Upcoming Rappahannock County Democrats Meeting


The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee (RCDC) will meet on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Library (4 Library Road, Washington, VA). Meetings are open to the general public.

Click here to view the minutes from the April 2016 General Committee Meeting.


A Spring Gathering at Gadino Cellars



Information Letter: Call for Potential Canvassers, Fall 2016


My name is Greg Ludlow and my responsibility is to organize the door to door canvassing operation in Rappahannock County for  Democratic candidates  in the Presidential and House of Representatives  Virginia 5th District Elections in Fall 2016.

Last year for the first time in the County we organized a volunteer campaign that covered the entire County canvassing for April Moore in the 26th District Virginia Senate Race. This year we have of course a very important General Election for President and also a race for the House of Representatives in Congress for the 5th District of Virginia.  An alphabetical list has been compiled of some 1700 voters by Precinct in Rappahannock County consisting of Independents, Leaning Democrats and Strong Democrats. The number of voters that we intend to reach out to this year is considerably higher than that of last year, as, considering  that it was our first time canvassing door to door in 2015, we concentrated primarily on lists of Good Democrats.  Consequently, given our expanded voter lists this year and given the importance of the General Election we are seeking more canvassing volunteers in our campaign to elect Democratic candidates to office. There are 6 Precincts in Rappahannock County and last year we had 2 volunteers per Precinct who canvassed door to door. This year we are hoping to double the number of volunteers.  Last year a colleague and I canvassed the entire Sperryville Precinct, t and we completed our canvassing in three Saturdays, spread out over 8 weekends  from the weekend after Labor Day until the last weekend in October, or on an almost one in three weekend basis, thus enabling  flexibility in scheduling for the canvassers. All volunteers would be placed in teams of at least two people and provided with the necessary materials, voter lists, candidate literature, maps etc. Only one car would be necessary, as some of the locations are not like in urban or suburban areas literally next door to one another, hence we drive much more than we walk. This  is an enjoyable experience where you get to meet people face to face, and, as several studies have shown and from personal experience, a more effective and personalized way of  getting out the vote. We will be holding information sessions on canvassing in  August and early September, when volunteers will be provided with materials such as voter lists, maps etc., and the necessary literature on the candidates for distribution to voters. These sessions will be prior to the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee  General Meetings, so as to make it more convenient for  scheduling purposes.

If you are interested in canvassing to elect Democratic candidates to office,  please contact me by e-mail, gll(at)gwu.edu, and send me your contact information (e-mail/phone #) and preferred Canvassing Precinct e.g. Amissville.  Flint Hill, Chester Gap, Washington, Sperryville or Scrabble (Castleton).

Thank you.

Greg Ludlow

Vice-Chair, RCDC


Jane Dittmar – The Democratic Party Nominee, 5th Congressional District


Rappahannock County Democrats,

When I took the stage on Saturday to accept the Democratic nomination, I took a moment to think about all the folks who have helped us get this far. I am so grateful for your support and proud to represent our party in this election. We have an incredible opportunity this year to win back our Congressional seat and use it to really help people all across the district.

Can you help us kick-start the general election with a contribution today?

We have a lot of work ahead of us. Over the next six months we’ll need to reach thousands of voters by phone, at their doors, through the mail, and at community events. They need to hear our plans to bring good jobs back to the 5th by investing in workforce training and broadband infrastructure. We need to ask for their votes on November 8th. That’s why I’m asking for your help today.




Democrat to Run for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District

From the News Leader: Part of the USA Today Network:

A man who made a vow to serve the poor following his battle with cancer has announced his plans to run for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District.

Warren County Democrat Tom Howarth said he is in the process of filing his candidacy for his party’s nomination to run against the GOP’s winner in the primary election on June 14. Republican Harry Griego is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte in the primary.

“This is such a strange political year,” Howarth said. “It’s confusing, but it’s also an opportunity. I have no illusions about how difficult a district this is, but a candidate, given the mix of things, could really have an impact this time.

