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Keep Virginia Blue Legislative Dinner

Sen. McEachin

Sen. McEachin

The Orange County Democratic Committee will sponsor its annual “Keep Virginia Blue” legislative dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 30 at the Orange Community Room, 235 Warren Street in Orange.

Sen. Donald McEachin, chair of the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, will be guest speaker.

A special guest will be Keyanna Conner, political director for Sen. Mark Warner’s re-election campaign.

The committee will provide a meat entrée and drinks. Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share.

R.S.V.P.  to:

Sandra Smith
Phone: 540-832-3118

Voting rights for parolees urged

By Gail Starling Marshall

Though Gov. McAuliffe will not appoint new members to the Parole Board until after the General Assembly has adjourned, it is not too early to write letters to him supporting appointees who are more sensitive to the needs of parolees who have done their time and deserve the right to be reintegrated back into society.

For prisoners who are eligible for parole (those convicted prior to 1995) the Board is responsible for reviewing their applications for parole and, if they determine that they are no longer at risk to society, releasing them with conditions and denying parole if they find they in face are a continuing risk to society.

I think we want to urge the governor to appoint some people who have experience and/or expertise in rehabilitation so that they can help the Board make these important decisions. Current four of the five appointees come from the prosecution side of criminal justice and no one currently has any experience in rehabilitation or re-entry.

If you would like to nominate someone, include his or her name and contact inforamtion and some of the reasons why they would make a good member. By statute one of the Board members must be a victim, so if your nominee has been a victim of crime, include that information as well.

Letters concerning appointments should be addressed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, 111 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219 with a copy to Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney at the same address. The secretary of the Commonwealth is by statute charged with assisting the governor in appointments to bards and commissions.

You may make a nomination or simply write and ask that parole board members be replaced by individuals with more experience in working on rehabilitation and not just prosecuting crimes or incarceration.

If you have questions, you may e-mail me at


Dippert endorsed by grassroots organization

Traci Dippert

Traci Dippert

The national grassroots organization “Democracy for America” has announced its endorsement of Traci Dippert for the Virginia House of Delegates’ 30th District seat. DFA is a million-member political action committee founded by Gov. Howard Dean in 2004.

Chairman Jim Dean announced in a statement that, “DFA is proud to endorse Traci Dippert for the 30th District in the House of Delegates. She has stepped up to run against incumbent Ed Scott, whose dismal voting record has taken the state backward instead of forward. Traci will bring common sense back to the state legislature…Imagine a Virginia where everyone can find a job, a Virginia where we keep our money in the local economy, and every teacher has all the necessary resources to prepare students to enter our economy. That’s Traci Dippert’s vision for Virginia…

“As your delegate, Traci would be the voice of reason in the increasingly unreasonable state legislature. She would fight to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act to more than 400,000 eligible Virginians who currently can’t afford health insurance. Traci stands for strengthening our schools and will work to invest in our students to prepare them for 21st century careers,” Dean said.

“I am honored that Dippert for Delegate has earned the endorsement of Democracy for America. Grassroots organizations such as ours will be the voice for those who have no voice in government,” Dippert said in response. “Together with DFA I stand with the communities of the 30th district, and all of Virginia, in the fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all its citizens.”