Join our friends We Are For America at their June Town Hall:

“Trump, Congress, and the Budget: How it Affects You and Your Community”
Town Hall sponsored by We Are For America (WAFA)
Saturday June 10, 2017
11:30 am Meet & Greet
Noon to 1:30 pm Panel
Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

  • Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 41st District, since 2010. Eileen has over two decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, working across party lines to make a difference in the lives of all Virginians. In the House of Delegates, Eileen is a member of the Transportation Committee, Finance Committee, and the Commerce & Labor Committee. She was appointed to the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, Health Insurance Reform Commission, Joint Commission on Technology and Science, Virginia Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation. In November of 2015, she was elected Vice Chair for Outreach of the House Democratic Caucus. She previously served as the House Democratic Whip.
  • Joe Valenti will examine the effect of the proposed budget on Virginia’s economy and communities.  For over a decade, Joe Valenti has advanced the cause of economic fairness and inclusive finance. He has held research and policy roles at organizations including the U.S. Treasury Department, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and the Aspen Institute, and was a graduate intern for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee under Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT). From 2012 to 2016, he served on the Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission, including two years as chair. He holds degrees from Columbia and Georgetown universities and is a 2016 graduate of the Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute. He was recently recognized as one of Alexandria’s 40 Under 40 by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.
  • Debbie Brock will present an overview of how the federal budget is adopted, focusing on the relationship of the executive and legislative branches. She is a former Budget Analyst for the Federal Government. Additionally, she has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration and taught Public Budgeting and Public Policy Analysis at Virginia Commonwealth University Budget Policy.
  • Sharon Boyde will address effects of the Trump Budget on programs, services, and employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She is the Vice President of the Civil Rights Committee for EPA Local 3331 of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and has 37 years of service as an employee of the EPA.
  • Dr. Jay Brock is a past President of the Fredericksburg Area Medical Society; before opening his family physician practice in Fredericksburg in 1980, he was an assistant professor of Family Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Brock will discuss the effects of the proposed budget on health care, reporting views consistent with those of the 20,000-member group “Physicians for a National Health Program” in advocating for a single payer system. His April presentation at a recent educational forum, “The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care in Virginia” was front page news for the newspaper of record for Fredericksburg, the Free Lance-Star.

Matt Rowe serves on the Town Council of Bowling Green in Caroline County. A former Congressional candidate in Virginia’s First District, he currently serves as a member of the Democratic Party State Central Committee. He earned a BA in Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College and a Post Baccalaureate in Geographic Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Members of WAFA and the general public have many concerns about the effects of the 2018 Trump Budget. This Town Hall is organized to inform the public and to answer our questions about the effects of the 2018 White House Budget Proposal.


2018 Federal Budget (Proposed by the White House):
Physicians for a National Health Program
We Are For America
Free Lance-Star “Local Forum Looks at Problems, Solutions: Local health care forum explores ‘very critical crossroads’” 4/19/17
Free Lance-Star “Republican Congressman Dave Brat lauds Trump’s budget proposal; others less enthused” 5/23/17
New York Times: “Trump’s Budget, Breaking Tradition, Seeks Cuts to Service Programs” 5/25/14
New York Times: “How Trump’s Budget Would Affect Every Part of Government” 5/23/17

Join our friends We Are For America at their next Town Hall:

Join our friends We Are For America at their next Town Hall:

Environment, the Future of Virginia:

Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy

Are you concerned about the future of the environment in Virginia?

Among the issues to be discussed:

  • Rappahannock River now identified as “at risk” for becoming one of the most polluted rivers in the United States
  • fracking, focusing on the Taylorsville Basin
  • coal ash
  • Chesapeake Bay cleanup federal funding in jeopardy
  • Atlantic Pipeline
  • off-shore drilling
  • coal mining

Panel of local candidates includes: Steve Aycock, Josh Cole, Al Durante, Francis Edwards, Edwin Santana, Vangie Williams

Monday, May 8, 2017

Meet and Greet 6:30 pm

Panel Discussion 7:00 pm

Rappahannock Central Library

1201 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg









 The 28th House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee has cancelled the Unassembled Caucus scheduled for May 21, 2017. Joshua G. Cole was the only candidate to file and he will become the Democratic Candidate for the 28th House of Delegates District. He is an Assistant Pastor at the Union Bell Baptist Church in Southern Stafford County. He also serves as a behavioral aid for students in the Richmond Public Schools system.



