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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2013
Contact: Richard Brewer, (434) 963-4928
ALBEMARLE DEMOCRATS SELECT RICHARD BREWER AS NEW COMMITTEE CHAIR TO LEAD LOCAL PARTY THROUGH 2013 ELECTIONS
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA: Richard Brewer, an Albemarle County native, was nominated and unanimously approved as Chair of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee on May 13, 2013. He was elected to serve the remaining term of former Chair Valerie L’Herrou, who was elected in 2009 and is relocating to Richmond.
L’Herrou said the party has a strong, experienced team in its Steering Committee, and was confident that, with Brewer’s leadership, the party would be well-placed to win local elections as well as contribute to victories in statewide elections this fall. “I am thankful for the many contributions to the strength of the Democratic Committee–from our committee leaders, volunteers, candidates, and sponsors–over the years that I have been a member of the steering committee, and particularly in my past four years as chair. I am sad to be leaving the committee and my community, but glad that I have been able to contribute to both.”
Brewer, President of a statewide senior housing firm based in Charlottesville, stated “I am grateful for the hard work Valerie and the Committee have done over her term and am stepping up to fill this important role to help ensure our party’s success in this fall’s elections. I believe that the Democratic stance on local issues, such as government transparency, school funding, and growth, more clearly align with ideals the county population as a whole cares about, and that the Republican Party has tipped to the extreme. I look forward to mixing my experience in the business world with the organizing and volunteer expertise of those already on the committee to continue to build our local party and make sure we are successful in this and future elections.”
CALL TO CAUCUS
2013 ALBEMARLE COUNTY NOMINATING CAUCUS
Pursuant to the authority provided by the Virginia Democratic Party Plan, the Albemarle County Democratic Committee hereby calls a Caucus to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20 2013, with doors to open at 5:30 pm in the auditorium of the Albemarle County Office Building, McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.
- Incorporated Documents. All appropriate provisions of the Virginia Democratic Party Plan (“State Party Plan”), as amended, and the Bylaws of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee are incorporated into this Call by reference and made a part hereof.
- Purposes. The purpose of the Caucus shall be to nominate Democratic candidates for the upcoming Albemarle County General Election to be held on November 5, 2013.
- Participation. Participation in the caucus is open to all registered voters of Albemarle County who wish to participate as Democrats regardless of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status, or disability. Voter participation in any nomination contest is open to registered voters of the district for which a candidate is running for nomination.
- Filing. Any Democrat wishing to be considered for Democratic nomination to a County office must file a certificate of candidacy with the Chair of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee, or designated representative, by the filing deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013.
- Only those candidates who have filed by the deadline will appear on the ballots distributed at the caucuses. If no more than 1 person has filed for any office by the deadline, the person who has filed for that office will be deemed to have been nominated.
- Declaration. All candidates and all persons participating in the caucuses, shall sign a Declaration form which includes an affirmation that the person is a resident of, and registered to vote in, the jurisdiction holding the caucus; does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic nominee in the next ensuing general election; is a Democrat; is not a member of any other political party; and has not participated and will not participate in the nominating process of any other political party for the 2013 general elections.
- Filing fee. The Albemarle County Democratic Committee has requested a fee for each candidate in the amount of $250.
- Rules. The County Caucus shall be governed by the rules developed by the Temporary Rules Committee and rules developed by the permanent Rules Committee. The Chair shall appoint the members of the Temporary Committees on Credentials and Rules, and shall appoint a convener of each committee, which shall each have three members.
- Certification of Candidates. Within four days after the caucus, the Albemarle County Democratic Chair shall provide the State Party and the State Board of Elections the name of each nominated candidate.
Valerie L’Herrou _______
Chair, Albemarle County Democratic Party
Terry McAuliffe will be in Albemarle County on Monday, May 6th. He will be publicly launching his campaign and rolling out his mainstream policy ideas to make Virginia the best place to create jobs and support a family. Join us in Charlottesville to show the strong support Terry has in our community.
|Time:||Monday, May 6, 2013 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM EDT|
Piedmont Virginia Community College – Stultz Center (Charlottesville, VA)
501 College Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Check out yesterday’s coverage from Brad Sheffield’s announcement for the Board of Supervisors.
From the Daily Progress:
“It’s all about moving forward in small, incremental steps,” Sheffield said outside the Albemarle County Office Building on Tuesday. “And those small steps add up to that bigger vision that we’ve created that ultimately moves us forward.”
“I’ve decided to run because I really do believe that when we make decisions for Albemarle County, we need to be making decisions that leave a legacy for our future generations,” Sheffield said. “We need to make sure we’re putting together those plans and making common-sense decisions that prepare us for the opportunities.”
“The self-described “planning nerd” offered his experience as what best qualifies him for the Board of Supervisors. Sheffield is an assistant director at JAUNT and has undergrad and master’s degrees in planning from UVA.”
