Minutes of the Regular Meeting of November 13th 20 18

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Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM by Chairperson Leslie Rinaldi.  The committee did not have a quorum.  The following officers were present or not present as indicated

Leslie RinaldiChairpersonPresent
Verjena JonesFirst Vice ChairPresent
Michele FaulkThird Vice ChairNot Present
D.J. McGuireFourth Vice ChairNot Present
Catherine AnsonTreasurerPresent
Benjamin GoldbergRecording SecretaryPresent

Review and Acceptance of Reports

Minutes

The minutes of October’s meeting were reviewed.  Benjamin Goldberg pointed out two corrections that had to me made.  D.J. McGuire’s attendance was printed as blank and would be corrected to “Not Present”.  Catherine Anson was not listed.  That would be corrected to listing her as present.

Treasurer’s Report

Catherine Anson gave the treasurer’s report, which was approved for filing.  Ms. Anson noted that the committee would get back money spent on the Blue Diamond Award Banquet because the banquet was canceled.  Ms. Anson also said that she was currently conducting an audit of the committee’s funds, and that the audit will be complete by the meeting January. 

Precinct and Borough Committee Report

D.J. McGuire gave the Precinct and Borough Committee report by phone.  He said we had poll coverage for all polling locations except Chuckatuck Fire Station and Corinth Chapel Church.  He said the results showed that in Suffolk Tim Kaine did 2 or 3 points better than Ralph Northam did last year.  He said precincts that Democrats flipped last year did even better this year, and that this year Wilroy flipped Democratic.  He noted that Corinth Chapel was the only precinct to move more Republican. 

Mr. McGuire said we should run a candidate against Chris Jones. 

He said that the next Precinct Committee meeting would be December 6th.

Business

2018 Election Results & Volunteer Efforts

Leslie Rinaldi noted that Karan Jenkins and Tyron Riddick, both of whom the committee endorsed, won their elections for school board membership, and noted the good turnout for Suffolk.  Other members also noted the good turnout for Suffolk, and Carol Byrd expressed her gratitude for the volunteers and supporters at the Suffolk Campaign office.  Ms. Bird also noted the importance of canvassing and getting out the vote.  She said there were people with whom she and others made contact who didn’t know who was running.   

Dan Brooks asked what to do with used campaign signs.  After some discussion, Ms. Rinaldi said the undated signs for Bobby Scott and Don McEachin can be returned to their offices. 

There was some discussion about difficulties encountered during canvassing and on election day.  Robert and Tina Kearny mentioned that some people were directed to the Jewish Community Center, which was not the proper voting location, but there were signs at the JCC directing them to the proper location.  Other members said they were questioned by neighborhood watch members while canvassing.

Gimme5 Campaign

Leslie Rinaldi said the Gimme5 Campaign would be extended to until the January Meeting.  One person asked if donations could be used for membership fees.  Art Singleton suggested the possibility that membership fees could be waived if contributors donated enough.  Ms. Rinaldi said it was a good idea. 

Membership Dues Collection

There was a discussion about lapsed members and membership dues.  It was noted that in accordance with recent changes in the bylaws, all membership dues is due in January. 

Outreach Committee Structure

Leslie Rinaldi noted that Outreach Committee Chairperson Dorothy Waddell has stepped down due to medical issues.  She said she would like to get a new outreach chairperson in place.  She also noted that the Outreach Committee has a lot of functions including issues, canvassing, phone banking and voter participation, and said she is working on an idea in which these positions can be represented by individuals at the executive meetings. 

Sargent at Arms Position

Leslie Rinaldi said the committee also needs a Sargent at Arms.

Holiday Party

Leslie Rinaldi proposed having the holiday party in January instead of December, and suggested we invite campaign volunteers to the event.

Endorsement of Local Candidates

Benjamin Goldberg said he spoke with Councilman Don Goldberg.  The two men are not related.  Councilman Goldberg is against the idea of committee endorsements because as a Democrat, he felt it was improper for his own committee to damage his campaign in order to work for his opponent.   He said the committee failed to give adequate notice to candidates about the endorsement, and he also felt insulted by the short amount of time he was given to speak at October’s meeting.

