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Eastern Shore Democrats 

Accomack County & Northampton County Democratic Committees
December 2018

Accomack County Democratic Committee Meeting News

The next meeting of the Accomack County Democratic Committee will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Building, 19056 Parkway Road, Melfa, VA 23410. 

* Where: Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Building, 19056 Parkway Road, Melfa, VA 23410

* Click here for map to meeting address

* When: Normally on the First Wednesday of each Month @ 6 pm

* Social Media: ACDC Facebook Page

We cordially invite you to come to the January meeting as there will be a full agenda of important business for us to to review. 2019 will be a pivotal election year for local Democrats as we will have a capable and exciting candidate running in the Virginia House of Delegates District 100 race. The results of this District race could be a major factor in flipping the VA HD in 2019.

We will also have candidates for all 9 seats on the Accomack County Board of Supervisors as well as the positions of Commissioner of Revenue, Commonwealth Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer. All of these positions are vitally important to Eastern Shore residents and our futures. Come to the meeting and learn all about it.

Northampton County Democratic Comittee Meeting News

There will not be a Northampton County Committee meeting in January 2019. The regulat meeting schedule will resume on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7 PM. 

* Where: Northampton Social Services Building, 5265 The Hornes, Eastville, VA 23347

* Click here for map to meeting address 

* When: Normally on the First Tuesday of each Month @ 7 pm.

* Social Media: NCDC Facebook Page

2019 will be a pivotal election year for local Democrats as we will have a capable and exciting candidate running in the Virginia House of Delegates District 100 race. The results of this District race could be a major factor in flipping the VA HD in 2019. 

Northampton County has several county offices up for election in 2019. These include Supervisors in District 4 & District 5, Commissioner of Revenue, Commonwealth Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer. For more information on these offices please see the county website page at

Annual Northampton County Democratic Committee Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Stocking Stuffing Party

Thank You To All Of Our Volunteers!
Your hard work and tireless efforts were very appreciated.

A wonderful evening was had by all at the Annual Northampton County Democratic Committee Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Stocking Stuffing Party. Guests enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner prepared by Committee members, celebrated Northampton Dems role in Elaine Luria's election and the return of Tim Kaine to the Senate. Committee Chair Linda Schulz noted that the Elaine Luria won Northampton County by a 9.7% margin compared to just over 2% for the entire District.

Speakers included state Senator Lynwood Lewis who gave a summary of the upcoming state legislative session and Kathryn Sorenson, who updated us on Congresswoman-Elect Elaine Luria's activities since the election. Kathryn, who was Elaine's campaign manager, will be Elaine's Chief of Staff. She reported that Elaine is in the process of hiring staff for her regional offices, including the office on the Shore.

The evening was capped with attendees stuffing stockings for children served by DSS with toys they had brought to the event.

Eastern Shore Town Hall

Come and hear Senator Lynwood Lewis
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Onley Town Center
25020 Shore Parkway, Onley, Virginia 23418


The 2019 Virginia Elections

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 is not that far away.

Who are “your” current legislators?

VA State Senate Candidates
All 40 seats are up for election. Currently: 21 Republican & 19 Democrat. The candidates profiled in the link below are running in State Senate districts where Northam won or came very close. They are SS Districts 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, and 17. Information provided by VA Blue Wave 2019 and NOVA Grassroots
Eastern Shore Democrats will be working to re-elect VA 6th District Senator Lynwood Lewis

VA House of Delegates Candidates 
All 100 House seats are up for election. Currently 51 Republican & 49 Democrat. The candidates profiled in the link below either won in 2017 by less than 10% of the vote or are running in Republican-held districts where the Democrat lost in 2017 by less than 1% of the vote, or that Northam won. Information provided by VA Blue Wave 2019 and NOVA Grassroots
Eastern Shore Democrats will be recruiting and supporting a candidate to run and win in the HD 100th District. It is very important to defeat Incumbent Republican Rob Bloxom and flip that seat. 

