August meeting

August 7, 2014

Our August Meeting will be held at the Madison Heights Library Community Room on August 14th from 6:45 to 8:45.

We will have a panel discussion on the recent Rural Democrats Retreat by the attendees.

There will be a follow up on the Photo ID issue and what we should do in our county.

Our Strategic Planning Committee will give a report.

We will discuss setting up some sites for phone banking.  Please come with some suggestions on what days of the week and where we can hold these phone banks.  We’d like some space in Madison Heights.

Second Stage petitioning the County Supervisors to prevent the demolition of the old Amherst Baptist Church and will be seeking your signature at the meeting.

It is campaign time!  Lets plan to support Mark Warner for reelection as our Senator!  This is a non-presidential year election, so getting out our base is critically important.

If you can bring some refreshments to the meeting, it would be appreciated.

Please RSVP and let me know that you will be attending, will need a ride, etc. (

Also, please be prepared to bring a donation for the Campaign.  We’ll need money for phones for the phone bank, campaign signs, etc.

Ned Kable,  Chair, Amherst County Democratic Committee.

Next meeting: Thursday, July 10

July Meeting Notice

Our July Meeting will be held this Thursday, July 10, at the Madison Heights Library Community room at 7 PM, and will run until 8:30 PM.

Our Guest Speaker will be Ms. Fran Brown, Amherst’s new Registrar.  Let is welcome her warmly to her new position.  She will inform us of the latest developments in the Photo ID law, which went into effect on July 1, and will also cover questions concerning registration of new voters.

I urge you all to attend and participate.


Ned Kable, Chair

Rural Retreat 2014

Here is information about the Rural Retreat for Virginia Democrats, which will be held in Lynchburg in July.  I encourage you to attend!

Please RSVP to if you plan to participate so we can appear as a group.

Ned Kable, Chair
Amherst County Democratic Committee


As Chair of the newly reformed Rural Caucus of the Virginia Democratic Party, I’m writing to invite you to our historic First Annual Rural Retreat at the Holiday Inn in Lynchburg, Virginia from July 11-13, 2014. We have discounted blocks at several other hotels in Lynchburg (information on the attached letter), but these blocks are only available at special rates through June 11.

As most of you know, Senator Phil Puckett from Southwest Virginia resigned today from the Virginia Senate. This means that the Governor’s valiant efforts to bring Medicaid Expansion to Virginia are likely dead, at least for this year. It is a simple fact that the difficulties that our party has in winning rural races have nowlikely cost us control of the Virginia Senate,  and has cost 400,000 uninsured working Virginians their opportunity to have Medicaid. This is all the more reason that we need a resounding turnout for the incredible training available at Rural Retreat

This will be a multi-state meeting/training event. This training is not intended solely for rural Democrats or for chairs only and may be just as useful to any Democrat inany environment. Based upon the confirmations that I have received, I expect that Democratic Leaders from Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky (and possibly other States) will be in attendance.

I have confirmed that there will also be Local and District Chairs, Representatives from some of the State Party Caucuses, YD leaders, State Party Leaders, DNC leaders,elected officials and members of the “Ready for Hillary” group attending this meeting.

The fee covers all Trainings and Panel Discussions, all meals and a live band for the partiers among us is $90 (does not include Hotel). To accommodate Young Democrats, the YD fee is $75. Because of the number of key swing states involved,we fully anticipate that the national media may also be present. This first of its kind event (designed to be an annual event) will be one of the best training events in the country this year, put on by some of the best trainers in the country led by Deb Kozikowski, DNC Committeewoman and Executive Director, Rural Votes. Among other Trainers include Jennie Blackton, Trainer, Association of Democratic Chairs; Nancy Rodrigues, the Virginia Secretary of Administration and former Chair of the Virginia State Board of Elections; Catherine S. Read, Board member

- NARAL Pro-Choice VA and Equality Virginia and Clark Mercer, Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. We also have commitments from other prominent Trainers from inside and outside Virginia, too numerous to mention.

We believe that Republicans in rural areas of the country have been voting against their interests for many years. The training at Rural Retreat will begin the process of training Democrats to take advantage of this inconsistency. In this way, we believe that

Rural Retreat will facilitate the training of Democratic Leaders to perform much better in rural elections, than they have in the recent past.

This program is a multi-track conference with a separate series of classes addressing Candidates, Management/Staff and Party Leaders/Grassroots training. There will be panels on such topics as messaging, managing data, campaign planning and scheduling, fundraising, GOTV (get out the vote), social media and many other topics. Facilitators are leading experts from campaigns, public agencies and private firms in their respective fields. We have also added special VAN training on Sunday afternoon.

For Virginians, after the training, we will have the first ever meeting of RURALPAC, a newly formed political action group designed to raise funds and promote Democratic candidates in the rural areas of Virginia.