Leslie Rinaldi pointed out that Councilman Goldberg said, at first, that he was not seeking the committee’s endorsement but later said he would come to the meeting.  She said candidates seeking endorsements only had three minutes to speak and felt the amount of time given to Councilman Goldberg, who was not seeking endorsement was adequate.  Ms. Rinaldi did agree that the notification could be improved.  She said the committee should contact candidates earlier in the year and follow up on those who don’t respond.

Art Singleton said the committee as a whole should not endorse borough candidates because only the people in a borough should vote on the endorsement of their own borough candidates.  Ms. Rinaldi said the plans for future are that only committee members in a candidate’s borough will vote on endorsing that candidate.      

Clint Jenkins said endorsing local candidates is what the Democratic Party of Virginia wants local committees to do. He said that endorsement of candidates at the local level builds pipelines for candidates in higher offices.   

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:46

Minutes of the Regular Meeting and Endorsement of Candidates of October 9th 2018

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM by Chairperson Leslie Rinaldi.  The committee did not have a quorum.  The following officers were present or not present as indicated

Leslie RinaldiChairpersonPresent
Verjena JonesFirst Vice ChairPresent
Michele FaulkThird Vice ChairNot Present
D.J. McGuireFourth Vice ChairNot Present
Catherine AnsonTreasurerPresent
Benjamin GoldbergRecording SecretaryPresent

Review and Acceptance of Reports

Minutes

The minutes of October’s meeting were reviewed.  Benjamin Goldberg pointed out two corrections that had to me made.  D.J. McGuire’s attendance was printed as blank and would be corrected to “Not Present”.  Catherine Anson was not listed.  That would be corrected to listing her as present.

Treasurer’s Report

Catherine Anson gave the treasurer’s report, which was approved for filing.  Ms. Anson noted that the committee would get back money spent on the Blue Diamond Award Banquet because the banquet was canceled.  Ms. Anson also said that she was currently conducting an audit of the committee’s funds, and that the audit will be complete by the meeting January. 

Precinct and Borough Committee Report

D.J. McGuire gave the Precinct and Borough Committee report by phone.  He said we had poll coverage for all polling locations except Chuckatuck Fire Station and Corinth Chapel Church.  He said the results showed that in Suffolk Tim Kaine did 2 or 3 points better than Ralph Northam did last year.  He said precincts that Democrats flipped last year did even better this year, and that this year Wilroy flipped Democratic.  He noted that Corinth Chapel was the only precinct to move more Republican. 

Mr. McGuire said we should run a candidate against Chris Jones. 

He said that the next Precinct Committee meeting would be December 6th.

Business

2018 Election Results & Volunteer Efforts

Leslie Rinaldi noted that Karan Jenkins and Tyron Riddick, both of whom the committee endorsed, won their elections for school board membership, and noted the good turnout for Suffolk.  Other members also noted the good turnout for Suffolk, and Carol Byrd expressed her gratitude for the volunteers and supporters at the Suffolk Campaign office.  Ms. Bird also noted the importance of canvassing and getting out the vote.  She said there were people with whom she and others made contact who didn’t know who was running.  

Dan Brooks asked what to do with used campaign signs.  After some discussion, Ms. Rinaldi said the undated signs for Bobby Scott and Don McEachin can be returned to their offices. 

There was some discussion about difficulties encountered during canvassing and on election day.  Robert and Tina Kearny mentioned that some people were directed to the Jewish Community Center, which was not the proper voting location, but there were signs at the JCC directing them to the proper location.  Other members said they were questioned by neighborhood watch members while canvassing.

Gimme5 Campaign

Leslie Rinaldi said the Gimme5 Campaign would be extended to until the January Meeting.  One person asked if donations could be used for membership fees.  Art Singleton suggested the possibility that membership fees could be waived if contributors donated enough.  Ms. Rinaldi said it was a good idea. 

Membership Dues Collection

There was a discussion about lapsed members and membership dues.  It was noted that in accordance with recent changes in the bylaws, all membership dues is due in January. 