Some other critical VA races:

Delegate Herring proposes bill to ease absentee voting laws and increase voter turnout

Easing absentee ballot requirements will mean more voters will be able to participate in elections and that is a good thing

Delegate Charniele Herring (Dist. 46) from northern Virginia wants to increase voter turnout by changing absentee ballot requirements.  The idea is if more people could vote absentee then perhaps more votes would be cast for that election. 

"Voting should be easy. It is something that’s our right," said Delegate Charniele Herring (Dist. 46).  Herring said Virginia’s current absentee voting laws don’t exactly make it easy for people to get to the polls. "There are so many circumstances where people may not be able to get to the ballot box on Election Day," Herring said.  

In the 2016 general election, there were more than 496,000 absentee voters in Virginia. However, one year later, only 182,000 people voted absentee. 

Right now if you want to vote by absentee ballot, you have to disclose why you can't vote in person. Not only that, you have to provide proof.  Some examples of qualifying absentee voters include active duty service members, inmates, and people who are sick or disabled.  “If they are homebound because of a medical condition, then they would need a note from a physician to verify that. That’s a lot of steps and hoops to go through to get to the ballot box,” Herring said. 

If this proposal passes, the law would allow anyone who is registered to vote to send in an absentee ballot without having to explain why. “It’s already happening in 38 other states and it’s time for us to get rid of our old ways of doing things,” Herring said. 

But what about the possibility of voter fraud? Herring said she’s working with elections registrars and it’s possible if you request to vote absentee, that’s how you’ll be required to cast your ballot. “That will be part of the discussion of this bill is how to protect and also to make sure that two ballots aren’t cast” she said.

Blue Wave Status Update

Let's all work diligently to continue the Blue Wave in 2019 & 2020


Democrats Already Angling For 2020 Presidential Race

Long before the sound of the starting gun, dozens of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have already hit the road to workshop their vision, experiment with catchphrases and test policy ideas. Many deny any presidential aspirations, but it’s too soon to count them out.

When do candidates start to announce?

In previous presidential election cycles, most major-party candidates announced their campaigns in the first half of the year before the election. If the 2020 cycle mirrors 2016, we can expect a flurry of announcements in the spring.

A few Democrats have declared candidacy or taken the intermediate step of forming an exploratory committee. Many others are looking like a candidate based on their recent messaging and events, even several — like Sen. Elizabeth Warren — who have stated they’re not running. Others are leaving their options open or have said no, but speculation continues.

We will undoubtedly be bombarded with 2020 related news over the next two years. There is a good article about the status of some of the likely candidates in the Washington Post here. You can also like and follow a Facebook page, Democrats 2020, that I have just recently created. It will be regularly updated and hopefully reach a national audience.

Potential 2020 Presidential Candidates

List last updated Dec. 15, 2018


Kamala Harris, 54, U.S. Senator (California); Attorney General of California; San Francisco District Attorney. She’s used her perch on top committees to grill Trump administration officials and Kavanaugh. She stumped in all early states but New Hampshire, and cut checks to all of their state parties. Her advisers are plotting out an "SEC primary meets the West Coast offense" that will play up California's earlier status and seek to make inroads in states like South Carolina and Nevada.

Bernie Sanders, 77, U.S. Senator (Vermont); 2016 Democratic presidential candidate; U.S. Representative; Mayor of Burlington. He’s defied all predictions by going from an unknown senator to a progressive icon. His signature issues have become the lingua franca of liberals. 

Corey Booker, 49, U.S. Senator (New Jersey); Mayor of Newark. He kicked off the opposition to Brett Kavanaugh with his "I am Spartacus" moment that drew the ire of Republican colleagues. He stumped in every early state, including a high-profile speech in Iowa that wowed attendees. His steadfast faith in not slugging it out with Trump and instead preaching love will continue to be tested. 

Sherrod Brown, 66, U.S. Senator (Ohio); U.S. Representative; Ohio Secretary of State; Ohio Representative. He's the Democrat who continues to win in Ohio, a critical swing state that has befuddled other Democratic presidential candidates in the last two decades who are not named Barack Obama. He's been focused on winning reelection, which he capped with a victory speech full of possible 2020 lines. 

