You’re invited to the next Rappahannock County Democrats meeting

The Rappahannock County Democrats will meet at the Rappahannock County Library (4 Library Road, Washington, VA) on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7 p.m. You don’t have to be a RCDC member or a Democrat to attend.



Next Festive Progressives Gathering – January 22, 2015



Do you like to dine and mingle with other Democrats and Progressives? You’re in luck. Festive Progressives will be gathering at the Flint Hill Public House (675 Zachary Taylor Highway  Flint Hill, Va.) on Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. There’s no sign up, fee or commitment. Just show up and enjoy the company. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the restaurant menu.


Diversity Festival in Front Royal, November 1


The Rappahanock County Democrats received the following letter…

Hi, my name is Jay North and I am the organizer of the 1st Annual Celebrate Diversity Festival. Our event happens Saturday, November 1st, which is only a few days away. I am contacting you because I think this event is about principles dear to the hearts of Democrats everywhere. The event was organized on very short notice in response to the repeal of a local ordinance in the town of Front Royal that discriminated against specific religious and ethnic groups. In the course of repealing that code, public hearings were held where factions arose from within the community to attack still other minorities through hate speech, attacks on the free press, and boycotts of local businesses.

I formed this event to celebrate the fact that there are people of varied backgrounds, ethnicities, religions and cultures that call this valley and this country home. This is event is to show that those who seek to use their faith to persecute others do not speak for God, and that those who claim to speak for the community do not speak for all of us.

The response from radio stations, newspapers, businesses and national non-profits has been overwhelming and continues to grow every day. We now have interest from Senator Warner’s office to send a representative to join our speaker panel. But it should not stop there. Democrats from red-zones are often forgotten about as though our votes don’t matter. Yet the number of people who care about Democratic causes, which are human causes, is unlimited and reaches across party lines. Yet in mid-term elections, when turnout is low, we find ourselves in an opportunity which our leaders should not ignore.

Here before a captive audience of people from Harrisonburg, Manassas, Winchester, Front Royal, Luray, The Plains, and all over the surrounding region, our leaders have the opportunity, just 3 days before the election, to energize the base, to share a vision for the future of all Virginians, and all Americans; one that is tolerant, peaceful, and inclusive of everyone. I am writing to ask you to help get the word out about our event, to bring people of different backgrounds together in a showing of solidarity for equality and justice. I am asking you to apply pressure to our elected officials and remind them that we are still here, in spite of being surrounded by conservative and often closed minds, we are still here. We fight for freedom with our very existence, standing against a tide of racism, religious bigotry, and the divisiveness of corporately purchased power mongers.

The only way we will win is if we fight back, if we fight to preserve individual freedom, respect for diversity, and hope for a better tomorrow. It is time our elected officials remember that votes are easier to come by in larger population centers, and that hearts and minds need won in the more difficult places. Will you and the people of your district join us? I am sending along a copy of our press release, and more information can be found on our website at . Come join us this Saturday and see that we are none of us, alone.

Jay North

Press release:


Election Night Party at El Quijote!


The Rappahannock Democratic Committee meeting WILL NOT be held in November.

You are invited to join us November 4, election evening, at the El Quijote restaurant, at 7:30 in Sperryville. A variety of tapas will be laid out in a buffet with a cash bar. There will be TV & WiFi. A $10 donation is suggested.

El Quijote is in the River District Arts building on River Lane off Water Street near the distillery and Copper Fox Antiques. If you plan to come, please call Ray Boc at 987-9706 or email at rayboc(at) by Sunday noon, November 2.

A head count is necessary to assure that we have enough food prepared. However no one will be turned away.


Lawrence Gaughan, 5th District Candidate for Congress

Lawrence Gaughan for Congress

Lawrence Gaughan was born in the heart of Virginia’s 5th Congressional district. A native of Charlottesville, he is the founder of the non-partisan, non-profit organization, GOV360. Lawrence is also a credited actor, director and producer in the entertainment industry, where he has been a trade union member in the Screen Actors Guild since 1996.

Lawrence’s mother, Margery, was adopted by Charlottesville lumberjack and lumber broker, Walter Y. Darling and his wife Francis. His mother was raised in Charlottesville, and lived there until her death from cancer in 1986, when she was laid to rest alongside her adoptive parents in the hillside cemetery at Monticello Gardens. Lawrence has an older half-brother from his mother’s first marriage, as well as a niece and two nephews, all of whom grew up in Charlottesville.

Lawrence’s father, Lawrence D. Gaughan, came to Charlottesville, in 1963 to attend graduate school at the University of Virginia school of Law. He has been a Virginia State Bar member for nearly 50 years. Following the divorce of Lawrence’s parents in 1979, Lawrence’s father relocated to Northern Virginia, where he has practiced law and established himself as a pioneer in the field of divorce mediation.

