IMPORTANT: last meeting before Election Day!

 

Monthly Meeting Thursday October 9 at 6:00 PM

At Braxton Masonic Lodge, 2622 Galts Mill Road, Madison Heights

Speaker will be Melodie Lewis, President of the Amherst Teachers Assn., who will present the case for direct election of School Board Members and seek signatures on a Petition to demand this.

 

We will:

  • sign up volunteer Precinct Captains and folks to greet voters at polls    
  • discuss Sample Ballots    
  • plan the Victory Party
  • ask for volunteers to canvass on Saturdays, and phone bank on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • phone bank after the business meeting.  Plan to stay and bring your cell phone.

 

Please plan to attend.  This is an important meeting!

 

Ned Kable, Chair

Phone bank and canvassing schedule

Announcing Regular Phone Banks and Canvassing until the Election:

Help Re-Elect Senator Mark Warner!

Where?   The Braxton Lodge, 2622 Galt’s Mill Road, Madison Heights (opposite Scott Zion Church).

When?    From now until Election Day (Tuesday, November 4)

*Phone Bank:  Every Tuesday and Thursday 6 PM to 8:30 PM (Bring your own Cell Phone or use ours.)

*Canvass: Every Saturday 1 PM

Refreshments will be available!

For information call Ned Kable at 434-989-2846

Phone Bank Kickoff!

TUESDAY PHONE BANK KICKOFF    

SEPTEMBER 23 —6PM TO 9PM
LET’S LET OUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS KNOW
THAT THIS IS WARNER COUNTRY AND WE NEED THEIR VOTE ON ELECTION DAY.
COME MEET YOUR FRIENDS, HAVE SOME REFRESHMENTS, AND WAKE UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD!
WHERE?
THE BRAXTON MASONIC LODGE
2622 GALTS MILL ROAD, MADISON HEIGHTS
(ACROSS FROM SCOTT ZION CHURCH)
BRING YOUR CELL PHONE OR USE OURS.
REMIND FOLKS THAT THEY NEED A PHOTO ID TO VOTE
TELL THEM HOW TO GET ONE FREE!
IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE YET
COME FILL OUT A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM.
SIGN UP TO CANVASS FOR MARK WARNER ON SATURDAY
COME, COME COME ALL DEMOCRATS!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
DON’T LET OTHERS DO IT—MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

September meeting announcement

THIS Thursday, September 11, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at What a Blessing Restaurant and Bakery,  195 Ambriar Shopping Center, Amherst.

Coffee and Pie will be AVAILABLE!

We will have Warner campaign signs available. We will plan a phone bank in the Galt’s Mill Road area, and sign up volunteers for phoning and canvassing.

We will select Precinct Leaders to work on the Nov 4 Election.

We need to work to reelect Mark Warner as Senator, and so must turn out our base.

Plan to attend and show your support for our Party and it’s goals.

Ned Kable, Chair

 

September 4: Meet Mark Warner at Sweet Briar College!

Senator Mark Warner will talk about student debt with students and community members at Sweet Briar College from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Josey Dining Room at Protho Hall on the Sweet Briar campus. The event will be co-hosted by the Amherst County Democratic Committee and the College’s Young Democrats Club. For more information, contact committee chair Ned Kable at nkable@aol.com .

We hope you will be able to join us.

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. (nkable@aol.com).

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.

Sincerely,

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 nkable@aol.com if you plan to participate so we can appear as a group.

Ned Kable, Chair
Amherst County Democratic Committee

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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 http://www.vademocrats.org/rural-caucus

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.

Sincerely,

Aviva Shapiro Frye, Chair

Springtime0691@yahoo.com

(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 edwardkable@gmail.com 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.

Sincerely,
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 edwardkable@gmail.com 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.

Sincerely,
Ned Kable, Chair-Amherst Democrats