Kirsten Gillibrand, 51, U.S. Senator (New York); U.S. Representative. Her determined approach to sexual assault and misconduct led her to say Bill Clinton should have resigned during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Then she led the call among Senate Democrats for Al Franken to resign. Both stances triggered ire among some party donors and activists. 

Tim Kaine, 60, U.S. Senator (Virginia); 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee; Governor; Lieutenant Governor; Mayor of Richmond; Richmond City councilor. Served as Democratic National Committee chairman from 2009-2011. Tim is known as being America's dad. He’s stayed quiet on the presidential race, focusing heavily on his reelection campaign. But his resume is as detailed as anyone on this list, including two thorough vettings as a potential Veep. 

Amy Klobuchar, 58, U.S Senator (Minnesota); Hennepin County Attorney. She’s the cautious centrist in a caucus full of characters. A Democrat in a state Trump came very close to winning, in recent years she's made many trips to neighboring Iowa.  

Jeff Merkley, 62, U.S. Senator (Oregon); Speaker of the Oregon House; Oregon Representative. The only senator to endorse Sanders in 2016, Merkley went viral early this year with a series of videos on opposing the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the border. He's been open about the possibility of running, has visited all the early states and reportedly hired staffers in Iowa and Nevada through his PAC. 

Mark Warner, 63, U.S. Senator (Virginia); Governor. He’s the Democratic face of the Russia probe, built from his role as the Senate Intelligence Committee’s ranking member. Warner has tried testing the waters in previous cycles, but he’s never before had a platform like the Russia investigation. 

Elizabeth Warren, 69, U.S. Senator (Massachusetts); Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program; Harvard Law school professor. She was an academic who helped write the book on how to rein in Wall Street, only to have her dream job (running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) blocked by Republicans. As a senator she's animated the Democratic base with a populist economic message. 

Julian Castro, 44, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Mayor of San Antonio; San Antonio City Councilor. He rode a wave of liberal excitement into a Cabinet seat and was mentioned as a possible 2016 running mate. 

House Members

Tulsi Gabbard, 37, U.S. Representative (Hawaii); Honolulu City Councilor; Major, Army National Guard; Hawaii Representative. She flouted the DNC in 2016 and backed up Sanders. Her approach to foreign policy, including a visit with Syrian President Bashar Assad, put her outside many in the Democratic mainstream.  

Joe Kennedy, 38, U.S. Representative (Massachusetts); Assistant District Attorney, Middlesex County and Cape and Island. He provided the 2018 Democratic English-language response to the State of the Union. References to his famous family are never far away. 

Beto O’Rourke, 46, U.S. Representative (Texas); El Paso City Councilor. A backbench, moderate congressman who transformed into a liberal hero in his failed quest to unseat Ted Cruz. Large crowds, celebrity endorsers and record fundraising sound like a presidential campaign, even if this was just O'Rourke's first statewide campaign. 

John Delaney, 55, U.S. Representative (Maryland); Businessman. He’s already spent $2 million in Iowa and visited every one of its 99 counties more than two years before the first-in-the-nation caucuses. 

Seth Moulton, 40, U.S. Representative (Massachusetts); Marine Corps, Captain (Ret.) He’s been pushing hard for more veterans to run for office. And he's been a thorn in Nancy Pelosi's side, positioning himself as part of the next generation of House Democrats. If he runs Moulton could lean heavily on an array of military veterans and other candidates he endorsed up and down the midterm ballot. 

Tim Ryan, 45, U.S. Representative (Ohio); state senator. He’s positioned as a lunch pail avatar of the Rust Belt who has criticized Pelosi for not being in touch with the party. 

Eric Swalwell, 37, U.S. Representative (California); Dublin town councilor; Deputy district attorney, Alameda County. He’s risen to prominence as a member of the House Intelligence Committee by taking on Trump and defending the Russia investigation. He’s visited every early state, including Iowa where he plays up his Iowa roots. 


