JUNE 2011


June 2011

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CONTENTS:

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Antonia Scatton Leaving Executive Director Post
  • FCDC on YouTube
  • Passings: Lilyan Spero

SPECIAL REPORTS

  • 2011 FCDC Award Winners Recognized at JJ Dinner
  • June is Sustainer Month at FCDC
  • Sustainer Spotlight
  • Virginia Redistricting Update

ISSUES AND OPINIONS

  • Rally Against Citizens United

CAMPAIGN REPORTS

  • Marsden for Senate
  • Ebbin for Senate
  • Krupicka for Senate
  • Clifford for Delegate

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REPORTS

  • 11th Congressional District Report
  • 8th Congressional District Report

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Diversity Committee

DISTRICT COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Dranesville
  • Hunter Mill
  • Springfield
  • Lee
  • Mason
  • Providence
  • Sully

SUSTAINERS

  • Honor Roll
  • Renewal Form

EVENT FLYERS

  • Sustainer Brunch
  • Lee District Luau
  • Kaye Kory Re-Election Kick Off
  • Wine Tasting with Chairman Bulova

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Fairfax County Democrats endorsed 11 candidates for the county school board at May’s full committee meeting in Falls Church. Over 350 members of the county Democratic committee crowded into the high school cafeteria to hear candidates speak and cast votes. The school board is officially nonpartisan but political parties usually indicate the candidates they prefer.

Democrats have long led the way for Fairfax County to have one of the best public school systems in the country. Voters in November’s general election are going to be pleased with the exceptional education leaders we are endorsing for the school board.

llryong Moon, seeking his fourth term on the school board, received the most votes of six at-large candidates and the only endorsement on the initial ballot. Moon, an attorney who lives in Fairfax, told the audience about how his experience of 12 years on the board would be helpful to the work of the board which expects to have at least 6 new first-time board members after the election this year. Moon, a former ESL student and a father of two graduates from FCPS, is a living example of the American dream and what our public education can do. His family was very poor in Korea and immigrated to this country for a better future in 1974 when he was 17.

A second ballot did not result in a majority of votes cast for any candidate, but the committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse Charisse Espy Glassman and Ted Velkoff because they had received the two highest vote totals in a close vote. Espy Glassman, who has a masters degree in international law and experience on Capitol Hill, has been a school activist in Fairfax County and is a mother of a child in the FCPS. She is currently the Education Chair for the Fairfax County chapter of the NAACP and serves on the FCPS Advanced Academics Advisory Committee. Previously she served on the FCPS Minority Student Oversight Advisory Committee and was Legislative Chair for the Council of PTAs in addition to being a substitute teacher for FCPS. She and her son live in Falls Church. Velkoff, a computer software engineer, is a former president of the Chantilly High School PTSA. His two daughters are graduates of Chantilly High School and South Lakes High School. Ted and his family live in Chantilly.

Democrats also endorsed candidates running for district seats who had been recommended by supervisory district committees. The Providence district has not yet chosen a candidate. Our list of endorsed school board candidates follows.

  • Ilryong Moon (At-large, incumbent)
  • Charisse Espy Glassman (At-large)
  • Ted Velkoff (At-large)
  • Kathy Smith (Sully, incumbent)
  • John Wittman (Springfield)
  • Patricia Hynes (Hunter Mill)
  • Jane K. Strauss (Dranesville, incumbent)
  • Sandra Evans (Mason, incumbent)
  • Megan McLaughlin (Braddock)
  • Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee)
  • Daniel Storck (Mt. Vernon, incumbent)

I want to extend my thanks to all the candidates for the school board endorsements, whether they received our endorsement or not. It takes courage and time to put your neck out to run for public office. All the candidates agreed in advance to support FCDC’s endorsed candidates.

Rex Simmons

Chair

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Antonia Scatton Leaving Executive Director Post

Our Executive Director, Antonia Scatton, has recently announced that she will be leaving us in July to follow up on an opportunity to work with one of her heroes, Professor George Lakoff, in California and conduct research on the role of culture in political communication. During her short time with us, Antonia worked very hard to improve our office, data management and communications operations and support our fundraising efforts. She will be missed, and we wish her success in this exciting new endeavor. Good luck, Antonia!

The Personnel Committee is conducting a search for a new Executive Director. Interested parties can obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement by emailing Nadja Golding at treasurer@fairfaxdemocrats.org.

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Fairfax County Democrats Now On YouTube!