Outreach Committee Structure

Leslie Rinaldi noted that Outreach Committee Chairperson Dorothy Waddell has stepped down due to medical issues.  She said she would like to get a new outreach chairperson in place.  She also noted that the Outreach Committee has a lot of functions including issues, canvassing, phone banking and voter participation, and said she is working on an idea in which these positions can be represented by individuals at the executive meetings. 

Sargent at Arms Position

Leslie Rinaldi said the committee also needs a Sargent at Arms.

Holiday Party

Leslie Rinaldi proposed having the holiday party in January instead of December, and suggested we invite campaign volunteers to the event.

Endorsement of Local Candidates

Benjamin Goldberg said he spoke with Councilman Don Goldberg.  The two men are not related.  Councilman Goldberg is against the idea of committee endorsements because as a Democrat, he felt it was improper for his own committee to damage his campaign in order to work for his opponent.   He said the committee failed to give adequate notice to candidates about the endorsement, and he also felt insulted by the short amount of time he was given to speak at October’s meeting.

Leslie Rinaldi pointed out that Councilman Goldberg said, at first, that he was not seeking the committee’s endorsement but later said he would come to the meeting.  She said candidates seeking endorsements only had three minutes to speak and felt the amount of time given to Councilman Goldberg, who was not seeking endorsement was adequate.  Ms. Rinaldi did agree that the notification could be improved.  She said the committee should contact candidates earlier in the year and follow up on those who don’t respond.

Art Singleton said the committee as a whole should not endorse borough candidates because only the people in a borough should vote on the endorsement of their own borough candidates.  Ms. Rinaldi said the plans for future are that only committee members in a candidate’s borough will vote on endorsing that candidate.     

Clint Jenkins said endorsing local candidates is what the Democratic Party of Virginia wants local committees to do. He said that endorsement of candidates at the local level builds pipelines for candidates in higher offices.   

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:46

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Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:36 by Chairperson Leslie Rinaldi.  The following officers were present or not present as indicated

Leslie RinaldiChairpersonPresent
Verjena JonesFirst Vice ChairPresent
Dorothy WaddellSecond Vice ChairNot Present
Michele FaulkThird Vice ChairPresent
D.J. McGuireFourth Vice ChairNot Present
Catherine AnsonTreasurerPresent
Benjamin GoldbergRecording SecretaryPresent
Helen FlynnSargent at ArmsNot Present

Review and Acceptance of Reports

Minutes

The minutes of both August and September were reviewed.  The minutes of August had not been approved at September’s meeting because the meeting did not have a quorum.  Catherine Anson made two separate motions to accept the minutes.  The motions passed.

Treasurer’s Report

Catherine Anson distributed copies of the treasurer’s report, which was approved for filing.

Business

Endorsement of Candidates

The committee voted to endorse the following candidates:

Suffolk City Council Suffolk Borough: Art C. Bredemeyer

Suffolk City School Board Cypress Borough: Karen L. Jenkins

Suffolk City School Board Suffolk Borough: Tyron D. Riddick

The committee voted on the endorsements listed above and on Chuckatuck Borough, for which Diane Foster was seeking the committee’s endorsement.   The committee chose not to endorse for Chuckatuck.

Ms. Rinaldi explained that although the committee would vote as a whole on each of the endorsements during this meeting, future plans are to have borough members to vote only on their own candidates.

Candidates had been invited to speak to the committee prior to the committee’s decision on each race.

Suffolk Borough Schoolboard Candidate Thelma Hinton had not received the original invitation due to an error on the part of the committee, but was invited later when the error was discovered.  Catherine Anson stated that it was her fault that Ms. Hinton did not received the email.

Ms. Hinton explained that she could not address the committee.  Benjamin Goldberg asked Ms. Hinton to clarify that she was seeking the endorsement of the committee.  Ms. Hinton said that she was.  Ms. Hinton left the meeting afterward.

In addition to Ms. Hinton, Candidates who addressed the committee where Cypress Borough Schoolboard Candidate Karen Jenkins, Suffolk Borough Schoolboard Candidate Tyron Riddick, Chuckatuck schoolboard candidate Diane Foster, and Suffolk Borough City Council Candidate Arthur Bredemeyer. 

