Accomack County & Northampton County Democratic Committees
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.
JULY 3, 2019 ACCOMACK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES provided by Laurie Chamberlain , ACDC Secretary
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.
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.
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!
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 address. Normally the NCDC meets on the First Tuesday of each Month @ 7 pm. Check out the NCDC website and the Facebook Page.
JULY 2, 2019 NORTHAMPTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES provided by JoAnn Clark, NCDC Secretary
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.
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.
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.
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 (https://forms.gle/toBXhkTPBXUup17Q6) 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.
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: https://demographics.coopercenter.org/virginia-population-projections-interactive-map
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.