Upcoming Rappahannock County Democrats Meeting


The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee (RCDC) will meet on Tuesday, October 4, 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 August 2016 General Committee Meeting


This war hero’s Gold Star parents want you to know why they’re backing Hillary Clinton By: Jane Whitfield and Salvatore Abbate, September 25, 2016

Click the below link to read the op-ed by Jane Whitfield and Salvatore Abbate in the Millitary Times, the September 25, 2016 issue.


Jane Whitfield and her husband, Salvatore Abbate, with their son, Matthew Abbate after his graduation from Marine Corps recruit training. (Photo courtesy of Jane Whitfield)

Jane Whitfield and her husband, Salvatore Abbate, with their son, Matthew Abbate after his graduation from Marine Corps recruit training. (Photo courtesy of Jane Whitfield)


New Ad from Jane Dittmar for Congress




Labor Day Ad from Jane Dittmar for Congress




Thank You, Yard Sale Volunteers, from Ross O’Donoghue, RCDC Chair


I want to thank all the volunteers who worked so hard to make the yard sale a success; the spirit of cooperation and effort is exactly what characterizes our current Democratic Committee:

Jan Makela
Andy Platt
Barbara Dennis
Greg Ludlow
Joy Sloan
Bruce Sloan
Larry Heppinstall
Hi Soo Heppinstall
Ray Boc
Patrick Alter
Jed Duvall
Linda Dietel
Jodie Millies
Ralph Bates
Peggy Spillenkothen
Rich Spillenkothen
Darien Reese
Donna Kevis
Averill Ring
Sharon Kilpatrick
Ron Makela
Nol Putnam
Nancy Reeve
Pam Owen
Hal Hunter
Butch Zindel
Marian Bragg
Gwen Bates
Jeanne Kauffman
Alice Bivy
Bud Meyer
Francie Schroder
Hank Gorfein
Chris Bird
Mimi Cantrell
Steph Ridder
Lindsay Sonnett
Jill Duvall
Henry Eastwood
John Burns
Eve Brooks
Fred Schaefer
Thom Pellikan
Jana Froeling
Melissa Schooler
Sally Cunningham
Patty Hardee
Kay Beatty
We took in over $5400 and made a lot of treasure hunters happy.
 –Ross O’Donoghue, RCDC Chair

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The Dog Days of Summer Yard Sale, September 3-4

The RCDC Dog Days of Summer Yard Sale!


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



Jewelry & Accessories Outdoor and Garden Items Lamps
Toys, Games & Puzzles Artwork & Collectibles Sports Equipment
Kids’ Stuff China & Glassware Holiday Items
Books Household Items Tools & Hardware
DVDs & CDs Small Appliances  Equipment
Kitchenware Linens & MORE …


Donations accepted Thursday, September 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
and Friday, September 2, noon to 6 p.m.
at the Washington VA Fire House

(PLEASE no sinks, computers, analog TVs, or overstuffed furniture)

For information, call Jan Makela (540 454-0547), Andy Platt (540-937-4527), or Ross O’Donoghue (703-303-5695)




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 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