FAQ for Reorganization

Albemarle Democrats Biannual Reorganization

What is the reorganization?

Every two years, local Democratic parties reorganize the local committee by electing new members and leadership. It is a two-step process at a single meeting to be held virtually via Zoom on Monday, December 13, at 6:00 PM.

All Albemarle County Democrats who are registered to vote in the County are invited to become members of the Albemarle Democratic Committee by filling out this [insert link] candidate form before 6:00 PM on Monday, December 13, 2021.  No fee is required to join.

At the Zoom meeting, attendees will:

  1. Break into magisterial district caucuses (6 districts in Albemarle) through Zoom break-out rooms and elect district chairs or co-chairs. Precinct captains can be identified here or at a later date. The district chairs become members of the Albemarle Democratic Steering Committee. 
  2. After the district caucuses, all attendees join in a mass meeting. All those who have previously submitted a candidate form are then elected to the Albemarle Democratic Committee.
  3. All the newly-elected Democratic Committee members then vote on the primary officers – chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, counsel. Other officers may be elected at this time or appointed in the future.

You can view the official call to virtual caucus.  The temporary rules for the meeting are now available.

Wait, I’m confused. Who is what?

  • Albemarle Democratic Committee – the official Democratic Party organization in Albemarle County. It is made up of members elected to it at the reorganization meeting. The maximum number allowed under current bylaws is 100 members per magisterial district. It typically only meets as a full mass meeting once every two years. 
  • Albemarle Democratic Steering Committee – the leadership of the Albemarle Democratic Committee – made up of a chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer, district chairs and other officers elected or appointed. The steering committee meets monthly (historically 3rd Monday of month at 5:30 PM at Jefferson Madison Regional Library downtown and virtually in recent months) and is open to all who wish to attend and work to get Democrats elected in Albemarle.

I want to get involved, how do I do that?

Say so. Come to the reorganization meeting (virtual meeting via Zoom on December 13th at 6:00 PM). Declare your candidacy with this form. Email chair@albemarledems.org with questions.  Join the Committee by filling out this candidacy from.  If you are interested in a position on the Steering Committee (see below), indicate the position you are interested in on your candidacy form and let the current chair know  at chair@albemarledems.org.

How long is the reorganization meeting?

The virtual doors (Zoom room) open at 5:45 PM and officially close at 6:00 PM when the meeting starts. Our hope is to finish by 7:30 PM. 

What if I can’t make meeting, but want to be involved?

You can still be elected to the committee, but must fill out this declaration of candidacy by 6:00 PM on December 13.

If you’re not interested in being on the committee, but wish to help, you can let us know your interests with this form.

What is the role of the nominating committee?

The current steering committee appoints a nominating committee to ensure that all positions are filled. All are welcome to seek leadership positions. Ideally, individuals would express their interest and communicate with a member of the nominating committee. Occasionally there are 2 or more individuals interested in the same role. The nominating committee’s job is not to select the individual, but see if we can find a way for everyone to contribute in line with their interests and skills. If that can’t be achieved before the reorganization meeting, that is why we hold it – to elect the next leaders.

What are the responsibilities of the various steering committee positions?

Chair – the leader of the Albemarle County Democratic Party, Committee and Steering Committee. Responsible for calling and running meetings, organizing nomination processes, and leading the committee’s efforts to elect Democrats. 

Vice Chair – serves as acting chair when the chair is unavailable or if the chair were to resign. Assists chair in responsibilities as assigned.

Secretary – maintains official records of meetings (minutes) and other duties as assigned.

Treasurer – maintains financial records of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee, ensuring that contributions and expenditures are processed in a timely fashion and that the committee follows all procedures and meets filing requirements for political committees as set forth by the Virginia Department of Elections.

Counsel/Voter Protection Coordinator – The attorney for the Democratic Committee. Takes a lead role in monitoring election processes for the local party to ensure voting laws are followed.

District Chairs or Co-Chairs – The lead organizers for the party in each magisterial district. They recruit precinct captains and volunteers to organize canvasses, phone banks, meet & greets and Election Day operations to advance the work of electing Democrats in Albemarle. 

Albemarle Democratic Committee Member – Anyone who attends the reorganization meeting and commits to supporting Democratic candidates in next two years. Their primary responsibility is helping advance efforts to elect Democrats in Albemarle.

Other roles not required to be elected at reorganization, but that often are:

Vice Chair, Organization – This role helps to support the organizing work of district chairs.

Vice Chair, Outreach – Assists in outreach to various constituencies of the Democratic Party

Vice Chair, Communications – Leads communication team to support the web site, email newsletter, social media and other communications efforts of the committee.