Upon graduation from Albemarle High School in 1985, Lawrence immediately found work as a production assistant and stand-in for actor John Cryer on the motion picture, “Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home”, which was filmed in central Virginia. After attending his first two years of college in Virginia, Lawrence went on to finish his B.F.A in Theatre Arts at the University of Montana in 1994, before heading to Hollywood California to launch his acting career.

Lawrence returned to Virginia in 1999 where he worked on several film and stage productions in the area, including the play “Titus Andronicus”, in conjunction with the Shenandoah Shakespeare festival and the Anthony Hopkins movie, “Hearts in Atlantis”. Over the next decade, Lawrence was bi-coastal, working as an actor while maintaining strong ties to his home town. In 2003, Lawrence played the role of the catholic priest, Father Joseph in the popular, but short lived, NBC dramatic TV series, “American Dreams”.

During the 2000’s, Lawrence became more involved in political work for the Democratic party, working for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign as well as raising money for the DCCC during the successful 2006 midterm election cycle. Read More »


Campaign Websites

Mark Warner for Virginia

Lawrence Gaughan, 5th District Congressional Candidate


Rapp Dems Quiz Bowl Team – 1st place!

quiz bowl

Congratulations to the RCDC Quiz Bowl team, who took first place in the September 18th Quiz Bowl at Rappahannock County High School. They competed with three other teams, including the student team. Members of the RCDC team were Hank Gorfein,captain, Sharon Kilpatrick, Bob Weinberg and Patrick Alther.



Dear Members,

The Rappahannock County Democratic Executive Committee, as per the Bylaws, is seeking candidates for the positions of Precinct and Vice-Precinct Captains in each of the 6 Precincts in Rappahannock County i.e. Amissville; Washington; Flint Hill; Chester Gap; Scrabble and Sperryville. You have been chosen for nomination, based on your past commitment as a member of the RCDC .

The main functions of these positions include 1) getting out the vote, organizing and identifying Democrats to work at the polling sites on election day, either inside or out front; and 2) generally informing fellow-Democrats in your respective Precincts about the Rappahannock County Democratic Party and its goals. The major advantage to having representatives who live in the same Precinct as their fellow-democrats is that they probably know personally more people than someone who lives outside the Precinct. All materials related to the above functions would be supplied to you by the RCD Executive Committee e.g. lists with contact information of Democratic members in your Precinct; signs and literature on Democratic candidates, together with general information on the Rappahannock Democratic Party e.g. Meetings, Social Events, Guest Speakers etc. In short, this is not a labor intensive exercise, but a very essential one in getting more people engaged in the political process and ensuring that democrats get elected locally, state-wide and nationally. This work is critical to effectively continuing our Democratic process.   We urge you to volunteer to serve in one of these roles, if not for the entire year, for this 2014 election.

If you are willing to work in one of the above two positions, please contact Kay Beatty at outreach(at) by September 30, if possible, so we can get started on the tasks that a Precinct Captain or Vice-Precinct Captain will do prior to and during the upcoming election. We would like to recognize the volunteers at the next meeting of the RCDC on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

Thank you for your continued support of the Rappahannock County Democratic Party.

Ross O’Donoghue, Chair


Dog Days of Summer Indoor Yard Sale and Fund Raiser, August 30 & 31

The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee’s annual DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Indoor Yard Sale and Fund Raiser is Saturday, August 30 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday, August 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Labor Day weekend) at the Washington Virginia Firehouse (10 Firehouse Lane, Washington, Va). To donate items call Jan Makela at 540-454-0547. Drop off times are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, August 28 & 29.

Yard sale before opening

Dog Days of Summer Indoor Yard Sale 2011



RCDC Dog Days of Summer Yard Sale – Now Accepting Donations


The annual Rappahannock County Democratic Committee DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Indoor Yard Sale and Fund Raiser, Saturday and Sunday, August 30& 31, 2014 (Labor Day weekend), at the Washington Virginia Firehouse. Donations will be received at the Firehouse Thursday and Friday, August 28-29, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

We are now accepting donations of …

  •          Art work—-
  •          Books
  •          Collectibles
  •          Costume jewelry
  •          DVDs & CDs
  •          Electronics (but NO analog TVs and computers, please)
  •          Fabrics
  •          Furniture (but NO overstuffed chairs and sofas, please)
  •          Holiday items
  •          Kitchen ware (but NO sinks, please. Yes, it’s happened.)
  •          Lamps
  •          Linens
  •          Pet equipment
  •          Picture frames
  •          Pottery and glassware
  •          Small appliances (NO large appliances, please)
  •          Sports equipment
  •          Tools & hardware
  •          Toys and play equipment (gently used)
  •          And other items in good condition!

PLEASE deliver items to the Washington Firehouse on Thursday and Friday, August 28 and 29 (mark your calendars). If you cannot arrange to deliver items yourself, please call Jan Makela (540 454-0547) or Jim Blubaugh (540 675-2001) to arrange for pickup.