for the Virginia House of Delegates for the 28th District

May 21 2017

The 28th House of Delegates Democratic Nominating Committee will hold a combined Stafford County and City of Fredericksburg unassembled caucus (firehouse primary) on May 21, 2017, between 12:30 and 4:00 PM at the Berea Fire Station at 20 Sebring Drive, Fredericksburg VA 22406 in South Stafford County, for the purpose of nominating a Democratic Candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates from District 28 in the November 7, 2017 General Election.

  1. Candidate Filing:

Each person seeking to become the Democratic nominee for the General Election for the 28th House of Delegates District shall file a Declaration of Candidacy form with the 28th House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee Chair and a $500 nonrefundable certified cashier’s check (cash or money order not accepted) made payable to the Stafford County Democratic Committee. This Declaration of Candidacy and the $500 Filing Fee must be received by Thomas W Kimbrell, Chair 28th House of Delegates District Nominating Committee, no later than Monday May 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM, either by mail or in person at 418 Collingwood Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22405. Only those candidates who have timely and properly filed a Declaration of Candidacy form and paid the filing fee will have their names placed in nomination. The Declaration of Candidacy form will be available on May 1, 2017 from Thomas W. Kimbrell, Chair of the 28th House of Delegates District Nominating Committee. The form will also be posted on the Stafford Democratic Committee website: and the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee website: . For filing questions or to request a Declaration of Candidacy form contact, Thomas W. Kimbrell, Chair of the 28th House of Delegates District Nominating Committee, at or 540-220-6941.

  1. Qualification of Candidates:

The Declaration of Candidacy form, which the candidate must sign, will include a written declaration that the candidate:

  • Is a Democrat and not a member of any other political party;
  • Meets all requirements of state law to be placed on the ballot for the General Elections;
  • Is eligible to be the Delegate for the 28th House of Delegates District under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Does not intend to support, endorse, or assist any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic nominee in this General Election;
  • Will not participate in the nominating process of any other political party for this General Election; and
  • Agrees to abide by the Caucus Rules, the Virginia Democratic Party Plan, and all laws applicable to this nominating process and the General Election.

III. Notice:

This call to caucus will be posted on the Stafford Democratic Committee, the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee and the Democratic Party of Virginia websites and emailed to the members of the Stafford and Fredericksburg Democratic Committees. A press release will be provided to Fredericksburg and Stafford County newspapers.

The 28th House of Delegates Democratic Call to Caucus 2

  1. Participation:

Every Democrat who is a registered voter in the 28th House of Delegates District is urged to attend and participate. Each participant must sign a written declaration that he or she:

  • Is a Democrat and not a member of any other political party;
  • Does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in this General Election;
  • Has not participated in and will not participate in the nominating process of any other party for the positions listed above; and
  • Is registered to vote in the 28th House of Delegates District.
  1. Affirmative Action:

It shall be the duty of each local Democratic chair and the members of each local Democratic Committee to take all feasible steps to encourage broad participation in the selection process.

Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, ethnic identity or economic status in the selection process is prohibited.

  1. Conduct of Caucus

Voting will begin at 12:30 PM and doors will close at 4:00 PM on May 21, 2017. Those in line at the 4:00 PM closing time will be permitted to vote.

The Chair of the Nominating Committee, or his or her designee, shall be the Chair of the Caucus and shall appoint a Secretary and such other Officers of the Caucus as is deemed appropriate. The 28th House of Delegates Democratic Nominating Committee will prepare the Rules for the Caucus.

VII. Determination of Nominee:

If more than one candidate files for the Democratic nominee for the 28th House of Delegates District by the deadline, the candidates will be listed alphabetically on the ballot and will be elected by a plurality of the votes of the unassembled caucus.

If only one person files properly to be a candidate, the 28th House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee may cancel the caucus and declare that person the nominee. If no person files properly to be a candidate by the deadline, the Nominating Committee may cancel the caucus. If there is no filed candidate, or if the properly nominated candidate withdraws or dies, or if the caucus is unable or does not occur in the times and dates specified, the Nominating Committee Chair may, before June 13, 2017, convene the 28th House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee to consider the nomination of a qualified candidate upon first filing with the Chair a Declaration of Candidacy form and paying the filing fee.

