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Awkward Conversations, Part One

How do we as Democrats talk about controversial topics like abortion, gun regulation and climate change with friends and neighbors? Pam and Mike Grinder will conduct a workshop that will include “practice conversations” on a number of politically difficult subjects, with the goal of helping people find common ground.

The workshop will be on Saturday March 17 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street.

If you would like to volunteer to be part of a “practice conversation,” please contact Pam Grinder at

Lexington Democratic Committee meets February 26

The Lexington Democratic Committee will meet Monday February 26 at 5:15 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street.

New members are welcome. There is a voluntary membership fee of $15.

Sergio Coppola of Harrisonburg, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress from the Sixth District in the June 12 primary, will speak and take questions. (Another candidate, Peter Volosin, appeared at our October meeting and we hope to have all other interested candidate come to a meeting before the primary.)

You can find out more about Sergio and his campaign here.

We will also be discussing the follow-up to the very successful Kickoff meeting we held January with the Rockbridge County Democratic Committee.

Lexington Democratic reorganization caucus December 9

The Lexington Democratic Committee will hold an assembled reorganization caucus on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Rd, Lexington, VA, for the purpose of electing members and officers for the 2018-2019 term.

There will be a breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. followed by the caucus at 9:30 a.m. Nominations for the offices of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer will be taken at that time.

There will be a charge of $15 per person for the breakfast. Reservations for the breakfast are requested and may be made by contacting Jay Clarke at You may participate in the 9:30 a.m. caucus without having the breakfast.

Those wishing to participate will be required to sign a form pledging to support Democratic candidates and affirming that they are registered to vote in the City of Lexington.

A voluntary membership fee of $15 will be collected.

The Rockbridge County Democratic Committee will meet separately at the same location and time.

If you have any questions, contact me at

Gene Zitver, chair
Lexington Democratic Committee

Thanks for all you’ve done

Thanks to everyone who helped us achieve the great victory by our three Democratic statewide candidates on Tuesday. And special thanks to Dennis Ayers for running a strong and principled campaign as a Democrat for Clerk of the Circuit Court, and to John Winfrey for stepping up to challenge Ben Cline for the House of Delegates. I hope and expect that both will be active in future Democratic campaigns.

Northam, Fairfax and Herring carried Lexington by about 2 to 1. And while Republicans swept Rockbridge County, it’s worth noting that Northam actually won in Vo-Tech precinct and got more than 40 percent of the vote in Airport, Collierstown, Highland Belle, Meadowview and Rockbridge Baths. (Thanks to everyone who phoned and canvassed county voters.) Northam got a higher percentage of the county vote than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Electoral trends are worthy of attention, and the map here shows an improvement for Democrats even in some of the “reddest” regions of Virginia.

We still have work to do in this part of the Commonwealth, but the trends are encouraging.

So get some rest and get ready for 2018– especially since Bob Goodlatte won’t be running again.

Join Kaine, Perriello, Deeds and Swecker for final campaign push November 4

Please join


–Former Congressman TOM PERRIELLO

–State Senator CREIGH DEEDS

–Virginia Democratic Party Chair SUSAN SWECKER

For a GET OUT THE VOTE event and CANVASS KICKOFF on Saturday November 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street.

We’ll have doughnuts, bagels, hot chocolate and coffee.

All are welcome but volunteers for our final weekend of canvassing are especially needed. If you can help knock on some doors to assure a great Democratic victory on November 7, please contact Christian Worth at or Michelle Watkins at

Call for canvassing volunteers

A message from Christian Worth of the Lexington Democratic Committee:

When my family was fortunate enough to relocate to Lexington in 2016 from a thoroughly “red state”, one of the many benefits of becoming involved with Democratic efforts here was knowing that our votes really would matter. As disappointed as the outcome of the 2016 presidential election was, we can all be proud that Virginia stayed blue.

Now, all eyes are on our upcoming state-wide and even local elections as an indication of where we are headed as we make our way to the key races in 2018, 2020 and beyond.

I felt so energized after seeing the incredible turnout last Tuesday at the breakfast for Ralph Northam and hearing Ralph speak, that I was just floored when I saw the following tweet posted by the president over the weekend:

“The Democrats in the Southwest part of Virginia have been abandoned by their Party. Republican Ed Gillespie will never let you down!”

Let’s take this kind of jaw-dropping nonsense as a challenge to show the president and the nation what Democrats in Rockbridge County and Lexington are really capable of doing – and that is getting Democrats to show up and vote to support all our Democratic candidates on November 7th.

One of the most effective ways is door-to-door canvassing, where we send out volunteers in pairs to have one-on-one conversations about the different candidates, provide campaign materials, and to ask for a voter’s commitment to show up and vote on November 7th.

I am hopeful that each of you would be willing to donate at least three hours of your time to help the Rockbridge County and Lexington Area Democrats reach our goal of knocking on every door – we have only three weekends left and we really need every volunteer we can get, especially folks familiar with the county and willing to drive. And if you helped with canvassing last year, it would be wonderful to pair you with someone new to the experience.

In light of what the president is trying to do to demoralize us, it is all the more imperative that we reach out to those voters outside the city limits and let them know their vote counts and that the Democrats have not “abandoned” anyone. We will pair you up so no one is working alone and you will be provided with training, maps, and campaign materials. Better yet, bring a friend and come as as your own team.

Canvassing volunteers will need to report to Democratic Headquarters at 11 S. Jefferson (across from the Farmers Market parking lot) on the next three Saturdays for shifts that run from noon – 3p.m. and 3 p.m.-6 p.m. The training lasts approximately 15 minutes and will be offered at noon and 3 p.m.

We kept Virginia blue in 2016 and we can do it again with your help! And, let’s not forget that a Democratic sweep in Virginia will fire up Democrats across the country.

Please email me at or Michelle at to let us know when we can schedule you or if you have any questions. Thank you for all you have done already and I do hope we can count on seeing you on one or more of the next three Saturdays.

Meet local candidates October 18

Meet and greet your local candidates: Wednesday, October 18, 5-7 p.m.,  at Democratic headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street.

The candidates who will be there to answer your questions are:

Dennis Ayers, Democratic candidate for Lexington and Rockbridge County Clerk of Court.

— John Winfrey, challenging Ben Cline for 24th District House of Delegates.

— Jay Lewis and Dan Lyons, running for the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors from different districts.

— Peter Voisin, seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Bob Goodlatte in the Sixth Congressional District.

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