Minutes of the Regular Meeting and Endorsements of Candidates of October 9th, 2018

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:36 by Leslie Rinaldi. The committee had a quorum. The following officers were present or absent as indicated

Leslie RinaldiChairpersonPresent
Verjena Jones First Vice ChairPresent
Dorothy WaddellSecond Vice Chair
Michele FaulkThird Vice Chair
D.J. McGuireFourth Vice Chair
Catherine AnsonTreasurer
Benjamin GoldbergRecording Secretary
Helen FlynnSargent at Arms

Review of Reports


Treasurer’s Report

The minutes of August and September were reviewed and accepted. The acceptance of the August minutes had been postponed due to lack of quorum.

The treasurer’s report was reviewed and filed


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.  We 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.  

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.


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.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:38.

3rd District Award Gala

***** This event has been canceled *****

Join our 3rd Congressional District Democratic Leaders at the
Blue Diamond Award Gala

Our own chairperson Leslie Rinaldi will be honored!

7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 9, 2018
2714 Frederick Blvd
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

Special Guest:

  • Congressman Bobby Scott
  • DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker
  • Federal & State Elected Representatives
  • Local Officials and Constitutional Officers

Featuring 3rd CD Local Dems:

  • Isle of Wight
  • Suffolk
  • Franklin
  • Hampton
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Portsmouth
  • Chesapeake
Tickets $50.00
Sponsorships Available:

  • $1,000 (Platinum)
  • $500 (Gold)
  • $250 (Silver)
  • $100 (Bronze)
Secure purchase online through ActBlue:
Or Mail
3rd Congressional District,
Attn.: Sponsorship
P.O. Box 4305
Suffolk, Va. 23439

Tim Kaine, Don McEachin, and Bobby Scott in Suffolk to Celebrate Office Opening

Tim Kaine, Don McEachin, and Bobby Scott are coming to Suffolk to celebrate the opening of the Suffolk Field Office on Saturday, August 18th, at 11:45 AM.

The Field Office is located at 318 W. Washington Street, Suffolk VA 23434.

This is an occasion to celebrate the fantastic job you all have done so far knocking doors and making phone calls, and to inspire us to work even harder to keep Suffolk blue in 2018.

You’ll also get to meet our Southeast Virginia field team, who will be working seven days a week from now until November 6th to get out the vote for the Senator and our Democratic Congressional candidates in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Districts.

Please spread the word among your friends and families, your co-workers, and anyone else you think may be interested in coming to this event. RSVP at this link.

In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for our Weekend Canvass this coming Saturday, Aug. 11th or Sunday, Aug. 12th!

To volunteer , contact Daniel Pinelli 828-707-4307 daniel.pinelli@virginiavictory.org

Bobby Scott Town Halls

Congressman Bobby Scott will provide an update on the ongoing efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, the growing cost of the recent tax cuts, and legislation he recently introduced to provide every student with the opportunity to earn a debt-free college degree. The first town hall is Monday, August 13th in Newport News, and the second town hall is on Tuesday, August 14th in Chesapeake. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions on these issues and others and learn more about what has been happening in Congress this year.

Newport News Town Hall
Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Homer L. Hines Middle School
561 McLawhorne Drive
Newport News, VA 23601
Click here to RSVP.

Chesapeake Town Hall
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Camelot Community Center
948 King Arthur Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Click here to RSVP.

If you need more information about these town halls, please contact Bobby Scott’s District Office at (757) 380-1000.

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

Driving Directions from Downtown Suffolk:
Via E. Pinner Street – Follow East Pinner Street toward US58/E. Constance Road, turn right on Old E. Pinner Street, then take your first right. Our location is on your right.
Via US 58/E. Constance Road – Follow E. Constance Road just past the light at Wilroy Rd and E. Pinner Street. Make an immediate right onto Old East Pinner Street and then make your first left. You will see our location ahead on the right.
Driving Directions from 58 West:
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.


*Subarban Drive may not have a sign.

Genieve Shelter 30 Year Gala

“30 Years of Serving the Many Faces of Domestic Violence”

The Genieve Shelter invites you to join them as they celebrate their 30th year anniversary!

They are hosting a fundraiser gala September 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn – 100 E. Constance Road, Suffolk, VA, 23434. There will be food, entertainment, networking opportunities, and a silent auction

Tickets are $50 a person.

For more information please contact Rebecca Gray at 757-925-4365 or rebeccag@thegenieveshelter.org.


Note: the Genieve shelter is not affilited with the Suffolk Democratic Committee

See you at NNO!

Volunteers from the Suffolk Democratic Committee and other organizations will be out and about to help get voters registered this Tuesday during Suffolk’s National Night Out!

  • Burbage Grant-6815 Burbage Lake Circle
  • Chuckatuck Fire Station-300 Kings Hwy
  • Hollwood Cypress Prk 2001 Arizona Ave.
  • SRHA
  • NAACP @ Suffolk Barber & Beauty Washington. & Commerce Sts

But we’re still looking for volunteers at the following locations:

  • East Suffolk Gardens-511 Reid Ct.
  • Suffolk Inner CityAA-JFK school field
  • Westside CivicSt.Mark 817 McKinley Ave.
  • College SquareFriends-4600 Magnolia dr.
  • Pughsville Civic-5041 Townpoint Rd

So if you can help out let us know! Use our Contact Form or call Michele at 757-334-2980 to volunteer!

Chesapeake Office Opening with Tim Kaine

Chesapeake Field Office
701 North Battlefield Blvd. Suite J
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Join the blue wave in Chesapeake! Senator Tim Kaine will be in town on Friday, August 3rd for the opening of the new Virginia Victory Field Office at 701 North Battlefield Blvd., Suite J, Chesapeake, VA 23320. We’ll be kicking things off at 3:30 pm and are excited to start working to keeping Virginia blue this fall. This is a great chance to chat with Tim, meet the local field team, and learn more about upcoming volunteer events in your area. Sign up today – we’d love to see you there!