Calendar for August

Hello, everyone!
 
We have lots of activity this month, including Acres of Democrats in Abingdon at the Higher Ed Center! 
 
Reorganization in December, 2017:
 
The Bristol Virginia reorganization takes place this December, and we will be electing new members and new officers into the committee. Our committee sends delegates to the regional, state, and national conventions and events, gathers for social events and a monthly business meeting, organizes special events, and cooperates with other organizations in support of our candidates and issues. Bristol Virginia voters are invited to attend one or two of the meetings listed below, meet local Democrats, and apply for membership in December. 
 

Statewide Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot in Bristol VA:

We are hoping to get yard signs for our candidates for State offices, and will let you know when we have them. In the meantime, our candidates are:

  • Ralph S. Northam for Governor
  • Justin E. Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor
  • Mark R. Herring for Attorney General

Local Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot in Bristol VA: 

  • Cloe Eva Barker for Commissioner of Revenue
  • Joe R. Mink for Sheriff

Our Tennessee Friends are moving:

The Democrat Resource Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, sent the following note on their new location:

      Our new digs [Democrat Resource Center] will be located at 2700 South Roan St., Suite 440, Johnson City, TN 37601. The complex is called Executive Park South and is located right next to Tipton-Haynes Historic Site. Our phone number will remain the same. 423-282-2081. Operations will begin at that address on Tuesday, August 1st.
      After we are settled into our new office space we will begin the planning of a Grand Opening Celebration. Stay tuned for updates.

Our scheduled meetings in August:

  • Friday, August 4th: Border Bash, Piedmont Avenue and State Street, in downtown Bristol, Setup at 5:30, open from 6:30 to around 8:00. Stop by and chat! This event is subject to cancellation due to weather, so check our Facebook page for last-minute information.
  • Thursday, August 10th: Washington County Democratic Committee Meeting Thu, August 10, 6pm – 7pm at The Southwest Virginia 4H Center, 25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210 (map) The committee has a standing meeting the second Thursday each month at 6:00 P.M. We meet at The Southwest Virginia 4H Center (25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210).  Links to FB and contact information is on the website. www:WashCoVADems.org
  • Monday, August 14th: Committee Meeting, Monday August 14th, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. 
  • Saturday, August 19th: Breakfast is Saturday, August  19th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol. Good conversation, no agenda. Attendees pay separately for breakfast.
  • Monday, August 21st: TN-VA Democratic Social is at the State Line Bar and Grille in downtown Bristol Monday, August 21st, at around 5:00 p.m. This is a social event for Democrats and friends in the surrounding area. It is a good way to meet Democrats!
  • Sunday, August 27th: Acres of Democrats. Acres of Democrats 2017 will be Sunday, August 27, at 2:00 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA. This event is hosted by the Virginia Ninth Congressional District Democrats. From their event page on Facebook: “annual gathering of Democrats, progressives, and liberals from all across Virginia’s 9th Congressional District and beyond. Meet friends, make new friends, get connected with candidates, find out how to elect our Democrats this year. Event page and details: http://www.va9thcddems.com/acres-of-democrats/. Flyer: http://bit.ly/2017acresofdems-flyer.” Catering will be by Bonefire Smokehouse BBQ, and there will be a dessert contest. Check out the links for informaiton and tickets! You don’t want to miss this one!
If I have missed anything on the Calendar, let me know! Don’t forget the reorganization in December, and take a moment to send any questions you have about membership.
 
Hope to see many of you in August!
 
          – Sarah
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Calendar for July

Here it is July already! Hope everyone has plans for a safe and happy 4th of July!
The primary is over, and we are looking forward to the November election. Democrats will be at the Border Bash events listed below, so come out and support us. Volunteer at the table or stop and chat.
Our social events at Golden Corral and The State Line are opportunities to catch up and talk with Democrats about the issues. Guests,folks interested in membership, candidates or their representatives, and people who want to volunteer for the campaigns are welcome. Each of us buys our own food and drinks, but the networking and conversation are free.
Here are our events inJuly:
 
Border Bash, Cumberland Park

WhenTue, July 4, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WhereDowntown Bristol, Cumberland Street (map)
DescriptionEvent is subject to cancellation due to weather, etc. Check Facebook page (Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee) for cancellation notice. Stop by for a chat, information on voting and on political events and issues.
 