Check it out and the FCDC is also in the process of upgrading its website, so stay tuned for more on that!

http://www.youtube.com/user/FairfaxCountyDems

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Passings: Lilyan Y. Spero

Our community lost a great friend on Thursday, May 19, 2011, Lilyan Spero of Fairfax, VA, beloved wife of the late Abe Spero, loving mother of Ronnie B. Snyder and Ellen S. Schoetzau. She is also survived by two amazing granddaughters and two very special grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, 2815 Hartland Road, Suite 110, Falls Church, VA 220143 for the Lilyan & Abe Spero Memorial Fund to continue their work in areas such as voter registration, child care and human rights; or, to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, VA and designated for the Lilyan & Abe Spero Memorial Fund to support OLLI’s mission.

More about Lilyan Spero in the next issue of The Democrat.

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SPECIAL REPORTS

FCDC 2011 Award Winners Recognized at JJ

The program at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner on May 8 was kicked off with the annual FCDC Awards. Announced by Chair, Rex Simmons, and presented by Gov. Tim Kaine, the winners were presented with certificates and crystal wine buckets engraved to commemorate their recognition.

2011 Member of the Year
Larry Baldwin
for his exemplary Precinct work, member recruitment, and long term Sully activism.

2011 Volunteer of the Year
Sarah O’Neil
for a multitude of volunteer duties in Dranesville District.

2011 Charles S. Robb
Young Leaders Award
Megan Adamczewski
for volunteer work with George Mason YD’s, Braddock District and many campaigns.

2011 Lynda J Robb
Community Service Award
Alice & Jerry Foltz
for their work on immigration reform and minority fairness.

2011 District of the Year
Providence
Carrie Nixon, Chair
for making great strides in ensuring its membership reflects the diversity of the Democratic Party, it’a work in underrepresented precincts, and innovative events

District Award Winners

The District Award Winners were all recognized with slides projected on two large screens during dinner. Each winner was given a framed certificate recognizing their accomplishment.

Braddock Member of the Year Peter Fabry
Volunteer of the Year Bill Ulman
Young Leader Megan Adamczewski
Dranesville Member of the Year Rev. William & Ellie Wegener
Volunteer of the Year Sarah O’Neil
Hunter Mill Member of the Year Dr. Glen Tompkins
Lee Member of the Year Michael Wells
Volunteer of the Year Cindy Skyles
Mason Member of the Year Rose Chu
Volunteer of the Year Anne & Neale Baxter
Young Leader Trevor Smith
Community Service Robert Schwaninger
Mt Vernon Member of the Year Victor Bremenkamp
Volunteer of the Year Les Sonnenmark
Providence Member of the Year Paul Jameson
Volunteer of the Year Debbie Wisoff
Community Service Tania Houssain
Springfield Member of the Year Ed Jaffee
Volunteer of the Year Dorsey Chescavage
Sully Member of the Year Larry Baldwin
Community Service Alice & Jerry Foltz
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June is Sustainer Month – Please Join Us!

June is Sustainer Month at FCDC. Please consider becoming a sustainer and make a commitment to support the ongoing operation of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee with monthly or annual contributions. Memberships are available beginning at $10 per month or just $120 each year. Sign up soon and help play a vital role in supporting Democratic candidates and values in Fairfax County. As a member, you are invited to attend the Sustainer Brunch on June 12th (see flyer below). Join us, attend the brunch, and get the inside scoop on how political leaders, activists and donors will approach this year’s hotly contested elections. It’s easy to join—just fill out and mail in the form below or call 703.573.6811.

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Sustainer Spotlight

Sustainer Spotlight is a new monthly feature for the Democrat

Burma and Rick Bochner, FCDC Sustainers since the late 1990’s

By Virginia Field

Fired Up? Ready to Go? President Obama’s famous phrase from the 2008 campaign resonates firmly with Burma and Rick Bochner, who believe that keeping FCDC on a firm financial footing is the best way to ensure that experience and continuity produce winning results for Democrats. The Bochners argue that elections in the state of Virginia are a full time business. “Fairfax County is a huge and dynamic area,” said Burma, “and Democrats will thrive only with a permanent organization that keeps the lights on year round.”

In years past Rick noted that the Combined Campaign Committee didn’t have a permanent office. “In the post-election season we had no choice but to pack up the desks, files, records, typewriters, extra envelopes, etc., and distribute them to activists’ basements all over the county. When a new Combined Campaign began, we had to scurry about to re-claim the essentials. Now, FCDC contributors help fund both infrastructure and candidate activities including an information clearinghouse, a central location for volunteers, VAN and computer software systems training, and an internship program. FCDC Sustainers ensure that a certain amount of money comes in to keep things rolling along.”

