Sign up to be a 5th District Delegate

If you want to play a more active role in democracy — and, maybe, hopefully, help kick avid seditionist Bob Good out of office — now’s your chance.

We need to send delegates to upcoming Congressional caucuses for Virginia’s 5th and 7th districts. At those virtual meetings, some of our delegates, along with others from neighboring counties, will be chosen to represent our districts at the State Central Committee.

We need 31 delegates from Albemarle County for the 5th district, and 1 delegate from the Free Union corner of the 7th district. If you’d like a shot at representing Albemarle for either of those districts, here’s the timeline to get involved.

FOR THE 5TH DISTRICT:

  • By Feb. 10: Apply online here to represent Albemarle at the 5th district caucus.
  • Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.: The Albemarle Dems will meet virtually to vote on who we’re sending to the 5th district caucus.
  • March 5: If you’re chosen to be one of those 31 delegates, you’ll attend another virtual meeting where the 5th District Dems will vote on who’ll represent us statewide. Those delegates will meet six times in the coming year to coordinate campaign strategy for this fall’s elections.

FOR THE 7TH DISTRICT:

Email us here, and we’ll connect you with the answers you need. Thanks for your time and interest in helping with these important roles!

Message from our new Chair, Amy Laufer

Hello and Happy Holidays,

My name is Amy Laufer, I am proud and humbled to say that I have recently been elected Chair of Albemarle County Dems.

I have lived in the Charlottesville area for over 20 years, but I am originally from Wisconsin, actually a dairy farm! I have a BS in Geology and an MA in Education. I’ve been involved in politics since I was elected to Charlottesville City School Board in 2010. I served on the board for seven years and was both Vice Chair and Chair. In 2014, I founded a PAC called Virginia’s List, we support democratic women running for state office. I ran for City Council and State Senate District 17. The 17th district was definitely a red seat but we moved it 10+ points during my campaign, achieving 48% of the vote. With the new maps coming out, I will say, I am interested in running for office again and will let you know my decision as the maps are finalized and election date is determined.

I am excited to take on this new challenge. I’m grateful for the leadership of Stephen Davis and that he asked me to take on this role. These are big shoes to fill and I don’t take that lightly!

I am most interested in making sure we maintain a democratic majority in local government, diversifying our committee and candidates as well as helping to get out the democratic message more broadly to our community. Please feel free to contact me amy@amylaufer.com.

Sincerely,

Amy Laufer

Thank you. Tomorrow’s Waiting

We’d like to thank all the incredible candidates who ran to represent not just Democrats, but everyone in their districts and across the state. Dems on the ballot this year ran for good-paying, safe jobs that allow the people working them to make a living; affordable and accessible health care; clean air and drinkable water; equal justice under the law; a robust and thriving democracy.

The things that Democrats stand for actually make a meaningful difference in people’s everyday lives. Given enough time, voters tend to realize and appreciate that. Just not this time.

Here in Albemarle, more than 60% of the county’s voters cast their ballots for Democrats. We’re still figuring out a way to help more of our Democratic neighbors vote in all those other counties out there, but for now, you can be proud of that. Thank you to everyone who voted, made phone calls, showed yard signs, manned booths or tables, protected voters, and so much more. It may not feel like it, but you made a difference. Such efforts are never wasted.

We’d like to congratulate Diantha McKeel, Ned Gallaway, and newcomer Jim Andrews for doing such a great job on the Board of Supervisors that no one could credibly challenge them. And we’d like to cheer for Kate Acuff, Katrina Callsen, and especially Graham Paige for winning re-election to Albemarle County’s school board. Graham faced a well-funded write-in challenger with a right-wing agenda — and trounced him.

On Tuesday morning, we wrote about hope. Well, hope is a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. So hold on to yours. New maps are coming, and this time, the GOP won’t be able to manipulate them. Democrats still hold the state Senate, which means the General Assembly might not make the progress we hoped for, but it likely won’t be able to do much damage, either.

If you sat out this year after an exhausting 2020, we understand. We hope that Tuesday night gave you all the fire in your belly you’ll need to get back up and back at it to join us in 2022.

Tomorrow’s always waiting. We’ll get there the same way we got this far: together.