BVDC Regular Meeting

WhenMon, July 10, 7pm – 8pm
WhereBristol VA Courthouse (map)
DescriptionGuests and Visitors welcome. For more information email to BVDCCalendar@gmail.com
Washington County Democratic Committee Meeting

WhenThu, July 13, 6pm – 7pm
WhereThe Southwest Virginia 4H Center, 25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210 (map)
DescriptionThe committee has a standing meeting the second Thursday each month at 6:00 P.M. We meet at The Southwest Virginia 4H Center (25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210). Links to FB and contact information is on the website: www:WashCoVADems.org.
BVDC Monthly Breakfast

WhenSat, July 15, 9am – 10am
WhereGolden Corral, Exit 7, Bristol, VA (map)
DescriptionInformal gathering. Guests and Visitors welcome.
TN-VA Democrats Social

WhenMon, July 17, 5pm – 7pm
WhereState Line Bar & Grille, 644 State Street, Bristol, TN (map)
DescriptionMonthly 3rd Monday of each month, social gathering of Sullivan County Tennessee and Bristol Virginia Democrats and friends.
 
Border Bash, The Downtown Center

WhenFri, July 21, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WhereThe Downtown Center, downtown Bristol (map)
DescriptionEvent is subject to cancellation due to weather, etc. Check Facebook page (Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee) for cancellation notice. Stop by for a chat, information on voting and on political events and issues.
 
Border Bash, downtown Bristol

WhenFri, August 4, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WhereDowntown Bristol, Piedmont Ave. (map)
DescriptionEvent is subject to cancellation due to weather, etc. Check Facebook page (Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee) for cancellation notice. Stop by for a chat, information on voting and on political events and issues.
​Hope to see you at our events in July!​
        – Sarah
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Our Calendar for June 2017

The Primary Election: 
  • Mark your calendar to vote in the Democratic primary, Tuesday, June 13, 2017! That is next week, so don’t forget! 
  • If you can’t be here to vote on the 13th, you can vote absentee during regular business hours this week, M-F, 8:00 – 5:00, or on Saturday from 8:00 to 5:00, at the Registrar’s Office at City Hall on Lee Street in Bristol. Thank you to General Registrar Penny Limburg for staying open so folks can vote on Saturday the 10th!
  • For Governor: Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and Tom S. Perriello are  both seeking nomination for Governor. Both are excellent candidates! Take a look at their information in advance of the voting on Tuesday, June 13th to make your decision.
  • For Lt. Governor: Justin E. Fairfax, Gene J. Rossi, and Susan S. Platt, again all good candidates. Their platforms are a bit different, so take a few minutes to look at them and make your decision.
  • Attorney General Mark Herring, who’s record of success for Virginia citizens is excellent, is running for re-election. He is unopposed in the Primary, so he will not be on the Primary ballot, but will need your vote in the General Election later!
 
Border Bash is under way in downtown Bristol
  • Check our on-line calendar at http://www.bristolvademocrats.org/calendar to see the dates and locations. These occur on Friday evenings in the summer, and you can come downtown in Bristol to enjoy the vendors, food, and free music! The Bristol Virginia Democrats will be present from 6:30 to about 8:30 – we will talk with visitors and distribute information until it gets dark, and then we will close up and go listen to the band!
Our regular meetings this month:
  • June 12th: Our Committee Meeting, Monday June 12th, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. 
  • June 17th: Our breakfast is Saturday, June 17th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol. Good conversation, no agenda. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Join us in the reserved meeting room. Tell the cashier that you are with the Democrats for directions to the meeting space.
  • June 19th: The TN-VA Democratic Social is at the State Line Bar and Grille in downtown Bristol Monday, June 19th, at around 5:00 p.m. This is a social event for Democrats and friends in the surrounding area. It is a good way to meet Democrats on the Committee and talk about the issues.
Remember! June 13 is Primary Day! 
Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Vote!
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Caucus cancelled, nominees announced

The Nominating Caucus scheduled for May 18th at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. Our candidates for nomination at the deadline for filing with us at 4:00 today have been named our Nominees. We are happy to announce the nomination of Cloe Eva Barker for Commissioner of the Revenue, and Joe R. Mink for Sheriff. Our candidates will be on the ballot November 7, 2017, and we encourage Bristol residents to come out and vote for them! We will have more information about them posted soon!