Councilman Don Goldberg, who was also a candidate for reelection as the Suffolk Borough City Councilman but stated that he was not seeking the committee’s endorsement, addressed the committee after the votes. 

Bylaws Changes

Proposed bylaws changes were passed out.  The handouts included comparisons of original text and proposed text.  The proposed text and motions were as follows 

Prorated Membership

Under Article III, Members, Section 5 Dues

Remove “Such dues shall be payable no later than the regular meeting of the SDC conducted in the month following their anniversary of membership.” And replace it with “For any new member that joins the committee after January, such member’s dues will be at $2.00 per month for each month remaining in the calendar year.  Thereafter, such dues will be $25.00 annually, payable in January.”

Jack Crowley motioned to have this change accepted and the motion passed.

Responsibility of Precinct and Borough Committee to Vet Candidates

Under Article V Committees, Section 2 Standing Sub-Committees part (d) Precinct and Borough Committee

After the first sentence add “They shall, by precinct, investigate and vet any non-partisan electoral candidate requesting endorsement of the committee and present their findings to the committee prior to the committee’s endorsement vote.”

Kevin Fowler motioned to have this change accepted and the motion passed

Endorsement of Local Candidates

Under Article VII, Participation in Electoral Process, Section 1 Endorsement of Candidates in Non-Partisan Elections, Second Paragraph

Extend the fist sentence with “, after receipt of the vetting report and results from the Precinct and Borough Committee as defined in Article V, Section 2, Paragraph (d).”  and add, after the last sentence, “Candidates who receive SDC endorsement shall be eligible to place their campaign signs and literature at all SDC events or functions, subject to campaign laws.  Non endorsed candidates’ campaign materials will not be permitted at any SDC function or event.”

Jack Crowley motioned to have this change accepted and the motion passed.

Pancake Breakfast

Michele Faulk gave a summary of the pancake breakfast.  She said the breakfast was a success and congratulated Delois Pope and Orga Boone for their hard work in putting it together.  The event was attended by Congressmen Bobby Scott and Don McEachin, Delegate Cliff Hayes and several local elected officials and candidates.  The event had 20 volunteers.

Peanut Fest

Michele Faulk also presented a report on Peanut Fest. The festival was less well attended this year than last year, but it was still successful for the Suffolk Democratic Committee.  Two visitors filled out membership applications.  The event had 32 volunteers

Democratic Campaign

Daniel Pinelli of the Democratic Campaign’s Suffolk Field Office said that since June 1st, volunteers made 13000 contact attempts during canvassing, and made 2105 contacts, and made 10963 calls with 761 contacts.   He said there are still eight thousand people with whom to make contact and asked for volunteers to meet with him after the meeting

Gimme5 Contest

Catherine Anson announced that the committee is holding a contest in which the winner will be chosen based on who’s referrals lead to the most donations via ActBlue.  Ms Anson and Benjamin Goldberg both explained aspects of the web application.   Mr. Goldberg said the application is accessible through the main menu on the Suffolk Democratic Committee’s home page. 

3rd District Gala

Jack Crowley moved to have the committee sponsor a table for the 3rd District Gala, for which chairperson Leslie Rinaldi would be recognized.  The motion passed.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 11, 2018

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Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 by Michele Faulk. The committee did not have a quorum. The following officers were present or absent as indicated

Name Position Presence
Leslie Rinaldi Chairperson Absent
Verjena Jones First Vice Chair Present
Dorothy Waddell Second Vice Chair Absent
Michele Faulk Third Vice Chair Present
DJ McQuire Fourth Vice Chair Absent
Catherine Anson Treasurer/Correspondence Secretary Present
Benjamin Goldberg Recording Secretary Present
Helen Flynn Sargent at Arms Absent

Review of Reports

Minutes

The minutes of August were reviewed. Acceptance of minutes is pending review of a quorum.

