2016 Campaign Headquarters

Our 2016 Campaign Headquarters is now open, and will be staffed until Election Day in November. Our hours will be based on demand and available volunteers to staff the office.

Our office location is 1318 Lee Hwy, Bristol VA between JR’s Market and the Marathon Gas Station.

Our hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 3:00-6:00pm, Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm. Sunday and Monday Closed.

 

Call to Caucus 2016

NOTICE OF CITY OF BRISTOL VIRGINIA

  DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

     The Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee hereby announces that it will hold an assembled caucus beginning at 7:30 p.m. on April 18, 2016 at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA for the purpose of electing 3 delegates and 1 alternate to the 9th Congressional District Convention to be held on May 21, 2016 at the Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Boulevard in Wytheville, VA.

Doors to the caucus will open at 7:00 p.m. for check-in. Any person attending the caucus, before participating in that caucus, shall sign a standardized declaration form stating that he or she is a Democrat, believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the ensuing general election, and is a registered voter in the City of Bristol, VA. Declaration forms must be filled out at the caucus prior to voting. Doors to the caucus will close at 7:30 p.m., and no person may complete a form or enter the caucus after that time with the exception of those persons in line at 7:30 p.m.

Any person wishing to seek election as a delegate or alternate to the Ninth District Convention must file a written Delegate/Alternate Pre-filing Form with Edward Harlow, Chair of the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee, Bristol, VA prior to 12:00 p.m., April 18, 2016. There is a voluntary administrative fee of $10.00 (which may be waived) at the time of filing. No person who has failed to comply with the pre-filing requirements may be considered for nomination.

Should the exact number of individuals file for the delegate and alternate positions, those individuals will be declared the delegates and alternates and the Chair may cancel the caucus. For further information, please contact Edward Harlow, Chair of the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee, at 276-466-9541, or Carl Williams, Vice-Chair of the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee, at 276-591-3355.

 

Paid For and Authorized by the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee

Call to Caucus

 

 

NOTICE OF CITY OF BRISTOL DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

Whereas, the Honorable Terry Rohr, Circuit Court Clerk for the City of Bristol, Virginia was previously elected to that position on November 1, 2011; and

Whereas the Honorable Terry Rohrretired effective December 31, 2013; and

Whereas the Honorable Kelly Flannagan Duffy was appointed by the Circuit Court Judges of the 28th Judicial District to serve as Interim Circuit Court Clerk until a special election can be held on November 4th. 2014 to fill the remainder of the unexpired term for said office; and

Whereas the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee may nominate a Democratic Candidate for said office;

The Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee will hold an assembled caucus beginning at 6:30 p.m. on June 9, 2014 at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse at 497 Cumberland Street, Bristol, Virginia for the sole purpose of choosing a nominee for said office. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and will close promptly at 6:30 p.m. and no person may complete a form or enter the caucus after 6:30 p.m. with the exception of those persons in line to register at 6:30 p.m.

Any person attending the caucus, before participating in the caucus, shall sign a standardized declaration form. The declaration form must be filed at the caucus location prior to voting, and includes an affirmation that the person:

  • Is a resident of Bristol Virginia and is registered to vote in Bristol Virginia;
  • Does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic Nominee in the next ensuing general election;
  • Is a Democrat;
  • Is not a member of any other political party; and
  • Has not participated in and will not participate in the nominating process for any other political party for the 2014 general election.

Any Person seeking election as the Democratic Candidate for the said office must pre-file a Declaration of Candidacy for Democratic Nomination form with Aviva Frye, Chair of the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee, prior to 7:00 p.m. on Friday May 30, 2014. No late forms will be accepted and no person who has failed to comply with any pre-filing requirement may be considered for nomination. Pre-filing forms are available from Aviva Frye (276) 451-4428 and may filed with her prior to the above cut-off date and time. Candidates elected as nominees must comply with all filing requirements of the Virginia State Board of Elections (forms and instructions available at http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/BecomeACandidate.html.

Should only one person file a Declaration of Candidacy, that individual may be declared the nominee and the Chair may cancel the caucus. For further information or to turn in a pre-filing form, please contact Aviva Frye at (276) 451-4428.

Paid for and authorized by the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee.

Lt. Gov. Northam: The fierce urgency of now

Thanks to Ashley Bauman <ashley@vademocrats.org> for this note from Lt Gov Northam.

By Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam

© February 25, 2014

Over the past few months, a lot has been said about the need to provide health care to the commonwealth’s most hard-working and vulnerable citizens.

As both a practicing physician and a policymaker, my support for Medicaid expansion is no secret. It is a simple fact that one’s quality of life significantly improves with access to affordable health care.

Imagine your child had a fever of 105 and was not able to be seen by a provider, or that you had to decide between paying rent and refilling a life-saving prescription. Hundreds of thousands of working Virginians make these choices on a daily basis.

I emphasize the word “working” because 70 percent of Virginians without insurance have at least one working member in their household. Closing the coverage gap is not a handout. It is intended for hard-working Virginians who don’t otherwise have access to health insurance.

As a physician, I am troubled by the fact that your economic status so greatly determines your ability to access and the quality of your health care. As a parent, I am heartbroken knowing that mothers and fathers throughout the state are making choices between putting food on the table for their kids and paying for their basic health care each month.

The children I see at my practice are fortunate, but there are too many others in similar situations who don’t have access to insurance through employers, cannot afford care out of pocket and don’t have access to charity care.

As a business owner, I cannot fathom giving $5 million, per day, to competing businesses. But in this case, that’s exactly what we are doing if we don’t expand Medicaid. We are sending Virginia’s tax dollars to our neighboring states so they can improve the health, well-being and productivity of their own students and workers.

Instead, we should be doing all we can to reinvest those tax dollars in our own communities. To be clear, these are tax dollars that the people of Virginia will continue to pay whether or not Virginia ever draws down our share from the federal government.

Meanwhile, our hospitals are struggling to close their financial gaps, when we could be creating tens of thousands of new jobs in the health care field. These are quality jobs that would help boost local economies and ultimately generate more revenue for the state.

Finally, as a veteran of the U.S. Army, I am incredibly frustrated that many of my fellow veterans fall into the coverage gap and don’t have access to affordable health care, despite their service to our great nation.

Contrary to popular belief, in Virginia there are more than 30,000 veterans who don’t have health insurance. These men and women risked their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq for our freedom, and now work in the private sector earning minimum wage, live under the poverty line and are not able to afford health care coverage for themselves or their families.

The least we can do for these brave individuals, many with serious medical conditions, is ensure that they and their families have access to affordable and quality health care.

If you refer to yourself as a patriot, profess to have good business sense, describe yourself as a well-intended person having compassion for your fellow man, or all of the above, I strongly encourage you to discuss favorably with your delegate and senator the benefits of expanding health care to the nearly 400,000 working Virginians currently in the coverage gap.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “of all the forms of injustice, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” In his speech at the March on Washington, he called on America to recognize “the fierce urgency of now.”

Now is the time for Virginia to put politics and partisanship aside and to responsibly provide coverage to those in need as soon as possible. The health of our neighbors, children, and veterans depends on it.

Ralph Northam is lieutenant governor of Virginia. He lives in Norfolk.

http://hamptonroads.com/2014/02/lt-gov-northam-fierce-urgency-now