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2015 Local Candidates

2015 Nominees Jon Zug, Ann Mallek, Norman Dill, Rick Randolph and Denise Lunsford

Attorney General Mark Herring And the Albemarle County Democratic Party

invite you to a reception with our local candidates for 2015

Friday, May 29th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
1550 Pantops Mt. Place

This is a fundraiser to support the Albemarle County Democratic Party and its candidates.

Sponsorship Levels

Host $2,500 * Patron $1,000 * Friend $500 * Supporter $250
(Sponsors are invited to meet our candidates and Attorney General Herring at 5:30PM)

Individual Tickets $65

RSVP and pay online

Directions: From downtown Charlottesville take Rt. 250 East to Pantops. Left at light onto Pantops Mt.

Place. First right into Commonwealth Senior Living.

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2014 James and Nellie Butler Albemarle County High School Scholarships


This Scholarship program was established in 1998 by the Albemarle County Democratic Party to honor James and Nellie Butler, life-long members of the Democratic Party. The scholarship honors their commitment to Albemarle County and their support for public education. All graduating Albemarle County High School students who plan to attend college, university or an accredited technical/ vocational program are eligible to apply.

Since the creation of the scholarship by the Albemarle County Democratic Party, over $20,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to students to help defray part of their college costs. The Butler Scholarship Committee, after a review of the applications which include an essay, will select the recipients of the 2014 scholarships. Financial need is a consideration.

One $500 scholarship toward post-secondary education tuition is awarded to a senior at each of the four Albemarle High Schools: Albemarle Senior high, Western Albemarle Senior High, Monticello Senior High and Murray Senior High.

Jim Butler served Albemarle County for over 35 years as an agricultural extension agent. He was the first African-American to be named Unit Chairman for an agricultural extension office in Virginia. Jim was also the first African-American elected to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, winning the seat from the Rivanna Magisterial District in 1981.

Nellie Butler was a Girl Scout leader and a 4-H advisor in Albemarle County. She taught at Piedmont Technical Education Center in Culpeper for over 25 years.

Jim Butler was recognized for his many contributions to Albemarle County in 2000, when the Baker-Butler Elementary School was named for him and John Baker, the first African-American Chair of the Albemarle County School Board.

Find additional Information and download the 2014 application. Applications are due by May 10th.

Because of your constant support throughout election season, we’d like to give you an insider update on the 2016 General Assembly session.
  • In Commerce and Labor Subcommittee, House Democrats stood strong and and made the difference voting down a bill that would have required drug testing for TANF recipients. “TANF recipients are no more likely statistically to be drug users than any other group and to target them would be unfair. Rightly, partisan politics did not stand in the way of doing what is right for our Commonwealth,” said Delegate Marcia Price. Read the press release here >>
  • We set the record straight on Democrats’ success in growing the New Virginia Economy: “Let’s get the facts right: the facts show that there has been tremendous economic growth during the years of the Obama administration and the McAuliffe administration.” Watch the full video:
Republicans continue to vote against fairness and transparency.
  • In Commerce and Labor Subcommittee, several bills that would have outlawed discrimination against LGBT Virginians were essentially killedby being sent to the Code Commission instead of being passed. The Code Commission doesn’t have the authority to add LGBT discrimination as one of the groups protected against discrimination. The following bills were blocked by being sent to the Code Commission:
    • HB 179 — Kory and HB 1005 — Levine: Prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment
    • HB 300 — Simon and HB 913 — Toscano: Prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing.
    • HB 427 — Hope: Banned conversion therapy for people younger than 18 years old.
  • Republicans continue to reject reasonable election reform. They have blocked several pieces of legislation that would have created pathways to a nonpartisan redistricting process, as well as more transparency and accountability in campaign finance.
  • Multiple bills that would have raised the minimum wage and implemented guaranteed paid family leave were also killed by a Republican-dominated Subcommittee. Read the press release here >> They doubled down a week later: read more here >>
  • A resolution and bill in the House advanced, HJ 2 and HB 4, that would make Right to Work laws a part of the Virginia Constitution.
    “Building the New Virginia Economy requires a healthy, viable workforce that is paid a livable wage, guaranteed equal pay for equal work, and has access to affordable health care — not needlessly elevating existing law to the state Constitution that hurts Virginia’s workers,” said Delegate Jeion Ward. Read the press release here >>