Registration is available online at

We know that the Republicans will probably outspend us in light of the Citizens United Case and its progeny. What Republicans cannot do is work harder, or smarter than we can. Our Caucus sincerely believes that it is through trainings like this one that we can win back rural areas for the Democratic Party.


Aviva Shapiro Frye, Chair

(276) 451-4428

Our next meeting: April 10, 2014

Join us at our next meeting!

Dear Fellow Democrats:

Our next Meeting is coming up on Thursday April 10th, and will again be held at What a Blessing Bakery. Our guest speakers will be Amherst Supervisors Claudia Tucker and John Marks. I have asked them to outline what they believe the longer term objective of the Board should be, how current Board decisions help us get there, and how we as concerned citizens can be a part of the process.

There will be a buffet dinner available at $15 per person from 6 pm to 7 pm, a brief business meeting at 7 PM, including a report from Skipper Fitts on the first meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee, following which our speakers will take the floor. I hope this will encourage dialog on how we can work with local officials to make Amherst a better place to live and work.

Please email me at or phone me at 434-989-2846 if you plan to have dinner so that I can give What a Blessing a head count.

Please plan to attend our regular monthly second Thursday meetings and plan to come to dinner so we can exchange ideas. Please note that the May and June meetings will be at Merredith’s Restaurant, 1558 Dixie Airport Rd., Madison Heights. We’d like to hold meetings throughout the County, and look to you for suggestions on sites.

Ned Kable, Chair-Amherst Democrats

Our next meeting: March 13, 2014

Our next Committee Meeting is coming up on Thursday March 13th, and will be held at What a Blessing Bakery. Our guest speaker will be Valerie Herold. Until January she was Regional Director of Grass Roots Organizing for America, and an active leader in the Obama victory in Virginia. She will share with us her experiences in grass roots organizing in Virginia, and point the way to turning Amherst County from Red to Purple !

There will be a buffet dinner available at $15 per person from 6 pm to 7 pm, a brief business meeting at 7 PM, following which our speaker will take the floor. I hope this will encourage dialog on how we can work to energize our Democratic Vote for the upcoming Senate contest between our incumbent Mark Warner and the Republican’s candidate, Ed Gillespie. We need a big turnout for the Democratic primary on June 10! Put it on your calendar and talk it up.

Please email me at or phone me at 434-989-2846 if you plan to have dinner so that I can give What a Blessing a head count.

Finally, there has been talk of a meeting of Democrats from rural counties, and this has finally come to pass. If any of you are interested the VA Democratic Rural Caucus is planning on holding its First Annual Rural Retreat, on July 11-13, 2014 at Virginia Tech. The speaker will be Deb Kozikowski, the Exec Director of RuralVotes and the Vice Chair of the MA Dem Party. This will be a weekend to teach Virginia Dems how to get back our rural voters, how to recruit candidates starting at the local level, in rural communities and how to fundraise for rural candidates, etc. as well as energize those rural Dems who are tired of being ignored by Richmond. If you are interested in attending, please let me know.

“Please plan to attend our Second Thursday meeting and plan to come to dinner so we can talk about some of these issues.

Ned Kable, Chair-Amherst Democrats

February 13 meeting cancelled

The sky is blue and the sun is shining as I write this. I hate to do it, but our upcoming meeting to be held at What a Blessing Bakery in the Ambriar Shopping Center, Amherst is cancelled due to Winter Storm Pax.

The Weather predictors have a high confidence that we will be getting snow tomorrow, which will make travel difficult Thursday, notwithstanding that earlier snow predictions were wrong.

We hope to reschedule this meeting with Supervisors John Marks and Claudia Tucker for a future date if they are available. Sorry.

Ned Kable, Chair


Our next meeting will be held at What a Blessing Bakery in the Ambriar Shopping Center, Amherst.

A dinner buffet will be available at $15 per person, including beverage, from 5:30 PM until 7 PM, and will be a time for socializing and sharing ideas.  If you plan to have dinner, please let Ned Kable know by the Tuesday before, as the restaurant needs to plan for the food. Tel: 434-989-2846 or email

We will have Nominating Petitions available for Mark Warner, and we urge members to take a petition and obtain signatures from registered voters within our Congressional District, District 6.

At 6.45 PM we will have a brief business meeting, and at 7 PM will introduce our speakers for the evening, newly elected County Supervisor John Marks, and newly reelected County Supervisor Claudia Tucker.  We have asked them to give us their thoughts on the challenges facing the County this year.  There will be a question and answer period following their presentations, and we hope that a fruitful dialogue will develop.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Supervisors’ presentation portion of the meeting.

