BVDC Calendar for July

Congratulations to Neal Osborne, who was sworn in on Monday July 2nd as Bristol Virginia City Council Member! We are proud of Neal and of his successful campaign, and want to thank all of the folks who came out to vote for him.  Check out the photo on the Bristol Virginia website!
 
The June Primary: We are happy to have Anthony Flaccavento as our candidate for Congress in November. That election is November 6th, so mark your calendar now. We need representation for the 9th District in Congress, and we need to elect Democrats. Anthony is traveling around the district, and holding town halls and meet-and-greet opportunities for you. He has provided an excellent calendar of events, so find an event near you. Anthony needs your financial support, your participation, and your vote to defeat a well-funded incumbent in November. Bristol VA and local folks on this newsletter, please attend Anthony’s Town Hall, Abingdon event on Monday, July 16th, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Room at the Community Center of Abingdon. We look forward to a Bristol event to be scheduled soon. Some of you already have yard signs out in Bristol — let us know if you need one!
 
Regular Calendar for July  2018:
  • Monday, July 9: Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. All Democrats registered to vote in Bristol Virginia are welcome, and you are invited to attend even if you are not a member of the committee.  (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the second Monday of the month, so you can set a recurring calendar reminder!)
  • Monday, July 16: Anthony’s Town Hall,  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Room at the Community Center of Abingdon. Please attend if you possibly can.
  • Monday, July 16: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area.  Attendees order and pay for food and/or drinks individually. Virginia voters, our Tennessee folk can hold the fort at the State Line, as we hope you will be in Abingdon for Anthony’s Town Hall! 
  • Saturday, July 21: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Invite your friends to come out and join us at breakfast! (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the third Saturday of the month.)
Hope to see you in July! The photo below a screen shot from the calendar on Flaccavento for Congress and has information about the Abingdon Town Hall on July 16th.
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Ninth District Congressional Primary Candidates Certified

I was happy to be one of several Democrats from around the Ninth District who met at the Highlands Democratic Resource Center in Abingdon to count petition signatures for Anthony Flaccavento and Justin Santopietro, who will be on the ballot in the June 12th Democratic Primary in the Ninth District, which includes Bristol Virginia, and most of Southwest Virginia. This is the first Democratic Congressional Primary in the Ninth District in my long memory!

The news release on the Ninth District website says, and I can personally verify, that both candidates have been reaching out to voters across the district for months, and that it is apparent that people are recognizing the genuine care they have for folks in the district and the serious issues we face.

Democrats across the Ninth are energized and excited about these candidates! I hope that you can come out and meet them and get to know them if you have not already. Check out our April calendar newsletter that will be posted tomorrow for opportunities to meet the candidates. If you want to be included in notifications on the calendar, meetings and candidate visits, send e-mail to BVDCCalendar@gmail.com

 

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BVDC Calendar for March

March is here!
It is time to check your voter registration if you have changed addresses or need to update any of your voter registration information. You can check or update your information, find out who is on the ballot, and get lots more information about elections at Virginia Department of Elections. We have three elections this year, two elections before the big one in November. Those elections are important, so be sure they are on your calendar!
  • Local election on May 1, 2018, with three seats on City Council and 3 seats on the School Board open. April 9, 2018, is the deadline to register to vote in the Local Election.
  • Primary election on June 12, 2018. May 21, 2018 is the deadline to register to vote in the Primary. The primary is the election in which Democrats and Republicans will choose their candidates for the November General Election. Democrats have two people on the ballot in the primary, Anthony Flaccavento and Justin Santopietro. The winner will be on the ballot for the Virginia Ninth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives currently held by Morgan Griffith. You can find these folks on Facebook, or meet them personally at two more forums, March 24 (Martinsville, Carmen Forman moderator), and April 21 (Wytheville, David Bailey moderator). In addition, there are many events scattered around the district, as Justin and Anthony are both working very hard to meet you. Visit their websites and take a look at their calendars to find an event near you. Here is their contact information on line:
    • Anthony Flaccavento Make a donation or volunteer here. Anthony has visited the Bristol Virginia committee, and has scheduled an open house for his campaign HQ in Abingdon on Tuesday, March 6th, at 188 E. Main, across from the Washington County Courthouse. Open House is scheduled from 11am-1 pm and 5pm-7pm. For more information, visit the link above or call (276) 781-6742. You are all invited to the Open House!
    • Justin Santopietro Make a donation or volunteer here. Justin will be present at our next meeting of the Bristol Virginia Committee, Monday, March 12 at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. You are invited to attend and bring your friends who are voters in the Virginia 9th District.
New in our Virginia 9th District: Highlands Democratic Resource Center, 407 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA, 24210. Open House for the new Resource Center is March 11, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., hosted by Washington County Virginia Democrats and Scott County Democratic Party. You are invited!
 
Keep up with our Tennessee friends, their candidates and elections: the Democrat Resource Center2700 South Roan Street, Suite 440, Johnson City, TN 37601, 423-282-2081. The Tennessee DRC is open five days a week from 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
 
Here are our regular Bristol events for March 2018:
  • Monday, March 12: Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. Bristol VA Democrats are encouraged to attend, even if you are not members. Agenda: At this meeting Justin Santopietro speak and respond to questions. If you have not met Justin, please come out and get to know him. His name will be on the ballot in the Democratic Primary, June 12, 2018.  New agenda items may be added before the meeting date..
  • Saturday, March 17: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Good food, great conversation, no agenda, guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Check the Facebook page near the date to see if there will be special guests.
  • Monday, March 19: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins. Attendees order and pay for food and/or drinks individually, but the conversation is free.