The couple directs FCDC’s Absentee Voter Program. In ’08 the absentee crew mailed to 35,000 people who voted absentee in Fairfax County. In ’10 the program was expanded to include a significant outreach component. This year, in advance of the November election, they expect to mail 40,000 or more outreach pieces to qualified voters who may not be able to go to the polls on Election Day. Funded in part by Sustainer donations, this model program has resulted in a how-to manual used throughout the state, including the 2010 congressional campaigns in Southside, Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore.

Sustainer support, the Bochners argue, “help FCDC keep its edge. The Committee provides coordination, continuity and permanence, irreplaceable factors, especially this year with fifty upcoming elections.”

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Virginia Redistricting Update

The state legislature has approved changes to the districts of our state Senators and state Delegates in response to the 2010 census. These changes have been signed by the Governor and are with the US Department of Justice for clearance under the Voting Rights Act.

Many voters in our area will have a new state Delegate or Senator for the primary election on August 23 and the general election on November 8.

If you vote at any of the following locations, you will see a change in November’s election:

In Fairfax:

Centrepointe Church at Fair Oaks (Centrepointe precinct): You will now be in Democrat Mark Keam’s Delegate district. Also, if you live east of Cedar Lakes Drive, you will now be in Democrat Chap Peterson’s Senate district. Those living west of Cedar Lakes Drive will still be in Dem. Dave Marsden’s Senate District.

Eagle View Elementary School (Eagle View precinct) or Fairfax County Government Ctr (Monument precinct): You will now be in Democrat David Bulova’s Delegate district. You also are moving into the Braddock supervisor district in Fairfax County, so Pat Herrity will no longer be your County Supervisor!

Fair Oaks Church Rec Center (Fair Oaks precinct): You will now be in Democrat David Bulova’s Delegate district.

Greenbriar East Elementary School (Greenbriar East precinct) or Greenbriar West Elementary School (Greenbriar West precinct): You will now be in Democrat Chap Peterson’s Senate district.

Willow Springs Elementary School (Willow Springs precinct): If you live north of Route 29, you will now be in Democrat David Bulova’s Delegate district. If you live south of Route 29, you are still in Republican Tim Hugo’s district.

In Fairfax Station:

Antioch Baptist Church (Fairfax Station precinct): If you live north of Chapel Road, you will now be in Democrat Dave Marsden’s Senate district. If you live south of Chapel Road, you are still in Democrat George Barker’s Senate district.

Living Savior Lutheran Church (Popes Head precinct): If you live east of the Fairfax County Parkway, you will now be in Democrat Chap Peterson’s Senate district. If you live west of the Parkway, you are still in Democrat Dave Marsden’s district.

Virginia Korean Baptist Church (Woodyard precinct): If you live west of Route 123, you will be in Republican Tim Hugo’s Delegate district. If you live east of Route 123, you will be in Republican Dave Albo’s district.

In Springfield:

Orange Hunt Elementary School (Orange precinct) or Sangster Elementary School (Sangster precinct): You will now be in Republican Dave Albo’s Delegate district.

South Run REC Center (South Run precinct): You will now be in Democrat George Barker’s Senate district.

Irving Middle School (Irving precinct): You will now be in Democrat Dick Saslaw’s Senate district.

Hunt Valley Elementary School (Hunt precinct): You have moved into the Springfield supervisor district of Fairfax County! In addition, a small sliver of you living right near Hunt Valley Elementary will now be in Democrat Dave Marsden’s Senate district.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Pohick precinct): If you live east of Huntsman Blvd, you will now be in Republican Dave Albo’s Delegate district. Those who live west of Huntsman will still be in Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn’s district.

If your polling location is not listed above, you do not have changes in your state legislative representatives.

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ISSUES AND OPINIONS

Rally Against Citizens United
Campaign to End Corporate Dominance of Our Democracy

A Commentary by the National Affairs Standing Committee (NAC)
Sandra J. Klassen and Dan Walsch, Co-Chairs

Congressman Jim Moran, on May 28, 2011, chaired a panel discussion to illuminate the encroaching corporate takeover of American politics, including the grave threat to our democracy resulting from the January 21, 2010 Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, giving corporations a constitutional “right” to spend unlimited money influencing elections.

