Accomack County & Northampton County Democratic Committees
The June ACDC Meeting will be at 6 pm on June 5th 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.
You might also be interested in the monthly meeting of Drinking Liberally in Onancock. Their regular June meeting will be Wednesday, the 12th, at 7:00pm in the Boardroom at the Charlotte Hotel, 7 North Street, VA 23417 in beautiful downtown Onancock. They'll have their usual "Open Mic" at 8:00pm for announcements, discussion, postcard/letter writing, or what-you-will. Please RSVP to Terry Malarkey.
Congresswoman Elaine Luria spent two full days on the Eastern Shore in the past month. Luria attended Eggs and Issues, visited an aqua farm, and hosted an open house at her new headquarters in Onley. Then the congresswoman visited Chincoteague and Assateague to learn about the parking issues at the Assateague National Seashore. She then took a tour of Dublin Farms. Health and child care, education, veterans, jobs, poultry, and broadband were among the topics discussed at a town meeting at the Eastern Shore Community College hosted by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, who was joined by Rep. Elaine Luria. The two Democrats toured the NASA Wallops Flight Facility earlier in the day.
Make time to attend an upcoming Meet & Greet with Phil Hernandez who is running for Delegate in District 100. If you haven't met Phil he is an outstanding candidate running against Robert Bloxom for District 100. Here is a schedule of Phil's next appearances. If you would like to attend, Lisa's contact info is: firstname.lastname@example.org, H 757-656-4523, C 703-623-0690 to register and for any information. Attendence will be limited so make your plans early!
Phil Hernandez is uniquely qualified to represent our interests in the General Assembly. Phil is young, energetic and has lived a life of service. He graduated from the University of California Berkley Law School and is currently a staff attorney for the National Employment Law Project, a group that promotes issues involving women in the workplace, specifically pay issues. From my discussions and interactions with him I know that Phil cares deeply about the major issues that will determine the future of the Eastern Shore that we all love so much.
The 100th legislative district includes Accomack and Northampton Counties on the Eastern Shore and the Ocean View area in Norfolk. A breakdown of the numbers shows the following: Accomack County has 23,653 voters. That represents 45.18% of the electorate. Norfolk City has 19,688 voters. That represents 37.61% of the electorate. Northampton County has 9,010 voters. That represents 17.21% of the electorate. A look at the 2018 demographics of HD-100 shows approximately 63% Caucasian, 30% African-American, 8% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and 6% Other Nationality.
In the race for the Virginia Senate it’s Democrat vs. Democrat in the primary election on June 11. Incumbent Senator Lynwood Lewis will face former Northampton Supervisor Willie Randall from Cape Charles.
In the Senate race the value of the incumbency is almost overwhelming. At the end of the first quarter Senator Lewis had a balance of $216,706 in his campaign war chest. Randall had raised a total of $11,820.
The sixth Senate District includes Accomack and Northampton Counties on the Eastern Shore a large area in Norfolk and Matthews County on the Penninsula and a few precincts in Virginia Beach.
61 % of the district voters live in Norfolk, 22% live in Accomack County, 8% live in Northampton County, 6% live in Matthews County and 3% live in Virginia Beach.
To date, no Republican has come forward to oppose the winner of the June primary in the November General Election but they have until June 11th to do so.
The standard question for political science students at The College of William and Mary is, “WTF,” according to Professor Larry Evans. As Virginia policy wonks, we were wondering the same thing. From rapid swings in voter demographics, preferences and participation, and the chance to see close nearly two dozen presidential candidates stroll through town this year, “it’s a fun time,” to be engaged in Virginia politics, Evans said. (“Fun,” we should clarify, in this sense refers to the study of politics, not necessarily its real-life impact.)
It wasn’t always this way. When Virginians elected former President Barack Obama in 2008, the once reliably conservative Commonwealth of Virginia suddenly became a battleground state. But in the past 11 years, we’ve barely seen a primary race play out here among the Democrats. The old bastion of the Confederacy is still a battleground, but today more so in-between Democrats than between liberals and conservatives.
“Some people say it’s purple,” said Evans, a political scientist and author of three books on politics and government. “I think, more accurately, most of the major demographic and political backers that you see nationally play out in the Commonwealth, so it’s a nice microcosm.” Translation: Virginia, like the country, is more blue than red.