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President Barack Obama
President Obama

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Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Biden

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Senator Mark Warner
Senator Warner

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Senator Tim Kaine
Senator Kaine

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Governor Terry McAuliffe
Terry McAuliffe

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Lt. Governor Ralph Northam
Ralph Northam

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Attorney General Mark Herring
Mark Herring

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News & Analysis

Ericke Cage Seeks Nomination
for 5th District U.S. Congress



"I'm running for Congress because I believe that every citizen deserves a voice in government, that every child deserves a high quality education, that every individual deserves equal footing in the eyes of the law, and that every rural community deserves a fighting chance at economic prosperity. As a common good leader, I will stand up for what is right, speak out against what is wrong, and work a double shift to advance commonsense policies that move the 5th District forward while leaving no one behind."

www.cageforcongress.com


Franklin County Democratic Committee
Over 150 attend picnic

Thursday evening over 150 area residents gathered at the Franklin County Recreation Park to celebrate, socialize, and remember. Several people were “dancing in the streets” as Motown music set the mood.

Franklin County Democratic Committee Chair, Jerry Saleeby, welcomed the crowd and asked for a moment of silence to remember Alison Parker and Adam Ward and to pray for Vicki Gardner’s recovery.

The group of youngsters and not-so youngsters loaded plates with hot dogs, baked beans, and a myriad of side dishes, drinks, and desserts after the Reverend Cyrus Taylor offered grace.

Kim Adkins, candidate for the 20th Senate District, reminded people that state support for education, health, security, and economic development are key to continuing the region’s character. Adkins expressed her appreciation for the support she has developed in Franklin County and asked everyone to talk with family and friends about the importance of the November 3 election.

        
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We've lost a champion

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond.

With Julian's passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for the cause of justice. He advocated not just for African Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination, because he recognized the common humanity in us all.

www.splcenter.org

Warren Street Festival pays tribute
to black heritage in Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT — For Darlene Swain, Warren Street is more than just a road on a map. It’s a piece of history.

Once upon a time — the theme of this year’s Warren Street Festival — the street served as the hub for Rocky Mount’s black community...

        

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Redistricting Matters

Governor calls back General Assembly for special session

Governor McAuliffe indicated he will call a special session of the General Assembly to comply with the court-ordered redraw of the 3rd Congressional District by September 1st. The special session is likely to be held the week of August 17th. Learn more and take action at onevirginia2021.org

Some Useful Advice for Democrats

Read this piece by Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, for some guidance on where Democrats go from here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-de-blasio/midterms-democrats-dont-soul-search_b_6141732.html

How the GOP Stopped Caring About You!

Be sure to read this excellent piece in the Washington Post, by historain Heather Cox Richardson. It describes how the Republican party changed from the progressive party of Lincoln to the protectors of Corporate America today.

How the GOP Stopped Caring About You

Democratic National Committee Website

Upcoming Events

October 17 - Martinsville-Henry County Democrats
Lorene Martin Memorial Breakfast




An annual breakfast to honor long-time Democratic Party activist
and former Martinsville City Chair Lorene B. Martin (1942-2011)

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/2015breakfast
http://www.mhcdcva.org/


August 30 - Help Elect More Women
to the Virginia House of Delegates




We are teaming up with First Lady Dorothy McAullife and Delegate David Toscano to Elect More Women to the General Assembly

Come meet some of our women candidates for the House of Delegate: Angela Lynn, Jennifer Boysco, Liz Miller, Shelly Simonds and Laurie Buchwald.

http://democracy.com/women-leaders-of-va/event-detail.aspx?eventId=2760


August 27 - FCDC Annual Summer Picnic



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August 21-23 - Rural Retreat 2015


Save the Dates!


July 25 - Nelson County Crab Fest


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Training on How to Use Vote Builder

The Fifth Congressional District Committee is conducting training on how to use Vote Builder (also known as VAN), and sessions are being held in locations around the District. If you are interested in participating in the training, please contact Lisa Hystad at lisahystad@mindspring.com, or 434-985-4832.

Post Your Upcoming Events Here

Post your upcoming fund raisers, picnics, parades, and other key Democratic events here. Just email your information to webmaster@democratsva5.org and we will get it posted here.