ADOPTED: 4/14/2017

Chair 28th House of Delegates District Democratic Nominating Committee

Authorized and paid for by the 28th House of Delegates District Democratic

Nominating Committee, not authorized by any candidate or candidates committee

Community Forum on the Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care in Virginia

Community Forum on the Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care in Virginia

WHAT: Community Forum on the Affordable Care Act and the Future of Health Care in Virginia

WHEN: 7:00 – 9:00 pm Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WHERE: John F. Fick III Conference Center (2nd floor rear entrance to Carl D. Silver/Moss Free Clinic building on Mary Washington Hospital campus), 1301 Sam Perry Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22401

AGENDA:  7:00 – 8:00 Panel discussion on health insurance including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, the recent AHCA and Single Payer System

8:00 – 9:00 Community comments and questions

FORMAT: This educational forum will be moderated by a non-partisan individual.  There will be an expert panel of stakeholders, who will each make brief presentations, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

MODERATOR: Susan Larson, publisher of Fredericksburg.Today


  • Consumer Advocate: Jill Hanken, health law attorney for the Virginia Poverty Law Center
  • Hospital Representative: Dr. Michael P. McDermott, CEO and President of Mary Washington HealthCare
  • Physician/Patient representative: Dr. Timothy Powell, medical director of the Fredericksburg Christian Health Center
  • Business Community Representative: Susan Spears, CEO and President of Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Health Care for All Advocate (Medicare for All/Single Payer): Dr. Jay Brock, Family Physician (retired), past President Fredericksburg Area Medical Society

CO-HOSTS: Mary Washington HealthCare and Lloyd Moss Free Clinic

CO-SPONSORS: Legal Aid Works (formerly Rappahannock Legal Services),  Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Virginia Poverty Law Center, We Are For America, and a number of local citizens groups. Each sponsor will have a table with literature in the lobby.



  • Wikipedia article on “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”:

  • gov provides explanations, the entire act, and access to signing up:

  • Jeanne Lambrew, Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation wrote a commentary “Refresher: Why the ACA’s Basic Health Benefits Matter”

  • The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation provided a summary of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628):

  • Economist and Nobel Prize-winning Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman wrote commentary for the New York Times “A Bill So Bad It’s Awesome”:

2017 Call to Caucus CANCELLED




Pursuant to the authority provided by the Virginia Democratic Party Plan, the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee hereby calls an assembled caucus beginning at 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (1201 Caroline St). The purpose of the caucus will be to elect 7 Delegates and 4 Alternates to the First Congressional District Democratic Convention, to convene at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 13, 2017, Walker Grant Middle School, 1 Learning Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

Fredericksburg delegates to the First Congressional District Democratic Convention shall elect twenty (20) Democratic State Central Committee members; consider resolutions; and conduct such other business as may properly come before the Convention.


Those persons wishing to have their names placed on the ballot at the Caucus as a Delegate or Alternate must file a certificate of candidacy with Jason Graham, Chair of the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee, PO Box 1261, Fredericksburg, VA 22402, no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, by mail or via email (must include your signature) at The application includes the name, address, phone number, and email address of the person filing. The certificate of candidacy may be downloaded here.

No slates of candidates shall be permitted.

A voluntary administrative filing fee of $30.00 ($20 to the First Congressional District Democratic Committee and $10.00 to the local committee) shall be charged to those wishing to file as a delegate or alternate. Local committees shall collect the entire voluntary filing fee.

All papers to be filed with the Chair of the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee shall be filed via mail at Fredericksburg Democratic Committee, PO Box 1261, Fredericksburg, VA 22402, or via email to with the subject line ‘1st CD Call to Convention’. If filing by mail, it must be received by the deadline – no postmarks. All forms that require a signature must contain a valid handwritten signature.