Explaining the importance of the Rally Against Citizens United Congressman Moran said, “For 235 years, America has fought to make our government of the people, by the people, and for the people. There’s no question it’s of the people. We’ve had some major victories in making it for the people: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and most recently the Affordable Care Act. But with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision having opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate dollars, ‘by the people’ is in peril. From the grassroots up we must join together to overturn this threat to one of our nation’s most sacred founding principles.

Fourteen grassroots groups organized this event at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University to inform, energize, and engage their fellow citizens to push back the threat.

This coalition included: George Mason University Young Democrats; Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church City, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Prince William, & the 8th Congressional District Democratic Committees; The Brigades; FCDC National Affairs Committee; Mason Law Democrats; Progressive Democrats of America-Virginia; NOVA MoveOn, and Virginia AFL-CIO.

The Rally Against Citizens United was the first salvo of the campaign.

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CAMPAIGN REPORTS

Marsden for Senate

Senator Dave Marsden is Bullish About Fairfax County and the Future!

Greetings from the campaign trail. The campaign is in full swing and the momentum driving us forward has been growing since kicking off our 2011 Campaign back in March. It’s great to be back from Richmond so I can listen to the thoughts and concerns of my neighbors here in Fairfax County. Together we are building a better future for our community.

Our great schools continue to create productive paths for our children and protect and promote growth in our home values. I fought hard in the Senate to restore funding so our teachers and students get the resources they deserve. Improving transportation is a priority for me. I voted for the $4 billion investment in transportation so we can spend less time in traffic and more time with our families and so businesses know that they have the infrastructure they need. I need your help to continue advancing these issues and the many more that most Virginians hold true. Please consider contributing to my campaign or sign up to volunteer. For information visit www.marsdenforsenate.com.

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Ebbin for Senate

Adam Ebbin Invites Friends, Neighbors to Join Campaign, Get Involved

The enthusiasm on display at this year’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner made it clear that in 2012, Fairfax Democrats will play a key role in keeping Virginia’s Electoral Votes in President Obama’s column. I know each of you will be working alongside me to bring that essential victory home. But before we begin that effort, allow me to ask: what are you doing this summer?

This August, Democrats in Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington will choose a new State Senator to represent us in Richmond. As I’ve gone door to door in recent weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you and hear your thoughts about the future our Commonwealth.

Having represented part of Fairfax in the House of Delegates for eight years, I know there’s no one more able to mobilize Fairfax voters than their friends and neighbors. So I’d like to invite you to become a part of my campaign to be a voice in Richmond for our shared progressive values.

We’ll be knocking on doors, making calls, and building momentum for victory both in the August 23rd primary and for our party in 2012. Contact us at www.AdamEbbin.com or 703-739-4330 to get involved today!

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Krupicka for Senate

Krupicka for Senate Campaign Going and Growing!

By Carter Batey, Campaign Manager

Rob Krupicka’s campaign for the Virginia Senate is growing by leaps and bounds with each passing day. In the past two months, our campaign workers have knocked on more than 5,000 doors and volunteers are out in force each weekend. The outpouring of support from people around the 30th District has been overwhelming, but we’re not stopping now. Last week we had more than 1800 people join us on a Telephone Town Hall to discuss our regional transportation issues, and next month we will host another that will focus on education.

We’re also encouraging people to join Rob for a meet and greet at Primo Family Restaurant at 1636 Belleview Blvd, Alexandria VA on May 22nd at 6:00pm. It’ll be a great opportunity for residents to come out and get to know a little bit about their next State Senator.

As the weather continues to warm, we’ll be stepping up the frequency of our canvassing, as well. Each Saturday starting at 10:00am, teams of volunteers leave from Krupicka HQ (409 E Alexandria Ave) and head out to talk to voters directly. Anyone who would like to join the team can contact Jordan Butler at 571.228.8314 or Jordan@krupicka.com.

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Clifford for Delegate

Stephanie Clifford for Delegate, 49th District

Thanks to the many friends and neighbors who attended my campaign kick-off on May 15. We’re off to an exciting start and I really appreciate your support.

My family and I have called this district home for 10 years and we have forged deep friendships here. I’ve worked alongside progressive activists and volunteers on issues that have improved our community and made it a place we are proud to live.

Sadly, much of the progress we have fought so hard for is being threatened by legislators in Richmond; many of whom frankly just don’t get the priorities of the 49th District. More than ever we need someone in Richmond who understands the values of the district, and who will act in the best interests of the citizens who live here. We need a delegate who will navigate the complex relationships and deep-rooted divisions which stand in the way of continued progress for our communities and for our region.