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Here is our calendar for May!

Here is our calendar for May. Lots of work to do, so make this the month that you come out to one of our events and say hello!

Our regular meetings this month:

  • May 8 – Our Committee Meeting, Monday May 8th, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. We will have information about the Nominating Caucus for the Nov. 7, 2017 election.  Folks interested in runningfor Constitutional Offices and voting members please attend!
  • May 15 – The TN-VA Democratic Social is at the State Line Bar and Grille in downtown Bristol Monday, May 15th, at around 5:00 p.m. This is an informal social gathering of Democrats and friends from Bristol and Sullivan County TN and Bristol VA and the surrounding area.
  • May 20 – Our breakfast is Saturday, May 20th at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol. Good conversation, no agenda. Attendees pay separately for breakfast, and join us in the reserved meeting room. Tell the cashier that you are with the Democrats for directions to the meeting space.

Special this month: Caucus for nomination of candidates for Constitutional Offices in Bristol that are on the ballot for the November 7, 2017 General Election. These include Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Treasurer, and Commissioner of the Revenue.

  • May 17 – Deadline at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, for turning in Candidate forms for the Nominating Caucus on Thursday, May 18. Instructions for submission of this form are available using the Call to Caucus tab on the menu above.
  • May 18 – Nominating Caucus Thursday, May 18th, 2017 – All Democrats registered to vote in the City of Bristol, VA, are invited to attend the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee Caucus at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and close promptly at 7:00 p.m. Persons in line to register at 7:00 p.m. will be admitted for registration, and the Caucus will assemble when registrations are completed.
  • More information along with Participant and Candidate for Nomination forms are available using the Call to Caucus tab.

Also Special this month: Absentee voting has already begun for the June 13th Primary Election.

We need to select our candidate for Governor and Lt. Governor, so this is important! Stop by the Registrar’s Office (City Hall, on Lee Street) and vote if you are not going to be here in Bristol to vote on June 13th. Hope that you are following the candidates and making a decision about the Primary. If there is any part of the process that you have questions about, or if you need information on the candidates, contact us!

Dates for the Primary:

  • Ongoing through May – Absentee Voting for the June Primary. If you will be unable to come to the polls on Primary Day June 13th, stop by the Registrar’s Office at City Hall, 300 Lee Street, Bristol, VA., and complete an application to vote absentee. Make sure your vote is counted.
  • May 22 – Close of registration for the Primary. If you want to vote in the June Primary, your registration must be received by the Registrar, or postmarked if sent by mail, by close of business at 5:00 p.m. on May 22.
  • June 6 – Deadline to request a mail absentee ballot. The Absentee application must be received by the Registrar by closing at 5:00 p.m. on June 6.
  • June 10 – Last day to vote absentee in-person at the Registrar’s Office in Bristol. The office will be open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • June 13 – Primary Day! Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hope to see all members at the May Committee meeting, and many more friends and supporters at Breakfast and at the Social!

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Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee Schedules Nominating Caucus

All Democrats registered to vote in Bristol, VA, are invited to attend the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee Caucus on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse. The Caucus is for nomination of candidates for Constitutional Offices that are on the ballot for the November 7, 2017 General Election. These include Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Treasurer, and Commissioner of the Revenue.

Each caucus participant must complete and submit a Participant registration form at the registration desk, where forms will be available. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and close promptly at 7:00 p.m. Persons in line to register at 7:00 p.m. will be admitted for registration, and the Caucus will assemble when registrations are completed.

Persons seeking Democratic nomination for one of the local offices on the Nov. 7, 2017, ballot must pre-file a Candidate for Nomination form indicating the office for which nomination is requested. Candidate forms must be returned with all information and original signature by 4:00 p.m. May 17, 2017, to Carl Williams, 710 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, VA.

More information as well as Participant and Candidate for Nomination forms are available from the committee website at bristolvademocrats.org. For more information, or to make arrangements to pick up or turn in forms, call Carl Williams, 276-591-3355.

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Caucus Tomorrow

The deadline for candidate filings having passed, we have 4 candidates for the two delegate positions, and will have the Caucus tomorrow.

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