RCDC DEMOQ 2018 (3)-1

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For Immediate Release: October 8, 2018

Contact: Jamie Nolan, richmonddems@gmail.com

Richmond Democrats Double Membership Capacity, Welcome New Members

Richmond, VA — Richmond Democrats unanimously voted to double the committee’s membership capacity at its general body meeting on Thursday, October 6. The amendments to the bylaws create 270 new membership slots with targets for each city council district to ensure fair geographic representation across the city.

“Increasing our membership and participation is a top priority for the new committee leadership, and I want to thank our committee members for approving amendments to our bylaws to allow for our growth,” RCDC Chair Jamie Nolan said. “Everyone who wants to invest their time and talent to strengthen the Democratic Party here in Richmond should be welcomed with open arms. As we recruit new members, we are especially working to make sure our local party is representative of and accessible to the diverse communities we serve.”

During RCDC’s committee reorganization this summer, 322 Democrats applied for the 231 membership slots allocated under the old bylaws. Up to 501 committee members can be elected under the newly amended bylaws, and the committee is accepting membership applications immediately.

While all Richmond City Democratic Committee meetings are open to the public, individuals who are elected as committee members have committee voting rights and additional responsibilities. Membership responsibilities include: attending committee meetings, supporting get out the vote efforts for Democratic candidates, and participating in other committee business.

Interested Democrats can apply for committee membership online, return a completed membership form to RCDC’s Secretary at any committee meeting, or mail a completed membership form to: Richmond City Democratic Committee, 919 East Main Street, Suite 2050, Richmond VA 23219. Applications for membership must be voted on and approved by the full committee.

RCDC will host the Sixth Annual Dem-O-Q, a free community cookout, this Saturday, October 13, 3-5pm in Byrd Park with special guests Attorney General Mark Herring, Congressman Donald McEachin and Senator Jennifer McClellan. The next RCDC general body meeting is November 1, 2018, 6:30pm at Martin Luther King Middle School (1000 Mosby Street, Richmond VA). For more information, visit richmonddems.wordpress.com.

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Let’s get to work!

Thank you for visiting the Richmond City Democratic Committee!

On Saturday, July 28, a newly elected committee and executive officers were chosen, and we are excited to get to work. In these first few weeks, we will be working to update this website and create an interactive online presence.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please email us at richmonddems@gmail.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

RCDC Monthly Meeting

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Join the Richmond City Democratic Committee for their monthly meeting on March 1, 2018, 6:30 pm.

RCDC is the political arm of the Democratic Party of Virginia in the City of Richmond. We meet the First Thursday of every month, 6:30 PM, at CAPUP (1021 Oliver Hill Way)

Richmond City Democratic Committee Membership Reorganization 2018-19

The Richmond City Democratic Committee is hereby called to meet on Thursday, January 4, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and continuing until 7:30 p.m. at the Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP), 1021 Oliver Hill Way, Richmond, Virginia, 23219 for the purpose of reorganizing the Richmond City Democratic Committee and electing 231 members. Read the full Call to Caucus online here.

All interested persons must fill out a membership form and turn it in to the Chair or one of their designees by December 28, 2018, 5:00 pm. The designees are as follows:

James Minor, 900 N 35th St, Richmond, VA 23223, (804) 677-7340

Sandra Antoine, 3714 Moody Ave, Richmond, VA 23225, (804) 690-9119

Jamie Nolan, 815 Perry St #314, Richmond, VA 23224, (804) 399-0330

Ben Ragsdale, 3821 Custis Rd, Richmond, VA 23225, (804) 330-3959
Download the membership form online at http://bit.ly/rcdcform
Read the full Call to Caucus online at http://bit.ly/18rcdcreorg

Questions should be directed to James Minor, Chair, at (804) 677-7340.

To get the latest updates, RSVP using our Facebook event here and visit our website here.

68th House District to Hold Primary to Nominate Democratic Candidate

News Advisory, 3/16/17

Ben Ragsdale (804) 330-3959

benragsdale@verizon.net

Chair, 68th Virginia Legislative

Nominating Committee

The Virginia Democratic Party will hold a primary election to determine its nominee for Virginia House of Delegates District #68 in the November General Election.

The primary election, at regular polling places, will be June 13, 2017, and will be open to all voters in the district.

The official filing period began on March 13 and will end at 5:00 P.M. on March 30.  Prospective candidates need to file an appropriate number of petitions for candidacy signed by registered voters in the district, a filing fee of $352.80  (2% of a legislator’s annual salary), and other documents with various Democratic Party and state and local agencies.  All forms must be filed by March 30.

The announcement was made by Ben Ragsdale, Chairman of the Virginia 68th Legislative District Nominating Committee, with whom Candidates have to file their declaration of candidacy, receipt for paying their filing fee, and petitions bearing the signatures of at least 125 qualified voters living in the district.  He lives at 3821 Custis Road, Richmond, Virginia, 23225.  He may be contacted at 804-330-3959 and benragsdale@verizon.net.

“We’re greatly encouraged by the caliber of the three candidates who thus far are seeking this nomination,” said Ragsdale.  “We think our chances of unseating the incumbent, Manoli Loupassi, in November are excellent.  There is still time for other interested Democrats to do the necessary paperwork and file.  We will continue to have a full and friendly discussion of the issues facing Virginia and why we need new representation from the 68th.”

The 68th District is about evenly split between Richmond and Chesterfield.  It roughly starts in the Fan District, runs west, grabs three western Henrico precincts, then heads across the river through southwest Richmond to the Salisbury and Smoketree areas of Chesterfield.

LOCATION CHANGE: CALL TO CAUCUS TO NOMINATE A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE IN THE 71ST HOUSE OF DELEGATES DISTRICT

The 71st House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee will hold an unassembled caucus (firehouse primary) on January 21, 2017, between 10AM and 2PM at Linwood Holton Elementary School, 1600 W Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23227, for the purpose of nominating a Democratic candidate for the February 7, 2017 Special Election for the 71st House of Delegates District Virginia General Assembly.

Caucus Documents:

HOD71 Call to Caucus

HOD71 Temporary Unassembled Caucus Rules

HOD71 Candidate Declaration Form

Questions should be directed to the 71st House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee Chair, Tavarris Spinks, by email to tavarris@gmail.com and/or richmonddems@gmail.com.

CALL TO CAUCUS TO NOMINATE A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE IN THE 71ST HOUSE OF DELEGATES DISTRICT

The 71st House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee will hold an unassembled caucus (firehouse primary) on January 21, 2017, between 10AM and 2PM at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W Graham Rd, Richmond, VA 23220, for the purpose of nominating a Democratic candidate for the February 7, 2017 Special Election for the 71st House of Delegates District Virginia General Assembly.

Caucus Documents:

Call to Caucus

Temporary Unassembled Caucus Rules

Candidate Declaration Form

Questions should be directed to the 71st House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee Chair, Tavarris Spinks, by email to tavarris@gmail.com and/or richmonddems@gmail.com.