  • The Republican Caucus began this years’ session off with a bang by comparing the evils of slavery with a woman’s right to choose:
Democrats responded: Read the press release here >>
Republicans then continued their attack against a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health decisions in a Subcommittee meeting, striking down two bills that would have increased access to care. Read the press release here >>
Keep up with us through the rest of Session, which ends on March 12, by following us on social media:
Thank you for all you do,

Delegate David J. Toscano
Democratic Leader
Virginia House of Delegates

Patty Haling was elected Chair of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee on Monday. Learn about the rest of members of the steering committee.

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As the chair for your Albemarle Democratic Party, I would like to first congratulate and thank Richard Brewer on a job well done! Richard did an incredible job leading our local party to victory time and time again for the past three years.

As we head into the 2016 election cycle, I would like to continue this trajectory of unprecedented success by working closely with presidential and congressional campaigns. This year, I have no doubt that we will we elect a Democratic President once again as well as a Democratic Congresswoman who hails from Albemarle County to represent us in the 5th District. There is too much at stake to sit by the sidelines. Come join us!

I am often asked why I spend the majority of my time volunteering to the Democratic Party. The answer is simple. I believe in the Democratic principles laid out by President Obama that our country succeeds when when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. I believe that our party is on the right side of the issues – that everyone deserves a world class education, quality healthcare, and equal pay. I am proud to volunteer for the party whose goal is to lead the world in the fight against climate change, take action on violence prevention and stand up for working families. I invite you to join the Albemarle County Democratic Committee in this important work.

We need all Democrats to contribute to be successful. Whether you contribute time, money, or talent, it all makes a difference. There is too much at stake to sit by the sidelines. I invite you to become a member of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee today. Help register voters, have a house party, make calls, knock on doors, help at the polls. This is how we win elections.

It’s your party.

Let’s work together!

All my best,

Patty Haling


12654507_10154567362884251_6092979424112168573_nAlbemarle Democrats gathered in a packed room tonight to reorganize for 2016-2017 and elected the steering committee for the party. This year’s steering committee includes:

At Large

  • Chair: Patty Haling
  • Vice Chair: Stephen Davis
  • Secretary: Kelly Kaler
  • Treasurer: Cary Anderson
  • Counsel: Abigail Turner12631372_10154567362899251_8732179575390672898_n
  • Parliamentarian: Herb Stewart
  • Vice Chair, Organization: Tara Cardenas
  • Vice Chair, Finance: Dianne Martin
  • Vice Chair, Outreach: Graham Paige
  • Vice Chair, Voter Registration: Margie Shepherd
  • Vice Chair, Communications: Jason Inofuentes

District Chairs

  • Jack Jouett: David Shreve
  • Rio: Richard McGrain & John Zug
  • Rivanna: Dan Epstein
  • Samuel Miller: Wren Olivier and Madison Cummings
  • Scottsville: Richard Armstrong & Dolores Rogers
  • White Hall: Angela Lynn

Sign up to help us with win in 2016!


The January 25, 2016, Mass Meeting and Reorganization of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee has been postponed due to snow.

The meeting will be held at 6 PM on Monday, February 1, 2016, in the McIntire Room at the Central Library at 201 E. Market Street in downtown Charlottesville.

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Due to snow, this event was rescheduled for February 1, 2016. Find out more.




  1. Authority:

Pursuant to the authority provided by the Democratic Party of Virginia Democratic Party Plan, the Albemarle County Democratic Committee hereby calls a reorganization meeting. This meeting will be held at 6 PM on Monday, January 25, 2016, in the Lane Auditorium at Albemarle County Office Building at 501 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA.

  1. Incorporated Documents:

All appropriate provisions of the Virginia Democratic Party Plan (“State Party Plan”), as amended, and the Bylaws (“Bylaws”) of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee are incorporated into this Call by reference and made a part hereof.

  1. Purpose:

The purpose of this reorganization shall be to elect members of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee for two-year terms, in accordance with the State Party Plan and Bylaws. The newly elected committee will then elect officers.

  1. Candidate Interest and Requirements:

All candidates must meet the requirements specified by the State Party Plan and the Bylaws and should complete the online interest form at

  1. Notice Requirements:

It shall be the duty of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee and its officers to insure that this call receives the widest possible dissemination.

