Upcoming Rappahannock County Democrats Meeting


The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee (RCDC) will meet on Tuesday, July 5, 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 May 2016 General Committee Meeting


Memorial program to honor Meredith Gorfein

Meredith Gorfein during her campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates in 1999.

Meredith Gorfein during her campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates in 1999.

Gorfein, “was absolutely fearless,” says Hank, her husband of 34 years. “She wasn’t afraid of anything and it stood her in good stead” as she faced the ravages of Alzheimer’s. Meredith died of cancer in January at the age of 71.

Hank will hold a memorial program for Meredith at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Wakefield Country Day School (1059 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Huntly). A reception will follow. Anyone who knew Meredith is invited.

Hank plans to make a few remarks about Meredith’s remarkable life that included stage managing at Arena Stage and the Barns of Wolf Trap, serving on the Rappahannock County School Board, running for the state assembly against a three-time incumbent, waitressing at the Inn at Little Washington, and chairing the Rappahannock Democratic committee. Locally, she is perhaps best remembered for her smiling presence at the former eCow on U.S. 211 at Ben Venue, the Sunnyside Market in Little Washington and then at the Corner Store and Thornton River Grille in Sperryville.

“Whoever wants to speak at the memorial program will be invited to do so,” says Hank. “It will be a very simple program, like a Quaker ceremony. And then we’ll eat.”

For questions or additional information, call Hank at 540-675-3515 or email him hankdem@gmail.com.

— Patty Hardee

Source: http://www.rappnews.com/2016/06/16/the-rapp-for-june-16/149300/


Jane Dittmar for Congress, Virginia’s 5th Congressional District

Visit Jane’s campaign website: http://janeforcongress.com/

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Jane Dittmar for Congress, Virginia’s 5th Congressional District

I am Jane Dittmar and I am your Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives, representing Virginia’s 5th Congressional District.  I am the immediate past Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and former representative of the Scottsville District. Through my Supervisor position, I served on the Governor’s Broadband Advisory Council.

I am a certified mediator for both General District and Circuit Courts and have served as court coordinator for the General District, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit courts of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa.  I’m also a principal in Positive Solutions Group and a business consultant specializing in strategic planning. My background is business and I  have owned and worked with many businesses in the Commonwealth particularly when I served as President of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce from 1992-2000.

I became a Virginian when I was six years old, attending Arlington County Public Schools after my family moved from rural Illinois.  I  graduated from the University of Virginia where I received a degree in Economics. Since then, I’ve attended the UVa Darden School’s Executive Program and Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy. Over the past 40 years, I’ve lived in Nelson, Fluvanna, and Albemarle Counties, and the City of Charlottesville.  My husband, Frank Squillace, and I reside in Albemarle County, Virginia. We have raised six children (Will, Mary, Virginia, Leia, Jed, and Joe), four of whom are in college.

I will bring my experience and action-oriented approach to Congress, to make sure it is accountable, transparent, and responsive to our needs in the 5th District. I am committed to public service, and I am ready and willing to work for you, for us, for the 5th.
Jane Dittmar


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


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For a little fun – Fallon and Obama “slow jam the news”


Tom Howarth withdraws his candidacy for Virginia’s 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kai Degner announces his candidacy

Notice from the Warren County Democratic Committee:

It is with a heavy heart that we report, “Due to health concerns, Tom Howarth is regrettably withdrawing his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Sixth District of Virginia. He is deeply grateful for all the help extended to his campaign by so many wonderful people.”

We hope Mr. Howarth has a speed recovery and thank him for all of his hard work and dedication.

UPDATE: 6/5/16: Kai Degner, a friend of the Rappahannock County Dems, announces his candidacy: Kai Degner for Congress


A Talk with Andy Schmookler, June 8

 American Politics 2016:

What’s Going on and Where Are We Heading?

Come talk with Andy Schmookler: a Q & A session

at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 8

in the Music Room at the Simms Center

620 Simms Ave in Harrisonburg

Andy has been investigating America’s increasingly troubling political dynamics for more than a decade. He was the Democratic nominee for Congress here in the 6th District in 2012. His opinion pieces appear regularly in newspapers across the District (including Harrisonburg’s DNR).

Andy will say a few words, and then take questions from the audience on the following topics:

  • the 2016 presidential race;
  • the state of American politics generally; and
  • ideas presented in his newly-published book, “WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST”

The event is free and open to the public. Come and create a lively interaction.

For background:

For a sample of Andy’s thinking about American politics in 2016, check out “Trump’s Rise: Not Just a Threat but an Opportunity”.

To find out about Andy’s new book, take a look at the Amazon page for “WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST.” .


A Spring Gathering at Gadino Cellars