As the delegate for the 49th district, I won’t play politics with your trust or your vote. I will work tirelessly to stand up for you every day. I guarantee that I will fight for our shared values and work with others to strengthen our communities and move the 49th District forward.

Learn more and join us at www.stephanieclifford.org or call 703-725-7883.

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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REPORTS

11th Congressional District

George Burke, Chair

If all goes as hoped, a year from now the Democratic Party of Virginia will be making final preparations for the opening of the 2012 Virginia State Democratic Party Convention on the campus of George Mason University here in Fairfax.

In early June, the 8th, 10th, and 11th CD Committee Chairs will be making the case in the DPVA Steering and Central Committee meetings in Blacksburg that the time is long overdue for Northern Virginia to host a state Democratic convention. I’ve been active in Virginia Democratic politics for more than 30 years and I can’t remember when a state convention was ever held in NoVA.

The last three state conventions were held in Newport News, Richmond, and Roanoke. Just about every region of the Commonwealth has hosted a convention except for NoVA. Given the concentration of Democrats in NoVA, the key role our region plays in electing Democrats to statewide office, and our proximity to major national and local media outlets, it is time for us to host a convention. FCDC and Democratic committees in Prince William, Fairfax City, and other NoVA communities are supportive of the plan. So are Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran, along with a host of state and local elected.

We will have an uphill battle convincing Democrats who represent other regions of the Commonwealth on the DPVA Steering and Central Committees to go along with our proposal, but in the end, I think we can prevail if we stick together and make our case. I have confidence that if we win the bid for the 2012 state Democratic convention, FCDC and our other local Democratic committees and GMU administration will work with our Congressional District Committees and DPVA to make the NoVA convention the best in recent memory.

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8th Congressional District

Pixie Bell, First Vice Chair

The next meeting of the 8th CD will be held June 20, 8 PM at the Falls Church Community Center, 233 Little Falls St., Falls Church. State Party Chair, Brian Moran, visited the 8th CD meeting on May 16 and discussed his state wide travels. He also spoke of a different agenda for the June 4th State Central Meeting, based on the survey the Party took. After the Saturday morning meeting, the Black Caucus luncheon will be held from 11:30 to 1:00 PM, followed by discussion by General Assembly members, then a YD’s meeting about 3:00 PM. There was also discussion of the upcoming Presidential Primary and State Convention; Caucuses within a county or city will be held on April 21, 2012, at 12:00 noon or April 23, 2012, at 7:30 PM. CD Conventions will be held May 12, 19 or 26, 2012, where we elect delegates to the Nat’l Convention. If the Central Committee upholds the current Formula A for City/County Delegates to a State Convention, and DNC Formula 2 for allocation of Nat’l Convention Delegates elected by CD, then the apportionment of Delegates to the State Convention from the 8th CD would be: Alex. 43; Arl. 63; Falls Church , 4; Fairfax, 91. The allocation from the 8th CD of Delegates to the Nat’l Convention would be 4 males, 4 females, and 1 female alternate. All this is dependent upon approval by the State Central Committee and the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee. Updates may be found at DemRulz by Frank Leone, DNC member.

Congressman Moran received the 2010 Congressional Leadership Award from the Endocrine Society. Moran received their top honor for his efforts to marshal federal funding for research on endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Jim said “the consequences resulting from failing to raise the debt ceiling began today with the pensions of federal employees being used to stave off a government default. This is no way to run the most powerful nation in the world.”

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STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

Diversity Committee

Rose Chu and Lina Orr, Co-Chairs

The Diversity Committee thanks everyone who supported Tapas Night on May 21st! We had all six candidates for School Board and a number of elected officials and candidates. We need Democratic volunteers to train for Election Officers for the Primary on August 23 and Election Day on November 8th, especially Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Arabic speakers and African Americans. Election Officers are paid $100 for a long day.

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DISTRICT COMMITTEE REPORTS

Dranesville District

Ron Bleeker, Chair

The DDDC had its regular meeting and Spring Social on May 7 in McLean. The focus of the heavily-attended meeting was on nominations for the Fairfax County School Board. The committee unanimously voted to recommend the re-nomination of Jane Strauss as the Democratic candidate for Dranesville School Board member. This was followed by presentations by each of the six candidates for At-Large School Board seats, and a question-and-answer session.