“I think we should be challenging Mr. Goodlatte on some of his policies on immigration, on voting rights and on what he is or isn’t doing about not getting things done.”




Jane Dittmar’s website

DittmarJane Dittmar for Congress


Give Local Piedmont, May 3, 2016



Nonprofits across the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s 4-county region of Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties are participating in Give Local Piedmont on May 3, 2016. The participating nonprofits are working on a broad range of issues: Arts & Culture, Animal Welfare, Community Improvement, Education, Environment, Health, Housing, Human Services, Public Safety & Crime Prevention, and Youth Development.

Everybody can participate in Give Local Piedmont! Individuals can make online donations to participating nonprofits. The minimum donation is $10. All donations made on May 3rd give your favorite nonprofit the opportunity to earn bonus dollars and monetary prizes.

Go to https://givelocalpiedmont.org/for more information.


Minimum Wage & Income Inequality Discussion, April 30, 2:15 – 4:15 PM, Samuels Public Library

National & Local Experts to Discuss the Minimum Wage & Income Inequality 

Saturday, April 30, 2:15 – 4:15 PM, Samuels Public Library, White Room A


Please mark your calendar and invite friends to attend a  stimulating program organized by Barbara Stevens and Linda Allen as part of the Warren County Democratic Committee’s (WCDC’s) educational outreach program.

Did you know the majority of minimum wage workers are not teens but adults over 35?  The vanishing middle class has emerged as a galvanizing issue in this year’s Presidential race. In our community the stresses of working two or more jobs places enormous burdens on parents and children.

Saturday’s seminar features a panel of national and local speakers who will address the effects of a low minimum wage, causes of income inequality, the role of labor unions in wages, and the lives of the working poor.

The speakers are:

Brendan V. Duke, Associate Director for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund – Mr. Duke holds a master’s degree in economics and public policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Macalester College. He will discuss the minimum wage issue as well as his research regarding economic inequality and intergenerational economic mobility as a staff member of American Progress’ Inclusive Prosperity Commission in 2014. His research has been featured in The New York Times,The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

T. Michael Kerr, Former Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – In addition to the SEIU, Mr. Kerr previously did political and legislative work for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). He has a B.A. from Tufts University and a Masters in City Planning from MIT. His remarks will address the role of labor unions in wage issues.

Lee Smith-Osina, Executive Director, FR/WC United Way – Ms. Smith-Osina’s career specialty is consulting and working as an executive director for non-profit organizations and she is a 1994 graduate of the University of Delaware, Institute for Organization Management. Ms. Smith-Osina and Rita Biggs (below) will provide a joint presentation regarding the ALICE Project (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed), a research project in the planning to determine the actual number of working poor in our community.

Rita Biggs, Vice President, FR/WC United Way – Ms. Biggs has worked locally in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault for over 20 years which led to the Virginia Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Action Alliance bestowing upon her the Pioneer Award for her years of service and for making significant changes in our community to address these issues. She has a degree in Social Work from James Madison University.

Please plan on coming and bring your family and friends. This touches everyone, regardless of party affiliation. I look forward to seeing you there!

Tom Howarth, Chair, Warren County Democratic Committee
1 Lazy Livin Lane
Front Royal, VA 22630



Blue State Bluegrass Brunch 2016

Jane Dittmar, candidate 5th CD special guest -Rappahannock Co Democratic Committee

Jane Dittmar, candidate 5th CD special guest -Rappahannock Co Democratic Committee


Jane Dittmar, candidate 5th CD special guest -Rappahannock Co Democratic Committee

Jane Dittmar, candidate 5th CD special guest -Rappahannock Co Democratic Committee


Festive Progressives Gather at the Flint Hill Public House, April 21, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


Festive Progressives will be gathering at the Flint Hill Public House (675 Zachary Taylor Highway, Flint Hill, Va.) on Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be light refreshments (donations are welcome, but not required, to defray the cost). Stay for dinner afterwards, or leave at the conclusion. For more information, call Rappahannock County Democratic Committee Chair Ross O’Donoghue at 540-987-8019.