  1. Voting Eligibility and Requirements:

Any Democrat who is registered to vote in the Albemarle County may attend and vote in the reorganization, provided that he or she signs a declaration that he or she is a Democrat, is a registered voter in the Albemarle County, believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, and does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the next ensuing election.

  1. Caucus Committees and Officers:

The Chair of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee shall appoint temporary rules and credentials committees which will publish rules and credentials procedures for the reorganization.

  1. Outreach:

Participation in the Caucus is open to all registered voters who wish to participate as Democrats. The Albemarle County Democratic Committee shall conduct outreach efforts to insure that all members of the Democratic community are aware of the reorganization and how to participate.


Richard Brewer, Chair

Learn more about the party reorganization.

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12191059_10154354119434251_5092115320588209324_nThank you to all of our candidates who ran this year. For the 2nd straight election, Albemarle Democratic candidates won all of the contested Board of Supervisor and School Board seats.

Congratulations to our new and returning office holders:

  • Jon Zug, Clerk of Court
  • Norman Dill, Rivanna District Supervisor
  • Rick Randolph, Scottsville District Supervisor
  • Ann Mallek, White Hall District Supervisor
  • Graham Paige, Samuel Miller District School Board
  • David Oberg, White Hall District School Board
  • Jonno Alcaro, At-Large School Board
  • Steve Koleszar, Scottsville District School Board
  • Creigh Deeds, State Senate (25th District)
  • David Toscano, House of Delegates (57th District)
  • Lonnie Murray, Soil and Water Conservation District Director

And a thank you to our candidate who didn’t win this year. We’re proud of all you accomplished.

  • Denise Lunsford, Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Angela Lynn, House of Delegates (25th District)
  • Ned Gallaway, State Senate (17th District)

Full results can be viewed at the Virginia Department of Elections web site.

Find out about next year’s elections.


Our 2015 elections include the State Senate, House of Delegates and local elections. The election will be held on next Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015—with absentee voting already taking place. Find out more about our candidates and voting information below.

Virginia State Senate (Districts 17 and 25)

Virginia House of Delegates (Districts 25, 57, 58, 59)

Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney

Albemarle County Sheriff

Albemarle County Clerk of Court

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors (White Hall, Scottsville and Rivanna Magisterial Districts.

Albemarle County School Board (At-Large Seat, White Hall, Scottsville and Rivanna Districts, Samuel Miller District Special Election). School Board members run as independents. These candidates have been endorsed by the Democratic Party.

Soil and Water Conservation District (2 seats from Albemarle)

  • Lonnie Murray


We break from 2015 election news to bring you an exciting announcement about 2016:

Jane Dittmar is announcing her candidacy for the 5th district House of Representatives this Thursday, at 4 PM, at the Albemarle County Office Building. Join us!

Jane Dittmar announcement


BBQbuttonOur 27th annual Democratic BBQ is on Sunday, September 20th, at 3 PM at Pen Park. Join us for great food, great people and great politics.

Entertainment will be provided by the Jon Spear Band.

Our featured guests include Attorney General Mark Herring and Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney.

We’ll be hearing from all of our great local candidates including:

  • State Senator Creigh Deeds
  • House Democratic Leader Delegate David Toscano
  • Ned Gallaway, Candidate for State Senate (17th)
  • Angela Lynn, Candidate for House of Delegates (25th)
  • Norman Dill, Candidate for Rivanna District Supervisor
  • Rick Randolph, Candidate for Scottsville District Supervisor
  • Ann Mallek, White Hall District Supervisor
  • Denise Lunsford, Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Jon Zug, Candidate for Clerk of Court
  • Jonno Alcaro, Candidate for At-Large School Board
  • Dave Oberg, Candidate for White Hall School Board
  • Graham Paige, Candidate for Samuel Miller School Board
  • Steve Koleszar, Scottsville School Board Member

Tickets are $25 in Advance, $30 day off. Sponsorships Available.

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Join Attorney General Mark Herring and Delegate David Toscano an event to support Ned Gallaway, candidate for State Senate.

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Gallaway for Senate
34455 Seminole Tr
PMB 270
Charlottesville, VA 22911
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