The following night, May 8, Dranesville was well-represented at the FCDC Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at the McLean Hilton. Dranesville’s LaVerne Taylor Award for Committee Member of the Year went to the late Rev. William Wegener, and his wife, DDDC member Ellie Wegener. The Dranesville Award for Volunteer of the Year went to Sarah O’Neil, who also won the FCDC Award for Volunteer of the Year, which was presented to her at the dinner by Governor and Senatorial candidate Tim Kaine.

McLean Day was May 21 in Lewinsville Park, and the DDDC had its usual booth where we will welcome all Democrats and friends of Democrats. A number of Democratic candidates for State and local office will be there to meet local residents.

Two of our local campaigns had kick-offs in May — Pam Danner, candidate for Delegate, held her kick-off at Kazan Restaurant in McLean on May 16, and Jane Strauss kicked off her campaign for re-election to the School Board on May 31.

The DDDC will have its next meeting on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 PM at the Herndon ArtSpace in Herndon. Our special guest will be Mark Herring, candidate for the State Senate.

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Hunter Mill District

Bettina Lawton and Robert Haley, Co-Chairs

The Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee holds its meetings on the 2nd Thursday, 7:30PM, every month, alternating between locations in Reston and Vienna. Typical meetings include guest speakers, campaign information, and notice of HMDDC – FCDC events. Recent events in which many Hunter Mill members participated included Supervisors’ Sunday. Candidates for the Hunter Mill District School Board endorsement, including Pat Hynes and Kathleen McKee, made presentations at the April HMDDC meeting. Maria Allen, a Hunter Mill member who is an At-Large candidate for the school board, also made a presentation as did Ted Velkoff and Greg Brandon.

Please refer to the Hunter Mill web site calendar at www.huntermilldemocrats.org for other local area political events, and to the FCDC web site calendar at www.fairfaxdemocrats.org for Fairfax County wide events.

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Springfield District

Ruth Miller, Chair

Springfield District congratulates School Board candidate John Wittman on his endorsement. We look forward to helping elect him to the School Board this year!

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Lee District

Steve Bunn and Hugh Robertson, Co-Chairs

Go ahead and mark your calendars now for our Lee District Luau to be held on Saturday, July 23rd at the home of Susie Warner. Get more information and sign up at www.leedems.org. This will be a great event! (See flyer below)

Our next Lee District Democratic Committee meeting will be on Thursday, May 24 at 7:30pm in the home of Susie Warner at 6229 Edison Drive, Alexandria, VA 22310. Please join us as we plan our Lee District Luau and upcoming campaign activities. We hope to see you there. As always you can check out our webpage at www.leedems.org to get more information about upcoming events and activities.

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Mason District

Rachel Rifkind, Chair

Mason District Democrats met on May 18 to endorse our candidate for Mason District School Board. After opening remarks by our incumbent School Board Member Sandy Evans and questions from the membership, Sandy was unanimously endorsed.

Charisse Espy Glassman was not at the April meeting when the membership heard from most of the other candidates. She asked to speak at this meeting which was granted.

As of this writing, last night FCDC voted to endorse Ilryong Moon, Charisse Espy Glassman and Ted Velkoff for the At-Large School Board seats. Congratulations to all FCDC endorsed candidates. The FCDC also passed a motion to accept the magisterial district recommendations for endorsement.

The Mason District Thank You Party on May 15 was huge success – nearly 100 people attended at the home of Hal and Penny Gross. We managed to keep the rain away and were able to party on the Gross’s back deck in the sun! Thanks to all the members who helped make this party a success! We heard from several of our elected officials including Senator Saslaw and Delegate Watts on the importance (all are important but these take on super significance) of this year’s elections – we must maintain Democratic control of the State Senate and we must re-elect our house members.

We will meet on June 21 at the Mason District Government Center at 7:30pm. FCDC will be meeting July 26 at 7:30pm (Location TBD).

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Providence District

Carrie Nixon, Chair

Please join the Providence Dems “group” on Facebook for information on next month’s Dinner & Discussion!

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Sully District

Dana Cimino, Chair

Sully Democrats meet monthly on the first Tuesday, 7:30pm at the Sully Governmental Center in Chantilly. Meetings typically involve discussion of what’s going on in our district, as well as county and statewide. Information about us can be found at our website: www.sullydemocrats.org. You can also “like” us on Facebook HERE.

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SUSTAINERS

Honor Roll

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Sustainer Sign Up or Renewal Form

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