Come out and join us in March!

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VA Ninth CD Candidate Forums – save the dates!

Times and locations have yet to be announced, but there will be four candidate forums with the candidates for nomination for Virginia’s Ninth District seat in Congress. Save these dates so you can attend one or two of the forums:

  • January 27 (Pennington Gap, Justin Soto moderator),
  • February 24 (Clifton Forge, Sen. Creigh Deeds moderator),
  • March 24 (Martinsville, Carmen Forman moderator),
  • April 21 (Wytheville, David Bailey moderator).
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MLK Celebrations

 

These area events are on the calendar, celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr Day and the legacy of Dr. King:

  • Thursday, January 11, 4:30 and 6:00 pm: Unity Project, a conversation about community and diversity at Bristol YWCA.
  • Friday, January 12 at 5:30 pm. Movie, Hidden Figures and  “Talk Back”. E&H Wiley Auditorium.
  • Saturday, January 13, 1:30 pm: Annual MLK March from Charles Wesley UMC to Abingdon UMC
  • Saturday, January 13, 2:00 pm: Annual MLK Celebration at Abingdon UMC
  • Sunday, January 14, Lee Street Baptist Church, 4 to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 14 Emory and Henry College Memorial Chapel, 6-9:00pm. Tunnel of Oppression
  • Monday, January 15, Kingsport, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Parade participates will need to assemble at 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of E. Sevier & Center Street (Rikki Rhoton Allstate Insurance Co.’s Parking Lot). Kingsport:  11:30 Parade, lunch at community center, 6 pm candlelight vigil.
  • Monday, January 15, Johnson City 12:30th a 1:30 celebration at Greater Love Church.
  • Monday, January 15, Bristol The Legacy Lives!  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Bristol TN/VA will hold a community-wide march and celebration on Monday, January 15 in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Legacy Lives will begin at 1:30 pm with gathering at the YMCA, Bristol TN or First Christian Church, Bristol VA.  The groups will walk to the Bristol Trainstation, meeting under the sign for photos before entering the station. A program will begin at the Trainstation at 2:30 featuring video interviews, readings from Dr. King, and music.  Refreshments will follow.  Handicap and senior parking will be reserved in the Trainstation parking lot. Call the YWCA, 423-968-9444 or email bristolmlk@gmail.com  for more info.
  • Monday, January 15 at 9:30am. MLK keynote speaker for Emory and Henry. E&H MCA Kennedy-Reedy Theater – other workshops and events follow on that day.
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Calendar for January 2018

Hello, Everyone!

Again, thank you to all who attended the reorganizational caucus! We have our membership and officers for the 2018-2019 term, as listed in an earlier post. Our committee remains small, and new membership interest is still welcome.

Many thanks to Anthony Flaccavento for coming to be with us at our last regular committee meeting. We had a good turnout and a lively discussion, and there is energy behind his campaign for U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia 9th District. Make a donation or volunteer here.

Congratulations to our new Virginia team, Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring. They know that we expect great things! In addition, we elected many Democrats to the legislature this past November, which is hopeful news for Medicaid expansion in Virginia!. In May 2018 we will have an opportunity to elect local officials who will work on issues important to Bristol residents, and in November 2018 we will re-elect Tim Kaine to the U.S. Senate, and elect a Democrat to represent the Ninth District in the U.S. House of representatives.

Here are our events for January 2018:

  • Saturday January 6: Thank you to VA 9th CD Chair Deb Baum for this information. “We’re celebrating our 2017 election victories just before the events in Richmond on the 13th. Proceeds to support the election (and re-election) of Democrats in Virginia’s Fightin’ 9th CD.”
    • dress: blue jeans & ball gowns (casual to dressy)
    • Saturday, January 6, 2018 7-10 pm
    • Virginia Ballroom – The Community Center of Abingdon (300 Senior Dr NE, Abingdon, VA 24210; map, click here)
    • tickets $25/person, click here, other contribution levels appreciated (ticket includes admittance, appetizers & light fare)
    • cash bar (wine & beer)
    • flyerclick here
    • Facebookclick here
  • Monday, January 8: Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA.
  • Saturday, January 13: Ralph Northam Inaugural Ball in Richmond, VA. Before they sell out, click here to buy your tickets to Governor-elect Northam’s Inaugural Ball on Saturday, January 13, at 8 p.m. in Richmond! They’re going fast, so hurry! 
  • Monday, January 15: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins. Attendees order and pay for food and drinks individually, but the conversation is free.
  • Saturday, January 20: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Good food, great conversation, no agenda, guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast.

Thank you for your responses to the Calendar e-mail! Hope to see you at one of our events in January!

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Reorganization

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Reorganization yesterday evening. We now have our membership for the 2018-2019 term. Our new Chair is Carl Williams, and Bernard Via is returning as Vice Chair. It is still possible to join the committee during the term by attending a regular meeting and submitting a membership form.

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