magazines Bans (HB 2492, SB 1748): These bills would change the definition of an assault weapon from a gun that holds more than 20 rounds of ammunition to one that holds more than ten. Democrats have pushed this legislation since at least 2011. 
  5. Local Authority to Prohibit Firearms at Permitted Events (SB 1473, SB 1482, SB 1303): This legislation would allow local authorities to prohibit firearms at events that require a permit. If enacted, such laws “could prevent everyday disagreements from escalating into deadly assaults,” according to Giffords. 
  6. Ban on Bump Stocks (SB 1008, SB 1163): These bills criminalize the manufacture, sale, and possession of bump stocks. A bump stock was used in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead. Though a federal ban went into effect on March 26, Virginia lawmakers passed on opportunities to restrict bump stocks sooner. 
  7. One Handgun a Month (SB 1034, SB 1446, HB2604): Gun safety advocates say that limiting the sale of handguns to one per month helps prevent gun trafficking by preventing bulk purchases of firearms. That was the law in Virginia until Republicans repealed the statute in 2012. 
  8. Reporting Lost or Stolen Firearms (SB 1324, HB 1644): These bills would mandate that gun owners report lost or stolen firearms to authorities within 24 hours. 
  9. Penalty for allowing minors access to firearms (SB 1096, HB 2285): Legislation providing that any person who leaves a loaded, unsecured gun to a minor under the age of 18 is guilty of a Class 6 felony, or of a Class 3 Felony if left to a minor under 14-years-old.  

A 2018 poll showed 54% of voters favoring control over gun rights, with 41% favoring gun rights; in 2016, the split was 55% to 41%. Roughly eight in 10 Democrats favored control, while six in 10 Republicans said gun rights were more important.

But when asked about requiring background checks for all gun sales, 84% of Virginians backed that idea in 2018 and 86% in 2016. Almost all Democrats liked the idea, as did more than three quarters of Republicans.

Enough Gun Violence

We Must Elect Democrats to the Virginia Legislature This Fall

Here are 8 important reasons why we have to flip Virginia Blue

Republicans currently control both houses of the Virginia legislature, but only by two seats in each chamber. If we work hard, Democrats could win both houses in November. With our Democratic governor, Virginia could then move forward on many fronts where progress has long been thwarted by Republican legislative majorities. These are issues that affect all of us and are at the core of our Democratic values.

Climate Change

Climate Change

Republicans have blocked all legislation aimed at taking serious steps to mitigate climate change. Most recently, they blocked most elements of an effort to deregulate the use of solar energy in Virginia, leaving in place restrictive rules that curtail its use. Democrats supported legislation that would have enabled a significant increase in the use of solar energy, along with other steps to combat climate change.

Health Care

Health Care

Republicans in the Virginia legislature continue to oppose the Affordable Care Act, while Democrats are working to strengthen it. Democrats are also working to ensure that the Trump administration’s relaxation of standards for qualifying health plans does not result in Virginians being misled about the limited protection offered by newly approved discounted health plans.

Equal Rights Amendment

Equal Rights Amendment

Women continue to earn substantially less than men for similar work. The differential for fulltime, year-round workers is nearly 20%. When women enter traditionally male-dominated fields, average pay declines even though the work being performed is the same. An effort to revive the Equal Rights Amendment by making Virginia the 38th state to ratify it fell one vote short in the House of Delegates earlier this year.

Gun Safety

Gun-Safety Laws

The Governor has repeatedly urged the state legislature to pass common-sense gun-safety laws. The GOP majorities have refused to pass even a red-flag law, which permits police or relatives to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may be a danger to himself or the community. With Democratic legislative majorities, Virginia would join  other states that have adopted this gun-safety measure.

Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform

Virginia’s monetary threshold for felonies, $500, is far too low and results in felony charges for relatively minor crimes. This in turn leads to over-incarceration. The threshold was raised from $200 in 2018 in part with Republican votes. But Governor Northam, and Governor McAuliffe before him, have urged that it be raised to $1000, more in line with the threshold in other states. Republicans have opposed any further increases. If control of the Virginia legislature passes to Democrats, Virginia would update its criminal laws so that persons accused of minor crimes would not be overcharged and face disproportionate punishment if convicted. 



Now that the Supreme Court has held that political gerrymandering is not an issue the courts can resolve, the fairness of Virginia’s district lines for the next decade is on the line. Following the 2020 census, Virginia will undergo comprehensive redistricting. The new district lines will be in place from the 2021 election until after the 2030 census. Virginia Republicans have used their legislative majorities to draw district lines that suppress the impact of African-American votes and artificially reduce the number of Democrats in the state legislature. If Democrats gain control of the General Assembly this fall, they will pass the bi-partisan Virginia Redistricting Reform Amendment.

Voting Access

Voting Access

Democrats believe voting should be easy, while the current Republican state legislative majority does not. Democratic bills to ease voting access in Virginia, for example through automatic voter registration, have been killed in Republican-controlled committees. By preventing a full floor vote or even a committee hearing on these measures, Republicans have been able to keep their opposition to better voter access out of the public eye. With Democratic majorities in the General Assembly, we can enact legislation that fosters greater participation in elections and a healthier democracy. 

Women's Health

Women's Health and Reproductive Rights

Anti-abortion extremists in several states are passing laws that restrict or even effectively ban abortion, hoping that the Supreme Court will strike down the constitutional right to an abortion secured in Roe v. Wade. If the Supreme Court indeed overrules Roe, a woman’s right to choose will be controlled by state law. In Virginia’s last legislative session, Democrats introduced a bill requiring health insurers to cover abortion to the extent it is a permitted procedure under their plans. Even this modest provision died in a Republican-controlled committee. Democrats will continue to fight for comprehensive women’s health care nationwide, but until they succeed, a Democratic majority in the General Assembly is necessary to ensure that women in Virginia retain the right to choose.

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