Ned Kable, Chair
Amherst County Democratic Committee




1. Authority:

Pursuant to the authority provided by the Democratic Party of Virginia Democratic Party Plan, The Amherst County Democratic Committee hereby calls a reorganization meeting.  This meeting will be held on Saturday, January 4th, 2013, at 7PM in the Community Room of the Madison Heights Library at 200 River James Dr, Madison Heights, VA 24572. Doors open at 6:30PM

 2. Incorporated Documents:

All appropriate provisions of the Virginia Democratic Party Plan (“State Party Plan”), as amended, and the Bylaws (“Bylaws”) of the Amherst County Democratic Committee are incorporated into this Call by reference and made a part hereof.

 3. Purpose:

The sole purpose of this reorganization shall be to elect members of the Amherst County Democratic Committee for two-year terms, in accordance with the State Party Plan and Bylaws.

4. Candidate Filing Deadline and Requirements:

All candidates for membership on the Amherst County Democratic Committee must meet the requirements specified by the State Party Plan and the Bylaws and must pay yearly Amherst County Democratic Committee dues of $10 (individuals who cannot afford dues may obtain a confidential waiver by contacting the Chair of the Amherst County Democratic Committee).

Any candidate for Membership or for a position as an officer on the Committee who has not yet filed a membership form (see below) and paid their 2014 dues must apply to Anne Bailey, Chair of the Nominating Committee, either by mail sent to the Committee Post Office address, PO Box 1411, Amherst, VA 24521, Att: Anne Bailey, or by e-mail to, containing all information set forth below in the sample application.  Candidates for Committee membership may apply at the meeting.  Candidates for Committee Officer must apply as set forth in paragraph 9.

5. Notice Requirements:

It shall be the duty of the Amherst County Democratic Committee and its officers to insure that this call receives the widest possible dissemination.

 6. Voting Eligibility and Requirements:

Any Democrat who is registered to vote in Amherst County may attend and vote in the reorganization, provided that he or she signs a declaration that he or she is a Democrat, is a registered voter in Amherst County, believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, and does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the next ensuing election.

 7. Caucus Committees and Officers:

The Chair of the Amherst County Democratic Committee shall appoint a temporary rules and credentials committee which will publish rules and credentials procedures for the reorganization.

 8. Outreach:

Participation in the Caucus is open to all registered voters who wish to participate as Democrats. The Amherst County Democratic Committee shall conduct a vigorous outreach effort to insure that all members of the Democratic community are aware of the reorganization and how to participate. Such outreach shall be directed to all Democratic constituencies, including groups such as ethnic minorities, young people, persons over 65 years of age, lesbians and gay men, persons with a high school education or less, persons with differing abilities, and persons of low and moderate income.

 9. Election of Amherst County Democratic Committee Officers:

The officers of the Committee shall be elected by the newly-organized Committee at a called meeting of the Committee on January 4, 2013, at the Madison Heights Library Community Room, immediately following the reorganization meeting.  Officers to be elected are Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and five executive Board positions. Candidates for office must Notify Anne Bailey, Chair of the Nominating Committee of their interest using the attached form or other format containing the same information, by a method set forth in, to arrive by noon on January 2, 2014.

Chair: Edward “Ned” Kable

(cell) 434-989-2846








Amherst County Democratic Committee, PO Box 1411, Amherst, VA 24521

Committee Membership Application for Term Beginning January 4, 2014 and ending January 1, 2016

__________________________          ___              ___________________________

Last Name                                                       MI                      First Name



Address where you are registered to Vote:

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Street Address                                   City                                                    ZIP                            Voting Precinct


Excerpt from The Charter of the Democratic Party:  “We seek individual freedom within the framework of a just society, political freedom within the framework of meaningful participation by all citizens.  Bound by the United States Constitution, aware that a party must be responsive to be worthy of responsibility, we pledge ourselves to open, honest endeavor, and to the conduct of public affairs in a manner worthy of a society of free people.”

I the undersigned candidate for membership in the Amherst County Democratic Committee, declare:

  1. I am a registered voter in the County of Amherst, Virginia, qualified to vote in the next General election.
  2. I support the principles of the Democratic Party as set forth in its Charter and By-laws
  3. I do not intend to support a candidate opposed to any Democratic nominee in a General or Special election.


___________________________________     _____________

Signature (as on voter register)                                        Date


Application for Officer for Term Beginning January 4, 2014 and ending January 1, 2016

I wish to participate as an elected Officer or Executive Board Member of the Committee (positions include Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and five Executive Board positions):


Position Sought


I am qualified for this office by virtue of the following skills, experience and education.






Please submit your completed Application to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Anne Bailey,  either by mail at PO Box 1411, Amherst, VA 24521, or to, by e-mail at  It must arrive no later than Noon on January 2, 2014

Join us!

It’s still November, but the 2014 election season will be upon us before we know it, and we’ll have lots of work to do, especially with the new Virginia ID laws coming into effect.  You can help by joining us as a member of the Amherst County Democratic Committee.  Click on the form below to download it to your computer.  Print it, fill it out, write a check, and send it in!

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