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, November, 2014 at 7 p.m. You don’t have to be a RCDC member or a Democrat to attend.



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.


An invitation from the Mark Warner campaign

My name is Isaac Sarver and I serve as Senator Mark Warner’s Western Virginia Political Director on his re-election campaign. I hope this email finds you well and wanted to make sure that you heard about an event taking place in Shenandoah County with Senator Warner. Please join Senator Mark Warner at a campaign stop in Shenandoah County for a discussion with local community and business leaders as part of his re-election campaign.
Where: Fort Valley Nursery and Cafe, 1175 Hisey Avenue, Woodstock, VA 22664
When: Friday, August 1st
Time: 11:15 AM

Please RSVP by emailing

Isaac Sarver

Western Virginia Political Director
Mark Warner VA

Mobile:  540-616-8393

Drop by the RCDC tent at the Sperryville 4th of July Celebration

Happy 4th of July!

Please come and join with your fellow democrats for dessert at the Rappahannock County Forth of July Celebration on Route 522 just beyond Sperryville. We will see you at the Democrats’ tent near the entrance.


Note from Bill Gadino regarding the Spring Gathering at Gadino Cellars.

Hank Gorfein and all the Rappahannock County Democrats,

Aleta and I would like to thank you and all the Rappahannock County Democrats for choosing Gadino Cellars for your 2014 fundraiser. I washed 71 wine glasses on Monday morning meaning that some 142 glasses of wine were poured. There were 25 bottles of empty wine and 4 bottles that had various amounts of wine left (gave these to Ross). Hopefully, you had 71 paying customers which no doubt means you raised some funds.

I also enjoyed the address given by Tim. He is both eloquent and gracious.


Bill Gadino