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer’s report was reviewed and filed

Business

Peanut Fest

Michele Faulk reminded the committee that Peanut Fest was to be from Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 7th, and expressed the importance of having volunteers. She said that handling of the admission passes will be done in a similar fashion as in previous years, and that volunteers will receive more information

Taste of Suffolk

Michele Faulk said the committee had a fabulous success at Taste of Suffolk. She said we registered fifteen voters and had eight volunteers sign up as campaign volunteers. Ms. Faulk also said there were several visitors and passersby who were happy to see Democrats represented at the event. She said that Bobby Scott also visited.

Pancake Breakfast

Orga Boone discussed the then upcoming Pancake Breakfast fundraiser. She said she had made a volunteer assignment list based on what volunteers had done last year and asked for more volunteers to sign up. She asked volunteers to arrive at 7:15. The Pancake Breakfast fundraiser was to take place on September 22nd. Catherine Anson said that 91 tickets had been paid for out of 199 that were given to committee members to sell.

Positions to be filled: Outreach Chair and Sargent at Arms

Michele Faulk said that Dorothy Waddell has to step down from the position of Outreach Committee chairperson, and that Helen Flynn had to step down as Sargent at Arms. The committee is looking for replacements.
Ms. Faulk said that there was to be an Outreach Committee meeting on September 17th.

Campaigning

Michele Faulk said that there is phone banking on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the campaign office on Washington street and also on Thursdays in Northern Suffolk. She said there is also door to door canvassing. Those wishing to volunteer should contact the campaign organizer, Daniel Pinelli.

Bylaws Changes and Endorsement of Candidates

Michele Faulk said that local candidates will be invited to participate in the next meeting and that the committee will hold votes to endorse those candidates. The endorsement of local candidates is not authorized in the committee’s bylaws and a change in bylaws is pending.

Guest Speakers

Herb Jones for District 3

Herb Jones of New Kent has announced his candidacy to represent Virginia’s 3rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. Mr. Jones served in the U.S. Army for 30 years and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He said the biggest reason he decided to run is Medicaid expansion.
He clarified that the election for 3rd District Delegate is in 2019, and that for now we should be concentrating on winning the 2018 elections.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:38.

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of August 14, 2018

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:39 by chairperson Leslie Rinaldi. The committee did not have a quorum.

The following officers were present or not present as indicated

Name Position Attendance
Leslie Rinaldi Chairperson Present
Verjena Jones-Gaynor First Vice-Chair (Membership) Present
Dorothy Waddell Second Vice-Chair (Outreach) Not Present
Michele Faulk Third Vice Chair (Events) Present
D.J. McGuire Fourth Vice-Chair (Precincts) Present
Catherine Anson Treasurer Present
Helen Flynn Sergeant at Arms Not Present
Benjamin Goldberg Recording Secretary Present

Routine Reports

Minutes of July, 2018

The minutes were reviewed and accepted

Treasurer’s Report

Catherine Anson presented the Treasurer’s Report. Ms. Anson noted that the report indicates more spending than fundraising

Business and Discussions

Upcoming Events: Pancake Breakfast, Taste of Suffolk, Voter Registration

Michele Faulk presented the Events Committee report. Ms. Faulk said the events committee had met on the 31st. She said Taste of Suffolk was to be Saturday, September 8th, and the Pancake Breakfast on September 22nd. She said Delois Pope and Orga Boone are organizing the Pancake Breakfast, and Catherine Anson is handling ticket sales.

Ms. Faulk also said voter registration events are being planned.

National Night Out

Michele Faulk said National Night Out was very successful. Other organizations joined SDC in registering voters at various locations throughout the city. At the previous meeting, SDC had five sites planned for voter registration but with other groups, there were eleven. Organizations participating in voter registration were Deltas, Zetas, NAACP, and United Citizens Power

Campaign Office Opening Event

Catherine Anson told the committee that the Coordinated Campaign office would be holding an event to celebrate its opening on Saturday, August 18th. Tim Kaine would join us

Bylaws Committee Meeting and Candidate Endorsements

Leslie Rinaldi announced that a bylaws committee meeting would be held on August 21st to discuss, among other issues, policy concerning endorsement and support of borough candidates. This would include policy about hosting candidate literature at our tent at Peanut Fest.

