The time for Virginia to choose the delegates it’ll send to this summer’s Democratic National Convention is fast approaching, and now is your chance to get involved. Here’s the key information, straight from the state Democratic party, about how to participate in the caucuses in April and the District convention slated for early May:
In light of the Governor’s orders regarding social gatherings, the State Party is cancelling all in-person caucuses. This decision applies to both Assembled and Unassembled Caucuses. DPVA Staff will be working with each local chair to administer an online unassembled caucus.
DPVA has released a singular Call to Caucus that will apply to every locality in Virginia and supersedes any Calls to Caucus that have already been released. Please visit vademocrats.org/delegateselection for information on the new process.
Within the call, we will have a singular pre-filing form that all individuals interested in being a State Delegate or Alternate will need to fill out in order to be on the ballot. If your filing isn’t received by DPVA staff, you will not be considered to be on the ballot. FILINGS HAVE TO BE RECEIVED BY 5:00PM ON APRIL 9TH TO BE ACCEPTED.
Additionally, ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO WISHES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CAUCUS WILL NEED TO PRE-FILE AS WELL. That means that if you’d like to vote in the caucuses, you need to file with the State Party. This must be done in order to conduct the election virtually and is an important step to ensure that anybody who wants to participate in the caucuses has a chance to do so.
As with most caucuses, if there aren’t more candidates than positions to fill, the caucus will be cancelled. DPVA Staff will be available through the Voter Protection Hotline to assist anyone who has difficulty with the online form. The number for the Hotline Number is 844-4VA-VOTE, or 804-482-8683.
In short, the caucuses are going virtual! To take part, you need to sign up online by April 9.
Rivanna held a candidate forum for three positions on the Democratic Party Primary ballot on June 11:
State Senate District 17 – Amy Laufer and Ben Hixon
House of Delegates District 57 – Sally Hudson and Kathy Galvin
Rivanna member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors – Jerrod Smith and Bea LaPisto Kirtley.
(Unfortunately, we did not have time for the position of County Sheriff, with candidates Chan Bryant and Patrick Estes.)
Each candidate summarized their background and stated their positions on key issues in response to questions from the audience.
A total of about 70 people attended at least one segment of the program. You can see a very good video report on nbc29.com. (PLEASE NOTE: This will be available only until about May 25.)
You will find a Daily Progress article on the Board of Supervisors segment at this link:
It was an informative, educational, and enjoyable afternoon. The candidates were impressive and the audience was very appreciative.
PLEASE VOTE ON JUNE 11
Primaries are key elements of the Election cycle, and unfortunately are frequently neglected. Voter turnout is typically low. Voting on June 11 is especially importantfor the House of Delegates seat because there will be no Republican on the ballot in November, and most probably no Independents. Whoever wins this Primary is almost certain to be the next House of Delegates member for parts of the County around Charlottesville and the City itself.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE CANDIDATES
can be found on their websites shown below.
State Senate 17thDistrict
House of Delegates 57thDistrict
Rivanna Member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
Albemarle County Sheriff
KEY DEADLINES FOR THE PRIMARY
- To register or update an existing registration: Monday, May 20, 2019.
- To request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you: Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5PM on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
- To vote in-person absentee: Saturday, June 8, 2019
For complete information on your Voter Registration, where to vote or to determine your District for both the Senate and the House log onto the Virginia Department of Elections website at elections.virginia.gov or contact the Albemarle County Registrar’s Office. The phone number is 434-972-4173. They are located at the 5thStreet County Office Building, 1600 5thStreet, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Their normal hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and they will also be open on Saturday, June 8th.
Albemarle County Democratic Committee Calls On Governor Northam To Step Down
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Albemarle County Democratic Committee released the following statement regarding recent events involving Governor Ralph Northam: “We join with the statements of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, the Senate Democratic Caucus, the House Democratic Caucus and the Democratic Party of Virginia. Continue reading