“Sheffield says his platform will also focus on workforce development and public education. He is running against Republican incumbent Rodney Thomas.”
“I’ve spent the last 14 years developing the skills that allow me to understand what the county is going to face and how to make certain decisions,” Sheffield said.
Brad Sheffield will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Board of Supervisors from the Rio District on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 12 PM at the McIntire County Office Building.
Find out more about Brad at his web site.
Campaign Director – The Albemarle County Democratic Committee seeks an energetic leader to help ensure our success in this year’s fall campaigns, as well as, help build a foundation to grow our party, attract new candidates, and assist our elected officials in the future. Duties to include canvassing, volunteer management, fundraising, and public relations. We are seeking hard working applicants with a desire to make a positive impact on their community. Come join our team and make a difference! Email resume/salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out recent news coverage about Liz Palmer‘s announcement for the Samuel Miller district seat on the Board of Supervisors:
“Palmer’s campaign will focus on protecting the area’s resources, as well as supporting the schools.”
“I have experience working with environmental groups, the business community, and county and city government to realize large projects that take years to build,” Palmer said. “
“Plans for growth and school size don’t really match up. Their children are learning in trailers or they’re concerned they might not be able to take the necessary courses for college admissions,” said Palmer.”
“Albemarle County needs thoughtful, engaged leaders to share information and encourage public participation before decisions are made,” Palmer said in a news release on her website. “Effective supervisors must seek feedback and then follow through with quality, long-term decisions.”
“Through my experience in local government I have gotten a lot of knowledge about how government really works, how to engage the public, how to effectively address their concerns, making sure that they’re brought into the process early so we don’t have any surprises or midnight votes,” Palmer said Thursday.”
Find out more about Palmer’s campaign at http://lizpalmerforsupervisor.com/.
Liz Palmer will announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Board of Supervisors from the Samuel Miller District on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 12 PM at the McIntire County Office Building.
Find out more about Liz Palmer.
The “Veto” Session commenced at noon on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, and finished at 1:00 a.m. the next morning. It is hard to believe that we could take so long, but most of our time was focused on electing new judges around the Commonwealth in a Special Session.
The Governor made numerous recommendations for changes in bills that had been previously passed by the General Assembly. The most notable of these involved modifications in the transportation bill, which had been passed by a bipartisan coalition in the House and Senate. The Governor’s changes reduced the size of the plan somewhat and included a small reduction in the “hybrid tax”; the $100.00 fee was reduced to $67.00. The fiscal impact of that action was not large, but was viewed as a symbolic change designed to mollify some of the critics of the original bill. Most of the major increases in revenue remained, including the provision to create a dedicated source of revenue for passenger rail. I was happy to advocate and vote for this bill as the most significant advancement in the transportation funding that has been made in several decades (my speech on the original measure is available here). The measure raises about $1 billion extra per year and includes greater sums for transit, road maintenance, and passenger rail. Finally, the Governor made some changes designed to address concerns about the constitutionality of certain measures in the bill that provide some additional revenue for Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. Democrats again provided the margin of victory for final passage, as numerous “no tax pledge” Republicans deserted the Governor by failing to support the measure.
The Governor made some changes in budget language that may assist those of us who seek to expand Medicaid in the Commonwealth. My position continues to be that Medicaid expansion is good because it will create 30,000 new jobs in Virginia, insure approximately 300,000 Virginians who do not have coverage at present, allow the return of billions of dollars in Virginia tax monies that would otherwise go to states throughout the country that have embraced Medicaid expansion, and will be 100 percent funded by the federal government for the first several years of the expansion. It will reduce pressure on our emergency rooms, which have become the “health insurer of last resort” for many of the poorest in our region. Using emergency rooms for primary care is very inefficient and raises costs to taxpayers (the state reimburses hospitals for emergency room bills that are not covered by insurance and that individuals are unable to pay) and to those of us who have private insurance coverage.
A day in Richmond at the General Assembly would not be complete without a debate on social issues. This time it was the Governor who was pushing the social agenda, as he inserted language into a bill that would prohibit private health insurance companies from offering health care coverage for abortion as part of private insurance that would be purchased by individuals within the new health care marketplace. A majority in the House and Senate embraced the Governor’s language, despite the arguments of many Democrats (myself included) and some Republicans that this was an unnecessary and unreasonable intrusion into the marketplace, where private buyers and sellers negotiate the terms of the coverage that companies provide. Our further concern is that it could drive certain citizens away from the health exchange, with the result that either they do not get any coverage at all, or because the insurance pool would become smaller, the cost of insurance would rise for other people who seek it. This is not good social policy in a Commonwealth seeking to lower the cost of insurance for everyone and looking to the marketplace for solutions.
