Upcoming Rappahannock County Democrats Meeting

The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee (RCDC) will meet on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 7 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 December 2015


Sympathy for the family of Meredith Gorfein


The Rappahannock Democratic Committee notes with sorrow the passing of Meredith Gorfein on January 20. 

Our prayers are with Hank.




(Charlottesville, VA – January 25, 2016) Effective this morning, Democrat Ericke Cage announced that he has withdrawn his candidacy for Virginia’s 5th district congressional seat. Jane Dittmar, immediate past chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, remains and is now the only Democratic candidate in the race.

“We thank Ericke Cage for his dedicated work as an educator, a public servant, and as a candidate in this campaign. Ericke and I have been in touch while he was making his decision and again this morning before his announcement and we thank him for keeping us informed,” said Dittmar. “While we knew all along that there could only be one Democratic nominee, our motives and ideas were not in competition. We have both been working to improve economic opportunity and education and to advocate for everyone in our 5th district – regardless of location or economic status. We will collectively work to unite the democrats throughout the district.”

“Ericke’s positions on high quality education and economic equality align well with our platform, but require the establishment of a strong foundation – improved workforce training, expanded Internet access, and job growth. High quality education requires access to reliable Internet from home and in schools. Economic equality for all residents means that individuals must have the necessary workforce training to get good jobs and those jobs then need to exist in all corners of the district. Building an economically prosperous 5th district starts with infrastructure and access in all 10,000+ square miles of the district and we will continue to do the necessary work to strengthen the heart of Virginia.”

Dittmar’s campaign has opened an operations center in downtown Charlottesville and has made hires for finance, volunteer organization, communications, campaign management, and field operations.


Friends of Jane Dittmar
PO Box 974
Charlottesville VA 22902 United States

RCDC Biennium Reorganization Caucus Minutes from January 9, 2015

Click here to review the minutes from the 2016 Biennium Reorganization Caucus.


Congratulations to the new RCDC officers

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The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee held its biennial caucus to reorganize and elect new officers on Saturday January 9 at Town Hall.  A scrumptious breakfast was served to about 40 attendees then the caucus proceeded with business.  Ross O’Donoghue (left) and Greg Ludlow (not present) were re-elected chairman & vice chairman respectively.  Barbara Dennis (center) is the new secretary and Bruce Sloane (right) is new treasurer.  The next regular monthly meeting will be held at the Library on February 2 at 7pm.


RCDC Biennium Reorganization Caucus, January 9, 2015

The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee will hold a Biennium Reorganization Caucus on January 9, 2016 at 9:00 am in the Washington Town Hall.  Registration and Application for Membership will be held from 9:00am – 10:00am.  At 10:00am, Registration will be closed and the Caucus will convene for the election of officers and the approval of the Bylaws for the 2016 – 2017 Biennium.  All who are interested in running for office are encouraged to contact the current Chair, Ross O’Donoghue, at 540 987-8019.


It’s your time to help make the Country shine!

Do you want to serve your community and nation more in 2016? Do you want to do more than vote Democrat in the 2016 presidential election? Now’s your chance. The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee (RCDC) has openings for Secretary and Treasurer. Each term is two years (2016-2018). Either job won’t take a lot of time, but will have great impact.

So, what are you waiting for? Call the RCDC current secretary, Gwen Bates, 540-675-9987, or chair, Ross O’Donoghue, 540-987-8019, for more information or to nominate yourself (or nominate someone else, with their permission). Elections will take place during the RCDC Biennium Reorganization Caucus, January 9, 2015, to be held at the Washington Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. (registration is between 9-10.a.m.).

If being an officer isn’t something you’d like to do, there are plenty of other opportunities in the RCDC as a general committee member. You can sign up at the Jan. 9 caucus or call Gwen or Ross, for more information.

Let this be your year to shine with other Democrats, as they work to help make our country shine, by electing more Democrats. This could be one of the most important elections of our lifetime!

By the way, the RCDC also donates time, labor and money to the community–it’s not all about politics. It’s about doing good for the community, state and nation, every way they can!


Rapp Dems defending their title at the 2015 Trivia Bowl

The Rappahannock County Democrats are entered in the RCHS Panther Trivia Bowl to defend their”Know it all” title from last year. The team consists of Henry Gorfein (captain), Patrick Alther, Jed Duvall, Rich Spillenkothen and Sharon Kilpatrick. There will be four competing at a time. There can be substitutes in each round.

Would you like to be part of the  team? If so, contact Jed Duvall at 540-522-9216.
The Trivia Bowl is 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at Rappahannock County High School.



For a chuckle…

Ray Boc took this photo recently, while vacationing in France.



The Rappahannock County Democrats and April Moore


The RCDC thanks April Moore for running for State Senate.

It was a pleasure to help with her campaign.

40.5 percent of the county voted for April, an improvement in democratic votes.

Thanks to Greg for all the hard work.