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CALL TO CAUCUS
2013 ALBEMARLE COUNTY SCOTTSVILLE SPECIAL ELECTION 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, August 5, 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 Special Election for the Scottsville District Supervisor seat to be held on November 5, 2013.
- Participation. Participation in the caucus is open to all registered voters of the Scottsville District 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 Wednesday, July 31, 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.
Chair, Albemarle County Democratic Party
On Tuesday, we go to the polls to decide our nominees for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. You can vote at your normal polling place between 6 am and 7 PM. We have two great candidates for each position.
- Chopra, Northam, Herring, Fairfax
A few weeks ago we asked who people were endorsing in this primary. Here is what was sent to us. Please add your favorites in the comments section.
Chopra and Fairfax
Northam and Herring
Northan and Herring
Northan and Herring
Add your endorsement to the comments section below.
Find out about the rest of our 2013 Candidates.
At our nominating caucus last week, we nominated Liz Palmer and Brad Sheffield to be our nominees for the Board of Supervisors. Check out the Newsplex coverage below and check out the candidates web sites to learn more about them and how to help their campaigns.
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.
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.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped – whether by knocking on doors, making phone calls, keeping our offices running or hosting events. Because of you we re-elected the President and elected Tim Kaine to the U.S. Senate.
Here are the unofficial results for Albemarle County:
President (Albemarle only)
Barack Obama: 55.20%
Mitt Romney: 43.22%
Senate (Albemarle only)
Tim Kaine: 58.04%
George Allen: 41.86%
5th District – House of Representatives (Albemarle only)
John Douglass: 51.98%
Robert Hurt: 46.17%
You’ve got what it takes to vote!
Virginia recently changed its laws about needing ID to vote this year. Here is what you need to know:
All voters will be mailed a new Virginia voter card prior to the election. That will be enough to vote–you won’t need anything else! However, if you don’t get your card, there are lots of other things you can use.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Virginia driver’s license (also: ONLY for 1st-time voters who registered to vote without presenting ID: a valid out-of-state license)
- Virginia voter registration card
- Student ID from any community or four-year college or university located in Virginia
- Student ID from any Virginia high school
- Phone, Electric, Water or Cable bill with current address
- Bank statement
- Paycheck or Government check
- U.S. Passport
- Military ID or U.S. Selective Service ID
- Government-issued ID
- Concealed handgun permit
- Private employee ID (with photo)
- Social Security card (*except for first-time voters who registered by mail)
Voters without ID will be required to vote via provisional ballot on election day. They will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of identification to their electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted. (This will also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person). After completing the ballot, the voter will receive written instructions on how/where to submit a copy of his/her identification. Voters may submit a copy of their ID via fax, email, in-person, or through USPS or commercial delivery service. The copy of the ID must be delivered to the electoral board by noon on Friday for the provisional ballot to be counted.
Special Federal ID Requirements for Certain First Time Voters: For those who registered to vote by mail, federal law requires them to show ID when voting for the first time in a federal election if they did not send a copy of ID with their voter registration application. Voters subject to this ID requirement will show “First-time Federal” after the “ID Required” item in their on-line voter registration record.
Any of the following types of ID are acceptable for First-time Federal voters:
- a current and valid photo ID (for example a driver’s license);
- a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address;
- another government document that shows name and address (eg, voter card).
This federal ID requirement applies the first time a person votes in a federal election. If the voter does not present one of these forms of ID at the polls, that person will be offered a provisional ballot that includes a voter information statement under felony penalty. This is a paper ballot that the local electoral board may count if the voter later provides the required identification. Such persons have the right to appear before the Electoral Board and can request an extension up to one day to present evidence. If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of ID to the electoral board by the deadline applicable to all voters. These requirements apply to all first-time voters.
Note: Virginia identification requirements mirror and satisfy the federal ID requirements, except for the social security card.
This spring, the Democratic Party will be holding conventions to nominate candidates for President of the United States and, here in the Virginia 5th District, the House of Representatives. The President will be nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, in September. Our congressional candidate will be nominated at a convention on May 19th in Lovingston, Virginia.
To participate in either convention in support of your candidate, you must be elected as a Delegate. There are two types of delegates:
- state delegates, elected at the local caucus, then proceed to the district and state conventions. Albemarle has 36 delegates and 7 alternates to select to these conventions.
- national delegates, elected at either the district (6 delegates from the 5th District in Virginia) or state conventions (23 delegates selected at state convention) to go on to the national convention
The process works like this:
- Albemarle County Democrats will hold the county caucus on Monday, April 23rd, at 7 PM, at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road. Delegates will be elected at this caucus. All voters in Albemarle who consider themselves Democrats are eligible to attend this caucus and elect delegates who will support their preferred candidate at the subsequent conventions.
- The Caucus on April 23rd will elect Delegates to the District & State Conventions.
- Those Delegates will attend 5th District Convention on May 19th in Lovingston, VA, where they will nominate our 5th District Congressional candidate and elect district level delegates to the National Convention.
- The same Delegates will attend State Convention on June 2nd in Fairfax, VA, where they will elect at-large delegates to the National Convention.
If you want to attend the 5th District AND state convention as an Albemarle Delegate, here is what you need to do:
- You must be registered to vote in Albemarle.
- You must prefile your candidacy for Delegate by April 18th at 5 PM. You can do so online or by printing the paper form and sending it in.
- On your form, you indicate the Congressional candidate for which you wish to serve as a Delegate to the District Convention or indicate that you are uncommitted.
- Delegates will be elected at the Albemarle Caucus on April 23rd according to the number of attendees for a given candidate. Albemarle has to elected 36 delegates and 7 alternates to the conventions. If 50% support candidate A and 50% support candidate B, then each will win 18 delegates to the convention. Those delegates will be selected by candidate caucuses at the meeting on April 23rd from the list of individuals who prefiled supporting the candidate.
- All delegates elected to the district convention are also expected to attend the state convention on June 2nd where we will nominate Delegates to the national convention. Over 2000 Democrats from across the Commonwealth will be there and it should be a great time!
How to become a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention:
Election as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention is more complex. Democratic Party Rules require that the district delegation be balanced in terms of gender, race, and age; a high priority is placed on having representation from all regions of the district. Individuals may apply, but success is far more likely for those who join a slate configured to meet the requirements for balance. Since there are more than 20 jurisdictions in the 5th Congressional District, and only 6 positions to be filled, most jurisdictions will not be represented in the district’s national delegation. For more information about the Virginia process, visit or call the Democratic Party of Virginia at 804-644-1966.
- Albemarle County Call to Caucus
- Delegate Prefiling Form
- Temporary Rules for Caucus – to be approved at meeting(PDF file)
- Email Valerie L’Herrou at email@example.com if you have questions.
Board of Supervisors Meeting
Starts: December 11, 2013 - 6:00 pm
Location: Lane Auditorium, Albemarle County Office Building
Description: Agenda: FY 11/12 Resolution of Appropriations
Monthly Democratic Breakfast
Starts: December 21, 2013 - 9:00 am