Vice Chair, Finance – Leads fundraising efforts for committee including the dues campaign, and the fundraising components of our major events.

Vice Chair, Early Voting – Coordinates the 45 day early voting period, including managing volunteers and presence at early voting sites. 

Vice Chair, Events – Leads events team to support planning and execution for committee events including Democratic Breakfasts (3rd Saturday of every month, alternating months with the Charlottesville Democrats). and Annual BBQ

Vice Chair, Data – Is the data manager for the committee, including being the local admin for VoteBuilder, and helps manage other data processes to incldue committee lists are maintained.

Parliamentarian – Ensure meetings are conducted in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Newsletter editor – Manages committee email newsletter

Website manager – Manages committee website content

Precinct Captains – Primarily responsible for organizing volunteers for Election Day at their polling places. Also assists District Chairs in other organizing activities: canvassing, phone banking, etc.

Other roles:

Highway Cleanup Chair – Leads twice annual highway cleanup efforts along Ivy Road

Butler Scholarship Committee/Chair – Organizes efforts to award the committee’s scholarship to high school students each year

Data Captains – Assist in ensuring our data is captured and that we are fully utilizing the various tools and systems available to use – VoteBuilder, etc.

Plenty of others: whether assisting with our events (annual BBQ, spring fundraiser, Democratic breakfasts), keeping track of our supplies/equipment in storage, coordinating sign locations/distribution or countless others that appear, we’re always looking for individuals willing to help.

View and download official documents:

Scholarship Recipients

James and Nellie Butler Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the four students honored with the James and Nellie Butler Scholarship Award this May! This award is given to one student in each of the four Albemarle high schools, demonstrating academic excellence, need, and – especially – commitment to serving the greater good. Each of these students will receive  $1,000 towards their educational expenses.

Rajaah Alagib graduated from Albemarle High School and will enter UVA in the fall. She served on the Principal’s Advisory Council, worked with the Tom Tom Youth Summit, won many awards in Forensics, and worked with Leadership Albemarle to understand the economic foundations of Charlottesville in order to promote high level occupations in our community.  She moved here as a young child from Sudan, and wants to use her perspective to Pursue development in economic and educational policy, helping to give voice to those who have not yet found their voices.

Henry Chin, a graduate of Monticello High School, will also study at UVA this fall. Henry has been involved with science projects, educational projects for young children, and conservation projects. He’s worked to maintain beehives at Monticello, build bat houses, create Bilingual Children’s theater for elementary school students. He wrote a curriculum for young children to prepare them to be environmental stewards, and he presented at the Tom Tom festival on the important role of insects in the ecosystem. Henry will study science at UVA, and wants to teach young children.

Lilliana  “Lilli” Shelton graduated from Murray High School, where she is one of five Peer Mediators. This past year she also took classes at PVCC, and will enroll full time in the fall before moving on to get a four-year degree, where she plans to study Natural Resource Preservation. Lilli has worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation  in fundraisers and education days. She wants to use her interest in science to promote sustainable practices, for businesses and consumers.

Reagan Burton served as Western Albemarle High School’s Executive Council President for the last two years.  She’s gotten Silver and Bronze awards through Girl Scouts  Feeding the Hungry projects. Through her work she did on a Mission trip to Kenya, she has decided to study medicine to help needy communities throughout the world. This fall she will begin those studies at UVA.

In his response to winning the Butler Scholarship, Henry Chin wrote, “I am incredibly honored and grateful to have been chosen as Monticello High School’s James and Nellie Butler Scholarship recipient. Reading about the Butlers, I was very moved by their generosity and all that they did to support education, civic engagement, and the community. They are true role models, and I am grateful to you for carrying on their legacy. I am inspired by the values promoted by your scholarship program, and it means so much to me to have been identified as an individual that can help to bring about the positive change championed by the Butlers and the Albemarle County Democrats.”

Rivanna Sponsors Candidate Forum

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.


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.


can be found on their websites shown below.

State Senate 17thDistrict

Ben Hixon – benhixon.com
Amy Laufer – lauferforvirginia.com

House of Delegates 57thDistrict

Kathy Galvin – galvinfordelegate.com
Sally Hudson – sallyforvirginia.com

Rivanna Member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

Bea LaPisto Kirtley- beaforalbemarle.com
Jerrod Smith – smithforbos.com

Albemarle County Sheriff

Chan Bryant- chanforsheriff.com
Patrick Estes- estesforsheriff.com 


  • 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.