Finally, the 16th Judicial Circuit, which serves this area, got two new judges late in the evening. The first is Dale Durrer, who resides in Culpeper and will serve on the General District Court, replacing the Honorable Roger Morton, who recently retired. The second is Claude Worrell, II, an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Charlottesville, who will take the seat previously occupied by the Honorable Dwight Johnson, who retired in January. I expect that these gentlemen will make fine judges, and am very pleased that we were able to retain these judgeships for our community.
With the completion of the Session, my attention returns to constituent service, my law practice, and the fall elections. It is a pleasure and honor to represent you in the Virginia House of Delegates. As always, please feel free to contact me to share your thoughts and comments on matters before the Commonwealth.
You can signup for Delegate Toscano’s email updates at his web site.
Whereas, it is the duty of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee to issue the Call to Caucus for the purpose of electing 29 delegates and 14 alternates to the 5th Congressional District Democratic Convention, to be held in Palmyra, VA on May 18, 2013.
Now therefore be it resolved that the Albemarle County Democratic Committee hereby issues the Call to Caucus to convene an assembled caucus at 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville, Virginia for the sole purpose of electing 29 delegates and 14 alternates to the 5th Congressional District Convention, and the following provisions shall govern, to wit:
1. Prefiling: Those wishing their names to be placed on the ballot at the Caucus shall prefile their candidacy by 5:00 p.m., April 22, 2013, with the Albemarle County Democratic Committee Chair, Valerie L’Herrou, or her designee or by completing and executing a prefiling form via the Committee’s website at http://www.albemarledems.org/delegate-prefile/. Completed prefiling forms may also be mailed to the Albemarle County Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 5698, Charlottesville, VA 22905 but must be received by the deadline. A postmark prior to the deadline will not be acceptable if the form is received after the deadline.
2. Voluntary Administrative Fee: There shall be a voluntary administrative fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each person filing for delegate, payable to the Fifth Congressional District Democratic Committee. Payment of this fee is completely voluntary. No statement is required in order to waive payment.
3. Declaration: Each Caucus participant, as well as each candidate for delegate or alternate, shall be required to attest in writing that the individual (a) is a Democrat, (b) does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the next ensuing election, (c) is not a member of any other political party, (d) will not participate in the nominating process of any other political party for any office being filled in the 2013 elections, and (e) is registered to vote in Albemarle County.
4. Notice Requirements: The Albemarle County Democratic Committee shall cause to be published the time, date, and location of the Caucus at least 7 days prior to the Caucus, but not more than 2 weeks before the Caucus. All notices shall be published on the State party website (www.vademocrats.org) as well as the website of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee (www.albemarledems.org), and a related press release shall be provided to all relevant newspapers of general circulation in the locality of Albemarle County. The same publishing methodology shall be employed to provide notice of the prefiling deadline for delegate and alternate positions at least 7 days before the prefiling deadline but not more than 2 weeks before the deadline.
5. Conduct of the Caucus: The doors to the Caucus will be opened at noon. Check-in will occur between noon and 1:00 pm. The doors to the caucus will be closed at 1:00 p.m. and no further persons will be permitted to enter. Those in line at 1:00 pm. will be permitted to complete the check-in process and will be permitted to participate.
The Chair of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee or his/her designee, shall be the Temporary Chair of the Caucus and shall appoint a Temporary Secretary and such other Temporary Officers of the Caucus as is deemed appropriate. Until the adoption of the Permanent Rules, the order of the Caucus shall be determined by the Chair of the Caucus, subject to the approval of the Caucus participants, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the Virginia Democratic Party Plan.
Following the election of the Permanent Chair and the Permanent Secretary of the Caucus, the approval of Permanent Rules, and the opportunity for speeches (if desired), the caucus will then vote to elect delegates and alternates to fill its allotment. The Caucus will be adjourned following the election of all delegates and alternates.
6. Affirmative Action: the chair and the members of Democratic Committee shall take all feasible steps to encourage broad participation in the delegate selection process. Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, ethnic identity or economic status in the delegate selection process is prohibited. The Albemarle County Democratic Committee shall make every effort to ensure that the Albemarle County delegation is roughly equal in gender composition.
7. Call Distribution: It shall be the duty of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee Chair to distribute a copy of the Call to Caucus.
It shall further be the duty of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee Chair to cause this Call to Caucus to be publicized through the news media of Albemarle County as widely as is feasible.
Authorized by the Albemarle County Democratic Committee and the Democratic Party of Virginia
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Day of Action Democratic Canvass
Starts: May 19, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Location: Toddsbury's store, Ivy
Description: Meet at Toddsbury's at noon on Sunday to canvass "drop-off" voters in the Ivy area. RSVP: Joel Emerson <email@example.com>
County Democratic Party Nominating Caucus
Starts: May 20, 2013 - 5:30 pm
Location: Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road
Description: Nominating caucus to choose our nominees for Albemarle County Board of Supervisors races. Doors open at 5:30, doors close at 6:30. All qualified Democratic voters who are in line at 6:30 pm will be admitted.