Ms. Rinaldi said that a candidate has asked for the committee’s endorsement. Members of that candidate’s borough were asked to vote on endorsing that candidate but there were not enough votes to endorse.

Fundraising

Catherine Anson said the finance committee would meet on August 16 to discuss fundraising. Fundraising plans include an online campaign involving social media.

Virginia Organizing

Tony Jones from Virginia Organizing told us about the Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering which will be September 28-30, 2018 at the Airfield Conference Center Wakefield, VA. The event will consist of several workshops including issues discussions and strategies for activism.

Franklin Democratic Committee

Ricky Sykes and Franklin Councilman Gregory McLemore, who are Chair and Vice Chair of the Franklin Democratic Committee, joined us last night. They mentioned that the Franklin Democratic Committee will be giving away school supplies during the Franklin County Back to School bash on August 18th.

Action Item: Resist Brett Kavanaugh

Leslie Rinaldi asked that we call our Senators and tell them to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme court.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:58 PM

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 10, 2018

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Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Leslie Rinaldi at 6:37 PM. The following officers were present:

Name Position Presence
Leslie Rinaldi Chairperson Present
Verjena Jones-Gaynor First Vice-Chair (Membership) Present
Dorothy Waddell Second Vice-Chair (Outreach) Not Present
Michele Faulk Third Vice-Chair (Events) Present
D.J. McGuire Fourth Vice-Chair (Precincts) Present
Catherine Anson Treasurer Present
Helen Flynn Sergeant at Arms Not Present
Benjamin Goldberg Recording Secretary Present

Motions

Accept Minutes Kevin Fowler Passed – pending corrections
Accept Treasurer s Report Kevin Fowler Passed

Routine Reports

Minutes

Minutes of June’s meeting were passed out. Kevin Fowler noticed the start time for National Night Out was incorrect and Benjamin Goldberg noticed that Daniel Pinelli’s email address was incorrect. National Night Out was to begin at 5:00 PM and Daniel Pinelli’s email address is daniel.pinelli@virginiavictory.org. Mr. Goldberg said he would make corrections. The minutes were accepted with the assurance that corrections would be made.

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer’s report was passed out and accepted

Business & Discussions

National Night Out

Michele Faulk announced that volunteers will have 5 locations and possibly 6 locations covered for National Night Out. She asked that any members who know of events in their communities let her know, and to ask the organizer of their community’s event if they can have a table for voter registration, or if they can walk around and do voter registration. She noted that we cannot hand out partisan literature during voter registration, although rules may be different for different events throughout the city.

Pancake Breakfast

Michele Faulk noted that Delois Pope and Orga Boone will be organizing the pancake breakfast. Delois Pope passed around a signup sheet for National Night Out volunteers. Ms. Pope and Ms. Faulk emphasized that although the pancake breakfast is hosted by Applebees, committee members will be performing tasks such as assisting in the kitchen, cleaning up, serving, and seating guests. Ms. Faulk also noted that the committee has had a good relationship with Abblebees on Main Street, but we have not worked with the Applebees on College Drive, which is where the event will be this year.

Leslie Rinaldi asked all members to be responsible for selling 10 tickets. She said the event should be considered a voter empowerment and awareness event.

Art Singleton asked if Lionell Spruill, who had been a large supporter of the event in the past, was invited. Ms. Faulk said state and local officials have received a calendar of events, and that she will also be sending them updates about the pancake breakfast.

Outreach Report / Campaign Office / Campaigning

Leslie Rinaldi announced that a coordinated campaign office has opened in Suffolk at 318 West Washington Street. The coordinated campaign is to reelect Senator Tim Kaine and our congressmen Donald McEachin and Bobby Scott. Our field representative is Daniel Pinelli. Mr. Pinelli will be doing phone banking on Tuesdays from the office as well as from Panera Bread in North Suffolk on Thursdays. Mr. Pinelli will also be canvassing on Saturdays and Sundays. He is also looking for personnel to staff the office. Ms. Rinaldi mentioned Mr. Pinelli’s contact information, which is 828-707-4307, and daniel.pinelli@virginiavictory.org.