Conduct of the Caucus

Doors to the caucus will open for check-in at 11:30 AM. Any person attending the caucus shall sign a standardized Caucus Participation Form stating that he or she is a Democrat; does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic Party nominee in the ensuing election; is not a member of any other political Party; has not participated and will not participate in the nominating process of any other Party for the 2017 general election; and is a registered voter and a resident in Fredericksburg and the First Congressional District. These forms must be filled out before participating in the caucus. At 12:00 PM, the doors to the caucus will be closed and no person may participate in the caucus except for those persons in line.

The Chair of the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee or his designee shall be the Temporary Chair of the Caucus and shall appoint a Temporary Secretary and such other Temporary Officers of the Caucus as is deemed appropriate. Until the adoption of the Rules, the order of the Caucus shall be determined by the Chair of the Caucus, subject to the approval of the Caucus participants, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the Virginia Democratic Party Plan.

If no more than 11 candidates pre-file by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, then the first 7 people who filed shall be considered elected as Delegate and the next 4 persons shall be considered elected as an Alternate to the First Congressional District Democratic Convention from the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee. In this case, the caucus will be hereby cancelled. Notice of Caucus Cancellation will be posted on the Committee’s Website: This cancellation will be posted by 8:00 PM, April 19, 2017.

If more than 11 candidates pre-file by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, then an election shall take place by ballot. Nominations are not allowed from the floor. Only those who pre-filed will appear on the ballot. The caucus shall elect a total of 11 Delegates. The top 7 vote getters will be elected as a Delegate; and, the next 4 vote getters will be elected as an Alternate.

For further information, please contact Jason Graham, Chair, Fredericksburg Democratic Committee at

Authorized by the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee.

New Meeting Place – VFW Post 3103

WHAT: Monthly meeting of the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee
WHEN: Second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm
WHERE: VFW Post 3103 (2701 Princess Anne St)
DETAILS: Next meeting is 3/8/17
Meet Congressional Candidate Edwin Santana
We’ve got a new home! Join us next at for an opportunity to meet Edwin Santana. Edwin has recently declared his intentions to run for the Democratic nomination against Rob Wittman. Our current Congressman has done himself no favors by refusing to meet with constituents, so we’re excited about the opportunity to kick him out of office next November. For more information on Edwin leading up to the meeting, you can visit his website.
Link to Edwin Santana’s website

Resist Trump Demonstration

The Fredericksburg Democratic Party invites you to participate in a weekly demonstration against the Trump Agenda.

The news tells us that these demonstrations are having a huge impact. Join us to show your support.

When: Every Sunday from 1:30 to 2:00 pm
Where: The Corner of William Street and Blue & Gray Highway

Bring your own signs showing the areas you are most concerned about.

Kennedy-King Dinner

Kennedy-King Dinner
March 18 6:00 PM

Don’t let Richmond turn into Raleigh
Remember North Carolina’s bathroom bill? Or how its state legislature stripped away the governor’s authority when the voters elected a Democrat? They were able to do that because of a super majority in their state legislature. We can’t let that happen in Virginia.

Please join us for in support of our local State House Delegates and the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee:
WHEN: 6:00 pm, March 18, 2017
WHERE: Fredericksburg Hospitality House * 2801 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

RSVP by ordering your tickets HERE. Dinner will be served at 7 PM and cash bar will be provided before and after.
Questions? Please email Vice Chair Mary Bassis at or call (801) 891-5836.

Fredericksburg Democratic Committee Monthly Meeting Minutes 10/12/16

Fredericksburg Democratic Committee
Rappahannock Central Library
October 12, 2016

Call to Order. Jason Graham, Chair. Attendance list distributed for sign in.

1. Rowe/Wittman Debate. 10-24-16 at UMW Dodd Auditorium. At 7:30 PM. Turnout is crucial because it also reflects to the press coverage. During the debate, FDC will live tweet and use solid stream on social media, like Facebook. No signs are allowed in the auditorium. Sue Sargeant volunteered to set up a table with signs and to volunteer outside Dodd if Young Dems get the permit. Jason will contact YD President re: permit.

2. Get Out the Vote (GOTV). Mary Bassis distributed GOTV sign up times on behalf of Coordinated Campaign CD1 Lucas Munson. Rachel, website coordinator, will post the times on the FDC website. These sign ups were also distributed at the Blue Action Network BAN meeting on 10-5-16.

