Archive for November, 2013

RSVP for Lexington Democrats’ December 14 caucus

The Lexington and Rockbridge County Democratic Committees will hold their reorganization caucuses on Saturday December 14 at 9 a.m. in the Gallery Room of the Holiday Inn Express, 880 North Lee Highway.

A $6 continental breakfast will be served.

RSVP by December 12 to Glenda Grasse at gandg@histomin.com or 540-463-4267. For more information contact Joe Skovira at jskovira@embarqmail.com or Dorothy Blackwell at dssb1@earthlink.net.

Reorganization meeting December 14

The Lexington and Rockbridge County Democratic Committees will hold a joint meeting Saturday December 14 at 9 a.m. before holding separate meetings to elect officers for the next two years.

The location will be announced.

Best wishes to Creigh Deeds

State Senator Creigh Deeds is reported in fair condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center after being stabbed multiple times Tuesday morning at his home in Bath County.

Creigh’s son Gus, who suffered from psychiatric problems, reportedly attacked his father before shooting himself to death.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports:

Gus Deeds had been released Monday following a mental health evaluation performed under an emergency custody order…

Dennis Cropper, executive director of the Rockbridge County Community Services Board, [said] the emergency custody order, or ECO, allowed Gus Deeds to be held as long as four hours to determine whether he should be kept longer, up to 48 hours, under a temporary detention order.

The son was evaluated Monday at Bath Community Hospital, Cropper said, but was released because no psychiatric bed could be located across a wide area of western Virginia.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Creigh and his family at this difficult time.

Victory for McAuliffe and Northam

Thanks to everyone who helped make possible Terry McAuliffe’s and Ralph Northam’s election victories Tuesday in the races for governor and lieutenant governor.

Among other reasons to celebrate: McAuliffe made expansion of Medicaid coverage to more than 400,000 uninsured Virginians under the Affordable Care Act a central part of his campaign.

The race for attorney general between Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain is still too close to call, and may be decided by a count of provisional ballots and a recount.

Again, Lexington proved to be a Democratic stronghold. Here are the results for the city:

For Governor
Terry R. McAuliffe: 936 votes (61.66%)
Ken T. Cuccinelli: 498 votes (32.81%)
Robert C. Sarvis: 65 votes (4.28%)

For Lieutenant Governor

Ralph S. Northam: 1,058 votes (71.01%)
E. W. Jackson: 427 votes (28.66%)

For Attorney General
Mark R. Herring: 941 votes (62.69%)
Mark D. Obenshain: 557 votes (37.11%)

Although Republican State Delegate Ben Cline ran unopposed for reelection, a write-in campaign for Jeff Price produced 319 votes in Lexington alone.

Well done!

Update (December 18): After a recount, Mark Obenshain has conceded, making Mark Herring the winner of the election for attorney general.

Join us on Election Night

Please join your fellow Lexington and Rockbridge County Democrats in celebrating what we hope will be a Democratic victory in the Virginia elections on Tuesday November 5.

We’ll be gathering at Democratic headquarters, 221 South Main, when the polls close at 7 p.m.

Remembering Jackie Pleasants

Jacqueline Corbin (Jackie) Pleasants, former treasurer of the Lexington Democratic Committee and an active campaigner for Democratic candidates, died Oct. 14, 2013, at the age of 97.

As the News-Gazette reported:

In April 2008, the Lexington and Rockbridge County Democratic Committee honored her at a banquet and announced the establishment of the Jacqueline Corbin Pleasants Scholarship Fund for local high school graduates.

The News-Gazette published an appreciation of her life of service.

Her life was celebrated on October 26 at the First Baptist Church in Lexington.