Fundraising

Catherine Anson announced plans to hold a fundraising contest via Facebook. The prize would be a dinner or a comparable prize, and the goal would be to get the most number of referrals. Ms. Anson said we cannot rely on the pancake breakfast to be our only fundraiser. She also discussed other ideas such as selling items during Peanut Fest. The committee also discussed other forms of fundraising such as auctions. It was noted that selling items at Peanut Fest, especially food items, involves getting appropriate licensing and permission. It was also noted that holding raffles is not in compliance with FEC rules.

D.J. McGuire said he would join the finance committee.

Precinct Organization Committee Report

D.J. McGuire said he was unable to hold a previously scheduled precinct committee meeting and, the meeting has been rescheduled for the Thursday following the Suffolk Democratic Committefe meeting. Mr. McGuire said he wants to ensure every precinct is staffed, including watchers inside and greeters outside. He also would like to have drivers if needed. Mr. McGuire said that for the previous election, many volunteers worked for thirteen hours at the polls, and he doesn’t want that to happen again.

Tech Committee Report

Benjamin Goldberg noted that there is some trouble with the robocall system. He noted that Votebuilder will not call cell phones because calling cell phones is in violations of FEC rules. The system that the committee is using will call cell phones, but it is important to be sure that people being called are OK with receiving those calls.

Don McEachin’s Office

Mary Burroughs-Gray, District Representative for Donald McEachin, spoke about working at the office in Suffolk. She emphasized that there are rules in place to ensure that work done on behalf of Congressman McEachin as a representative is separate from any campaigning and that no campaign business should be done by office personnel during business hours.
She said the campaign office is at 131 North Saratoga Street.

Voter Registration

Benjamin Goldberg said that the Suffolk Library will be holding a voter registration drive July 16-20, and the library has asked the Suffolk Democratic Committee to participate.

Nicole Randolf said that there will be voter registration training at East End Baptist Church on Thursday, July 12.

Media Misinformation

Leslie Rinaldi presented training on media disinformation. She discussed the Media Bias chart from the website, All Generalizations are False. She also discussed false information being passed on social media, and tricks used to pass false information such as cloning profiles.

The committee also discussed the importance of contacting legislators and being active on issues. D.J. McGuire also mentioned the Virginia Legislative Information System at lis.virginia.gov and the Richmond Sunlight. Jack Crowley mentioned VPAP.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15

Suffolk Democratic Committee Meeting

Meeting Dates – Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 6:30PM
Meeting Location: 701 Old East Pinner Street, Suffolk VA 23434

SDC Monthly Meeting Information and Driving Directions

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Follow 58 West toward Downtown Suffolk. Get off on the first Downtown Suffolk Exit. Once you get under the railroad overpass, get in the left lane and then the left turn lane as you approach the intersection of Wilroy Rd (on the right) and E. Pinner Street (on the left). Turn left on East Pinner Street and make your first left onto East Old Pinner Street. Next make your first right onto Suburban Drive*. Our building is on the right.

 

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King in Virginia – Roundtable at Suffolk Center

KING IN VIRGINIA BELOVED COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE
JULY 24, 2018 • 6:00 8:00 P.M.
SUFFOLK CENTER FOR CULTURAL ARTS • SUFFOLK
“WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?”

The Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission invites the public to remember the life and legacy of Dr. King in a series of roundtables held in each of the Virginia communities that he visited.

In 2018, fifty years after the death of Dr. King, we reflect on his vision of a Beloved Community in Virginia today and we ask, “Where do we go from here?”

With featured speakers and panelists: Delegate Cliff Hayes, Seventy-Seventh District of Virginia Helivi Holland, City Attorney, City of Suffolk Bishop James Johnson, Hill Street Worship Center, Inc. Mayor Linda T. Johnson, City of Suffolk Senator L. Louise Lucas, Eighteenth District of Virginia Senator Jennifer McClellan, Chair of the Commission Dr. Felton Whitfield, District Superintendent and Pastor

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