Andrew Cuomo, 60, Governor (New York); Attorney General; Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He's Andrew Cuomo. He doesn't show up to his own victory party, because when you're a three-term governor and son of a political institution you don’t need to.  

Steve Bullock, 52, Governor (Montana); Attorney General; Executive Assistant Attorney General and acting Chief Deputy Attorney General of Montana. He served as DGA chairman in 2015 and is currently head of the National Governors Association. He showed the nation how to run as a red-state Democrat. 

John Hickenlooper, 66, Governor (Colorado); Mayor of Denver; Brewer. He’s a centrist, business-oriented governor who led the way on gun control. 

Jay Inslee, 67, Governor (Washington); U.S. Representative; Washington state Representative. He is currently chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. He’s known as “ The Climate Guy.” Like other past chairs, he's used his DGA post to burnish his profile. He's also been very candid about his 2020 intentions. 

Terry McAuliffe, 61, Governor (Virginia); Democratic National Committee chairman. He also served as co-chairman of Bill Clinton's 1996 reelection campaign and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 run. He’s the ultimate Clinton insider who transitioned to being a job-growth governor. 

Martin O’Malley, 53, 2016 presidential candidate; Governor (Maryland); Mayor of Baltimore; Baltimore City Councilor; Assistant State’s Attorney for the City of Baltimore. He also served as DGA chair from 2011-2012. He’s seen as an ahead-of-the-curve progressive who was swarmed by the Sanders wave. 


Michael Bloomberg, 76, Returned to Bloomberg and expanded his focus on philanthropy; Mayor of New York City; CEO and founder of Bloomberg L.P. He’s a fiscally conservative, socially liberal mayor who has seesawed between parties. His ability to write large checks is far more consistent.  

Pete Buttigieg, 36, Mayor of South Bend; Navy Reserve, Lieutenant. He’s been positioned as a leader among the next generation of Democrats — openly gay, millennial and Afghanistan veteran. 

Eric Garcetti, 47, Mayor of Los Angeles; President of the Los Angeles City Council; Navy Reserve, Lieutenant; Los Angeles City Councilor. He’s focused on liberal priorities in a major city on the left coast. 

Mitch Landrieu, 58, Mayor of New Orleans; Lieutenant Governor (Louisiana); Louisiana Representative. He also served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 2017-2018. He’s a leading Democrat in the south. Landrieu has used his statements on Confederate monuments to build a national reputation. 

Obama Alums

Joe Biden, 75, Vice President of the United States; U.S. Senator (Delaware); New Castle County Council member. He also ran for president in 2008 and 1988. Everyone knows Joe Biden.  

Eric Holder, 67, U.S. Attorney General; U.S. Deputy Attorney General; U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C.; Associate Judge of the Superior Court of D.C. He changed the course of the Justice Department after the Bush years with a focus on civil rights and policing. 

John Kerry, 74, U.S. Secretary of State; U.S. Senator (Massachusetts); 2004 Democratic presidential nominee; Lieutenant Governor; Assistant District Attorney; U.S. Navy, Lieutenant (Ret.),  


Mark Cuban, 60, Reality TV star; NBA owner; Businessman and investor,
A top Trump agitator in 2016. Cuban has the business background and potential name recognition to take down the former reality TV star in the White House.

Richard Ojeda, 48, West Virginia senator; community organizer and activist; Major, Army (Ret.) He's one of the first 2020 hopefuls jumping out of the gates after the midterms. He played a key role in West Virginia's successful teacher strikes. 

Howard Schultz, 65, CEO of Starbucks. The former head of a company he built into an internationally recognized brand, Schultz is often mentioned for business background. But in today's hypercritical world is he willing to risk so directly tying Starbucks to a political campaign? 

Tom Steyer, 61, Investor; Activist; Philanthropist. He’s a leading donor to the left, focused on climate activism. 

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