The election pretty much erased all other matters from my mind, so I am sending the reminder early this month. First the election, then the reorganization, then the meeting dates in November:
Thank you to everyone who helped facilitating the election and supporting candidates! My appreciation of folks who give their time on Election Day grows each time I observe this process. I saw many of you at the polls as candidates, Officers of Election, staff workers, campaign volunteers, and voters. Many thanks to all who participated.
Congratulations to our state and local Democrats for strong campaigns and significant wins. We are returning a powerful team of caring and talented leaders to Richmond, along with a group of Delegates who will stand up for people. This election gives hope to Virginians on many issues, including among others health care, clean air and water, changing technology, adequate income from work, education of children and young adults, training for employment, fair representation in redistricting in 2021, continued advance of diversity and recognition and inclusion, and healing of divisions. Here locally we elected an experienced and capable person to the Commissioner of Revenue office.
- Ralph S. Northam was elected Governor of Virginia.
- Justin E. Fairfax was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
- Mark R. Herring was re-elected Attorney General of Virginia.
- Cloe Eva Barker was elected Bristol Virginia Commissioner of Revenue
- Joe R. Mink lost his bid for Bristol Virginia Sheriff. A campaign loss is always disappointing, but we look forward to working with Joe in the future. We appreciate Joe’s willingness to serve and his courage in placing himself on the ballot.
We have much to be thankful for this holiday season, and we look forward to local elections in May for 3 Council seats and 3 School Board seats.
As we previewed in September, the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee has a reorganizational meeting every two years in odd-numbered years, so we will be doing reorganization at our December meeting in 2017. The November meeting will include planning for reorganization, so we need all voting members to be present.
At reorganization we will elect new members and new officers in the committee. Our committee sends delegates to the regional, state, and national conventions and events, meets for social events and a monthly business meeting, organizes special events, hosts visiting candidates for state offices, and supports Democrats for local offices. We also cooperate with other local and regional organizations in support of candidates and issues. All Bristol Virginia voters who would like to work with us to nominate and elect Democrats are encouraged to attend and apply for membership. Reply to this e-mail if you have questions.
- Monday, November 13: BVDC Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. This is an important planning meeting, and we will need voting members to be present.
- Saturday, November 18: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. No agenda, guests welcome. Attendees order and pay separately.
- Monday, November 20: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. An informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals. Attendees order and pay for food and drinks individually.
- Monday, December 11: (tentative date, subject to change) Reorganization meeting at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse.