Hugo Reyes joins SDC at Peanut Fest (and takes a selfie)

Hugo Reyes, Virginia’s candidate for the State Senate’s Third District, and his partner Mary Meyers will be joining the Suffolk Democratic Committee’s tent at the Suffolk Peanut Festival this weekend.

Hugo Reyes Selfie at SDC Tent

SDC volunteers have been manning the tent since Thursday, and turnout should be good this weekend since the usual Peanut Fest storm hit us early this year.

Peanut Fest Tent

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My Favorite Candidates & Committees

I made an Act Blue page for some of my favorite candidates and committees, and it includes some of the intelligent, kind, and motivated people who I met last night at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner. What may seem like striking omissions are Terry McAliffe, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring. Of course I support the those campaigns very strongly, but I wanted to use this post and the Act Blue page to highlight some of the committees and campaigns that won’t get as much attention as the statewide campaigns. On the Act Blue page, you can make a single contribution and have it split among each candidate and committee on the list, or you can select individual entities and customize your contributions.

At the top of the list is the Suffolk Democratic Committee. Your contribution to the SDC helps its members arrange fundraising events for Suffolk, regional, and statewide Democratic candidates, like the event this Tuesday, July 2nd, for Mark Herring. SDC members also work to register new voters, help those who have lost their voting rights regain them, and educate the public about important issues.

SDC Logo

Also on the list is the Isle of Wight County Democratic Committee. IOWCDC just won the Grassroots Committee of the Year (in medium sized committee category). IOWCDC members have been following the “Boots on the Ground” philosophy which the Democratic Party of Virginia has been endorsing and which will put Democrats in the offices of Governor, LT Governor, and Attorney General this year.

The first candidate on the list is Kerry Holmes, running for the 14th Virginia Senate district. We have a special chance to turn the Virginia Senate Blue this August, thanks to the retirement of State Senator Harry Blevins, a Republican. Kerry is the epitome of what Republicans want you to believe Democrats aren’t, a church-going, fiscally conservative veteran. There’s room in the Democratic party for conservative ideas and values but there no longer seems to be any room in the Republican party for reasonable ideas which conflict with the Tea Party agenda. Electing Kerry Holmes will restore some sanity to the Virginia Senate.

Susan Hippen is running for Virginia House of Delegates district 21. Master Chief (retired) Hippen wants to create better opportunities for families in Virginia. During her service in the Navy, Hippen served as Command Master Chief of CNATTU, Naval Air Station Oceana and the Division Leading Senior Chief Petty Officer of the Avionics and Armament Intermediate Maintenance Department (IM3) onboard the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). She has the endorsement of Terry McAuliffe, Creigh Deeds, and host of other impressive personalities.

Traci Dippert is running for the seat in the 30th House of Delegates district. She is the chairperson of the Cullpepper Democratic Committee and an elementary school teacher. She entered the race because is concerned with her opponent’s record on education, and believes teachers should have all the necessary resources to prepare our children and grandchildren with a well-rounded education to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

William Quarles is running for the 65th. He has experience as a teacher, a supervisor, and a small business owner who believes in education and that his opponent is out of touch on issues such as education, womans’ rights, and healthcare.

Jennifer Boysco, who says “It’s hard to believe that Richmond is still debating things like birth control”, is running for House district 86. I can’t do better than to pull this quote from Blue Virginia:

Jennifer will breathe fresh air into the House of Delegates. She’s a wonderful person, as evidenced by near endless community service. If someone is hurting, Jennifer is there. After Katrina, Jennifer was there to help collect donations. I have lost count of all the philanthropic efforts and kindnesses Jennifer models for the rest of us. Whether it is in efforts for schools, seniors, or the poor, she’s an inspiration.

Finally, two candidates who aren’t on my ActBlue page because they aren’t using ActBlue for fundraising:

Linda Bryant is Army Veteran, an attorney, and a law school professor who’s husband is a Naval Special Operations Officer with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit stationed at Little Creek. She is a powerhouse with a long and impressive resume of applying her legal skills to public service including putting criminals behind bars, training on internet safety, and providing advisement on ethics compliance.

Elizabeth Jones, is a retired educator with 32 years experience and the chair of the Pittsylvania County Democratic Committee. She is running for the 16th House district and plans to conduct a clean, positive campaign that will listen to the residents and focus on solutions to move the 16th District’s economy forward.

These are just some of the important Democrats running this year. Every year is an election year in Virginia and this year is just as important as last year. Please visit my ActBlue page and/or (especially in Linda Bryant’s case) visit the websites and learn more about these individuals who will make an important difference in Virginia.

Update (2013 June 30) Added photos, & cleaned up some embarrassing grammatical errors.
Update (2013 July 1) Added Elizabeth Jones.

Drawing for Redskins Game in support of the Suffolk Democratic Committee

The Suffolk Democratic Committee, Virginia is having a drawing for Four Tickets and a Parking Pass to the November 4th Redskins vs Panthers game.

The drawing will take place on October 7th, at four O’Clock, in the Suffolk Democratic Committee’s tent at the Suffolk Peanut Festival.

You can purchase tickets online from Act Blue

You will get an automated reply from ActBlue confirming your shipping address, but the drawing ticket will not be shipped to your address. Instead, the ticket with your name on it will be entered into the drawing for October 7th. We’ll contact the winner and confirm mailing information after the drawing.

A Busy Couple of Days For Me

This week started with some family struggles concerning my son. I won’t go into details but he missed a couple of days of work and we’ve been fighting about him living in the house as a bum. It involves a girl, and it’s still ongoing.

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Some time around Monday, I picked up some poison ivy – a pretty bad case all over both arms. That’s also still ongoing.

On Wednesday, there was a reception for Ella Ward, and I awkwardly refused to shake anyone’s hand for fear of giving away what was rightfully mine.

Thursday, still with itchy arms, I drove my daughter 650 miles to the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. We stopped in Massachusetts overnight and arrived Friday morning. When I was able, I did some website updates for Virginia CURE and worked on the invite for a fundraising event for Ella Ward, (which will be rescheduled to September so if you click on the link and it still says “August 27th”, wait for the new date).

I stayed with my daughter for a few hours of check-in and unpacking and then, in part because of the aforementioned problems with my son, rather than staying another night I turned around and drove all the way back, and got home in time to make sure he went to work this morning.

Then I took a three hour nap.

This afternoon, at 2:00, I have a get together with the Suffolk Democratic Committee to host at the OFA office on Main Street. You’re all invited, contributions are requested. Following the get together will be an OFA Open house, and if I’m still standing I’ll say a few words about phone banking and data entry.

The Suffolk, Virginia, Community Heroes Luncheon

Next weekend, on May 5th, the Suffolk Democratic Committee (in Suffolk, Virginia) will, for the fourth year, honor three citizens of our city at a very nice luncheon at the Quality Inn. The three honorees are heroes who the committee believes have distinguished themselves with selfless contributions to the community.

When deciding who the heroes are, the committee does not test for politics. This year, one of our honorees will likely vote for Mitt Romney in November. But this woman volunteered for years at the Tidewater Free Clinic and has distinguished herself by helping desperate people receive vital medical services while treating each of her clients, despite their social and economic status, with the same courtesy and respect with which one would treat a friend.

In the next few months many of us will get into emotional arguments with friends and strangers about economics, war, the power of government, the use of lethal force, and host of other vital topics, and we may feel that those who disagree with us are selfish, stupid, or crazy. But in the end, good people don’t necessarily believe what you believe or what I believe, and can hold views that we find to be outrageous.

By all means, argue. I have opinions and I’m not afraid to use them. But in the end, remember to recognize the goodness of those people around us, despite our strongly disparate views.

Tickets next week’s event are $25 and you can contact me or visit the SDC’s site for more information.