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Back to Zoom for our May 8th meeting

CORRECTION! Well, it was a nice idea for the Rapp Dems to meet in person this Saturday, but the town of Little Washington has decided it’s too soon for us to meet indoors in the Town Hall. 
 
So it’s back to ZOOM! Click here at 10AM this Saturday, May 8: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81549169353?pwd=KzRkeFdXSVJ4aEdUb0o3TVBDbTkwZz09
 
See you then! Hoping we’ll have better luck in June!

CLICK HERE to view the Agenda. CLICK HERE to view the April 10th minutes.

For more information contact RCDC Chair Mary Sherman Willis

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Get to Know the Candidates Before June 8

The Virginia Democratic Party Primary is June 8, 2021. Below are the candidates and links to their campaign websites.

CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR

Lee Carter Lee Carter for Governor (carterforvirginia.com)
Justin Fairfax Justin Fairfax | Justice • Fairness • Opportunity
Jennifer Carroll Foy Jennifer Carroll Foy for Governor – Jennifer Carroll Foy
Terry McAuliffe Terry McAuliffe
Jennifer McClellan Jennifer McClellan for Governor

CANDIDATES FOR LT GOVERNOR

Hala Ayala Home | Hala for Virginia
Elizabeth Guzman Elizabeth Guzman for Delegate | Virginia House of Delegates | HD-31 (elizabethguzmanforvirginia.com)
Mark Levine Home | Mark Levine for Delegate (markfordelegate.com)
Andria McClellan Andria McClellan for Lt. Governor (andriaforvirginia.com)
Sean Perryman Path Forward – Landing Page – Sean Perryman for Virginia Lt. Governor
Sam Rasoul Home | Sam Rasoul for Virginia Lieutenant Governor | Truth. Love. Grit. (sam4va.com)
Xavier Warren Vote Xavier Warren for Lt. Governor (xavierforvirginia.com)

CANDIDATES FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Mark Herring Mark Herring Attorney General for Virginia (herringforag.com)
Jay Jones Jay Jones for Attorney General

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The Countdown to the June 8th Virginia Democratic Party Primary

First day of in-person absentee voting at your local registrar’s office: Friday, April 23, 2021

Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registrationMonday, May 17, 2021.

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you: Friday, May 28, 2021. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

Last day of in-person absentee voting at your local registrar’s office:  Saturday, June 5, 2021at 5:00 p.m.

See who is on your ballot by viewing the candidate lists.

Register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot online using the Citizen Portal.

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Electronic Virginia Petition of Qualified Voters

Electronic Virginia Petition of Qualified Voters – Democratic Candidates (vadempetitions.org)

This site allows you to electronically sign petitions for Democratic candidates so that they can be on the ballot as candidates for the Democratic nomination in the June 8th, 2021 primary. We noticed different candidates were collecting these electronic petitions in different ways. This site allows you to sign multiple petitions at once for statewide and for House of Delegates candidates.

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Meet Dr. Ward, Candidate for the House of Delegates, 18th District

My name is Doug Ward, and I am excited to be a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates from the 18th District.

I am 71 years old, living in Rappahannock County with my husband of 22 years.

While in college I was undecided on how I wanted to spend my life, and so ended up joining the Peace Corps, where I served for three years teaching junior high school in a small village in Liberia, West Africa. This experience convinced me that I wanted to pursue a career helping others, and decided to go to medical school. After graduation I did a residency in Internal Medicine and then a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the NIH.

For the last 34 years I have been in private practice in Washington, DC, specializing in Infectious Diseases and the treatment of HIV/AIDS. I have a large practice, and am widely recognized as one of the leading experts in this field.

I am proud to run as a Democrat. Since the Democratic Party took control of the Virginia legislature two years ago there has been significant progress in the issues that concern me, but we still have a long way to go.

For obvious reasons I am concerned with issues of healthcare. The expansion of Medicaid in 2019 provided healthcare to more than 400,000 Virginians, but there are still significant problems with access to care, particularly in rural areas. We are currently in the midst of a global pandemic, and need competent leadership to get us through these difficult times. While dealing with Covid 19 however, we cannot forget the traditional medical issues and preventative healthcare that can be so difficult in rural settings.

I strongly support raising the minimum wage. The current rate of $7.25 leaves someone working full time below the federal poverty line. This is unacceptable.

Broadband, and even cell coverage is a major problem in rural areas. This is more than a problem of convenience, but impacts education, healthcare, and the economy. It’s embarrassing that our access to this is so poor.

Equal rights, including LGBT rights, is another area where we have made progress. This session of the legislature has seen the repeal of the constitutional ban on gay marriage and a ban on the “gay panic” defense, but again, there’s still a need for more.

Green energy, including wind and solar and micro-nuclear power can improve the environment, reduce climate change, and be a source of new jobs.

Another issue important to rural areas is access to education, including community college and trades schools.

These are just a few of the many areas where progressive leadership in our legislature can improve the quality life in Virginia. I look forward to contributing to that progress.

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We have a candidate! Now sign the digital petition for all Virginia Dem Candidates

We have a candidate to run against Republican incumbent Mike Webert in our 18th District of the VA House of Delegates, Doug Ward! More information will be posted soon.

We urgently need to get signatures for his candidate petition. 

This year there’s a single digital petition form going around to sign for all the 2021 Virginia Democratic candidates that we can pick in Rappahannock. That includes candidates running to be the Democratic nominee for Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General nomination on June 8, and Doug Ward, who will be running unopposed as Dem nominee against Webert.

Click here for the digital petition form https://www.vadempetitions.org

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The Second RCDC Meeting of 2021 — February 13

The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee will meet Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

We will have visits from a couple of candidates for Lt. Governor: Elizabeth Guzman and Xavier Warren.

Contact Chair Mary-Sherman Willis for sign-in information. Or visit the Rappahannock County Democrats FB page.

Click HERE to view the agenda

Click HERE to view the January 2021 minutes

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