3. Election Day. Fred has 5 precincts. We need 4 people/shift. Sign up sheet distributed.
Harold Bannister will get a tent from member Ron Smith to set up at Walker Grant the night before. He will set up Sue Sargeant’s tent at Hugh Mercer by 4:30 or 5 AM on Election Day. Sue asked which door will be used at HM because the door closest to the playground has a long sidewalk that is not user-friendly for those who use wheelchairs or walkers. She will check with the Electoral board. The polling sites will have orange cones set up for the 40 ft ‘no poll workers allowed’ zone. This should be an improvement over the orange tape or chalk that has been used to mark off the 40 ft. Fred Dems will print up sample blue ballots for distribution at the precincts.

There is a lawyer available in person or by phone on Election Day for Voter Protection, such as to ensure that valid IDs are accepted. We need poll watchers to be inside the polls. Contact Jason if interested. The poll watchers observe how poll workers answer questions, note if there are voting machine problems (they’re new this year). The new machines produce a paper tally. At the end of the day, it has receipts and gives a count. It also produces the ‘write-ins’.

The schools will be closed for students. Sgt Sullivan will be visiting each precinct throughout the day. Virginia Organizing will be providing transportation to the polls.

4. Post – Election. Mary Bassis volunteered to book a room for the ‘Post-Election Watch
Party. Mary hopes to reserve Irish Brigade.

Question about ‘The Canvas’. The Canvas is held the day after the Election to certify the vote count. The Electoral Board (which has 1 Rep and 2 Dems –majority Dem because Governor is Dem) will go through the provisionals and make sure they match the precincts’ numbers reported. Jason has the option to appoint ‘observers’. Ethel Hellman agreed to serve in this capacity.

Other news: 80-90 people attended the First Unity Day 2016 which was held in 100 degree heat on 8/6/16. FDC will have a Spring fundraiser to provide funds to local and CD1 candidates. Jason is working on getting big name speakers at the VA or National level to attend the first Kennedy-King Dinner sometime in March 2017. See Jason to volunteer.

Gov Terry McAuliffe will appoint a senator to fill Tim Kaine’s seat. Then there will be a Special VA. Election in Nov 2017 to fill TK’s seat.

Those present were encouraged to vote absentee, if there is any question about ability to get to vote by 7 PM on Election Day 11-8-16. Absentee voting started on 9/23/16. Register to vote by Monday 10-17-16. A voter can apply by mail until Nov 1. Or go ‘In Person’ to Registrar’s Office (if 22401 resident) at 601 Caroline Street, M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM or on Sat 10-29 or 11-5-16 in person, 9 AM – 5 PM. For more information on voting. Go to to see a sample ballot or your own voting record. Brochure distributed ‘Virginia is for Voters’ as well as a list of area Voter Registrars.

The Fred NAACP is a non-partisan group. LaBravia Jenkins, Commonwealth’s Attorney will speak on Monday 10-17-16 at Shiloh Old Site, 801 Sophia St. at 7 PM about the Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. There are two amendments. #1 ‘Right to Work’ which sounds fine but it is anti-union. The Dem Party of VA advises to vote NO to #1. Question on who to get the message out about VOTE NO on #1. Please read the FLS Letter to the Editor by Stafford Dem Kandi Hilliard on reasons why to vote NO.

The DPVA has not taken a position on Amendment #2 which provides a tax break to surviving spouse of fire, police, rescue, emergency personnel.

Jay Brock will get info to Jason about viewing the PBS documentary on ‘Redistricting’. OneVA21 will hold seminars at Germanna CC and UMW.

The Stafford Dems are gathering tonight 10-12-16 from 6-9 PM at the Paradise Diner on Rt 17. for dinner and welcome other Dems. Peter Fields will play classical guitar.

8-foot signs. Contact Harold or Lucas if you know a site to place them.

Shirley Johnson is working on an event with Senator Mark Warner and area ministers on Friday 10-14-16 at 10 AM.

The last debate ‘Watch Party’ will be on Wed 10-19-16 at 9 PM. . Florence Bailey requested that FDC use a city restaurant because it supports our own businesses and tax base. (rather than go out to Spotsy county as was done for a Debate Watch Party). All members agreed that this was a good idea.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM.
Respectfully Submitted, Sue Nelson-Sargeant,, FDC Secretary